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!
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, color experiments, Uncategorized
Tagged 4 colors, abstract art, acrylic paints, art journal, color experiment, creative ideas, creative play, fun, inspiration, patterns, stencil
I appreciate all your ideas on Monday and I’m excited to share my results of my four squares with you. I look forward to hearing what you think! 🙂
Here is the beginning one from Monday:
And my completed squares in the same order:
I wrote the art mediums I used on each square. Do you have a favorite?
Posted in Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paints, creative, daily art, drawing, experiment, fun, glass bead gel, ink, learning, mixed media art, paper collage, PVA glue, stencils, stitching
I was having some wine with friends recently…
When this Gouda bird showing up:
I’ve heard that these birds hang out where wine and hors d’oeuvres are served.
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Wishing you a very Gouda day… Cheers! 🙂
Posted in Food, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Wine
Tagged acrylic paints, art classes, creative, Gouda, hand painted papers, humor, mixed media art, paper collage, patterns, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, wine, wine and cheese
My wish for YOU is that 2017 –
SHAPES UP to be a CREATIVE
and COLORFUL New Year!!
HAPPY New Year everyone!!
P.S. I’ve decided to take a little blogging break… I will see you on Wednesday, January 4th!!
Posted in Art Journal, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paints, art experiments, art journal, Colorful, creative, drawing, fun, Gelli-Prints, happy, Imaginary birds, inspiration, mixed media, new year, paper collage, patterns, playful, shapes, watercolor
I wanted to try building a snowman (or perhaps a snow bird) in our yard yesterday… but the snow was too fluffy.
Here I am after falling into the snow… luckily, I saved the camera! Haha!
So I came inside and drew a snowman instead! I started with a blind contour drawing to warm-up…
And added a little watercolor. They look kind of cute in their childlike way. 🙂
I was now ready to create Mr. Snowman:
I started by stenciling the background with acrylic paint and added a little glitter. Glued my gelli-printed papers to my paper. Added pencil shading and detail. Finished it with pan pastels to soften the ground. I believe we are never too old to build a snowman!!
Cheers with a nice, hot cup of cocoa!! 🙂
Posted in Drawing, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paints, art journal, creative play, December, drawing, fun, gelli-printed paper, glitter, mixed media collage, paper collage, pencil shading, Snow, snowman, watercolor, Whimsical Art, Winter
I was thinking of the Hip-Hop song, “Ice Ice Baby,” by Vanilla Ice for today’s bird…
Well, not really… I was thinking the title of the song was “Ice Cube Baby!” Lol! 🙂
I tend to make up my own titles and words to songs… much like this imaginary bird!
The forecast is for extra “frigid” temperatures in the Pacific Northwest the next few days… I think the birds will be thinking, “Ice Cube Baby!”
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!
Bundle up and stay warm for those of you who live where it’s cold outside and PLEASE send some heat if you who live where it’s warm!!
Posted in Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged acrylic paints, Art, birds, creative, funny, gelli-printed paper, handmade stamps, humor, mixed media, paper collage, smile, songs, Weird Bird Wednesday, Winter
I created this picture totally with my Gelli prints:
I used one print to cut out the wine bottle, glass and cheese and another print as a background. I added a little pencil shading around these shapes.
This was totally unplanned! I wanted to show it to you framed but it didn’t quite fit in the mat:
I’m learning a lot about framing my own artwork and hope that I can share some of this information with you in the future.
I plan to take the weekend off from my blog as it is a 3-day holiday weekend in the states.
So I wanted to wish you some good cheer! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, gelli printing, Uncategorized, Wine
Tagged abstract art, acrylic paints, Art, color play, creative, experiment, Gelli-Prints, mixed media, paper collage, pencil shading, wine and cheese
I painted these flowers in memory of a friend who recently lost her battle with cancer.
I painted them with fluid acrylics on canvas board. I stamped into the paint with bubble wrap to create the flower centers.
I think many of us have been touched by the lives of people who die from cancer too soon.
I glued some of my gelli-printed deli paper onto the flowers with Matte medium.
My friend was courageous in her fight. Although we only knew each other online through art classes, I will miss her gentle spirit.
I added Neocolors to finish my painting.
I’d like to think that she is now wearing flowers in her hair like this haiku I wrote:
Flowers in her hair,
Dancing in a meadow free,
Cancer’s chains released.
Posted in Abstract Art, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, acrylic paints, Art, cancer, flowers, Gelli-Prints, haiku, mixed media, Neocolors, paper collage, reflection, tribute
One of the main reasons I like printing with the Gelli plate is I LOVE experimenting with COLOR!!
I also like to use a variety of items I have around the house to make PATTERNS on the Gelli plate.
Here are some of my experiments:
I used a pencil eraser to make the lines on the left and a jar lid and rubber comb to make the patterns on the right.
I used paper that had a raised pattern to create the print below:
The print on the left shows the positive and negative printing of a cardboard slide mount. I also used a circle stencil and foam stamp. I used a small pinwheel to create the patterns on the right.
You will see some of Golden’s High Flow Teal paint from yesterday’s post in the above left one…
A water bottle gives a watercolor effect to the leftover paint on the plate. And this plastic comb makes a great pattern – the colors and patterns in this print reminds me of our flag:
I often like to make prints on deli paper because of its transparency. I discovered that tissue paper works just as well (the purple print). And I love printing on old maps:
I don’t like to waste any paint so I discovered that I could roll the excess paints from my rubber brayer onto pages from an old dictionary. I used one of these pages in my weird bird on Wednesday. I also like how it looks to print over papers I had previously collaged to a page:
I hope my printing experiments will spark some creative ideas for you to try on your own Gelli plate! It is so very FUN! Yet, you may want to try it outdoors. Lol!
Happy Printing!! 🙂
Posted in color experiments, gelli printing, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paints, collage papers, color, color play, creative, experiment, fun, Gelli-Prints, inspiration, mixed media, old books, old maps, patterns, printing
I usually use Golden “Fluid” Acrylics on my Gelli plate but the other day, I decided to try Golden’s “High Flow” Acrylics. They are more liquid in consistency much like acrylic inks.
I discovered this video on YouTube that describes them. I found it helpful and thought you might too:
Everything was going fine…until the lid got clogged and I kept trying to squeeze out the paint. And then it EXPLODED! Teal paint EVERYWHERE!!!
This is probably why I normally paint outside but on this day, I was in my kitchen. It looked like a crime scene with blue paint! Ugh! Definitely HIGH FLOW!
It went all over me but then I looked behind me… I got the kitchen cabinets, the floor, the sink, the dishwasher! Oh me, my! It wasn’t pretty. 😦
I figured I had to clean it quickly before it all dried. Thank goodness it dries a little slower…
I thought I would forever be seeing teal spots… I just had to laugh! It was either that or cry! 😉
So I stayed CALM and PRINTED ON! I will show you my gelli prints tomorrow.
I learned a valuable lesson that I wanted to pass on to you – if the lid is clogged, don’t continue to SQUEEZEEEEE!!!
Happy PAINTING!!! 🙂
Posted in color experiments, gelli printing, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paints, color play, fluid acrylics, funny, Gelli-Prints, high flow acrylics, humor, learning, printing