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Here's a Butterfly Image Transfer that I recently completed on gesso-covered muslin. I used DecoArt Media Matte Medium and the process that I described in earlier posts.
I may moisten the image and take some more of the paper remnants off the design. It's always risky working with fine-lined images because it's so easy to rub out your design.
I now have a bunch of transfer images on cloth. I just need to find the time to add some texture to the pieces with plaster and stencils.
On Pinterest, I spotted a technique on how to print on masking tape. The pinner printed words on a sheet of paper and then put masking tape on top of the words and ran it through the printer again.
I tried the idea but printed words on an inkjet transparency sheet instead. Then I put the tape over the words and printed it again, using my rear tray loader. I was a little concerned at what the tape might do to my printer but the sheet easily slid through.
The printed masking tape easily lifts off the transparency sheet. I plan to use the tape in my art journal, on paintings, cards or tags.
In the past, I've worked with watercolor and acrylic paints, But I have never experimented with gouache. Recently, I purchased a set of Pelikan Gouache paints from Dick Blick
I stamped the above design on heavy paper - and then splattered a variety of gouache colors all over the page. However, the page needed a shot of color so I added some ink spray. I like the rich colors.
Via The Huffington Post, I discovered this post on 10 Easy Art Therapy Techniques To Help You De-Stress written by Priscilla Frank. Here are a few of the techniques that I especially liked:
"Lie down and close your eyes. Visualize your body as you breathe in and out. Try to imagine your breath as a particular color as it enters your body, another color as it exits. What do you see? Draw an outline of a body on a large sheet of paper, and inside, create a watercolor based on your bodily state."
"Think of the societal and self-imposed pressures you feel on a day-to-day basis, the personal traits you see as faults, the natural slips you see as errors. Choose one of these things and give yourself, in ornamental detail, permission to do just that."
"Instead of spending the majority of your time on an actual painting, why not focus a little of that attention on crafting an alternative paintbrush all your own? You can make a mark-making tool out of nearly anything, whether it's a row of toothpicks (glued to a cardboard base) and dipped in paint, or a DIY paintbrush made from pom-poms and yarn."
I'm working on a sculptural butterfly art piece. I wanted the top butterfly to have a dimentional, glossy appearance so I applied a thick coat of DecoArt Media Liquid Glass to the paper. The medium dries crystal-clear and remains flexible which suited my purposes.
On another note: I updated my Etsy Shop to include twelve Art Wood Blocks (ACEO size) of my original designs. If you would like to purchase one of my other art works on a wood block, please let me know.
It's always scarey trying out a new transfer technique or medium. Will it work or won't it? Well, today I experimented with the new DecoArt Media Matte Medium to make two transfers.
First, I painted my muslin pieces with gesso and let them dry. I watched mixed media artist Andy Skinner's Matte Medium video and learned of two ideas that I hadn't tried before:
As you can see, the images that I transferred with the matte medium were successful. I really do like this product. I also believe that the initial coating of matte medium to the substrate/image - and the use of the sponge also contributed to the success of the transfers.
You can view Andy Skinner's video on Transfer Images with Media Matte Medium for more details. Scroll down the page to locate the video.
Note: I put the pencil lines that you see around the images for proper placement. I will be removing them.
When I took the Fabric Collage Workshop, with Kate Thompson, at Art & Soul, she demonstrated image transfers using Liquitex Matte Medium. I was amazed at the fantastic results that I achieved with the Liquitex.
In the past, I always used Golden Soft Gel Matte Medium when I did transfers but I was not always pleased with the results.
Today, I did the above transfer using Liquitex and again the results were perfect. Another factor that may have contributed to my success was observing Kate's transfer techniques. That's just one more good reason to take classes.
Note: I did the transfer on gessoed-covered muslin.
DecoArt has recently introduced an innovative line of mixed media art products.
Today, I experimented with their Media Misters. The Misters are unique because they are permanent pigments.
When I used to work on projects using the ink sprays now on the market, I became frustrated whenever I added layers. The latter products caused the sprays to bleed because they weren't permanent and ruined the effect that I was striving for.
However, the misters can easily be layered for multidimensional effects. I'm sure that this new product will offer artists more versatility. The colors are intense and the shimmer mists actually glow. The above photograph doesn't adequately portray the richness of the colors.
I used the following Misters on my papered and gessoed substrate:
First, I sprayed the Misters on the substrate - and then spritzed water on them to achieve a transparent effect. Next, I sprayed the Misters on full strength and turned the substrate around to allow the colors to flow.
I dabbed on some circles with a stencil and pigment inks. I glued on scraps of script paper as embellishments. I then stamped on the butterfly, circle image and words. I highlighted the circle with some graphite pencil. Last, I accented the edges of the art piece with Gilder Paste in Inca Gold.
This is the first time that I worked with the Misters. I'm sure that I'll come up with some more ideas while I continue to play with them. Why not try them out?
For an informative video on how to use the Misters and keep the nozzles clean, check out the short video, Learn About Media Misters by Andy Skinner, . You can find it on the DecoArt Media Complete Mixed Media Program site. Scroll down the site for the Misters video.
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Image from the Explore Acrylic Painting site
I plan to begin experimenting with acrylic paint and glazing techniques.
Read the complete post for more glazing tips. Then take some time to poke around the site for more valuable information on acrylic painting.
Today I experimented with my Gelli Arts Printing Plate and made some nature monoprints.
I gathered weeds from a field near my home. My neighbors probably wondered why I was clipping weeds and not flowers. Here are some of the things that I learned about nature printing:
The color stencil came from an advertisement in a fashion magazine. I enjoyed nature printing and plan to do some more experiments
Image from EPISTYLE site
Via Pinterest, I discovered French artist, Isabelle Guiot-Hullot, who creates the most lovely paper sculptures. You can see more of her work at the site, EPISTYLE.
Image from EPISTYLE site
Isabelle has written a book entitled, Poesie De Papier, on her art form but I believe it's only available in French. Do take some time to visit her site and view her delightful paper sculptures.
In preparation for a mixed-media art project, I printed some images on Deli Paper. I really like how they turned out especially the colored images.
Here's what I did:
I plan to incorporate the images into a mixed-media art work. If you want to transfer the images, do not use the acrylic spray. Here's an old post, from Cre8it, about transferring images using deli.paper. The process is explained by artist, D. J. Pettitt.
We've had three days of heavy rain this past weekend which wrecked havoc with my migraines. But I'm back on board now.
Lately, I have been preoccupied with painting circles. I created these circles on a page from a vintage typography book that I picked up at a Library sale. I titled the piece Part Three as that is also the title of the vintage page.
I've been wanting to create a stencil with my own handwriting so I did a Google search and found these tutorials:
I'm currently working on a bunch of art projects so I don't have time to create handwriting stencils now. But it's definitely on my To Do List.
Image from Carte Fini site
Tiffanie provides wonderful, detailed instructions including how to prepare the paper mâché base- and petal templates. The Peony measures 24" across by 13" deep but you can easily go bigger or smaller just by enlarging or reducing your base and petal sizes.
According to Tiffanie, if you precut the petals, the peony can be completed in less than a day! What a great Summer time project.
The book Paper to Petal (75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand) is an encyclopedic treasure on how to make unique paper blossoms.
The authors invite readers to cultivate their creative side with these suggestions: When designing paper flowers, always begin with a nugget or spark of inspiration. They go on to say, “Find something that speaks to you, perhaps an object, place or experience and turn it into a component of your flower.”
The book is written by Rebecca Thuss & Patrick Farrell. Thuss is a natural authority on the topic. She spent ten years as a Style Director at Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.
In the Get Inspired section, readers are given expert guidance with topics on Color, Shape, Texture and Mood.
The Materials section, with its lush photographs, showcases many varieties of crepe paper (even vintage paper), paper ribbon, glassine paper, an assortment of tapes, adhesives and more. These photographs help you to visualize your future flowers.
Pictures in the Tool section help readers easily understand the paper making process. I was surprised to read that the use of rubber stamps can enhance paper blossoms. And that deckle edge scissors help create an organic-looking edge to the flowers.
The visual display continues in the Paints & Colorings segment. I knew about using watercolor and acrylic paints to enhance paper flowers. However, I did not know that water-soluble crayons and pencils; markers and glitter can also be effective aids.
I like that the authors offer a Skills section with photo demonstrations on: how to work with petal templates, cutting techniques, prepping petals and leaves - and stems and taping techniques.
Information on making basic centers and buds was very useful to me. To help readers personalize their flowers, various ways of adding color is also nicely photographed.
How to Projects in the book are rated by three skill levels which is handy for beginners. Some of the flowers include delightful charming Cheerleaders, Crumpled Poppies, Twisted Ribbon Tulips, Five-Petal Sweeties, fun Party Sticks, Peppered Peony, Coral-Colored Reef with Cotton Ball Centers and much, much more. There is a generous Resource List suggesting vendors for papers and other floral supplies.
To make it easy for readers, the templates are displayed in the order of the book projects. Best of all, you can download the templates on the Web. So you don’t have to bother with copying or tracing the pages. This is a reference source that you definitely do not want to cut up for the templates. Rather, the book is such a visual delight that you’ll want to display it on your coffee table.
Why not pick up the book, gather some supplies and invite your artist friends over for a relaxing afternoon of whimsical flower creation.
Note: For more information about the authors, check out their Web site, thussfarrell
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I'm pretty rough on my paint brushes when I use them for mixed-media art, especially for scumbling work.
The above brushes were in very bad shape, encrusted with paint and stiff to the touch. First, I used the vinegar cleaning technique by soaking the brushes in hot vinegar. (After heating the vinegar, you need to let it cool a bit). The brushes were still very stiff.
Next, I put them in Murphy Oil Soap. I let them soak for a couple of days. To be honest, I forgot about the brushes and soaked them for three days. I then cleaned them with warm water. Success - The brushes are free of paint and soft. Now, I can continue to use them for mixed-media art work.
I continue to experiment with circles in my Art Journal. However, this time I painted directly on the moleskine page instead of on a collaged substrate, e.g., a vintage map.
If you have an ongoing urge to paint a specific symbol, subject matter or to work with certain paint colors, I believe you should follow it to see where it will lead you. Maybe you'll end up creating a new series of art work or explore a mixed-media technique that is new to you.
Why not try it?
Image from the Artabase site
Image from the Michelle Ward blog
I love the stark yet bold look of her cardboard journals. In fact, I plan to make one in the near future.
I continue to pin DIY and Art Projects yet it seems that I never have the time to make what I see on Pinterest. Do you do this too?
Well, today I saw a Shabby-Chic Style tin can on Pinterest that was either covered in fabric, decorative paper or a napkin. There were no instructions. The Pinner said, This looks easy to mod podge. So I decided to do it with the fabric that I had on hand.
I checked the Mod Podge Decoupage Education Center. And I learned that it was easier to cut the fabric if you covered it with Mod Podge first and then let it dry. That idea did work. I then covered the can with Mod Podge.
To eliminate wrinkles, I found that it was important to smooth the fabric into the can ridges with a damp paper towel. I painted Mod Podge over the covered can. For a permanent finish, I will spray the dry can with a clear acrylic spray paint.
The project didn't take me long at all. So now I finally made something from my Pinterest Board - and I have a new container to store my paint brushes.
Today, I happened upon Linda Germain's blog, Printing Without a Press and discovered some cool printing tips. Although I have a Gelli Printing Plate, her tips apply to both those who make their own Gelatin Plates and those who use the commercial product.
Here are her suggestions for Types of Paper to Use for Printing:
Linda says smooth and absorbent paper works the best. I usually use deli paper but I plan to experiment with the above papers.
The artist offers a wealth of valuable information on printing without a press. Take some time to check her site out.
Since I work on a variety of mixed-media art projects at any one time, my rug hooking keeps getting pushed to the end of the list.
However, I finally completed the first checker board border on this rug. I just need to do the second border and I'll be finished with the hooking. That's two long rows and two short rows to do which can take a very long time.
After the rug is hooked, then I have to bind and sew the edges. I also have to trim all the loose ends of wool.
The Shop offers a huge variety of digital collage sheets, including 550 French-Style images. Individual collage sheets only cost $1.00. I have no relation to the Shop - I'm just a satisfied customer. Check them out!
When I work on my mixed-media art projects, I like to wear plain white t-shirts since I usually end up with paint and ink all over me. Afterwards, It's easy to just throw the t-shirts into the washing machine.
For this t-shirt, I used a GF Vintage Crown with Pearls Image. I added the DIVA lettering using the CIRCUS font. I purchased Jolee's Boutique Easy Image transfer sheets (for light fabrics) from Michaels. The package cost $10.00 for ten sheets.
I see many more embellished t-shirts in my future.
I heard about these texture plates from my local mixed-media art group. I purchased them on sale in the toy department at Michaels. I only paid two dollars for the package which contains 12 plates (with six different designs).
To use them, I poured fluid acrylic paint onto a palette. I then pressed the texture plate into the paint and onto my art journal page.
I especially liked the pattern produced by the wavy plate. Next time I plan to use a brayer to apply the paint to the plate for a stronger imprint on the page.
I also like the pattern produced by the plate with the narrow vertical lines. The first photo gives you a better idea of this texture. I plan to experiment with this plate and different acrylic paints to achieve a heavier marking.
Here are the individual plates after they were washed. I used a wet paper towel and a bit of Dawn detergent to clean them. You could also keep a pail of water nearby to immediately clean them after use.
You might want to cut the plates into smaller pieces for ease of handling or for smaller art journals.
Here is the third mixed-media art painting that I recently completed.
I first thought of the phrase, Create Room for Imagination, when I was working in my art journal. The phrase was a reminder to me to make more time for creative endeavors on a daily basis. I then decided to create an art work featuring those words.
I began the piece with an 8" x 10" canvas board covered with old dictionary pages. I next added acrylic paint, embellishments, one of my characters and words. I had a lot of fun creating this art piece.
Are You Making Room for Imagination this weekend?
A couple of evenings ago, our Tidewater Artists Group (TAG) held its' monthly Art Journaling (Angels on Fire) session. BTW, we're on Facebook now.
One of our members, Julie Armstrong, demonstrated the use of Alcohol Ink on Yupo paper. I created the above three pieces at home today. First, I added different colors of alcohol ink and then sprayed it with pure (70% to 90%) alcohol. When the mixture dried, I added some more alcohol ink - but this time I used an eye dropper to apply the pure alcohol.
Spraying the alcohol on the ink drops produces a finer texture. The eye dropper technique produces the above interesting shapes.
I then repeated the same process but used glossy cardstock instead. As you can see, the above results created more subdued colors. I prefer working with the Yupo paper.
After you've created your Yupo Art, you can use it to make greeting cards, journal covers, book marks, gift tags - or mat and frame the art.
Via the Crafting a Green World blog, I came across this tutorial, DIY Alcohol Ink Made from Upcycled Markers. Julie Finn also provides a link to Breaking Down Crayola Markers for Recycling. I haven't tried this tutorial yet. If you do, please share your results.
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I wanted to do an experiment with matte medium and Charvin Paris Water-Soluble Pastel Painting Sticks. First, I printed a Black & White copy of an image of roses on bond paper. (The original colored photo is shown above. I believe the image is from The Graphics Fairy).
I painted matte medium on the B&W copy and let it dry. Then I colored the roses with the pastel sticks. I like the shabby looking results of the roses as shown below.
I also tried this experiment with glossy photo paper but I did not like the end result. I may have brushed on too much matte medium with the latter. I will have to experiment some more.
Here's a tutorial for an easy Handcrafted Christmas Card for those special people in your life.
The vintage wall paper that I used has a beautiful gold sheen which doesn't show up in the photograph.
If you send the card through the mail, protect the wreath with a small piece of bubble wrap. Alternately you can make holiday place cards using this technique.
Homes seem to be a recurrent theme in the works of many artists. I'm drawn to the symbol of Homes in both my collage and assemblage pieces.
I completed this Mini Home Grid, in my Art Journal, during the course of several weeks. Each time I created two or three Home symbols until I finally finished the Grid.
What symbols are you drawn to?
In the last couple of days, I completed three sketch/paintings to post on Gritty Jane's 40 Portraits Challenge and the Art Every Day Month Challenge. I used watercolor crayons, white acrylic paint and pencil on all three pieces. The above drawing #5 was done in my sketch pad.
I did this painting #6 in my Moleskine. Before I began sketching, I glued down a page from a vintage Paris Travel Guide and covered it with white acrylic paint.
I created sketch/painting #7 on a tag just to change things up.
I began this Whimsical Angel mixed-media art painting a couple of days ago and finished it today. I used acrylic paints, watercolor crayons, Prismacolor pencils, art stamps and paper embellishments.
Here is a new female image that I just completed using pencil, watercolor crayons and Pan Pastels.
I'm submitting this post for the 17th day of Art Every Day Month.
I'm also submitting this image to Gritty Jane's 40 Portraits Challenge sponsored by Jane Spakowsky, founder of The Trodden Path. You can join the fun on Facebook. This is Portrait #1 for me. Only 39 more portraits to go.
Here is an experiment that I worked on in my Art Journal today. First, I pasted an image of a woman from an old magazine onto my Journal page. I added some French text to her dress and a corner of the page as well as a small clock.
Then I covered the entire page with white acrylic paint. I next used watercolor crayons, a mark-all pencil and more acrylic paint to re-create the female image. Last, I stenciled in some polka dots.
I may go back to this page and rework the image. I'm submitting this post for the 15th day of Art Every Day Month.
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Speaking of another mixed-media art subject: I recently read online that you can use polyester batting as the core for your 3-D dry felting projects - and then finish off the project with wool roving.
I had polyester fiberfill in my stash so I experimented with it. I was surprised at how easily and quickly the fiberfill felted. The above fiberfill ball will be a rabbit's head.