How quickly an idea can change. I have an art journal full of unused Gelli prints and some basic supplies that have been calling my name, so when I get 5 minutes to unwind I use whats in front of me to do something wild and crazy. Today I grabbed some cheap chalk pastels and just started to play. As I get to the hair you will see that the pastels are a little weak in value and saturation so I sprayed with a fixative added some sewing tissue and paper to cover the red pastel and turned her hair green. I added some contrast in the background and pumped up the color with little touches of acrylic and oil pencil. Don't be afraid to layer and think outside the box. Use crazy colors, don't be a perfectionist, use items that are completely out of your comfort zone. Grow. This painting is one of those ideas that went off the rails, and turned out pretty good. I has all the characteristics I personally look for in my art. Value, Composition, Contrast and Interest. Hope this inspires you and remember sharing is caring.
Life Isn't Always Black and White
5 * 8 inch
Mixed Media on paper (acrylic, pastel, ink, oil pastel, oil pencil)
This painting is an example of recovering from a major disaster. Everything was going along wonderfully and I was using my black paint pen to add some details when it exploded - see the viewers left eye - and when I was sopping it up I touched the paper towel on the shoulder area. Ugh.
As I had originally intended, this is a little demo on how I achieved the final painting even through adversity.
This art journal is nothing fancy, a plain lined paper notebook, it's about 5*8, with a tough vinyl cover , that I picked up from the dollar store. Some of the pages I have gessoed, some have been decoupaged, and some papers are Gelli print one-offs - like this one. The only reason I like to use this one is because I like the size of it.
I didn't have any idea when I started on what I was going to do with this sheet. I try and use the most patterned part of the paper as the focal point. So I took my blue watercolor pencil and sketched out a basic cat shape. Even when I am just working in a sketchbook I am still thinking about some basic design principals, but I am not too concerned with too many details, you will be surprised on how many of those are created just because of the background pattern.
Now start to carve out your image by painting the negative shape. I used a blue-grey wash to ghost the image so that some of the background still shows through. Use a light touch at first. It is a lot easier to cover mistakes in a thin wash than a thick opaque line. When that is dry, I finger painted the rest of the background letting the colors mix on the paper.
Add your details. For this I used a black oil pastel, this works well for blending and adding that furry fuzz illusion to your cat. Paint the eyes, don't forget those highlights. There is no way you can ever recreate this painting as no two Gelli papers are the same but I hope you are inspired to try out this idea. Remember its only paint.
5* 8 inch
mixed media (Gelli print on paper, acrylics, oil pastel, oil marking pencil, ink, watercolor pencil)
Once upon a time I was a little nut and the older I get the more this quote couldn't be truer. This is another page in my inspirational art journal. My journey of what keeps me going from day to day. This piece is done on a gelatin printed background with some collage, ink and oil pastel.
Happy Groundhog day. For those of you that don't know what the meaning of this day is. It is the mid point of winter. YEAH!!!! And to celebrate we bring the groundhog (an oversized gopher) out of his den (cage) to see if he sees his shadow. If he does it means 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn't than spring is supose to come early. For this part of the country it is gaurenteed we will have 6 more weeks of winter and it has been a very long winter so far. lol Finally we are getting some beautiful weather but as the snow disappears the brown lawn emerges. I am in desperate need of COLOR. :D So I drew out a couple of Macaw parrot profiles and am working them up 2 different ways. This is the first one and he was done with a combination of tangle patterns and brightly colored watercolors. So much fun. Hope you enjoy.
I am posting both of these today because I have come down with the flu and don't know if I will be back for the next few days. :( UUG. They are both 4.75 inch square and were created with micron pens on cotton. Hope you enjoy. Im going back to lay down.
Well I finally finished up the order of tangled quilt blocks, so please check back over the next few days to see them all. I cant wait to see what my client does with them. She is a fabulous sewer and crafter so Im sure the piece is going to be a fabulous. :) This one was started with 3 circles in varying sizes and then I just filled in the spaces. This block is 4.25 * 4.25 inch micron pens on cotton. Hope you enjoy.
I really like the spontanious nature of pulling these prints, the texture you get is even more unpredictable than watercolors. This one of the old man in glasses was created with Golden Open acrylics and detailed with ink on AF cardstock. Hope you enjoy.
Finally we get a reprieve in the weather. It has been so cold and snowy here for the past few months that we really haven't been able to enjoy all the special things winter has to offer. So today I shipped everyone out and while the kiddo's were building snow forts in the back yard I got my pens and sketchbook out and came up with this. Hope you enjoy.
Managed to get one painting done and another one started. Unfortunatly I can't post them till after Christmas. But in the mean time I thought I would post a new tangle. Unlike the last few done on fabric this one is done on paper and measures 8.5 * 10.5.
Hope you enjoy.
I have no idea when the past 2 weeks have gone but looking at my work schedule I have 3 paintings and another quilt block that have to be done in the next 10 days. umm Does anyone have a time machine they want to lend me? So without further ado here is quilt block #7. Hope you enjoy.
Hi everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family. We have been busy getting ready for the Christmas season, decorating, sewing, baking. It just seems like it is never ending, just when you think you are ahead of the game another project pops up. Well this project is a colaberation project. My aunt (a major inspiration in my creative life) has asked me to design a couple of tangled quilt blocks to be used in one of her famous quilting projects. These are the first few, hope you enjoy. They measure 4.75 * 4.75 inch done on cotton fabric with micron pigmment pens.
My daughter needed a lunch bag for school and so I went shopping, but anything pretty was incredibly overpriced for what you get, and being in kindergarten I know we will be going through at least 3 during the year. So while I was at the dollar store I found this "blank canvas", grabbed my fabric markers and turned it into what looks like a designer bag. My girl is so happy, even though it's not pink. ;) Hope this inspires you to turn something boring into something beautiful.
My DH doesn't like it when I throw out any paintings, so when he took out the recycling the other day he came back into the house with 3 thatI didn't think were really up to par. He asked me if I could tangle up these paintings. ** actually it was more of doodle wiggling his finger - saying can you do that to that. ;) ** LOL So this is what I can up with. It is WAY better than the original painting. :)
Hope you enjoy
Good Morning Everyone. The mother-in-law is gone now and I have a few days before my BFF is here so I thought I would get some work done. This is a 9 * 12 abstract tangle featuring Kilroy. It was done in an assortment of Micron Pens on 105 gms AF paper. Click Here For Auction!
Hope you enjoy!
Well whatever I had for the past week has finally hit the kids. I was kinda hoping I gave myself food poisoning - or something better then this - and it would not hit them, :O But no such luck and now we have a steady stream of company for the next month - starting tonight. :O *eek*
A Special Note
Into the Depths
A Song in my Heart
So I thought I would try and get these up before I get really distracted. LOL They are all 4 * 6 ink on AF sketchbook paper . Hope you enjoy.
Have been feeling a little under the weather this week so I havent made it to the table to paint. Instead it has been a case of curling up with the kids on the pull out and watching movies and tangling. Hope you enjoy the newest additions.
4 * 6 inch
Ink on AF paper
A very Happy Thanksgiving goes out to all my Canadian Friends. After crawling into my fat pants and falling into a turkey coma, I grabbed my sketchbook for a long night of laziness. ;) LOL
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Everybody doodles... so why not put in all down on paper in repeating abstract block patterns. Ive seen alot of these done on the artist sites I frequent so I thought I would take inspiration from these wonderful artits and put all these years of doodling into something tangable.
Hope these inspire you to try something a little different.