Here's another mixed media art portrait that I completed today on a page of the vintage Edgar Allan Poe book.
Although I started out using oil pastels, I finished the piece with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and Golden Titanium White Fluid Acrylic Paint. I do enjoy working with the Caran d-Ache crayons especially when I'm adding depth (shading) to a portrait. Although it may not be evident, I added many layers of a variety of mediums to the face.
A few years ago, Lynne Hoppe generously offered a tutorial, on her blog, on how she paints faces. She really has a unique talent that I admire. I had always meant to try the tutorial. Well today I finally gave it a go.
Lynne paints her faces on old book pages. My husband was about to discard a very old book entitled, Tales of Mystery & Imagination written by Edgar Allan Poe. The book had belonged to his Father and was falling apart. I couldn't even find a copyright date on the book.
I decided to give one of the pages new life by painting the face on it. Make sure you protect old book pages by brushing matte medium (on both sides of the page) before you begin painting.
I enjoyed creating with Lynne's suggested art supplies: watercolors, white gouache and oil pastels. Caran d'Ache neopastels were new to me. I had only worked with water-soluble oil pastels before this tutorial. I plan to create a few more faces in the future.
Lynne's tutorial is still on her blog. Why not try it for yourself?
Here's an image transfer that I did using my Epson inkjet printer. The process was a little tricky because I could have easily wiped away the image. Technically, transfers work best when the image is printed on a laser printer. I used Americana Decor Image Transfer Medium which is a great product.
I'm going to do the transfer again but instead use laser print copies from the office supply store which I'll make when I'm in town tomorrow. I'm sure the transfer will look much better the second time around. But it's always good to experiment.
Happy December 2016! Where did the year go?
For the past week I've been preparing for a local Last Minute Santa Art & Craft Show that I'm participating in this Saturday. I created some additional ornaments for the event like the Angel block above.
Although the preparation takes a lot of time, it should be fun to sell face-to-face to customers.
Displace - Sumi Perera , Collage, Size: 27.6 H x 19.7 W x 2 in
Here's a good read from Textile Artist, about Ten Mixed Media Textile Artists. I love the above art piece by Sumi Perera. She combines stitch, hand and laser cut techniques with materials such as paper, fabric, leather, glass, ceramic, metal and wood.
Check out the complete article for more inspiration from these artists.
A few years ago, I began this mixed media art painting. I didn't like the look of the girl's face and hair so I put the canvas aside. I almost threw it out. (You can see the Before picture below).
Yesterday, I papered over the face and then added butterfly images. I redrew her face and hair. I plan to add more details to the latter. And also tone down the background.
This exercise showed me that you can always rescue a failed painting. I can't believe that I'm showing you the Before painting. I really don't care for it.
Via the Empty Easel, I discovered this post on Five Tips to Take Your Mixed Media Painting from Good to Great written by Kellie Day. Here are two of the tips that I will try soon:
Some additions that I like to include in my nearly finished, mixed media paintings are: graphite accents, inked lines using a dip pen and highlights made with a white gel pen. Check out the complete post, on Empty Easel, for more ideas.
I completed this mixed media painting, entitled Abstract Female, in my art journal today.
Originally, her face was too wide and her chin was too long. A few years ago, I would not have gone in and changed the structure of her face thinking that I'd mess things up. Now I'm confident enough to paint over a portion of a painting that is not working and begin anew.
I created her abstract hair with toothpicks and acrylic paint.
In my previous posts, I spoke about following fashion, home decor and color trends in relation to creating new mixed media art. Serendipitously, I received an e-mail newsletter from Pattern Observer re: Following Trends the Right Way.
I especially like the tips that Michelle Fifis offers readers to become a trend watcher.
Be sure to read the complete post for more great ideas.
I just received two new catalogs from Restoration Hardware. I enjoy looking at catalogs for many reasons. First, I'm interested in new product offerings. But the biggest benefits of receiving catalogs relates to my practice of mixed media art.
Here's how I use catalogs in my art:
I was sorting through my decorative and scrapbook papers because I needed black & white paper for a collage. I was surprised to find such a large amount and wide variety of paper designs. The photo above only shows a portion of my stash.
The discovery made me realize that I should check my stash more often. I could be missing out on opportunities to further enhance my art projects because I didn't realize what I had in stock.
The next time you need inspiration or are tempted to purchase new art supplies, start checking out the shelves, drawers and bins in your studio. You probably will re-discover supplies that you had forgotten about. I plan to sort through the drawers in my studio next.
Image from the Weigh Anchor blog
Kat uses watercolor paints, Dr PH Martin Concentrated Watercolors and Walnut Ink. She tapes the edges of her paper down before she begins painting.
For the details, check out her blog post. Then why not antique some paper this weekend.
Finally! I have completed my traditional hooked rug. The latter measures 49" x 30 1/2."
The project was indeed a huge undertaking. What kept me going were weekly meetings with my rug hooking group. Hooking the sheep design in circles took longer than working in straight stitches. The important thing to me was creating a checkerboard border. With a little calculation, the checkerboard worked out.
I must admit that I used an iron-on binding for the back of the rug. Traditionally, the binding should be hand-sewn onto the rug back. The only type of sewing that I enjoy is bead embroidery. I knew that I would keep putting off sewing the binding. So iron-on binding came to the rescue.
Check out the complete article for more interesting details.
Today I worked with Cyanotype Printing using the Jacquard Sensitizer Set. You definitely have to experiment with this art form since the results seem to vary with each print.
Here are a few lessons that I learned that hopefully will save you some missteps:
I definitely will be making more Cyanotype prints.
Tags: Bristol paper, Cyanotype Printing Experiments, exposure times, glass sheet, Jacquard Sensitizer Set, mixed media art, photography, Pictorico Premium Overhead Transparency Film, sun prints, transparency film, watercolor paper
Via Empty Easel, I discovered this post on Five Creative Touches to Take Your Mixed-Media Painting from Good to Great written by Kellie Day. Here are a few of the points that caught my interest.
Check out the complete post for more great ideas.
Today, I did a second rendition of the painting that I completed yesterday for the Cross-Country Clearprint Collaborative Art Project. The dimensions that I had to work with yesterday were 8" x 6."
So today I decided to experiment with a bigger format: 12" x 12" in my art journal. This larger format gave me more room for the quote. My next experiment may be with different colors of acrylic paint.
I'm participating in the Cross-Country Clearprint Collaborative Art Project. I submitted the above painting to the Project.
Participating artists receive two Clearprint Vellum Books. One book is used in the art exchange; the second book is for the artist to keep as a gift.
Each artist uses one page in the vellum book (right hand side) to create art. The artist may choose to create a work on the front of their page or utilize the front and back to create a work that can be viewed from multiple sides.
Artists are allowed one week to create their work once the book is received. The book is then sent back to Cross-Country. They will then scan the images and upload them to the Clearprint website gallery and social media platforms.
For more details on the project, visit the Cross-Country Web site. I really enjoyed creating the painting for this project. I plant to do more vellum paintings in the future.
I was in Target the other day and I was surprised to find that they carry acrylic paints.
Now, I own many bottles and jars of acrylic paints in a variety of colors. But the soft shades of the Target paints just called to me. Starting from the left, the shades are: Lavender, Lilac and Aluminum - all satin based.
Do I need more? No. Will I purchase any more? A good possibility.
A few weeks ago, Vista Print had a sale on posters. I ordered an 18" x 24" poster of one of my collages of hearts.
I'm really pleased with how well the poster came out. As you can see, I also use this collage for my blog banner. I have the poster hanging up in my study.
I tried every which way to take a photograph of the poster without any glare but the plexi glass wouldn't cooperate.
Happy Memorial Day!
On Facebook, I saw a fellow mixed media artist using these letter trays as holders for collage papers. I loved the concept so I picked up a couple at Target for $4.99 each.
I find it much easier to sort through, and find, ephemera than looking in paper folders or envelopes. Most of my ephemera is stored in folders. I may purchase a few more of these trays.
Since the trays are covered in paper, I protected them with an acrylic spray to make them more sturdy.
Using a small glue gun that I had on hand, I created two abstract stencils to use in painting. When I make more of these stencils, I'll purchase a more heavy-duty glue gun. The latter will be easier to work with.
If you plan to make stencils, work on a heat-resistant pad or parchment paper. The stencil easily lifted from the parchment paper that I used. I let the stencil cool first.
I recently purchased silicone caulk. I'm going to experiment and make some stencils with the caulk too.
I love the brownstone houses in New York City. I used an image of these houses as a background for this art piece.
Next, I added scraps of Citra-Solv pages, text pages, decorative tissue papers and art stamps. This is still a work-in-progress. I plan to incorporate acrylic paint, more art stamps and maybe some ink.
I began this mixed media art piece a couple of days ago.
Starting with a wood board, I glued down vintage ephemera, catalog and National Geographic magazine pages that had been treated with Citra Solv.
I applied acrylic paint and a mixture of acrylic paint and glaze to some of the papers I'm usually attracted to strong architectural images. I love the look of the column and stone walls on this collage piece.
I plan to add some more papers and paint to this art piece.
I'm a member of Teesha & Tracy Moore's Artstronauts Club. Recently, member Susie LaFond suggested that our group participate in creating a mixed media Art Card Deck.
Each member contributed art for the front and back of a playing card. About fifty artists took part in the challenge. Susie curated the process which was a lot of work for her. Thank You Susie!
My card is the one with the orange and blue circles (near the front).
I've been hearing more and more about artists using Clear Tar Gel in their paintings. So I was interested in the Artists Network post on Acrylic Painting Technique: Using Clear Tar Gel written by Tesia Blackburn.
Tesia says, "The gel is the perfect medium for creating long lines on a surface. It’s also an ideal medium to add to your paints for creating texture. Clear tar gel can also be painted in layers to create skins that you can then use as collage elements for your art....The gel dries to a high-gloss finish, making it an ideal medium to achieve a resin-like surface on your paintings."
Check out the complete post where Tesia offers tips on potential problems and solutions when working with this medium. I guess here is another product that I will have to put on my art supply purchase list.
Yesterday, I was working on some abstract acrylic paintings. At the end of the session, I had a leftover mixture of Liquitex Glazing Medium and Golden Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold. I painted this glaze over a Hermitage Museum & Gardens postcard.
I really like the results which you can see in the top photo. I think I may try this paint mixture over found papers, collage ephemera and black & white images.
Originally, this was an Anthropologie catalog page of drab black & white flowers.
I decided to experiment in my art journal. First, I covered the (glued down page) with matte medium. After it dried, I mixed watercolor paints with matte medium to colorize the image. For the best results, I painted on thin layers of the mixture. The latter tended to dry out very quickly.
Next, I plan to highlight the flowers with colored pencils. I like how the experiment turned out and plan to try working with other black & white images. I did notice that this technique works best with heavier paper, not bond-type paper.
I experimented and made some background papers by brushing Grumbacher Linseed Oil on vintage sheet music pages.
I put a heavy coating on the top two sheets. I prefer the darker color of these papers. However, the papers took about four days to dry. I brushed a lighter coating of oil on the bottom sheets and, of course, they dried much quicker. To prevent a mess, I put the wet papers on wax paper.
The addition of the oil to the pages makes them much stronger - an advantage for fragile, thin papers. I think I may also try brushing oil on scrapbook paper to create a different look.
Geo Paper Design by Jill Berry
Here's an interesting tutorial I came across on Pinterest on how to make Geo Papers (or papers that are painted to simulate geographical imagery). The project comes from artist, Jill Berry. I love the organic look of her art piece.
You probably have all the supplies that you need to make this project: printmaking paper, Sumi ink, Stablilo black pencil, watercolor paints, Kosher salt and watercolor brush.
Jill provides easy, step-by-step instructions. Check her post for the how-to details
Cathy Hegman, Medusa Complexities Fashionista VII,
This past December I was lucky to win three tubes of Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Colors: French Ultramarine, Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Hansa Yellow Medium. The prize also included a Vincent Pro Masterpiece Stretched Canvas, 20" x 24." The prize was offered by Dick Blick.
Well, I had not worked in oils for a long time and couldn't come up with any ideas. But then I kept seeing articles and sites on Cold Wax Painting. The art work that I saw, in this medium, really got me excited. (Isn't the above art work beautiful?)
Now I can't wait to begin experimenting with oil paints and Dorland's Wax Medium. Initially, I will probably work on small scale canvases. Here are a couple of resources if you're interested in trying out this medium:
When I took a painting class from Wan Marsh, at the Virginia Beach Art & Soul Retreat, she encouraged us to make our own collage papers with CitraSolv and National Geographic magazines.
A few years earlier, I had worked with Citra Solv . Today I decided to create some more collage pages. Here's what works for me:
I've been searching around for more copies of old National Geographic magazines. I checked Habitat for Humanity ReStores and Salvation Army but I haven't had any luck. If you know of some good sources for these magazines, let me know.
I completed another page for my Fabric Book. This is a vintage image of an angel which I tinted with watercolor crayons and acrylic paints.
I then covered the page with gesso, blue acrylic paint and stamped flower images into the wet paint. I still need to add some accents with graphite pencil. I'll then paste the page into my fabric book.
These fabric pages take a long time to complete but I enjoy the process.
I finally completed one page in my Fabric Angel Book that I began at the Art & Soul Retreat 2015.
The Butterflies image is a transfer. I then applied plaster to the page and stamped flowers into the wet substrate. When the plaster dried, I added the blue paint and trim. I may accent the flowers with white acrylic paint.
I signed up for a one month subscription to Art Snacks. According to their site, "a curated box of unique high-quality art supplies are delivered to your door every month." A one month subscription is $20.00.
Here's what I received:
The supplies are interesting, and good quality, but I'm not too sure about the color of the Moon Violet acrylic paint. I'll test it out and then decide.
Each month, the items that you receive are always a surprise. You may want to check out their site for more details.
Today I did some alcohol ink experiments on Yupo paper. I used the blowing through a straw technique on the top image. In the middle image, I splattered with a tooth brush. For the bottom image, I worked with an old credit card.
Later, I plan to create some flowers out of the straw technique image. I will probably use the bottom two images for background art.
For the first time, I experimented with Plaster Impregnated Gauze Wrap to make a botanical-style casting. I couldn't find any Queen Anne's Lace near my home so I worked with some simple weeds.
To make the mold strong, I formed three layers of wet bandages. And then pressed the weeds into the wet layers. I let the mold set for about 10 - 15 minutes and then removed the weeds. I had to use tweezers to remove the tiny fragments. I let the mold dry overnight.
I painted the dry mold with acrylic paint and highlighted the indentations. After it dried, I applied varnish to protect and strengthen the mold.
The project was easy so I'll probably be making more castings.
Image from Alcohol Ink Tips site
You can also download the 141-page book from the Alcohol Ink Tips site. Experiment with alcohol inks this weekend and have fun!
This is the first time that I used a Chartpak Blender Marker to create a transfer. Although this is a quick transfer method, the image is not as dark and crisp as the matte medium transfers that I do.
I placed the reversed, laser image face down on the acrylic-painted paper. I then coated the back of the image with the marker - both with vertical and horizontal strokes. Last, I burnished the image with a spoon and lifted off the paper.
As you can see, my original laser image was quite dark. This image is a few weeks old and that may have affected the final results. Overall, I like the ease of use and so I will experiment with the marker again.
I've heard that Xylene can also be used to transfer images. But the smallest containers that I've seen are gallon size. And Xylene is quite toxic.
I took one of my personal photographs (from our Rome trip) and printed it out in black & white. Next, I painted on a layer of matter medium.
After the medium dried, I added color with watercolor paints. I didn't use a large amount of water, when painting, because the matte medium would have deteriorated and ruined the photo.
I took the same image and added a strong contrast in Photoshop Elements. I think I like this second rendition better.
Have you ever been attracted to the designs or typography on paper shopping bags?
When Ron came home with a purchase from DSW Shoes, I was immediately attracted to the shopping bag he carried. The bag was covered with bold black & brown stripes. You can see a small swatch of the bag on the right.
I covered a small art journal page with the striped paper and added some blue acrylic paint. Next, I stamped butterfly images on tissue paper and glued it to the page. I included ribbon since the May 2 Art Challenge for the Documented Life Project is Fabric.
More paper bag ideas: Recently, I shopped at Whole Foods and my groceries were packed in this shopping bag. Don't you just love the typography? I can envision using this phrase in my art journal and inserting an appropriate word, e.g. Feed Your Artistic Goals. Or maybe, Feed Your Creative Goals.
What do you think?
I needed an image printed on a transparent substrate for a mixed media art project. I tried the tissue paper technique in the printer which did not work.
Next, I attempted to print blue and brown images on deli paper but the colors were not vibrant. I did achieve a bright blue image when I printed on matte photo paper. But the latter substrate would not have made a good fit for my project.
Finally, I changed the image to a pink color and I achieved a brighter result. I was amazed at the effect that the deli paper had on the different colors that I experimented with. I also noticed that printing on the dull side of the deli paper produced better color.
I can always use the extra images in my art journal.
The warm weather is finally coming! Here in North Carolina it's now 66 degrees outside with a high of 69 degrees expected today. And even warmer weather is predicted for this week. YAY!
To create this mixed-media piece, I cut out heart shapes from bleeding tissue paper. First, I wet the Bristol Board paper and then laid down the hearts. I added more water and a sprinkling of Kosher salt. After it dried, I removed the hearts/salt. I was surprised at the resulting subdued colors. Only the orange tissue looked vibrant.
To deepen the hues, I added some Gouache paint. I so like the texture created by the salt.