In continuation of yesterday’s post, I discovered an exciting new way to complete my third collaged background from the fantastic, Australian artist, Toni Burt. I discovered her YouTube videos and online classes from a friend on Instagram.
I started with the same background in my sketchbook but added some white and blue acrylic paint to mute it. As you can see below:
After my paint dried, I covered my page with clear gesso to give it some “tooth” so I could draw my face on top.
I then went though the steps I learned in Toni’s class, “Flowers In Her Hair,” to create this beauty:
I hope you check out Toni’s classes at ToniBurt.com.au – I found the cost of her classes to be very reasonable for the amount of material she covers.
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Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, creative ideas, drawing faces, flowers, graphite, inspiration, Learning to draw, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, roses, soft pastels
Thank you all for your input on my 4 color painting! I liked ALL your suggestions so it was really difficult for me to choose which ones to ADD to my pages…
I hope you like the additions I made and look forward to hearing what you think!
Thanks again EVERYONE for your comments and likes!!
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Tagged abstract, acrylic paint, art journal, color experiment, Colorful, creative ideas, creative play, gelli-printed paper, inspiration, mixed media art, paper collage, pattern play, quotes
Sometimes it is fun to limit a painting to certain perimeters. I decided to try these four colors in my art journal as part of an assignment from Carla Sonheim’s year long class:
I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics in Medium Magenta, Cadmium Orange, Payne’s Gray and a light gray blend (Titanium White mixed with Payne’s Gray).
I don’t think it is done. What would you do to complete it?
Would you add another color? Glue collage on top? Add a quote or a poem?
I look forward to hearing your ideas!
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Tagged 4 colors, abstract art, acrylic paints, art journal, color experiment, creative ideas, creative play, fun, inspiration, patterns, stencil
I’m making progress on the two acrylic flower paintings on canvas that I started last week that you can find, here.
I’m adding details with soft pastels which is a fairly new medium for me. But first, I added a layer of Liquitex clear gesso over the acrylic painting. It is like a pastel ground. It dries clear but feels a little like sandpaper to the touch. Without it, the pastels aren’t as vibrant.
Here is my liquid lava one:
And the more subdued one:
I’m not sure if they are done. I will let them rest a few days to see how I feel about them. If I am done, I will spray them with a fixative.
Take time to smell some flowers today – if only in your imagination! 🙂
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Tagged abstract art, acrylic painting, Art, art classes, color play, flowers, imagination, inspiration, mixed media, soft pastels
I started two flower paintings on canvas yesterday. I thought you might enjoy seeing the beginning stages.
I enjoyed adding texture to my first layer using a natural sea sponge. After the first layer dried, I drew a quick sketch in pencil and then painted around my shapes.
Here is the first one:
And my bright and bold second one:
I didn’t have to work yesterday so I painted most of the day. It was AWESOME!! A great thing to do on a rainy day. I look forward to having more time to finish them this weekend.
Have a Fabulous Friday!!
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Tagged abstract art, art classes, canvas, color play, experiment, flowers, fun, painting
I finally finished my third big blooms painting! I have been working on it for some time because I decided to add collage papers to it instead of pastels as I did for my first and second large flower paintings.
Below are progress photos of my acrylic painting before collage:
Once I was somewhat pleased with my painting, I added collage papers that I did on the Gelli plate previously. I cut them out of my deli printed papers and glued them over my painted flowers with Liquitex gloss medium, paying attention to lights and darks.
On the second one above, I painted over some of the gelli prints that I added to the vase and the background to help blend the colors. Below is a close-up on the collage at two different stages:
And below is my finishing touches – the one on the right is the completed painting:
You may be wondering what the purple flower is? Well, I kind of made it up! I liked the color combination! Lol!
Happy Creating! 🙂
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Tagged abstract, acrylic paints, Art, art classes, color play, flowers, Gelli-Prints, imagination, mixed media collage, Poppy Flowers, progress photos, sunflowers
I have several paintings that I created in experiments that I wanted to recycle into something else.
I started by painting over my images with Golden fluid acrylic paints. I added random marks and scratched into some of the paints while they were still wet with the end of my paintbrush. Below is a frog I did on hot pressed watercolor paper:
I liked how the marks revealed some of colors underneath, like this pear painting I did on cold pressed 140 lb paper:
I found this very meditative to just play without thinking about the outcome. Next, I decided to cut them up into squares and rectangles and draw on them with Uniball gel pens:
I then attached them to notecards:
I really like how they turned out! What do you think?
How do you recycle your art? I’d love to hear your creative solutions!
Happy Recycling! 🙂
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Tagged abstract, acrylic paints, Art, creative solutions, flowers, gel pens, mark making, meditative, mixed media, notecards, play, recycled art, repurpose, watercolor
I just finished my second, big, 24 x 30 inch flower painting from Lynn Whipple’s Big Bold Bloom Painting class that I’m taking online. I just LOVE Lynn’s enthusiasm! 🙂
I know how much you enjoyed seeing my process photos from my last big painting so here are some more for you!
More additions with drips and splatters:
Painted the background a dark blue and added an orange table top:
Added pastels – here are some close-up images:
After I sprayed my piece with a varnish, I lost some of my pastels so I added some oil pastels on top.
My finished piece on a shelf in my dining room:
All this from a beautiful flower bouquet – my inspiration:
Happy Spring! 🙂
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Tagged acrylic painting, Art, art classes, color experiment, color play, creative, flower bouquet, flowers, inspiration, oil pastels, painting process, photography, soft pastels, Spring
I finished my first flower painting yesterday from an online class I’m taking from Lynn Whipple called, “Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting.” It is a 5-week class that ends next week but I’d really encourage you to take it if you like painting flowers. Lynn’s enthusiasm is contagious!
Here is my finished painting on a 24 x 30 inch canvas:
It is the first time that I have ever painted flowers this big and I absolutely loved it! It is amazing how great it looks in my dining room, huh?
I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my progress photos.
I started by creating an underpainting of bold shapes in muted colors and then drew a rough sketch with soft vine charcoal:
I’m using Behr house paint samples from Home Depot which is a fabulous idea from Lynn Whipple. I also used some of my Golden Fluid Acrylic paints in my next steps:
It was fun to add drips and splatters! I then painted a soft gray color around the flowers, added a tabletop and some soft pastels:
I continued to tweak it until I was satisfied with it. I then sprayed it with a fixative which did darken some of the pastels but I am still very pleased with it:
I’d love to hear what you think!
Happy Spring! 🙂
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Tagged acrylic paints, Art, art classes, bold, color play, creative, flowers, fun, inspiration, mixed media, painting, painting big, soft pastels, wild flowers
Remember the art tote bag that I showed you last week? Well, I figured out how to patch the holes! I also added color to the bag! (You all know how much I like color!)
Isn’t it totally wild?! 🙂 I printed it with Golden Fluid acrylic paints on my Gelli plate yesterday. I covered the holes with circles I cut from deli-printed gelli prints:
I used a stencil to cut out the colored circles and ironed on a fusible web stabilizer to the papers. I then sewed the papers over the holes on the bag. It was a bit tricky to sew so my lines aren’t too straight. I may finish the edges with hand stitching – I haven’t decided yet.
On the other side of my bag, I sewed 3 colored circles:
I like the colors on this side best! I used stencils and Spirograph circles to make my patterns with my gelli plate.
I think my art tote bag looks so much better now. I’d love to know what you think!
Happy Creating! 🙂
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Tagged abstract, Art, circles, color play, creative solutions, experiment, Fabric art, fun, Gelli-Prints, imagination, inspiration, pattern play, sewing, Spirograph, stencils