Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mixed media cat painting using Gelli printed background

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) 


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Deer Head Applique Pillow

We have seen these deer head pillows everywhere, so I though while we are recovering from the flu, sitting around watching the CFL football semi finals, I thought I would try my hand at this project. I used micro suede and flannel scraps for this project, which makes it very cuddly as well. Yes "Multi tasker" is my middle name LOL
There are alot of patterns on the web for deer head printables, this is the one I chose. 

Copy your pattern to the wrong side of your applique fabric and iron down according to the instructions, then cut out the shape.

Remove the paper backing and position the pattern on your cover piece of fabric and iron down.

Select a narrow, close set, zig zag stitch and slowly work your way around the pattern. Remember always leave needle down when turning around a corner.  Pin and sew on the back panels, with a straight stitch and then zig zag for stability. Clip your corners, flip right side out and poke out your corner. Insert your pillow form. Sit back and listen to your guests ooohhh and ahhhhhh. :) Every pillow is different but these are some of the standard measurements for cutting your pattern pieces for the envelope pillow.

Pillow form 14 x 14
(1) 15×15
(1) 15×10
(1) 15×11
Pillow form 15×15
(1) 16×16
(1) 16×11
(1) 16×12
Pillow form 16×16
(1) 17×17
(1) 17×12
(1)17×13
Pillow form 18×18
(1) 19×19
(1) 19×13
(1) 19×14
12×18 pillow form
(1) 13×19
(1) 9×19
(1) 8×19
27 x 27 pillow
(1) 28 x 28
(1) 28 x 19
(1) 28 x 17

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mixed media landscape painting with Gelli printed paper background

This little landscape painting was created using gelli printed paper tiles as my background. This process serves as adding color and pattern to a blank canvas as well as adding some interesting texture.

4.5" * 7"
Acrylic painting covered with Gelli printed paper tiles on wrapped canvas

Hope you enjoy