Friday, May 22, 2015

Texture, color and The Masters

Hi Everyone.
I was in New York City in April for some shows and museums with my fellow Design Team Member, Tami Sanders.
We spend a few days before attending Stencil U for The Crafter's Workshop (that's for another post).
 
I love going to art museums and we saw MoMa and The Met.
Gorgeous!!!
 
The one thing I love is standing in front of these paintings and see all the texture and color.
 
The first on is a Jackson Pollock titled Number 1A
 
 
 
Look at all the texture.
 
 
 
Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies - Claude Monet
One of my favorites
 

 
Look at all the color and texture. Gorgeous.

 
 
This one is titled Evening, Honfleur by Georges-Pierre Seurat
Oil on canvas and even painted the frame.
He paints in in tiny dots.


Look at all the tiny dots.
I wonder how long it took to finish.
 

 
 
The next two are more of my favorites
Vincent van Gogh
Cypresses
 
 
 
Look at all the oil paint.
It was amazing to look at.

 
 
The Starry Night


 
Here is a close. Amazing to look at.

 
 
We also went to see the 911 Memorial.
I will share pictures of it in another post.
 
I do wanted to show you the buildings surrounding it.
I love that they are reflective.
 
 
 
That's it for now.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Painting: It's All in the Numbers

Hi Everyone!
This past weekend I decided to take all my number stencils by The Crafter's Workshop and start on a large canvas.
I decided to start by using only Liquitex Spray Paints in black, whites and grays.

It's not finished.
Or at least I don't think so.
I have to let it sit a few days before my next steps.


I do love it right now.
And I'm really loving the white space.
But my gut is still saying more.
Any thoughts?

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Monday, May 18, 2015

It's His Birthday! A Masculine Card

Hi Everyone!
Our nephew's birthday is this week.
You know what I did?
Add "buy a birthday card" to my to do list.
Must have been a brain fart because why would I do that?
I have everything I need to create one.
Here is how I created this card.
To create the background I used the Well Rounded stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.
I only used one design off the stencil (bottom left hand corner-see stencil).
I added the design with gel medium and let it dry.
Then I used watered down acrylics to add a watercolor background.


To me it looks like little clouds.
The hot air balloon stamp is a Tim Holtz set called The Impossible.


I like to make cards that are not full of embellishments and won't cost a fortune to mail.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Easy Layers with One Stencil - Two Sizes

I'm going to show you how to create a beautiful layered background with one stencil design but in two sizes; 12x12 and 6x6. I always buy both sizes and using them together creates more depth.
When creating a background for the first time with a stencil, choose a stencil design with repeating patterns. I'm using this stencil; TCW506 Stepping Stones. I'm also using acrylic paints on mixed media paper.


First step, I using the 12x12 Stepping Stones stencil with black.



Then I used the Mini Stepping Stone stencil but rotated the stencil.


Now for color; light purple. I used both sizes and moved the stencil around the paper.


I love the way the background is looking but I wanted to add a darker shade of purple.


This is the last layer, I'm finished.
Here is a close up.


It's easy.
Just keep moving the stencils around and change the color.
Using a background stencil is the easiest to use.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Bucket of Tags: Its Time to Use them

I have this bucket of tags that I have used for mopping up paints, inks, etc.
Many different mediums, lots of tags.



I decided that I need to start using them. 
I closed my eyes and picked this one.


It has a real cool background.
Not sure how I created it.
I decided to leave the background alone.
Here is another close up of the tag.




All I used is watered down acrylic inks for the bird, black acrylic paint and glass beads to finish the tag. The beads are iridescent so they pick up the colors on the bird.


Here is the finished tag.


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