Friday, February 12, 2016

Get up. Get dressed. Paint.

This week I painted with along with Rae Missigman's 15 MINUTES OF MIXED MEDIA©.  The process was freeing, I got all kinds of paint under my fingernails (and all over my sleeves) while learning a couple of techniques as I painted along.

The carnage

What I learned

  • When mark making, use a dark, thicker paint marker then go over them again with a white gel pen to make them less obvious.
  • When painting over a layer, put the paint on thick then quickly scrap it off using a half circle motion with an old plastic card.  It creates texture while allowing peeks of the layer below to show through.
  • It's okay to write down a thought or feeling then just cover it up with paint.  You  don't have to make a big deal of camouflaging it or incorporating it into a design.  Just brush some paint over and leave it!

Joining Paint Party Friday where having paint under the fingernails is the norm.  What colors are under yours?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WOYWW: Valentine's Day Tags

A Valentine’s Day ephemera explosion!  Creating tags this weekend.  Painting, cutting, and gluing in pink and red is not my usual preference but I found myself in the mood as of late to have some creative fun to celebrate the holiday.  The pink rose ribbon is newly purchased for 50% off.  I love the texture it adds and it matches perfectly with Dylusions bubble gum pink paint.  The plastic bag is full of Sari ribbon which I am newly addicted to.  I found THIS great seller on Etsy.  She has every color imaginable.  The Spirals art box?  That is for a wonderful project I found on Pinterest.  I am giddy with excitement and  looking forward to sewing and painting on it this weekend.

Joining up with What’s onYour Workdesk? Wednesday where desk snooping is not only allowed but all part of the fun!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

WOYWW: Card making deligh!

I wanted to create a card for a photography swap and that's how this delightful, painty mess came to be.  I am still wrestling with how to incorporate my photographs with my passion for mixed media.    Last week I stumbled on SuZe Creations via Pinterest.  Inspiring!  While I usually do not incorporate many flowers in my work I looked at her cards as a springboard to get me started.  Many of you may recognize the photograph of the flower from the tag swap.  I had a couple extra left decided to use it for her card.

On my desk is the bin of Distress paints which they have outgrown. These are by far my favorite paints to use.  Admittedly, I do not follow the directions well in using them.  You are to "dab unto surface, do not drag tip."  But that's how I use them the most.  Bright colored flowers, textured trims, my favorite trim, Offray, in olive green,a torn tea bag, my go-to Mixed Media Glue, and UHU stic.  Pure delight!

Pandora decided I needed assistance and plopped down center stage making it difficult to get the envelope done. I am working my way into mail art, creating envies that are more colorful and fun to find in the mailbox.

The card

Adding a touch of pearl metallic paint to each flower petal

Using the olive green Offray to offset the straight line of the photo

A tough of metallic gel pen to the cutout words

A peak at the envie; painted with a touch of glitter glue and an embossed stamp.
I enjoyed the creative process but still struggle with how to deal with the straight edges of the photograph without it looking like I'm trying to cover them up.  A work in progress.

Joining up with What’s onYour Workdesk? Wednesday where desk snooping is not only allowed but all part of the fun!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Get up. Get dressed. Paint! Thinking outside the box

Paint Mojo Exercise: Outside the square!
Step 1: Draw a grid on the paper.  Sketch an image that speaks to you on a piece of torn out book paperTrying hard not to put too much thought into it, I drew a tree.

Step 2:  Paint a wash of white paint around your design paying attentions to any words that pop out

Step 3:  Gather collage elements. I went through my folder pulling out more that I knew I would use, selecting patterns and colors that spoke to me.  Moving them around, noticing some pieces that simply didn’t feel right while others had patterns which connected to the tree.   When done a color scheme for the collage emerged.  Then I spotted an envie from a swap I saved with leave postage stamps in copper and green.  My mind latched onto them and a different color appeared.  I changed some of my collage elements, adding a new polka dot paper I love.  Using my favorite leaf stamps and copper embossing powder I created several leaves to tie in with those postage stamps.  Satisfied with the layout I used matte Mod Podge to glue down the collage elements.

Step 4: Paint in the visible grid lines with Raw Umber.

Step 5: Begin filling in your areas with paint “loosely and intuitively”.   I struggled with this; where to put the colors, how to paint them in.  Finally I started adding white and allowed it to mix in with the other wet paint and I could feel myself loosen up.  Then I hit a roadblock; I had to paint around the tree and branches.  Had I sketched an image that was solid like a bird as she did, this would not have been a problem.  Frustrated, I began thinking of a way I could sketch something else and cover up the tree.  Overwhelmed, I cleaned up and walked away.

A week later…
With fresh eyes and more patience, I painstakingly began painting around the tree and its branches.  Using Raw Umber, I painted the tree.

Step 6:  Add a stenciled design and choose a foam stamp to add texture and surprise.  I chose this leaf stencil, tying in with the postage stamps and tree.

Step 7:    Start connecting the areas of the collage with color.   Realizing I still had a ways to go in covering the collage, I grabbed two Tim Holtz stencils, doily and gothic.  Once I started using these two stencils I could feel myself letting go and having fun, intuitively sponging on colors in various places, allowing the stencils overlap and even cover up images.

Step 8: Refine the color placement and add cohesion to the collage.   I wasn’t sure if at this step I was done adding color so I walked away, eating breakfast and doing some chores to clear my head.  Upon returning I spotted a few small areas of solid color which needed more stenciling.

Circling the words to draw them out
Adding circle stamp in magenta to tie in with the polka dot collage paper

Step 9:  Add some metallic for highlights.  Painted in some copper metallic dots, pushed Ferro Special Effects Paste in graphite through a stencil then added touches of Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Green/Yellow.  Done!
The completed exercise

What I learned

·         To work on a piece over a period of time rather than getting a it done in an hour or so.  This is a new experience for me and challenging. Such a different experience from completing a spread in an hour or so.

·         Walking away when I don’t know what to do next works!  Clearing my mind opens it to elements I wasn’t able to see.  And I remember supplies I forgot about using  such as the Inka Gold Metallic Rub.

 Joining Paint Party Friday where having paint under the fingernails is the norm.  What colors are under yours?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Don't throw that away! Instead, Play!

January Theme: Use something that would have been thrown away
Using pictures from last year's calendar given to me by my mom because she didn't have the heart to throw it away.  I put it aside as I had no use for it either but the pictures were just too pretty for the trash.  I gave myself a deadline: if I hadn't used it by January 31st, it had to go into the recycle bin!  I retrieved tissue paper used to wrap a an Etsy purchase and a brown kraft envie already thrown in the trash.

Playing with Distress paints and newly acquired POSCA paint pens, I put this spread together quickly without much thought.  I love playing with these paints!  So different from how I paint on the weekends.  I enjoy being able to give the tube a squeeze then spread paint using the dabber.  No thinking needed.

Not how I usually paint but it fulfilled my need to create after another day of dealing with state mandated testing and uncooperative students. Playing with paint allows me to let go of the day.
This still needs a little something more but for right now I will leave it.  The great thing about having a Play art journal is you can always go back to finish playing with a spread later.

Playing with color and paint along with Carolyn Dube’s Let’s Play at A Colorful Journey.  Won’t you play along with us?