Michelle Ward presents Crusade No. 36 - Braving the Elements. Basically, GPP Street Team members were asked to start with two journal pages covered with gesso. Then, our mission was to create snowflakes to use as stencils or masks. Michelle's snowflakes are so much prettier than mine. I think I need a snowflake tutorial.
I used Golden cobalt teal and turquois phthalo acrylics to create my snowflake stencils. Although I used two different colors of paint, the pages looked bland to me. Next, I painted a wash of Lumiere Pearl Magenta acrylic over the snowflake designs.
For my first page, I made a bird stencil from a transparency sheet. I used oil pastels to color the bird, branch and to highlight the page edges. I applied a heavy coat of oil pastels and then wiped most of it off to create shadows. I outlined the bird and branch, using a charcoal pencil.
For my other journal page, I first drew some basic flower shapes and then colored them in with oil pastels. I used the same technique of applying a heavy coat of oil pastels and then wiping most of it off to create shadows - and to let the snowflake designs peek through the flowers. You can also see some of the snowflake shapes on the bird and the branch.
During each step of the process, I felt as if things weren't coming together. But I kept working on the pages. After I was finished, I realized that you have to keep coming back to the page (or the canvas) and not give up. Thank you Michelle - I learned an important lesson today.
Join the GPP Street Team and try this technique today. The deadline is February 1.
Here's more of the Event details in Lisa's own words,"The original idea behind this giveaway Event was to bring bloggers
together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet."
"The Event closes
the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new
and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many
prizes along the way."
This year, the One World One Heart Eventstarted on January 25 and ends on February 15. I just began visiting some of the blogs and I am blown away by the bloggers' delightful stories and beautiful prizes.
Hurry up and start visiting the participants' blogs now. A total of 779 bloggers have joined in on the festivities. You don't want to miss the creativity and fun.
I may sign up for the Event next year. And so can you!
I again used some bits and pieces of decorative papers, from my stash, to make this background for my Artist Trading Card (ATC). It's kind of relaxing to cut, arrange and paste these small paper scraps.
On Sunday Postcard Art (SPA), this week's theme is time. I always admired this painting by William McGregor Paxton (American, 1877-1915). It's entitled, The Breakfast.
According to the description by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paxton's painting reveals "his sense of humor. The canvas shows a beautifully attired
young woman sulking while her husband reads the newspaper, signifying
his engagement with the outside world. She is excluded from that world
not only by the inaccessibility of the morning news but also
physically, by the multilayered window treatments that include
visually confining venetian blinds."
For my postcard, I used a portion of the painting. I added the clock to signify the passage of the woman's time. It looks like I created the postcard quickly. However, it took me forever to find the letters, for the word waiting, as I thumbed through my stack of magazines, brochures and catalogs.
For my postcard, I chose a transparency of a vase of flowers near a window. The gray and white transparency was very dull looking. First, I tried coloring the top of the image with oil pastels. That didn't work so I wiped off the color. Next, I tried coloring the back of the image with heavy strokes of oil pastels. This resulted in subdued pale colors. I then attached the transparency to a postcard-sized sheet of pink vellum. I had enhanced the vellum with some additional pink pastel.
The (free) female image is from Lisa's Altered Art. You must visit her site. She has the prettiest little girl images.
If you favor rich black typography and embellishments, you will love her creations. I always appreciate a crisp black and white design.Thanks Cathe for sharing your wonderful talent.Here is just one of her gorgeous graphics:
I couldn't resist this week's Mixed Media Monday challenge to create with Something New. To make my Artist Trading Card (ATC), I used some new red and white heart fabric.
I love purchasing new fabric in bright and pretty colors - and fanciful designs. Do I sew? No. But I enjoy using fabric in my mixed media art creations.Right now, I guess I have Valentine's day on my mind. Check out the other wonderful art on Mixed Media Monday.
Windows is the theme on Sunday Postcard Art (SPA) this week.This great theme was chosen by Anne from Anne's Art Place. The female, in my postcard, was painted by John Singer Sargent. He's one of my favorite artists.
Whether you're seeking new designs for your art projects or your small craft business, it helps to write down your ideas. To make sure that you don't forget any fresh insights that you've come up with, try keeping an Idea Notebook.
I created my Idea Notebook from an inexpensive composition book which I purchased from a discount store. I made the label with card stock and rubber stamps.
Once you begin writing down your ideas, the magic starts to happen and even more ideas come tumbling forth from your imaginative spirit. Just remember to carry the Idea Notebook with you every where you go. Your goal is to capture every idea that you dream up. Later on, you can review your notebook and further refine your ideas - and keep the ones that will work for you.
When I work on my large collage pieces, I like to save the small decorative paper scraps, strips of sheet music and other ephemera in small envelopes. Today, I took out a few of those scraps to make this Artist Trading Card (ATC). The female image comes from ARTchix Studio.Helga has some beautiful and tempting art supplies.
Here’s to a new year of possibilities, ideas and fresh
starts. I’m always trying to come up with various ways to increase my
creativity. Here are a few ideas that I’ve tried:
out some books, from your personal library, which you haven’t looked at in
while and casually glance through the pages. Exposing yourself to new
images and words can trigger your imagination. Before you know it, you’ll
start creating networks of ideas. Make sure your art journal is nearby so
that you can capture those ideas before they slip away. I especially like to use art books, or past issues of Somerset Studio, for this exercise.
nothing. Allow your mind to simply relax and incubate. Let this state of
calm awareness contemplate the many ideas flowing through your mind. You
may discover some interesting creative possibilities.
you begin an art project, take some time to doodle. Doodling can help
relieve stress. Think of doodling as a passageway to more creative ideas.
Designate a small journal for your daily doodling.
break by going away for a weekend or traveling to a different town, museum
or historic site. Changing your environment can change your perspective and
help you generate fresh artistic possibilities.
time to play. Play lets you get lost in the moment and may help you gain
new insights. Play can be as simple as a brisk walk, or run, that allows
you to breathe in fresh air and explore novel neighborhood sights. Try
experimenting with clay or another art form that you have never tried