Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Be The Sunshine - An Art Journal Page

I love Instagram. I find it easy to use and once I start scrolling I could be on it for hours. What I post there I rarely post here so I thought I would change that.  There will be no tutorials but I can tell you what supplies I used to create the project and link them to where you can get them.

You can following me on Instagram searching for karenlizhenderson or click on the link on the top right-hand side of my blog.

This is an art journal page the I used (again!) the Joyful Sunflower stencil, Ranger Distress Oxide Inks for the background using the Bricks Stencil, various acrylic paints for the Joyful Sunflower and the Love Sonnet stencil, Dina Wakely Media Journal

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.

As you can see I added the Bricks and the Love Sonnet stencils in different directions. Never be afraid to turn the stencils in different directions. You'll be surprised how they look.

This page was created in Dina Wakely's Media Journal. My all time favorite journal because of all the variety of different surfaces inside (canvas, burlap, cotton rag, watercolor paper and kraft).  Confession...I have tons of art journal but none of them are full. They all have tons of blank pages. I do believe I will finishing this one!

That's it for today!
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I Framed a Sunflower!!!

Well, not a real one. One of my favorite stencils from The Crafters Workshop is the Joyful Sunflower. Although I have quite a few favorites the flowers are the ones I use all the time. Today I'm going to show you my Design Team project for The Crafters Workshop.

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 want to show you the fun background I created for this piece. It is something everyone can do! I found I had a box of pre-made corrugated cards so I thought it would be fun to use the card for mark making and texture. If you don't have the cards use cardboard or anything corrugated!

I took a piece 11" x 14" mixed media paper and added paint to it, sprayed it with water lightly, and then used the card to create the marks.  Keep move the card around the paper.

Since I have a whole box of these cards I will be using this technique over and over. For the background I used blue, white and black acrylic paint. I believe they were all Golden Paint but I can't guarantee it since there are always tons sitting on my table. I wish I could use just one brand. Do you only one brand of paint?

The background dried and I started adding the Joyful Sunflower. Remember to move your stencil designs around especially flowers. You'll see I created shadows behind the flowers by moving it.

I finished the piece and framed it right away. I'm in the process of varnishing paintings I want to keep and painting Gesso on the ones I don't want so I can start over.

You can see more of my tutorial on The Crafters Workshop blog. Don't forget to leave a comment and check out all the other projects created by the Design Team!!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Forgetting My Creations

I keep forgetting to share my Design Team projects for The Crafters Workshop here. Today I'm going to share a few projects with links to the tutorials so you can see how they were made. You can see the tutorials by clicking on the date.    Lets get started!

MAY 15, 2018:

MAY 1, 2018: This is a quick and easy technique to create backgrounds

APRIL 17, 2018

APRIL 3, 2018 - Tea Bag Art

MARCH 20, 2018

The Crafters Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create all these projects. The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.

That's it! I'm all caught up. I hope you enjoy my tutorials and check out the rest of the Design Teams' projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Finding Art: Even in Traffic

I was sitting in traffic on my way to work and say this check. I love the monsters on it. I love the big eye on the gray one. 

Quick post for today. I'm still cleaning my art room!!!!  Oh one more thing, I had to change the way you have to leave comments. Sorry. I was getting tons and tons of spam.

Remember .. look up, look down, look all around, Art is every where!
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Stages of My Abstract Paiting.

Today I'm going to show you a few stages of one of my Abstract paintings. I'm finding taking pictures of a few stages helps me learn what I like and don't like. The last picture it states it might be done. Its signed and waiting to be varnished.

Here is the first stage I took a picture of.  I was just playing creating weird flowers. This is on 11x14 Strathmore Mixed Media Paper.

I didn't like it so I decided to add a wash of black to the painting plus more mark making.

Remember there were more steps in between all these pictures.  I decided to add some gel medium for texture, more blue and green paints, and then spray water all over it and just let it dry.  I love to add water to paints and watch the paint move around. You should try it!

As you can see I started adding more shades of blues and green, stencils, mark marking but I still didn't like it.

When it dried I used a brayer and added white, yellow, green and a little blue paint. Using the dropper from an acrylic ink bottle I added my scribble to it. Again I sprayed it with a little water and let it dry.

Once it dried, I let it sit a couple of days but decided I loved it. It is now waiting in line for varnish and it will be put in a frame. 

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