Wednesday, May 16, 2018

One Stencil - Gorgeous Art Journal Background

The wonderful thing about The Crafters Workshop stencils are they make great backgrounds. I haven't made backgrounds in a long time and it was so much fun creating this one.

I decided to use Rangers Distress Oxide inks and one TCW stencils called Dramatic Floral (TCW736) designed by Balzer Designs.  I started adding the stencil with picked raspberry.


 
 
Next, twisted citron.

 
 
Then added peacock feathers and fossilized amber.

 
 
To add more of the stencil I used a Signo white pen and traced the design onto the page.


 
I love it. If you look closely I only used parts of the stencil design. I love that I can choose different sections of the stencil to make it fit on the page.

 
 



 
The best part was when I finished using each color I would spray the stencil with water and add it to the opposite page.  Pretty cool looking right?


I don't know how or when I'll use these pages. I love the way they turned out. I think they are to pretty to cover!
 

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A New Collage: Mellow Yellow

I love collage. I like going through all the bits and pieces of paper I've saved. There are times where I just dump out my scrap drawer and find pieces for collages. I put them in separate envelopes so I can use them in the future. Sometimes I just dump them right back in the drawer because I don't like the combination anymore.

This collage I decided to create a background using white and yellow acrylic paints and a stencil called Tuscan Floral by The Crafters Workshop. My collages usually have lots of negative space but this time I didn't want to leave the background all white.



 
Next I took my pieces and auditioned them to decide where I wanted them. The yellow flower is actually the bottom of a water bottle. I tried to use it to create some stamped flowers but it didn't work that way I had hoped.  The blue and yellow papers are scrapbook paper, dry wall tape (holes), and two other pieces of scrap paper.
 



There are so many pieces I keep that I do go through it and throw some of it away. I know I can hear some of her screaming NOOOOOOOOOO!  When this drawer is to full to close, I go through it all.
 
 
 
Here it is finished. The bee I think was part of a piece of scrapbook paper but I've had him forever so I'm not sure. Oh, the two little greenish circles on the left is bubble wrap. See I keep way too much!!!


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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Loving Florals


I love flowers and I'm drawn to floral paintings, any type and any style. Slowly I'm trying to paint them but I'm starting small.  I'm also trying to use brighter colors. Most of my paintings are dark because I love using black. Maybe it's my mood at the time (hmm doesn't sound good LOL).

This canvas was actually another painting I hated. Gesso to the rescue!!! I decided not to think just do something that looked floral and this is what happened.

Here is a close up of the flowers or berries. I dipped the end of a paint brush to create them. You can see the leaves are just a swoosh of green paint. Nothing difficult.

The funny thing is that I've been trying not to think and just create but having a hard time of it. I wish I can remember where my mind set was when I created this piece so I can do it again.  Working on abstracts I can just go with it but florals my mind and hands do not cooperate.
 
Maybe working towards abstract florals might help. I find I get frustrated practicing in my art journal that I stop altogether. I never seem to keep the focus going. Is there something you are dying to learn to paint but it never seems to work out?  Does your frustration stop you? 
 
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Think Spring - A New Abstract


Think Spring came about because the painting underneath it was UGLY!  GESSO to the rescue!  This time I applied all the paint with a Princeton Catalyst Mini Blade #5.  I only have #1 and #5 and I am so buying the rest of the set.

While the gesso was still wet I applied different shades of blue, green and yellow paint to the canvas.

 
 
I don't remember my thought process but I decided to add white gesso towards the top. I do turn my paints around and add more paint here and there to see different angles of the painting.  I so wish I took a close up of the texture. It's so cool looking.

 
 
As you can see I added more white gesso and green. It almost covers up the blue but I let it peek out a little.


I found a close up!!!! It still doesn't do it any justice.
 

 
When it dried I added a squiggle of dark blue and white paint to finish it.
 
 


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Creating a Koi Pond with Stencils

One (there are many) favorite artist is, Claude Monet. I am so drawn to his paintings especially his water lilies. I could stare at them forever and so I decided to create my own water lilies painting.

I started with a 11x14 cradled wood board and painted in with TCW Black Gesso. Then using acrylic inks and water added green, yellow and some blue to the background.  When all the paint dried I used TCW433 Wildflowers stencil to the background.


Using modeling paste I added the fish from TCW499 Koi Pond stencil

 
 
 
 
After the modeling paste completely dried I painted the fish and then added the lily pads.
 

 
 
Here is a close up of the fish. 
 


I also added flowers to the lily pads with modeling paste and painted them in magenta.




Here is the finished piece. I really enjoyed creating this and there will be more in the future.
 
This painting was put up for a Breast Cancer auction where one lucky winner took it home.


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