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.
Many mixed-media artists like to create art using unusual materials; me included. Here's a roundup of projects that take such raw materials and transform them into art:
Image from the Artsyville blog
2. Transform Empty Toilet Paper Rolls into Art Journals - source: Hands and Heart blog.
Which of the above art projects will you try this weekend?
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At last Tuesday's TAG Art Jouraling Session , we experimented with Lesley Riley's Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) - and Lazertran Transfer Paper. Stephanee Howell gave us a demo on TAP. And Julie Armstrong did the Lazertran demo.
Here's my TAP image. Original photo is courtesy of Stephanee Howell. Stephanee has done extensive experiments with TAP on different substrates. And she says that the best images will be achieved when transfering onto fabric. TAP works with inkjet printers.
This is my Lazertran image. Original photo is courtesy of Eric Mein. Lazertran decals can be applied to wood, paper, stones, glass, metal, candles, walls, clay and more. You can purchase Lazertran sheets that are specifically for inkjet printers.
Stephanee generously provided us with images that were printed on silk fabric. Lazertran Silk Transfer Sheets were used to produce this image. It is designed for use with laser printers or photocopiers that use toners. I chose her Trees image.
We had a wonderful session that included: image transfer experimentation, shared mixed-media art techniques and Art Journal pages.
I enjoy creating mixed-media art using various pieces of decorative paper scraps, fabric and ribbon. Here is my newest art work in my series of ARTFUL PAPER SCRAPS: a Luscious Party Cake.
I gave this art piece a motivational twist by encouraging every one to Celebrate the Day.
You can find this art work in my Etsy Shop.
I’m always looking for ways to make more time for creating art in my daily life. I came up with this list to help you maximize your art-making minutes. I found that there are two benefits to these activities;
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Image from Techniques Zone
Check out Techniques Zone for a fantastic list of Sixty-Three Different Background Techniques brought to you by host, Trish Bee. Her list will definitely energize your creative juices. Pick a technique and start making art now.
Read her other posts too for more art making ideas.
I have worked with Corrugated Cardboard Stamps, Continuous Roller Stamps and Foam Core Board in the past. However, I like Judy's detailed instructions on how to make these stamps and thought that you might like them too.
Be sure to check out Judy's other Tutorials & Tips on her blog.
I took some index cards and added drops of the following, bottled ink colors onto the cards: Teal, Pearlescent Aqua Blue and Walnut ink . Then, I pressed the inked cards together and achieved a nice mottled effect.
The cards all have a beautiful sheen which doesn't show up in the photographs. Next time, I may create the cards in a lighter color
I stamped the lower left-hand card with silver pigment ink - And the lower right-hand card with white acrylic paint. What did you experiment with today?
I just finished the art piece that I worked on at our Tidewater Artists Group (TAG) Collage Faces Workshop last Sunday.
We also experimented with punchinella and modeling paste to texture the other mixed-media art boards that we created.
Punchinella is a fun plastic, or metal, ribbon that is left over after sequins are punched out. It is often called "sequin waste" or "sequin scrim." If you need Punchinella, you can purchase it at SkyBluePink for a reasonable price.
If you do not have any modeling paste, try substituting white gesso instead.
I'm calling this technique an experiment because I learned a lot from the process. I wanted to create some Faux Enamel Tags.
On the Web, I found two great tutorials on this topic. For example, the French Enameled Numbers Tutorial on Can't Stop Making Things and Faux Enamel Number Tag Tutorial on Stamptramp.
I didn't have metal tags so I painted some wood tags white instead. I did heat set the stamped images. Then I pressed the tags into an Embossing Ink Pad (which I think contained too much glycerin).
Next, I sprinkled on Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) and set the tags in my toaster oven for about three to five minutes. I do not have an electric skillet. I later sprinkled on clear embossing powder - and then more UTEE - putting the tags in the oven each time.
I think the multiple bakings caused the stamped images to bleed. The tags actually do look better, in person, than in the above photo. I found it tricky to photograph the glossy tags.
I used a Memories Dye Ink Stamp Pad for the crown, butterfly and Eiffel Tower. And I used a StazOn Ink Stamp Pad for the other tags.
Lessons Learned for the Next Time - Use:
Hopefully, you've learned from my experiment.
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I just finished this Gel Image Transfer mixed-media piece this afternoon. It was quite time consuming to remove the paper remnants from the gel image.
I later added stamped text to help unify the image to the 5" x 7" canvas board.
My husband took this photograph a few years ago when we were in Rome. I love unique windows and so I asked him to take a photo. He's a much better photographer than me but I'm learning.
Here is the finished, mixed-media painting of my Blue Bird. You can see how the painting looked when it was a work-in-progress here. I did decide to add some French text to complete the painting. But I didn't think a crown on the bird was necessary.
The colors of the painting are much softer than the image that you see on screen.
I'm currently taking the Portraits 2012 - Self-Guided Workshop with SUZI BLU. In this exercise, SUZI suggested that we create a portrait on an oversized tag. I highly recommend SUZI's online classes. I love the detailed techniques that she provides to her classes.
I'm a little behind in this class. I seem to get involved in too many mixed-media art projects at one time. My To Do List is endless. How does one fit it all in? Sometimes, I think I'm just too curious. I spot a new technique - or project - and I just have to try it out and experiment.
How do you fit in all of your art projects?
Via Pinterest, (Yes, I'll admit it - I've been on the Pinterest boards AGAIN), I found a transfer technique that is new to me - and that I think is quite unique.
"No more messy oils or trying to put your fabric in your printer using spray adhesive. You can now make fast and easy projects with a woodworkers transfer tool. *Make Pillows, Tags, Cards, Memo Boards, Ribbons, Shirts, Clothes, Team Logos, Drapes, Gifts, etc! You can also use it on wood. An Added bonus your fabric can be washed! ✓Please use cotton fabric!"
I love what Dee did with the wood board shown above. On her blog, she even has a video explaining her technique as well as individual project tutorials.
I enjoy collecting various transferring techniques. If you know of any other unique transfer projects, please share.