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
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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?
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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.
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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?