Showing posts with label art journal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art journal. Show all posts

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Serenity in Mixed Media

5*8 inch
mixed media over monoprint

When I developed this Buddha painting I felt like a sculpture pushing (adding darks) and pulling features (adding lights). I used a very simplistic palette of just Prussian blue and white over a Gelli print, but I feel it has some impact with the texture of the print showing through. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Cockadoodle Doo Gelli print painting

Cockadoodle Doo
5*8
Mixed media (Gelli print, acrylic, watercolor, oil pencil, ink, pastel)

Good morning sunshine! Rise and Shine!   

One of my more favorite Gelli paintings as I love everything chicken. Having a small flock is one of the reasons we moved out of  the city and into a community that is chicken friendly.
So to honor this funny little man I pulled a page from my paper journal and just went at it. One of the benefits of painting on either a toned or pattern background is that not only does the mid tone color of the underpainting works to tie the painting together, but the subtle texture in the print can add a certain je nais saia quoi, even of you only see specks of it here and there. You can see that interesting pattern come through in the area behind the waddle and in the eye area and it really lends itself to adding the texture without having to paint it. I love it!
As 2017 is the Chinese year of the rooster I plan on completing a set of these paintings to be sold in art card form so stay tuned.
I hope this inspire you to grab some supplies and play. If you enjoy these pieces just remember that sharing is caring.



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Life isn't always black and white, a Mixed Media Portrait

How quickly an idea can change. I have an art journal full of unused Gelli prints and some basic supplies that have been calling my name, so when I get 5 minutes to unwind I use whats in front of me to do something wild and crazy. Today I grabbed some cheap chalk pastels and just started to play. As I get to the hair you will see that the pastels are a little weak in value and saturation so I sprayed with a fixative added some sewing tissue and paper to cover the red pastel and turned her hair green. I added some contrast in the background and pumped up the color with little touches of acrylic and oil pencil. Don't be afraid to layer and think outside the box. Use crazy colors, don't be a perfectionist, use items that are completely out of your comfort zone. Grow. This painting is one of those ideas that went off the rails, and turned out pretty good. I has all the characteristics I personally look for in my art. Value, Composition, Contrast and Interest. Hope this inspires you and remember sharing is caring.

 
Life Isn't Always Black and White
5 * 8 inch
Mixed Media on paper (acrylic, pastel, ink, oil pastel, oil pencil)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mixed media cat painting

This painting is an example of recovering from a major disaster. Everything was going along wonderfully and I was using my black paint pen to add some details when it exploded - see the viewers left eye - and when I was sopping it up I touched the paper towel on the shoulder area. Ugh.
As I had originally intended, this is a little demo on how I achieved the final painting even through adversity. 
 This art journal is nothing fancy, a plain lined paper notebook, it's about 5*8, with a tough vinyl cover , that I picked up from the dollar store. Some of the pages I have gessoed, some have been decoupaged, and some papers are Gelli print one-offs - like this one. The only reason I like to use this one is because I like the size of it.
 I didn't have any idea when I started on what I was going to do with this sheet. I try and use the most patterned part of the paper as the focal point. So I took my blue watercolor pencil and sketched out a basic cat shape. Even when I am just working in a sketchbook I am still thinking about some basic design principals, but I am not too concerned with too many details, you will be surprised on how many of those are created just because of the background pattern.
 Now start to carve out your image by painting the negative shape. I used a blue-grey wash to ghost the image so that some of the background still shows through. Use a light touch at first. It is a lot easier to cover mistakes in a thin wash than a thick opaque line. When that is dry, I finger painted the rest of the background letting the colors mix on the paper.
Add your details. For this I used a black oil pastel, this works well for blending and adding that furry fuzz illusion to your cat. Paint the eyes, don't forget those highlights. There is no way you can ever recreate this painting as no two Gelli papers are the same but I hope you are inspired to try out this idea. Remember its only paint.
5* 8 inch
mixed media (Gelli print on paper, acrylics, oil pastel, oil marking pencil, ink, watercolor pencil) 


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Little Nut - Gelli Printing

Once upon a time I was a little nut and the older I get the more this quote couldn't be truer. This is another page in my inspirational art journal. My journey of what keeps me going from day to day. This piece is done on a gelatin printed background with some collage, ink and oil pastel.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gelatin plate prints

If you love scrapbooking, paper arts or mono printing you will love gelatin printing.



 These pretty papers were created using a homemade permenant gelatin plate (you tube has a few videos and recipes for these) but you can also purchase a ready made Gell Printing Plate from amazon or local crafting stores.  These prints can be used in so many ways, from creating cards and tags to backgrounds in art journals or mixed media pieces, and because you are in essence mono-printing no 2 papers will ever look the same. These were created using hand cut stencils/stamps and basic craft paint. I have also used Golden Open's for some experiments and on hot dry days I have also added Debbie Travis glazing liquid (just what was on sale) to extend the working time of the basic craft paint. These are a few the turned out so well that they are now mounted and hung independently.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mixed media demo on Gelli Printed Background

My dd and I have been busy printing gift tags, Christmas cards and background papers on our handmade Gelli plate. If you haven't had a chance to experiment with this type of monoprinting, you should! There is no right or wrong way, just ways that work out better than others. If you don't like something it is very easily covered up to create another dimension. We cut our own stamps (texture plates), basic stencils and used found objects to print a multitude of papers. This is one of my not so good prints that I turned into an inspirational mixed media piece. Gelli print, acrylic paint, oil pastel, ink, collage.


 I love the way the paper does a lot of the work for you.