Saturday, January 14, 2017
|From a Balzer stencil, cheap craft paint|
|Why yes, there is a story|
|I just love how this turned out. So random.|
|The caption states "She sells Mary Kay". I apologize if you do.|
|Watercolor drawing from a photo in Vanity Fair|
|Another water color/Neocolor II drawing from an ad|
The double page spread using a Balzer stencil was a mishap. I used too much black Dylusions paint, which is quite thick, to stencil on the right. When I lifted the stencil, I realized what I had done. Grabbed the spray bottle, gave the stencil a quick spritz or two of water, then laid in down on the opposite page. Yeah. Love, love, love that technique.
The dogs and I will be in all weekend due to an ice storm, so after cleaning and laundry, back to the studio. Stay safe.
Friday, January 13, 2017
|Working on some large tags again|
|The start of a project from Creative Jumpstart 2017. It didn't go well. Stay tuned.|
Rae Missigman is an artist that I admire. She is starting a free challenge on Sunday, January 15th to make marks everyday for 30 days. It is in the hope this will instill the habit. I am going to play along, and will share some of it here. To visit her blog, go here.
Creative Jumpstart 2017 has been very interesting, and I'm glad I signed up. It's 30 days of inspiration, videos, interviews, and just plan good information. I may not like every style represented, but you can always learn something. We registered early at a discount, so mentioning this now for next year. I will definitely do it again.
Artscape in Dublin, OH will be April 27th to April 30th. I attended this on the Friday last year for a class with Carolyn Dube. They don't have the classes or the instructors listed on their website yet, but I will post that when it is available. On Friday evening, there is a marketplace that you have to purchase a ticket to attend. Filled with mixed media type vendors, you can buy ephemera (vintage letters and envelopes, books, ribbons, etc.), stencils, stamps, Gel Press plates, all types of neat supplies. A great place to connect with like minded individuals. (Hi, Klara and Tracy!!!)
That's all I got. We have an ice storm moving in later today. I am hitting Michael's this morning in case there is something I need (laughing as I type this), and will hunker down with the dogs to play while the ice collects.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
|The long living room wall above the couch. I wasn't happy with this arrangement.|
|As of yesterday, adding the very top piece and rearranging. THIS makes me happy.|
|One more large tag added to the metal gate|
|Gracie, supervising. Actually, wanting her ears massaged.|
So it all came down, and I rearranged 3 walls. I also collect art work in poster form, reproductions, from the places I have visited. That all was removed from above the couch, and now hangs opposite. Why am I telling you this? My blog. No, seriously, I realized yesterday that all of the classes I take online for creating art, for using colors in complimentary patterns has translated to how I view what is on my walls. And that now the walls are one giant canvas.
I am in so much trouble.....
Monday, January 9, 2017
|Oversized Ranger tag|
|Smaller, 6 1/4 x 2 3/4 I think|
|The metal memo gate hanging in my kitchen.|
I purchased the month long class, Creative Jumpstart, this year. The second video was with Mystele Kirkeeng, who specializes in primitive or outsider style art. From that, I went to Mystele's Etsy shop and purchased her Gel Press class, which was only $12. I really, really enjoy the process of the Gel plates, but I'm never happy with my results. It seems the longer I do it, the less I like it. In Mystele's class you learn how to use the plate as a stamp. Yeah, boy.
First of all, I used the 3x5 plate for most of the above. (The top left image is something I purchased at an art fair several years ago in Zionsville, IN. The top middle tag I did last year.) I have a collection of small stencils, and wanted to mix and match for lots of layers. On the last few passes, I switched to the 2x2 Gel Press square. Finished up with running the Ranger Black Soot distress ink pad around the edges, and stamping some Donna Downey quotes. The eye is a new stamp from Joggles.com, as are the small paint brush and pen images.
The most important aspect I took away from this is: using a smaller Gel plate forces you to limit the paint, giving you a totally different type of print. One that appears to have more texture. It is easier to obtain a "ghost" print as well, which is my favorite part. It is way easier to put paint exactly where you want to fill in.
I am loving the process. Try it. Enjoy.
Friday, January 6, 2017
|First IW2017 spread Jan 4th|
Thankfully for me, I had the 2 Donna stencils that she used for this first IW. We first applied gesso to seal the pages, then used the jar holding the paint brushes with Golden Light Molding Paste. We also used the paste to wrap the words from the "art is" stencil around the inclusion. I love this idea and will undoubtedly use it again. I let that dry, then did a light wash of Golden Teal in fluid acrylic. Let that dry, applied more gesso where the teal paint had grabbed a bit too heavy, and waited again. The glaze is Raw Umber, as always. Donna had adhered an old paint brush to the jar full of brushes. I didn't want to start the year with so much bulk, so I pulled out a new stamp. Ordered this a few weeks ago. It's small (about 2 inch long) images of various paint brushes, pens, artist tools. There are 12 on the stamp, so I made 2 tags, using all of the images. Distressed the tags and attached with the date.
Made me happy.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
The base was a chipboard album from Maya Road - their oversized luggage tag. I used that form for albums and for wall hangings. The paper is from KaiserCraft, a company that is still with us. Always unique, always a best seller, Cathy and I loved working with both the paper and embellishments.
It's snowing here. Will try to spend the afternoon in the studio, with "let us out so we can come back in" breaks for the dogs. Thanks for stopping by.