Archive | August, 2013

The one with watercolor flowers

24 Aug

Happy Saturday,

This week, I finished another granola box canvas and it’s either on it’s way (or hopefully there by now) to Las Vegas cause I made this one for my mom. She’s an artist as well if you’ve been reading for a while, you know that we share a small mixed media art journal.

As usual, I had to reinforce the sides of the box with masking tape….


A layer of gesso and then a layer of various bits of paper (which gave me my color pallet for this piece) were the next steps. I’ve been using Golden Regular Gel medium (adhesive) but I’ve discovered that I like the Soft Gel medium better so when this container is finished, I’m back to the good stuff!

GB2Using one of my favorite stencils, I added some Golden Course Molding Paste. I like this element because it adds such a rich texture to the piece.

GB3After the molding paste dried, I continued with some home-made stencils, adding more layers and color.

GB4I set the canvas aside to start on the next element: the water color flowers. I love using magazine pages for this. I put down a layer of gesso (let it dry especially if you are using water colors. Since your brush is really wet applying the water colors, the gesso can pull up with the brush strokes if you don’t). Next, I brush on color and once that’s dry, I drew my flower petals. And yes, I used my favorite, Winsor & Newton drawing ink.

GB5I decide on the placement for my flowers as well as the quote I added “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein. I think Mom is going to appreciate that!


GB7And now comes the fun part; drawing in all the finishing touches.


GB10And here is the finished piece. I’m really pleased with the way this turned out. What do you think?

Till next time,

The one with handmade cards

19 Aug

Happy Sunday,

I hope you have had a fantastic weekend. I had a great day in my art room creating;  mostly working on handmade cards.

I decided to use book pages as the base, so I applying gesso using a hotel key card (old gift cards make great pallet knives as well).

card1I made patterned paper out of magazine pages (I find it best to start with a layer of gesso when using a mix of fluid and medium bodied acrylics. I’ve found the fluids won’t stick to magazine pages as well without it. However, I suggest you play around with the materials you have and do what you find works best.)

card2Next, I cut up some card stock for my card bases and then cut down the book pages to size.

card3I played around a bit with different elements to make up my flowers and this is what I ended up with…..


card5This one might be my favorite…..

card6or possibly this one…..

card8And I like this one because it’s simple, but sweet…..

cardI usually have someone in mind when I make cards so most of these are already heading out, but it was fun to play around with color and paint today. And, one of the cards gave me an idea for a future granola box canvas piece, so it was a win-win!

Do you enjoy making cards? What’s your favorite technique?

Till next week,

The one with alcohol and acrylics

10 Aug

Happy Saturday,

And before you ask, I mean rubbing alcohol, not the drinking kind! It’s been nice to finally get back in my art room and be free to create again. Between work and home renovations, I haven’t been able to paint in about 3 weeks. Way too long! So it was really nice this weekend to have the chance to work on multiple pieces (cause ya know, I have no patience for anything to dry!)

A good friend was kind enough to give me this:

Mag1I just love the size and shape of this mag! I decided to make it into another journal. Naturally, I started with the cover (and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may recall I used these figures in my crayon wrapper layout recently – and thank you for sticking with me!)

I wasn’t sure what to do for the cover, but I remembered a YouTube video that shared a technique using rubbing alcohol and acrylic paints (the link is at the end of the post).

Mag2A generous layer of gesso…

Mag3Here’s my first layer of color. I blended Titanium White (Liquitex Basics)  and Manganese Blue Hue (Golden Artist Colors) and brushed it on.

Mag4Next is the fun part! I used an eye dropper to drip the alcohol (it was recommended to use 91% Isopropyl) onto my page. It was really cool to see the paint separate and form these free forms. Unfortunately  I had to wait for this to dry (see how having multiple projects comes in handy!)

Mag5For the second layer, I went with a silvery gray (I don’t recall what I mixed) and repeated the process. I have to say, I was pretty pleased!

Mag6A little more gesso to highlight the areas I wanted to draw on…..

Mag8I’ve been really having fun with flowers lately so it seemed like the right thing to do.

Mag9My cover is complete. I will share this tip with you: have patience and let your hand drawn with drawing ink image dry completely before you try to use soft gel adhesive.  Or you will end up smearing your sweet little butterfly like I did and have to go back once the adhesive really dries and draw it again.

Have you ever tried using alcohol and acrylics? Did you have fun? I’d love to hear about it. Hope you like this week’s creation. See you next Saturday!

Oh, and here’s that link (almost forgot) to the video: acrylics and alcohol don’t mix, do they?


The one with the unintended hiatus

4 Aug

Good morning,

So, it seems I’ve been on an unintended hiatus. My husband and I spontaneously decided to start doing some renovations and redecorating in our home. Which I am so excited about, but it also means I haven’t painted (other than walls) in about 3 weeks. But, I have the next 2 days off from work (yay!) and I plan to indulge myself in some of my half complete pieces. Please check back next Saturday so I can share!