I came across this tutorial on how to Paint a Faux Venetian Plaster Finish. I love the texture of this finish. Although the tutorial focuses on painting walls, I believe the technique would also work on large canvases - as part of a mixed-media art piece.
Note: I believe this original post appeared on the Better Homes & Gardens site but I was not able to find the specific link.
Let's say that you're out for your morning walk and a creative idea for an art project suddenly appears in your mind. And darn - you don't have a pencil or paper. You decide to note the idea down in your journal as soon as you arrive home. It's such a novel breakthrough - You won't forget it.
But when you come home - the idea is gone - floating around in the atmosphere somewhere - out of reach. Does this ever happen to you? Then check out these articles for tips on capturing your ideas.
How do you capture your ideas?
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Recently, I've been working with colored pencils. Today, I found some interesting posts on the topic of Colored Pencils Tips & Techniques. Hopefully, you will find these articles helpful too.
I even like to check out articles targeted to beginners because there is always something new to learn. For example, in the Beginners article, the following Col-Erase pencil tip was new to me:
Draw a light sketch with a Col-Erase pencil to guide your drawing and coloring. These latter pencils are the perfect partner to colored pencils. The Col-Erase pencils blend well with traditional colored pencils, and also let you erase if you make a mistake.
I had always used graphite pencils to create my initial sketches. But that can be messy. Now, I'll try sketching with Col-Erase pencils. Now, on to the Round-Up:
To create the swirly and linear designs that you see above, I cut fun foam with inexpensive pinking shears. I made the small squares border by cutting into the foam. For the circles design, I used a drafting template.
Here is a photo of the actual foam tools that I made. After each pass that I made on the plate, I wiped the excess acrylic paint off the foam to achieve a sharp design. When I make new tools, I plan to glue two foam sheets together, before cutting designs, to give some weight to the tools.
For the right-hand print, I used a detailed stencil. So far, I've found that stencils with larger openings produce sharper designs.Usually when I'm done with printing - and have already cleaned up the paint and plate, I begin getting new ideas for stencils/masks and substrates. Today, I wrote those ideas down so that I'll be ready for my next printing session.
If you sell your mixed-media art, take some time to check out this List of Top 36 Product Marketing Experts You Need to Know from Andreea, host of Launch Grow Joy.
Visit each expert's Web site, including Andreea's site, for a wealth of marketing knowledge and information. In fact, you may want to bookmark the post so that you can check back later.
When I do a watercolor painting, I usually do a pencil sketch first. For this painting, I took a risk and drew all of my flowers with Liquid Frisket. After the latter dried, I added a blue sky, green grass and some text stamping to the background.
I rubbed the frisket off with my fingers and then painted in the flowers. I'm satisfied with the final result but I do see some areas that I can improve upon in subsequent paintings.
I actually did this painting in my Art Journal. I wanted to create a casual painting so I wasn't focused on perfect.
The frisket I used is Grumbacher Miskit (liquid frisket) which is orange in color. For best results, the frisket should be removed within 24 to 48 hours. This is the first time that I tried this product and I like the way it performs.
I know that many of you do Art Journaling? But do you keep a Notebook of Ideas? I've been filling notebooks with ideas for many years now. I believe it's the writer in me that likes to capture my thoughts with pen and paper.
Here are two posts from other people who also keep Idea Notebooks:
I like what Johnson says about ideas:
"...... Most good ideas (whether they're ideas for narrative structure, a particular twist in the argument, or a broader topic) come into our minds as hunches: small fragments of a larger idea, hints and intimations. Many of these ideas sit around for months or years before they coalesce into something useful, often by colliding with another hunch."
In order to exploit this particular quality of idea formation, Johnson keeps what he calls a 'spark file.' He explains: “A single document where I keep all my hunches: ideas for articles, speeches, software features, startups, ways of framing a chapter I know I’m going to write, even whole books.”
Johnson doesn’t try to organize them. The randomness is intentional. He reads them over every few months and finds themes emerging — connections between fragments that wouldn’t seem apparent if those fragments were presented in isolation.
Take a few minutes and read both of the above articles to determine how you might benefit from cataloging your thoughts. In my own Idea Notebook, I jot down notes for articles as well as ideas for mixed-media art projects.
What kind of Idea Notebook would you keep?
Today, I was thinking about ways to increase my creative output. These thoughts led me to doing a Google search on the subject. I came up with two articles that caught my interest:
"The only way to create a habit is to start doing something habitually. As writer of the best-selling Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott says,'discipline is the path to freedom.' Setting expectations for yourself, forcing yourself to show up regularly and articulate what was just a wisp of a thought at the edge of your mind is what gives you a lift over your hopeful brethren -- you know the ones -- who are left wondering why they can't ever write more than the first chapter of that novel they know they have in them."
"Boosting input can boost output because it allows you to form more connections between ideas. It’s the space between ideas where creativity comes from. If you are exposed to two high-quality ideas per week, that gives you one potential connection. If you are exposed to four high-quality ideas per week, there is at least six combinations. If you’re exposed to eight, that gives you 28 possible connections. An idea-rich diet offers far more space in-between ideas for you to create."
Take some time to read both of these articles for even more great ideas. BTW, how do you increase your creative output?
Well, Artsy Shark founder, Carolyn Edlund has expanded the list to 150 Places to Sell. The list is in alphabetical order and at the same link. Grab a cup of coffe and check out the additions to the list.
On a different note, my laptop crashed yesterday. It's at the Repair Shop now. I'm typing this post on Ron's laptop. I am feeling a bit lost since I don't have access to a scanner. Hopefully, I'll get my laptop back on Monday. Maybe Tuesday?
Need to jazz up your watercolor paintings? Then check out the Empty Easel article, 10 Creative Ways to Shake up Your Next Watercolor Painting written by Sandrine Pelisser.
Here are two ideas, from the article, that immediately caught my interest:
Read the article for the other eight ideas. And check out Pelisser's Web site, ARTiful Painting Demos, for some great information and tips on painting.
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Cover: The Muse Is In book
Tired of the dull days of winter? Then indulge yourself with a blast of creativity from the book, The Muse is In: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity, written by Jill Badonsky. Here’s your life-long preventative maintenance - and service manual - for your creative soul.
The book offers you the tools to conquer such creative malfunctions such as procrastination, perfectionism, self-sabotage and idea bankruptcy. Instead of labored language, you’ll find fast-paced and inventive text that gently eases you into creative flow.
Badonsky urges us to ask the following question frequently: “How can I make this easier?” And during this time-stressed era, we all need easy.
Instead of devoting large blocks of time to your passions which inevitably result in large blocks of resistance. The author suggests that you develop your perseverance muscles by showing up in small increments of time. Then you will eventually be able to be creative longer and longer.
As a start, Badonsky suggests five minutes. Small steps are a theme in her book and I think that’s what many of us need – small steps to help us succeed. I know I can do five minutes - and you can too.
The author introduces us to a simple tool to optimize our creative thinking called percolator questions. Here’s one example of a percolator question: “If focusing on my creativity were a top priority, what small things would I be thinking and doing now?” I found that reading about these “small thinking” tactics energized me and brought new ideas to the forefront of my mind.
There are also suggestions for high-powered self-talk to help readers overcome the messages that have not worked for them in the past. I especially like this joyful statement, “I can’t wait to see what I’ll come up with next.” Badonsky believes that if we woke up saying this phrase every morning we would set the stage for creative expression.
I liked Badonsky’s fanciful idea to “Take a voyage into your imagination. What will you pack? What will you wear? Where will you go if you could go anywhere?”
The author also helps readers troubleshoot that pesky fellow called procrastination. I was surprised to learn that procrastination is a form of punishment and that when you break through it, the esteem which you gain becomes a strength that you can use in all facets of your life.
As I read through the book, I highlighted on target quotes to later write down on index cards. In fact, her whimsical drawings inspired me to embellish the cards with my own doodles. Badonsky calls on us to loosen up and doodle either from a list in the book or your imagination. Render several variations of the same thing. Doodle abstract concepts. I loved the Henri Matisse quote, “Drawing is putting a line round an idea.”
And so that you don’t lose your creative vibe after your first reading, there is a Day-to-Day Maintenance Datebook offering 115 pages of daily uplifting quotes and ideas. Essentially, it is creative support for the coming year.The book provides so many delicious ideas to dip into and reap quick results. You can open the book to any page and find inspiration. Because of this fact, you may want to pop this book into your artist bag along with your Art Journal. And then you’ll be ready to create anywhere and at anytime.
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Yesterday, I did my first experiments with my 8” X 10” GELLI ARTS Gel Printing Plate. The above photo shows the stencils and masks that I worked with.
I created my own masks with Tyvek® which you can purchase from a home improvement store – or even better recycle the Tyvek envelopes that you receive in the mail. Out of all the prints that I made that day, I liked the results that I achieved with Tyvek the best.
Above are a few of the prints that I created.
Gel Printing Tips
I plan to use my thin, commercial stencils for my next printing session. And I will be making more stencils w Tyvek®. I also want to experiment with fabric, decorative papers, tracing paper, tissue paper and maybe even canvas paper.
Image from the Creative Bloq site
According to the site's developers , "The Matboard is a social bookmarking hub for the creative world which will enable users to explore, share, and inspire creative work via two of the most compelling elements of social media: creative visual content and social media sharing capabilities."
"The Matboard will offer the creative world a digital platform from which they can connect with others based on their shared creative tastes and interests."
The site is organized into categories such as Typography, Logos, Stationery, Magazine Design, Print, Posters, Vintage Design, Infographics - and more. I'm very impressed by the images that I found. You have to check it out.
Image from DUDYE site
If you regularly read my blog, you know that I love exploring the topic of creativity.
And what's even better than creativity to me are tips to increase creativity - which brings me to 51 Ways to Explode Your Creativity from the DUDYE site. In fact, I even love the opening paragraph of their post:
"Creativity is the ability to find solutions to problems differently and with added value. Creativity is thinking about perception, its using thought as a tool to be more fluid and flexible. The purpose of creativity is to change or to flow with change. Creativity is therefore heretic, it's disruptive, it changes assumptions, it kicks in doors, it faces fear and it destroys conformity."
Check the tips out - Print them up - Tack them on your wall. Then when it's time to create, you'll be ready to go get 'em.
Image from MOYO magazine