Showing posts with label mixed media. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mixed media. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy Halloween - Mixed Media Journal Page

I pulled out my art journal the other day while it were were watching the first snowstorm of the year and I was inspired by the start of the Halloween season. This, as you know, is my most favorite time of the year. 
When I start a new journal page I try not to start a painting on a white background so when i finish a different piece I will clean my palette by scraping and smearing the left over paints on other pages throughout my journals. This page started with a smeared purple background then I went a little wild added some gesso, stamps, stickers, dictionary page, acrylic paints, heavy body gel medium, gel pens, oil pen and pencil, decoupage, ink and sgraffito, pretty much everything AND the kitchen sink from my art box to create this fun little mixed media piece. 
If you like this journal page feel free to search out a some of my other Halloween inspired props, decor and art projects here:
Wishing everyone a HAPPY HALLOWEEN! If you felt inspired by this journal page, please remember that sharing is caring.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mixed Media painting over Acrylic Pour- Cultural Aura


8*10 wrapped canvas
Acrylic pouring is an exciting, unpredictable painting technique that doesn't involve brushes and can provide you with finished paintings or interesting backgrounds for additional techniques such as this one. Here is another revamped failed pour painting that after the addition of ink and watercolor it transformed it into something spectacular. Carefully places accents help to acentuate the.hair and weathered face of this individual.  I also tried really hard not to cover all of the beautiful background instead using the texture to my advantage. I LOVE this painting, it has everything I look for in a self-critic of my work, contrast, color, spontaneity, interest, lost and found edges. I hope this inspires you to try something new.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

On the Cliffs - Painting over an acrylic poured background

I have been experimenting with a new technique of acrylic pouring with mixed results. This little 8*10 painting is one of these that didn't quite turn out the way I hoped, so when it dried instead of repouring I decided to use it as a background for another painting. There were not a lot of "pre-loaded images" to work within this pour -these are images that just appear -  so I had to rely on the colors in the background to choose colors the colors for the foreground. The muted blues/greys and texture reminded me of washed out plaster so running with that I emphasized the oranges, pinks, and greens. With all the visual interest the background you don't have to worry about covering all the underpainting, just enough develop your vision.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dependence

This painting was started by using a messy background that was accomplished by using inks, acrylics, heavy body gel medium and stencils for texture. You can see the texture of the gel medium being utilized in the fish and some raised letters and symbols hidden in the background. I used some drywall tape and randomly smooshed some medium into the holes and it worked to give me some texture and direction in the painting, I like this method of intuitive painting because it does not force the work, it just allows it to develop naturally.
When I was working on this I had to make a few adjustments as I went. The biggest challenge was connecting the human and fish form This is where I added the tongue with the fishing line - problem solved. For added interest, you can also find some charcoal pencil mark making and a fun foam fish stamp that I pulled from my collection.
Hope you enjoy and remember sharing is caring.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Morphed abstract acrylic portrait painting




I am very excited to bring you this latest work named "Morphed". This abstract painting is a representation of the ying and yang of humanity and how even though we see the world through the same eyes, our perspective is completely unique. I hope you enjoy.
18 * 24 inch
acrylic on stretched canvas

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Serenity in Mixed Media

5*8 inch
mixed media over monoprint

When I developed this Buddha painting I felt like a sculpture pushing (adding darks) and pulling features (adding lights). I used a very simplistic palette of just Prussian blue and white over a Gelli print, but I feel it has some impact with the texture of the print showing through. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Mixed Media Rooster Gelli print painting

Cockadoodle Doo
5*8
Mixed media (Gelli print, acrylic, watercolor, oil pencil, ink, pastel)

Good morning sunshine! Rise and Shine!   

One of my more favorite Gelli paintings as I love everything chicken. Having a small flock is one of the reasons we moved out of  the city and into a community that is chicken friendly.
So to honor this funny little man I pulled a page from my paper journal and just went at it. One of the benefits of painting on either a toned or pattern background is that not only does the mid tone color of the underpainting works to tie the painting together, but the subtle texture in the print can add a certain je nais saia quoi, even of you only see specks of it here and there. You can see that interesting pattern come through in the area behind the waddle and in the eye area and it really lends itself to adding the texture without having to paint it. I love it!
As 2017 is the Chinese year of the rooster I plan on completing a set of these paintings to be sold in art card form so stay tuned.
I hope this inspire you to grab some supplies and play. If you enjoy these pieces just remember that sharing is caring.



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Life isn't always black and white, a Mixed Media Portrait

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)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mixed media cat painting using Gelli printed background

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) 


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mixed media landscape painting with Gelli printed paper background

This little landscape painting was created using gelli printed paper tiles as my background. This process serves as adding color and pattern to a blank canvas as well as adding some interesting texture.

4.5" * 7"
Acrylic painting covered with Gelli printed paper tiles on wrapped canvas

Hope you enjoy

Friday, November 11, 2016

Using Gelli Prints in Mixed Media Bunny Painting

Hi everyone, so nice to be back in the world of creative expression. I really miss these days as I don't get a lot of time to do it anymore with going back to  school and family responsibilities.
 
4.5" * 7"
Mixed media (paper, canvas, acrylic, ink, oil pencil, chalk)

I was working on some printing some Gelli papers for our Christmas gift tags. This is an easy project to create with very minimal, inexpensive supplies and are beautiful in many other applications as well. I used regular craft acrylic, card stock, a homemade permanent Gelli plate and some store bought and hand cut stencils and stamps.
I really don't like wasting such beautiful papers so with the left overs from our tags, I decided to cover a canvas with 1 inch tiles using the printed paper with Modge Podge and after deliberating for a while I decided to add this cute bunny painting. I left some of the background prints showing through as this will add dimension and to the painting. Finally add some details with a permanent  ink pen and called it a day.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gone Fishing Wire Wrapping Wall Art

Another beach inspired project that I put together this summer. I used a mix of heavy and light gauge wire to form the framework and filled in with some patterning wirework. It reminds me of doodling, just with wire instead of ink. I used an eye hook to attach it to some hand lettered driftwood. I really like the blend of industrial and natural elements in this mixed media piece.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Little Nut - Gelli Printing

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.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gelatin plate prints

If you love scrapbooking, paper arts or mono printing you will love gelatin printing.



 These pretty papers were created using a homemade permenant gelatin plate (you tube has a few videos and recipes for these) but you can also purchase a ready made Gell Printing Plate from amazon or local crafting stores.  These prints can be used in so many ways, from creating cards and tags to backgrounds in art journals or mixed media pieces, and because you are in essence mono-printing no 2 papers will ever look the same. These were created using hand cut stencils/stamps and basic craft paint. I have also used Golden Open's for some experiments and on hot dry days I have also added Debbie Travis glazing liquid (just what was on sale) to extend the working time of the basic craft paint. These are a few the turned out so well that they are now mounted and hung independently.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Art Journal Portrait mixed media page Gelli Printed Background

My dd and I have been busy printing gift tags, Christmas cards and background papers on our handmade Gelli plate. If you haven't had a chance to experiment with this type of monoprinting, you should! There is no right or wrong way, just ways that work out better than others. If you don't like something it is very easily covered up to create another dimension. We cut our own stamps (texture plates), basic stencils and used found objects to print a multitude of papers. This is one of my not so good prints that I turned into an inspirational mixed media piece. Gelli print, acrylic paint, oil pastel, ink, collage.


 I love the way the paper does a lot of the work for you.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Parrot tangle

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.   

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Acrylic Monoprint Man in Glasses

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.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ink and watercolor mini portrait

This painting practically painted its self. I started off by doing a grey scale under painting with black ink and water pens. Then applied a few washes of color to bring her to life. The shading was already taken care of with ink washes.  Hope you enjoy. Merry Christmas everyone.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Displaying family photos doesn't have to be boring - Altered art

This week I decided that our family photo wall needed some updating and maybe a little color so I got to work on these 2 photos of my babies. Somewhere between a scrapbook page and a journal page done with a black and white copy of the photo mod podged to a 4* 6 canvas board. I embellished these with puffy paint, markers, acrylics, stamps, paper cutouts and some mod podge. Hope this inspires you to have a little fun with those family photos.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Outcroppings and Old trees on Misty Lake ATC's

These are a few of the small paintings I have been working on this week. Outcroppings was done mixed media with an ink and watercolor wash
and old trees on misty lake is a traditional watercolor.
Hope you enjoy. :)


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