I decided to take another little blogging break as I need to have a second surgery. Not my hip this time, thank goodness. 🙂
I had a Mammogram and the doctor found a small lump that has to be removed. I am thankful it is not cancer! Praise God! It is a good reminder the importance of getting an annual Mammogram.
I recently painted a couple of pages in my art journal:
I just love the texture I got, don’t you? I started with black gesso, added several colors of acrylic paint with a brayer and used a stencil on some parts. I started drawing a vine with a black micron pen and flower shapes with a paintbrush and black Sumi ink.
I used leftover paint on my brayer for this page. It was easier to draw the flowers without so much acrylic paint on the page.
I liked this first book of Botanical Line Drawing so much:
I decided to treat myself and purchase the author’s second book on Drawing Cactus and Succulents. This book actually has the names of each plant so I can learn as I go.
I like the simple steps of illustration in both books.
Perhaps I will have some interesting journal pages to show you when I return. I plan on joining my cat with some Cat Napping while I heal.
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, color experiments, Flowers, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, art journal, cactus and succulents, color play, creative play, drawing, flowers, fun, learning, rest
Sometimes I make art for classes that are just for practice but I dislike wasting good art paper.
Yesterday, I decided to add pattern and color to two of such papers.
My first experiment were repetitive triangle shapes on 90 lb hot press paper. I added more pattern and color with water soluble crayons and then softened them with water:
Next, I mixed a tiny bit of transparent orange acrylic paint with matte medium and brushed it onto my paper. I added more pattern on top with a plastic tool by Plaid.
My second experiment was adding to shapes I had done with sumi ink and water soluble crayons to create a feeling of rhythm. I added additional pattern and color similar to my first experiment.
I mixed a tiny bit of transparent red with matte medium but got a little too much red so I softened it with more matte medium for the second half on the left.
I used the end of my acrylic brush to make marks into the wet paint on this one.
Orignally, I was going to use both papers for collage material but I’m not sure I will cut up the first one! I like it too much. It reminds me of sailboats and summer.
I encourage you to experiment with pattern and color play over some artwork you’d like to repurpose. You may surprise yourself!
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, color experiments, Mixed Media, paper collage, Repurpose, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract art, acrylic paint, art experiments, collage art, color play, fun, matte medium, pattern and color, pattern play, repurpose, Sailboats, texture, water soluble crayons
Yesterday, I experimented with Ecoline liquid watercolors. I just love how vibrant these colors are right out of the jar. It was fun to wet my watercolor paper first and then drop in color with an eye dropper.
I learned some of these techniques from the online class, Flower Magic hosted by Ivy Newport.
I added F&W acrylic ink in gold on top of this flower. I also added salt over the wet paint but it was extremely slow drying.
My next flower, I added Inktense pencil by sanding the pencil over the wet paint. I like the look of the fine granules.
And my last flower I added Ecoline gold. It didn’t spread as well as the F&W Acrylic gold ink. I also added Inktense pencil shavings in two different colors.
There is little control in this method of painting with an eye dropper. It definitely felt like flower magic as each flower took shape.
Do you have a favorite color combination? I hope you share it with me.
Posted in Uncategorized, Acrylic Paint, Watercolor, Abstract Art, Flowers, imagination
Tagged flowers, imagination, acrylic ink, Colorful, creative play, abstract art, art experiments, online art classes, gold ink
I spent the last several days in bed with the stomach flu so I was excited when I felt better yesterday to do a little Gelli-plate printing! Yahoo!! 🙂
I was experimenting printing on transparentcy film which I learned from Carla Sonheim in her online class: 2019 Year of the Collage. I used Golden High Flow Acrylics for this technique.
I wanted to show you one that reminded me of rocks in a stream:
I did the second print or what is called a “ghost” print on deli paper:
And here is a photo of sheet music behind the printed transparentcy:
So many possibilities! I can’t wait to get back to my art table!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, color experiments, gelli printing, Uncategorized
Tagged art classes, art experiments, creative play, deli paper, fun, Gelli-Prints, happy, high flow acrylics, Organic shapes, transparentcy film
I hope ALL of you who celebrate Christmas had a wonderful day! I sure did…
I decided to take a little weird bird vacation…
Please check out my categories on the right of screen under “Weird Bird Wednesday,” if you are in need smile! 🙂
P.S. I’d love to hear about your Christmas or Holiday… I hope you will share it with me!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, gelli printing, imagination, Masks, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paint, drawing, experiment, Gelli-Prints, mask, patterns, smile, white gel pen
I tried a new technique on the Gelli-Plate last week that I learned from Carla Sonheim. You can find out more about my mask series here, Making Masks!
I did this technique on a 5 x 7 inch Gelli-Plate using Golden Fluid Acrylic paint.
I created my pattern by folding a piece of copy paper in half and cutting the paper with scissors. I laid it directly on the Gelli-Plate without applying paint first. I have always put paint on the Gelli-Plate before my pattern so this was a new concept for me.
Next, I placed about a quarter-sized dab of paint directly on top of my pattern used a brayer to spread the paint evenly over my design. Note: The copy paper pattern ripped when I applied paint on the top of it so I learned to use thicker paper such as cardstock to mask it for future projects.
After I let the paint completely dry in about 10 minutes, I removed the paper pattern carefully from my Gelli-Plate.
Next, I added a contrasting color of acrylic paint directly on my printing plate with the brayer and and placed a 9 x 12 inch sheet of Fabriano hot press, 90 lb paper on top, pressing over the paper with a clean brayer on the back of my paper.
Important step: Let paper rest until the paint dries for an additional 10 minutes.
After the paint dried, I pulled my print slowly from the Gelli-Plate:
I decorated my print with Posca paint pens, Uniball Signo white pen and a black Micron pen.
I’m not sure that I’m done decorating this one, but I thought you may enjoy seeing it.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my process. I made other masks with this technique that I hope to share with you soon.
Posted in Acrylic Paint, gelli printing, imagination, Masks, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, color pencils, creative play, fun, Gelli-Prints, mask, Posca pens
I had fun creating more Gelli-Plate Prints recently for the online class with Carla Sonheim.
After making an animal head as a stencil, our assignment was to cut it into four unequal quadrants and make monoprints.
Like a puzzle, pieces could be added or subtracted on each layer so the final prints were a little bit of a mystery.
Next, we were to add paint pens to complete our animals. I used Posca paint pens which are opaque and cover most surfaces.
Below is one wild hare print before and after the paint pens:
We had the option to add eyes or a nose so I also included a bow tie! 😃
Below is a pig I did – before and after:
And two more, they look like “party” animals to me!
I also created some face “masks” in spirit of Halloween. I hope to post them tomorrow.
I hope these wacky animal prints give you a smile today!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Animals, Doodles, gelli printing, Humor, imagination, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged bunnies, Colorful, creative play, doodles, Gelli-Prints, imaginary animals, inspiration, paint pens, pattern play, pigs, smile
I’ve been dealing with health issues from a car accident over a year ago…
It affects many aspects of my life.
I have not mentioned it because I want to keep my blog positive. Yet, I am having a hard time keeping up with my blog and reading your blogs.
Please know I appreciate all your comments and likes on my blog. I will try to comment on your blogs when I can. 🙂
I may not be posting as often as I need more time to rest. Thank you for your understanding.
Posted in Acrylic Paint, fall, Life, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged autumn leaves, Blogging, Colorful, fall, fall leaves, health issues, leaf printing, life balance