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The one with 5 finished pieces

9 Nov

Happy Saturday.

I spent the last two weeks finishing up 5 granola box canvas art pieces. There are a few galleries in town that sell local art and I am hoping to get into a few of them. So this week, I won’t be sharing a narration of my process; just the¬†individual¬†finished pieces.

Each canvas began life as a granola bar box and they are 5 7/8″ x 6 5/8″. I use old book pages, magazine pages, and other papers to create the focal elements (the flowers and houses). And the rest of my mixed media consists of acrylic paints, water colors, gel medium, drawing inks, acrylic coating and varnish.

I’d love to know what you think. Feel free to leave comments at the end.

Grayscale flower

Grayscale flower

Sideview grayscale flower

Little houses in a field of purple

Little houses in a field of purple

sideview - little houses purple

Little houses in a field of green

Little houses in a field of green

Sideview Little houses green

Yellow flowers at dusk

Yellow flowers at dusk

Sideview - yellow flowers

Whimsical Blue Flowers

Whimsical Blue Flowers

Sideview - Whimsical Blue flowersSee you next week (and don’t forget to leave some comments.)

Cheers,
Michelle

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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….

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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!

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

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

Till next time,
Cheers,
Michelle