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.
There are many good tips in this post. Here's one of the ideas that I plan to try: "Draw with a pen. Sketching with a pen, instead of a pencil, is really about losing the ability to erase your lines, or erase your mistakes." Check out the rest of the article for more tips.
I'm leaving for Virginia Beach today. The Art & Soul Retreat is happening this week, April 24-28, at the Virginia Beach Resort & Hotel. On Wednesday, I'm taking a workshop led by Misty Mawn entitled Paper Bag Expressions. The course will cover: drawing, painting, coloring and collaging the portrait expressively.
Natural hand-dyeing with plants has been a popular post on Pinterest. I decided to experiment with avocado skins. I am quite pleased with the results: a vintage dusty rose color. I used white muslin fabric and beige lace. Here are some things that I learned:
In my experiment, I did not drain the skins. I boiled the skins and fabric in one pot. This technique resulted in small brown spots on the fabric. I'm not concerned about the spots because I wanted a vintage, aged look.
I plan to use my hand-dyed fabric in a mixed-media art piece.
Image from Stampington and Company
Here are a few of the video titles:
Experimenting with some of these techniques could result in a very creative weekend. What technique will you try?
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.
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.
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.
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Today, I was sorting through some of my paper files and found this painting of a pear that I completed a few years ago. I decided to enhance the painting by using punchinella to add a polka dot background. Then I added a script stamp right over the pear.
In both cases, I masked the pear, and later the background, to avoid getting ink on the wrong areas. I like the way the embellishment turned out. Now, I'll review some of my other watercolor paintings to determine how to reinvent them.
What paintings can you enhance?
One of our members, Carol Edwards, gave a fantastic demonstration on the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate. We learned a lot about different paints, stencils, masks, mark making tools and papers. This was my initial experience with the printing plate - and I love the process. You can see my first prints in the photo above. To add more dimension, I probably will add more paint layers to these sheets.
Carol suggested that we use Kabnet Dry Wax Paper (Deli Wrap) as our substrate. This paper can be purchased via Amazon or at Sam's Club. I really do like the translucent nature of the paper. It enhances the final print.
There are about 500 sheets in each box of deli wrap. But I'm sure that we can all think of other mixed-media art projects where the deli paper would come in handy.
I just found out about The Mixed Media Directory which is the recent creation of Cia Williford.
Here's a short description of the Directory from the site:
"The Mixed Media Art Directory is an all-encompassing directory for links related to mixed media: art and artists, shops and supplies, methods and mediums, blogs and web sites. Please feel free to browse our listings and suggest new ones. Find your favorite artists, or discover new ones! If you care to register, you'll even be able to keep a list of all your favorite links!"
Note: It is suggested that "artists do not add selling sites, i.e. Etsy, ArtFire, eBay, etc. Visitors can find those links on the individual artists' sites."
Cia hopes that the Directory "will grow to be an all-encompassing, one-stop-shop for all things relating to mixed media art."
Check it out - And Good Luck Cia on your new venture.
I recently saw a tutorial on Laura Lein-Svencner's blog on how to create String Tissue Paper. I tried to find the link to the tutorial but it may have been removed.
Today, I decided to create some String Tissue Paper with ideas from Laura and many of my own modifications. Here's what I did:
I plan to cut the string tissue paper into smaller sections and then add a variety of stained paint to each of the individual pieces of paper.
Thank you Laura for the inspiration.