Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Random Thoughts

No idea what these are,  but they are growing along a fence at the dog park

A friend's backyard.

Another view of the babbling brook as it descends
This is my favorite time of the year. Cool nights, cooler days (maybe cooler. We hit 81 yesterday). The colors of fall make me smile.

Attended a weenie roast in the above backyard on Saturday, complete with an urban hay ride. This consisted of a trailer with bales of hay as seats, being pulled by a smallish John Deere tractor with a snow plow attachment on the front. It was delightful. Later we sat around a campfire playing Pictionary, or rather a homemade version. Divided into teams, we had to draw the saying. Uh huh.

You try drawing "Squash harvest".

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Another Chipboard Album

Front cover

Back cover

Sunflower at the dog park, drying naturally
Rolling right along, another mini album of inspirational quotes is done. If these don't sell, I can always keep them on hand to give as gifts. Just loving doing these, playing with the colors.

We are having incredible fall weather. Warm during the day, but not excessive, cool at night. Took the dogs to the dog park late this morning, before the rain moves in this afternoon. The sunflowers that were so pretty are now hanging down, heavy with seeds. I would love to paint one of these. Some day.

Enjoy yourselves.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Two minds are better than one

The photo I sent to Cathy on Sunday morning

After adding a very subtle stamp

Stamping added

Leaves and grass fronds drying with paint still on them

This is the extent of my outside decorations.
The dogs and I went for a long walk yesterday morning. This rarely happens now, due to my chronic back and leg pain, but we made it down our favorite trail at the Avon Town Hall Park. I so enjoyed it, and I know Gracie and Jake were tired by the time we got back to the car. Along the way I collected leaves off the ground, having watched the Alisha Burke post from yesterday.

Using leaves to print onto Gelli plate prints gives you some really interesting effects, and I do plan on doing that again. Mine didn't look as good as hers, but I worked with them for about an hour. The grass fronds were also adding some wonderful texture. Unfortunately, the other Zebra grass fronds I used left little bits on the Gelli plate. Had to clean it off before I could continue, but a good lesson in what not to use. I now have a good pile of leaves drying that I am going to paint. Just because. I already have enough paint for 10 artists, why not try it on leaves?

The collages had been sitting in the studio for days. I would pick them up, trying to decide what needed to be added, then put them back down. Sunday morning I took the first photo and messaged it to Cathy. She came back with a photo of a stack of stamps that she thought would look good. After the dog park Sunday afternoon, we went to visit and borrow the stamps. I first stamped, with black ink, on deli paper. Once dry (and you MUST let the ink dry overnight or it will smear), you adhere the deli paper to your surface with a good quality gel medium. I always use Liquitex Heavy Gel Matte. The beauty of using this method is that you can see how it will look prior to applying the gel. Once wet, the deli paper becomes transparent or adds a very subtle haze. I happen to love this look. I am doing my best to stock pile completed projects for the selling season. 

Enjoy this weather. We all know the end of it is near. Sigh.

Monday, October 10, 2016

alisaburke: painted leaves

alisaburke: painted leaves: I love autumn and one of my favorite parts of the season is all those fall leaves! For the last few years, it has become a tradition of m...

Good Morning!

I have not tried to paint on dried leaves, but I am going to collect some leaves today when I walk the dogs. This is so cool. Alisa states that her leaves have lasted for years. I'm sure the trick to to make absolutely certain your leaves are completely dry and pressed flat before you apply paint. Remember, too, that cheaper paint contains more water.

Have fun!


Saturday, October 8, 2016

10 x 10 canvases

Preparing for the holiday market shows. The above canvases are 10 inches by 10 inches, regular width canvas (not gallery profile). Covered completely in old dress pattern paper that was tinged in yellow. I think this was the original, normal tint of the paper used, although the patterns are old. I also used antique book pages, house numbers, and Flinch cards that I found at a local antique store. Added some acrylic paint, inks, water colors, and glazing in raw umber.

As the dates come closer, I will post the times, locations, and (maybe) directions to the shows. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

New Projects

Front cover

Jake, cleaning his paws. Yes, he does this on the furniture. Your point?

Several months ago, Cathy and I were browsing together at Michael's. This is always a bad thing, very dangerous. We will talk each other into buying supplies, something neither of us needs, because "some day" we will make "something" and use those supplies. I have been inspired by Donna Downey to use up what I have on hand, because Hello? Can we say hoarder? And I am running out of room. I keep buying storage to hold all of this stuff (shit), so at some point, I have to either give it away or use it.

The above is a 6 inch by 6 inch heavy chipboard album. Comes in a package with the metal rings. and it was cheap. I think on sale it was $2.00. One valuable lesson I have learned from the various classes I've taken is: always gesso chipboard. If you don't, it will suck the paint right up. So I first applied a thin layer of gesso, both sides, and let it dry completely. I then used a brayer to apply one color in spots, adding a second color while it was still wet and randomly moving the paint around. I happen to love the mottled effect this gives, and you have a smooth, sealed base for whatever else you want to do.

Did some stenciling, added some Sizzix cut outs with Donna Downey inspirational stamping, few pieces of Washi tape, more stenciling, and called it done. This will be at one of the shows I am doing for the holiday season. I had a lot of fun doing this.

Life is Good.