Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A New Mixed Media Painting with Monoprints

Do you have routine when you create a painting? I paint 98% of all my substrates with black gesso. I like the peak through of the black (if it shows) and the way it makes the colors pop.

95% of the time I cover the black with a color and scribble in the wet paint.

Love to scribble!

Then I start adding more texture. These lines were created with black paint on cardboard.

After that its whatever my muse wants me to do. This time I chose from my stash some leftover monoprints to add to it. I usually keep to a favorite color combination.

Of course, I had to add more scribbles and it's done!

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Cold Wax and the New Year

Happy New Year!!
Last year I started playing with cold wax. I bought a few brands and I'm just seeing where it takes me. For this piece I used Dorland's Cold Wax.
I also use this wax on my art journal pages so they don't stick together.
I started with using a 6x6 cradled wood board and covered it with a couple of layers of acrylic paint.

As you can see below I added pieces of scrap paper to the back and added a wash of white paint on the top. I found all the pieces I wanted to use from the stash and auditioned where I wanted them to go.

I added a thin layer of wax to the top. This time I tried heating it up a little with my heat gun.  When it cooled I wanted to see what would happen if I added some gold paint through a stencil.

As you can see only some of the paint showed up. Acrylic paint and wax don't mixed. But there were places where there was no wax so it dried nicely. Then I added another layer of wax and attached the piece of napkin to the piece.

What I tried to do is add wax, heat it up and then add more pieces; layer after layer. I also like to scratch into the wax to add more texture.

Here is my finished piece. I really don't know what is right or wrong on how to use cold wax.
But art doesn't have any rules, right???

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Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Traveling Art Journal and the Holidays

Do you carry art supplies when you travel? I do. I can't leave home without them. In fact when I do, I feel like a left a best friend home! LOL
On my last trip I had an art journal, gel pens, watercolor pencils and The Crafters Workshop stencils in 6x6 size.
This art journal page was created using TCW720 Snowflakes and TCW721 Big Wreath.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.

The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.

I used a gel pen to add the wreath on the page. You will notice that I didn't use the wreath as a wreath but a design on the page. While the gel pen is still wet I added some water to it with a water brush and used watercolors to add some extra color.

If you look closely you can see the snowflakes. I added them with a white signo gel pen to the page.

I love down time in a hotel where you just relax, watch TV and create art!

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

BEGIN, You Just Have to Start

Today's mixed media painting I completed a while ago. I remember in the beginning I didn't know what I was going to do. I felt completely lost and uninspired.

It started by painting a wood panel with TCW Black Gesso. Let it dry and that's where it stopped for the day.

The next day I came back and added leftover scrap papers and monoprints in blues and blacks. I pulled out all my metallic paints and then inspiration hit.

Searching through the sale racks in my local arts and crafts store, I found these metal wings. To add texture to them I added a layer of metallic embossing powder and while the embossing powder was still hot I added a few tiny metallic beads.

To add more texture to the background I used a stencil from The Crafters Workshop called Geo Landscape (TCW673) with TCW Black Modeling Paste. When it dried I added more metallic paints.

I auditioned the wings to see where I wanted them and adhered them with E6000.

I used Seth Apter's Word Circles1 stamp and die set by Spellbinders to create the center. Around the "begin" circle I used wire, beads, stars and in the what glue I added tiny metallic beads.

I also added a few pearls glued on top of tiny washers.

On the Geo Landscape stencil there are circles and I used one for behind the wings.

I always try to make sure my sides are finished too.

Here is the center piece showing you the wings and stencil.


The finished piece was very hard to photograph with all the metallic paints and embellishments.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.
I have two more wood panels to finish using Seth Apter's Circle 1 stamps and die. Hopefully, I'll finish them in 2018!
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Finding Art - It Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

Sit back, relax and grab your favorite beverage.
Here is another episode of Finding Art.
As I was going through my cell phone I found more pictures I took in Chicago during Thanksgiving weekend.
These pictures (if I remember) are during black Friday shopping.
This is on a building.

This partial wall is full of colorful bricks.
Selfies always in front of this!

Love the decay.

I'm a little in love with fire escapes although I wouldn't want to climb down one.

This is a picture of all the soaps and bath bombs in Lush. During the day they throw a bath bomb in a big sink so everyone can watch. It's like a Willy Wonka store for soaps.

What better way to get everyone in an AT&T store!
Yes, real costumes from the Justice League.
They were pretty cool.

I wouldn't mind a movie all about him!


Love cars.

Downtown Chicago there is the annual Christkindlmarket.
We had to take a selfie with Klampus!

I look for this every time I go to Chicago.
The first visit to Chicago was when we took our daughter to see a collage. This entrepreneur attaches this handmade stage to his bike and wheels it around. It's a fun puppet show with funny music. I have to stop and watch it every time. It puts a smile on my face.

We usually stay at the Acme Hotel while in Chicago.
It's my favorite hotel. It's down to earth, full of art and comfortable. Don't get me wrong, we've stayed in many 4 star hotels, my husband is an agent, and they are beautiful but I don't want to walk in the door and feel underdressed all the time.
We had a suite this time. This zipper was on the living room wall.

Love the lips on the bathroom mirror.

Light fixture on the living room ceiling.

Fall leaves are always a piece of nature's art.

City outside the hotel window.

Like I've said before .. look up, look down, look all around, Art is every where!
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