I used some of my papers from last week to collage the following small pieces of art. I also used some watercolor paint, black Pitt pen, Montana acrylic pens, and letter stamps with black ink pad.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
My sister was playing around with it too and gave me some good ideas, including brayering over the layer of paper/cutout/glass with paint on the brayer, creating a different look on the paper.
Look at the wonderful layers of this one my sister made:
Sunday, February 17, 2013
My niece loves Minecraft (a video game where the player constructs buildings out of cube shaped objects). One of the characters is named Steve. I made this out of felt.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
I found this Stewart Gill "small circles" stencil years ago at a craft show and it just occurred to me it would be perfect to use with the ink/brayer/plate.
I used Speedball water-based inks.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Seriously. These are THE BEST. I found this recipe at bakingbites.com after trying a few others with no success. The recipe is easy to follow. I add a bit of vanilla to the heavy cream, and some chopped pecans to the caramel.
I line a 9x12 pan with parchment paper and sprinkle some chopped pecans on the bottom. After the caramel solution hits ~245-250, I immediately pour it into the pan. I set the pan in the fridge for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes I remove the pan and sprinkle on some fleur de sel (chunky/flaky salt). After a few more minutes in the fridge, I remove the parchment from the pan and put the parchment/caramel sheet back into the fridge for 20 more minutes. Then I use a hot knife to cut it into strips then squares.
I started adding paint. My favorite parts are the light green and pink flowers in the middle.
Here is the finished painting with pen. Sometimes I like the pen and other times I think I should leave it alone. I like the emphasis it adds on some things but in this case I wish I had not added it to the yellow (white) yarn ball.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
After seeing this beautiful floral still life by Carrie Schmitt on Pinterest, I wanted to try a still life challenge. I wrote this down in my art experiment notebook:
The challenge is to do a still life (doesn't have to be flowers), but with patterns/prints/bolds: so pick a big bowl and put some stuff in it and have a wild background like a draped shirt with chevrons or something, then use your favorite colors, doesn't have to be true to life (the color scheme). make the whole thing fill the page (like an up close shot).
I want to emphasize a dark vs light contrast. I am going to make two focus colors, for one painting I want to do blue/orange and for the other yellow/purple. I'm going to buy some flowers to use and i'm going to use a piece of my fabric with a wild print for the background (so i can see how it drapes for my painting).
So that is what I was THINKING about my still life challenge. I made a quick arrangement of a piece of fabric I like, and a blue glass cup with color markers in it, plus a small birdhouse and an apple.
I like the colors of the finished painting, especially how the birdhouse turned out with the subtle shadows on the left bottom side. But I couldn't stick to just two main colors. I wanted to put EVERY COLOR on the page... I will continue to explore adding textiles and patterns in my paintings as backdrops.
Friday, February 8, 2013
this tutorial by Green Willow Studio and had to try it (with my new brayer, some Speedball ink and a small glass plate). I cut out some shapes from paper, added ink to the plate, then put the shapes on and rolled a different color over the shapes.The above is a finished print that I embellished with marker and some letter stamps: "Happy Seeds"
Thursday, February 7, 2013
I saw this cool video by Linda Germain on making monotype prints using a gelatin plate. She makes it look so fun and interesting. I immediately rushed out and got some gelatin at the grocery store! I made it in a 9x12 pan. It tore a bit on the edges when I removed it from the pan. Next time I'll find a shallow pan to use. Here is a picture of the gel plate sitting on top of a wooden cutting board (not a good idea - the board smelled really strange after I removed the plate).
This is the same one, just photographed in different light to show the gold paint. I love gold and silver paints.good post about printmaking tips.