After my exploration of collage and drawing a pair of Rosy Bonnet mushrooms on Monday, I decided to try an ink doodle with Micron pens:
Next, I made a stencil of the mushroom from my pencil drawing. I wanted to use it in my Gelli-plate printing.
I decided to make a stencil of each shape with card stock and a plastic material (it is made for creating quilt patterns but I thought it might work):
Both worked for these fungus prints but I liked the results with the card stock the best. It was less slippery on the Gelli-plate and left less lines around the stencil on the prints:
It was fun trying both positive and negative shapes on deli paper and vellum paper:
I can even use the leftover card stock stencil in my art journal…
But that is fun with fungus for another day!
I hope I inspired you to explore mixed media in a subject you enjoy.
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, fall, gelli printing, ink, inspiration, Mixed Media, nature, paper collage
Tagged Art, art experiments, art journal, art practice, creative play, exploration, gelli printing, handmade stencils, inspiration, mixed media art, mushrooms, paper collage, positive and negative shapes, texture
Sometimes I make art for classes that are just for practice but I dislike wasting good art paper.
Yesterday, I decided to add pattern and color to two of such papers.
My first experiment were repetitive triangle shapes on 90 lb hot press paper. I added more pattern and color with water soluble crayons and then softened them with water:
Next, I mixed a tiny bit of transparent orange acrylic paint with matte medium and brushed it onto my paper. I added more pattern on top with a plastic tool by Plaid.
My second experiment was adding to shapes I had done with sumi ink and water soluble crayons to create a feeling of rhythm. I added additional pattern and color similar to my first experiment.
I mixed a tiny bit of transparent red with matte medium but got a little too much red so I softened it with more matte medium for the second half on the left.
I used the end of my acrylic brush to make marks into the wet paint on this one.
Orignally, I was going to use both papers for collage material but I’m not sure I will cut up the first one! I like it too much. It reminds me of sailboats and summer.
I encourage you to experiment with pattern and color play over some artwork you’d like to repurpose. You may surprise yourself!
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, color experiments, Mixed Media, paper collage, Repurpose, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract art, acrylic paint, art experiments, collage art, color play, fun, matte medium, pattern and color, pattern play, repurpose, Sailboats, texture, water soluble crayons
I’m a little behind… well, actually A LOT behind with Carla Sonheim’s 365 daily art class but rather than stress about it, I just do an assignment when I can.
Yesterday, I did this one when I was at the lake with ink pen. Our assignment was to draw textures around us so I chose nature.
I added a little watercolor to spice things up a bit:
Did you notice the dead mosquito? There seemed to be PLENTY of them this weekend…
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, nature, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art classes, art journal, drawing, fun, learning, nature, Sketching, texture, the lake, watercolor
Do you remember the loose landscapes I recently did in acrylics? Well, I decided to try them in watercolor.
However, I wanted to give myself some new criteria to challenge my brain! 🙂
I decided to first create imaginary abstract landscapes with torn magazines and then paint them in watercolor. I thought it would also be good practice in mixing similar colors with paint. And to add another challenge, I decided to try adding texture to my watercolors with some of these items:
Here are my results, can you find the bubble wrap in the one below?
I like the simplicity of this one:
I realized afterwards that I needed less water and more paint to get closer to my color values. Sometimes it is hard to remember that watercolor dries lighter!
I used several different textures in the above piece. An egg carton to dip into the greenish-blue paint which made a great stamp! An old dish rag for the purple mountain shape and the textured paper to create the bumps in the light green shape.
I think I like my last one best:
I used toilet paper to blot the green mountain shape. Table salt on the black. And the end of my paint brush to create lines in the purple shape.
I really enjoyed this exercise I created for myself! Starting with collage first helped me to create shapes, colors and patterns that I would not have done on my own.
Here is a photo of a landscape at the lake. I encourage you to give it a try!
Wishing you a sunny Sunday! 🙂
Posted in landscapes, Nature Photography, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, Art, art journal, color play, creative ideas, fun, imagination, inspiration, landscapes, nature, paper collage, patterns, texture, the lake, watercolor
I was really attracted to the colors on the buildings in Oaxaca, Mexico. I discovered interesting color combinations and found the colors did not have to match.
I did a loose interpretation of the buildings in collage, watercolor, color pencils and ink pen that I thought you might enjoy seeing:
And I loved the texture of this old door:
This one I did today with Neocolors, watercolor, color pencil and ink pen:
I hope you enjoyed my experiments. I’d love to know what you think!
Have a color filled Friday! 🙂
Posted in Mixed Media Collage, Oaxaca, Mexico Art Retreat, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, color, color pencils, color play, creative, experiment, imagination, ink pen, Mexico, mixed media, Oaxaca, paper collage, texture, vacation, watercolor
I was needing a little “Spring” in my step yesterday so I purchased a new color of watercolor that I didn’t have – Viridian from Winsor and Newton.
According to Wikipedia, the name “viridian” comes from the Latin word viridis which means “green!” It is a deep blue-green color with a hue toward green.
I enjoyed playing with my new watercolor by splashing some paint around on 140 lb hot press paper:
I layered crumbled deli paper on top to give it this texture.
After this layer dried, I added some Opera Rose pink and Prussian blue on top:
I’m really loving the texture of the deli paper. It gives a little different texture than plastic wrap.
So I had to try it again – this time with several colors:
I love the earthy organic texture on this one.
I also tried one with salt on top of the wet watercolor:
I’m hoping to use these watercolor experiments as papers in my collages.
Happy Creating! 🙂
Posted in color experiments, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract, color play, creative, deli paper, experiment, fun, salt, texture, Viridian, watercolor