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Know How To Fold ‘Em…

For some strange reason, Kenny Roger’s song, The Gambler was running through my  mind as I was preparing for today’s post.

Yes, I am aware that I changed my title a little different than the song’s lyrics. 🙂

I wanted to show you how I created the tie-dye affect with tissue paper in Tuesday’s post that you can find here, if you missed it: Swedish Tracing Paper

Below is a photo of the supplies I used:

 

I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s colored india inks, rubber bands, a water spritzer, a plastic palette and plastic gloves.

*The papers I used for today’s experiment were white tissue paper, Swedish Tracing Paper (sewn on my sewing machine) and deli paper.

First, I sprayed the tissue paper with water and folded it.  I used an accordion fold, then folded the paper in half and quarters.

 

Lastly, I wrapped a rubber band tightly around the tissue paper and added colored ink.  The plastic palette gives a place for the ink bundle to dry.

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Below are my 3 bundles of the different *papers I used for this experiment:

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The rubberband acts as a resist to the ink but also how the paper is folded.  I let them dry but sped up the process with a hair dryer so I could show you the results.

The tissue paper reveals a pattern of a Bleeding Heart flower to me:

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The Swedish Tracing paper held more ink so I got an extra print on tissue paper:

 

Lastly, the deli paper experiment:

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What I learned:

  • The deli paper dries the fastest so don’t let it dry too long or I won’t be able to unfold it.
  • Tissue paper is difficult to unfold wearing plastic gloves. 😉
  • I like the results best when I add more than one color of ink.
  • Make sure my rubber bands aren’t too old.  If they break, ink can splatter everywhere…
  • Protect my surface with a piece of paper and my hands with gloves since India ink is permanent.
  • Be open to the unexpected!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the results of my experiments today!  I look forward to hearing what you think.

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. Next week I will show you examples of how I used these experiments in my art.

Opposites Attract…

Opposites attract…

You say blue and I say orange,

Love is color blind…

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When I was creating my hearts yesterday, I noticed how cool to match two different heart “halves” to create a whole.

It reminded me of my hubby and I… he says, “Blue,” and I say, “Orange!”  So true!! Lol! ☺️

And yet we will be married 34 years in May!  😮 Seems like just yesterday that we said, “I do!”

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If you were to combine two different hearts together, what would it look like?!

Cheers! ❤️

100 Tropical Hearts

I was experimenting with acrylic paint and India ink yesterday….

And I created this tropical Flamingo by drawing with an ink dropper and then scraping acrylic paint over it:

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Isn’t it wild?! 😉

I next experimented with some drips:

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Then I cut this paper into strips and 100 tropical hearts:

 

I plan to use them in my art journals… what would you do with them?

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I hope you have a LOVEly Monday!

Cheers! 🙂

Your Handwriting As Art – Part 1

Last weekend, I had fun using my handwriting to create collage papers.  I learned this technique from Carla Sonheim in her online class:  365 Daily Creative Practice.  

I enjoyed taking the lesson a step further and make it my own.  I started by using watercolor paper that I had previously painted.  The colors reminded me of the beach so I started writing about my memories of the ocean and the lake:

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I used a black Micron .01 pen, a Uniball white and blue gel pen and a pencil.  I like the texture it created.

Next, I started with a white piece of 140 lb hot press watercolor paper.  I started writing my thoughts with an orange and blue gel pen, added watercolor on top in stripes, added more writing with a black Pentel pen, added Tombow markers, more watercolor, then a blue and a green Posca pen.  I just love how the layers give it a pattern:

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My next one, I used a similar process as above, except I added a gold metallic pen and I started writing messier… Super fun to write MESSY!!

In both of these, I kept turning my paper a quarter turn as I wrote.

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My last experiment, I used an old advertisement in a magazine for a girdle and wrote over it with a white gel pen and a Sharpie fine black pen:

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For the above piece, I wrote about my memories of girdles… thank goodness we don’t wear these anymore!! 😉

I discovered that part of the fun in creating these papers for collage is the writing.

Tomorrow, in Part 2, I will show you ideas that may inspire you to use your own handwriting in your art.

Cheers! 🙂

The Unexpected

I think one of the things I enjoy about creating collage art is the element of surprise or the unexpected like this one:

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The assignment in The Collage Workbook By Randel Plowman for week four is Color Charge.  He says; “Experiment with adding color to a collage that is primarily black and white.  A few subtle strokes and bright marks can make a subdued collage really pop.”

In the above 6×6 inch collage, the postage stamp gives a pop of color as does the gelli-prints.  It also helps direct the eye throughout the piece.

In my next one on a 4×6 inch index card, I tried to add pink to make you think of lipstick shades.  The large pink circle is from a paper napkin.  I think it adds balance to the collage.

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My last 6×6 inch collage is more simple and yet the red paint circles make you look at the whole collage and find something hidden:

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Collage is a lot like a puzzle for me.  How can I help you look further and discover the unexpected?

I’d love to hear what you think!

Cheers! 🙂

A Donkey-Pig

I was went to target practice yesterday… with a paint brush and acrylic paint!

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It was an experiment in mixing and layering opaque acrylic paints.  I started with a base of yellow, red and blue.  I mixed variations with white, gray and black paint.

Below is a sample of each one on one page:

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I’m not real excited about the colors and found the exercise a bit tedious.  Yet, it was good practice with learning to use a paint brush in small spaces.

I created this donkey-pig with overlapping circles:

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I learned this technique in Carla Sonheim’s 365 – Creating Art Everyday online class.

I hope you are on target for a fabulous day!

Cheers! 🙂

A Square Project

A square idea

And a square book…

A square project

That has me hooked!

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I’m so excited about this square project that I have planned for 2018!!  Perhaps you remember my paper collaged squares I did in December?

I kept working on it and it has grown in size and dimension:

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So I decided I would keep adding to it!  Each month in 2018, I will add a section.  I hope to play with different colors, materials, techniques and inspiration and record my journey in my square journal and here on my blog.

I also want to learn how to create fabric with my patterns on Spoonflower.  🙂

May you be inspired to start a year-long project of discovery too!  I hope you share it with me so we can encourage each other.

Cheers! 🙂

This Little “Star” Of Mine

I remember singing, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…” As a child attending Sunday school at church.

This song surfaced in my memory when I was making this paper collage recently.  I find the process of cutting squares and circles and placing them together on a piece of paper (like a puzzle) to be very relaxing.

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I created this collage with “Christmas” colors and added a star to one of the circles:

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I suppose this is a way of letting my creative “light” shine!

And even with the busyness of the holidays…

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I hope you will find time to shine as bright as a star!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. I created the last photo with an app called, “Layout” on my iPad.

What Did You Do?

What did you do this last weekend?

I got caught up on two online class videos on Saturday and started two pear paintings.  I used a limited palette in watercolors and found this to be a challenging exercise using only complementary colors…

My first one was using yellow and purple:

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And my second color PEAR-ing was orange and blue:

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I struggled getting the affect I wanted or maybe I was trying to hard to be PEAR-fect!

Does this ever happen to you?

After MANY layers, I decided to quit and eat my pear for a snack! Lol! 😉

I got caught up on some housework on Sunday and made a delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup in the crock pot.  Overall, I’d say I had a pretty great weekend.

How about you?

Cheers! 🙂

Life’s Path

Some days I wonder where life is leading me…

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I wish it was as easy as “following the yellow brick road!”

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Yet, when I feel cloudy on the inside…

 

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I know that God’s Son-shine will always give me hope for a new day!

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Cheers Friends! 🙂