I created this journal page before my surgery using this foam stamp, that I showed you how to make previously here.
Instead of using paint, I stamped my paper with gesso and then finished it with watercolor.
Today, I wrote this quote by Leo Tolstoy:
I have been forced to stop a moment as I recover from foot surgery and I miss my daily art practice a great deal. I realize it has only been a week since the surgery yet I long to be able to sit again at my art table without my foot screaming in pain. I must be patient…
Taking a break does have a positive aspect too as it allows time for me to evaluate where I am currently on my art journey and where I would like to be headed in the future.
Do you take the time to assess your creative practice from time to time? I realize that it’s not easy for me to do this assessment but important.
Posted in Art Journal, Mixed Media, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged art break, art journal, art journey, foam stamps, foot surgery, Gesso, mixed media art, quotes, reflection, watercolor
‘Tis the season…when elves start appearing! 🙂
Fun to play in my art journal today…drawing a face of an elf from my imagination. And adding a little glitter for magic!
I think everyone that has freckles wishes they could look like this! 😉
I didn’t get my doodle painted from yesterday as I cleaned my art room and my house! It is rare that I’m in the mooood! Lol!
Posted in Art, Drawing, Faces, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, black micron pen, Christmas season, drawing, elves, faces, fantasy, Gelli-Prints, Gesso, glitter, imagination, mixed media, playful, sketchbook, watercolor pencils, white gel pen
My father-in-law recently passed away.
Although we were not close, I still wanted him to die peacefully.
I was thankful that his wishes were met and he is no longer suffering.
I started my mixed media collage by gluing my Gelli printed papers with Matte Medium onto 140 lb hot press paper. I added gesso around the flowers and textured it while it was still wet with the end of my paint brush and syran wrap.
After the gesso was dry, I added watercolor:
Adding several more layers of watercolor, I buffed it with a damp cloth to bring out the texture.
I added watercolor pencil to define the flowers at the end.
In lieu of flowers, 🌹 – my father-in-law would love if you planted a tree. 🌲
I would love to know how YOU celebrated and remembered your family and friends that have died – thank you for sharing your stories with me.
Posted in Flowers, Mixed Media Collage, Watercolor
Tagged abstract, Art, family, flowers, Gelli-Prints, Gesso, Grieving, Loss, memories, mixed media, paper collage, Remembrance, watercolor, watercolor pencils
I like this saying… probably because I like flowers! And it applies to art too!
In 2013, I started taking online art classes. I had never done it before but I wanted to nurture my creative side. I was working full-time so I didn’t have the time to take a live class or workshop. I’m so glad I took the risk!
I’ve taken MANY classes from Carla Sonheim and have learned so much! The above painting I did on wood with gesso first then watercolors. I never would have thought to try this without her class called, “Flower Crazy.”
I learned other techniques such as this one:
I created texture with gesso and then painted it with watercolor and buffed it with a soft cloth. Very fun!
And I learned more about negative painting in this one:
I painted the wood panel with watercolors first. Then I created my flowers by painting the negative background in gesso.
One of the things I enjoy about taking an online art class is I still get to learn from others! I make new online friends too. 🙂
If you have never taken an online art class, I encourage you to give it a try!
Happy Creating! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Flowers, Painting
Tagged abstract, Art, art classes, experiment, flowers, fun, Gesso, imaginary, play, watercolor, wood
I created a bird nest with gesso and clear bead gel on a wood panel. I then painted it in layers of watercolor. This is how it looked when I started:
The eggs are the color of an egg for the American Robin. Did you know that there is a Crayola crayon that was named Robin Egg Blue in the early 1990’s?
I added several more layers of watercolors:
I then buffed it with a soft damp cloth:
But I found it needed more contrast so I added more paint and defined some of the twigs in the nest with soft vine charcoal:
I’m not sure if it is done so I will set it aside for a few days and then look at it again.
Have you ever found a Robin’s blue egg shell?
Posted in Art, Bird Nests
Tagged Art, birds, Blue, Clear Bead Gel, creative, drawing, Eggs, Gesso, Nest, Spring, watercolor