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 Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, Flowers, imagination, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, acrylic ink, art experiments, Colorful, creative play, flowers, gold ink, imagination, online art classes
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
I LOVE starting a new art journal… Just think of the possibilities!! 😃
A friend I met in the beginning of my WordPress journey – Laura @createarteveryday – who is now posting only on Instagram, told me about this journal from Ranger/Dina Wakley:
I purchased the 8×10 inch size journal at Amazon. It has about 3-4 different surfaces in it, one of them being burlap which I have never journaled on… I’m curious to see what happens with it!
Laura says that Dina Wakley has several mixed media art videos available on YouTube using this journal. I look forward to checking them out! 🙂
My first page, I started with a stencil of my hand…
And before I knew it, the wheels of my imagination started turning…
I added color with Ink Tense Blocks, Neocolors, Ecoline watercolor (the pink swirls of color), Gesso on the hand and for the flowers, fluid acrylics and stencils finishing with a black Micron pen and white gel pen. Basically, a little of this and that! Lol! 😉
It is busy and colorful and FUN!!
I look forward to exploring MORE mixed media with this new art journal!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, Doodles, Hands, imagination, ink, Mixed Media, stencils, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, Colorful, creative play, dina Wakley journal, doodle, flowers, fun, Hands, mixed media art, smile, stencils
I read an article from our local newspaper yesterday about a mom whose son recently graduated from high school. No big deal, right? Happens all the time…
Upon further reading, I learned that her son was born with a hole in his diaphragm and the doctors only gave him a 50/50 chance to survive. While he was in the hospital Neonatal ICU, struggling for every breath, this new mother placed two fingers on his laboring chest and whispered, please. When he exhaled, she whispered, thank you.
In the weeks that followed as her son grew healthy and strong with no lingering complications, each breath seemed like a miracle. This mom continued her prayer ritual of whispering, please when her son inhaled and thank you when he exhaled. Faced with the fragility of life, each year became a milestone to celebrate with her son!
This story reminds me of taking the time to say, thank you to people who I appreciate in my life. Sometimes it is good to recognize the milestones that are big and small…
I made the above card for a friend recently. I was inspired by these beautiful pink roses:
I thought you might like to learn how I made it. 🙂
I discovered that sea sponges make great roses! Just dab a damp sponge lightly in acrylic paint and twist your wrist as you apply the paint to paper. Adding several colors, gives it some depth. And a few splatters of watercolor gives it pizzazz!
My lettering came from an idea in this book from Joanne Sharpe. I used a permanent black Micron pen.
One doesn’t have to have a milestone to say, thank you; who do you know that would appreciate getting a handmade card in the mail?
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads this weekend…
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Flowers, Handmade card, imagination, Life, love, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paint, handlettering, Handmade card, milestones, roses, sea sponge, stories, thankful