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Monday, February 23, 2015

Pink Bloom

I was in the studio again over the weekend (after fighting migraines for 2 out of the last 3 weekends) and it felt great to get my creative juices flowing again. That being said, I struggled with this mixed media painting. Once I got started it just wasn't going the way I wanted it to go and I almost threw it away three different times. But I hate giving up sometimes, so I persevered and finally ended up with something that I liked. I don't love it, but I don't hate it. LOL. And hey, it was 7 hours of almost uninterrupted studio time, so I can't complain about that at all!

Pink Bloom Flower Mixed Media

Lots of acrylics used in this, plus some stencils and ink, some Neocolor II crayons, and a paint pen or two. I love the colors and the texture that I created with tissue paper, a favorite technique. The more I look at it, the more I like it. Maybe this is a keeper after all. :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Roses In Her Hair

This is the second of two Mixed Media paintings I finished up from works in progress over the weekend. I think I started this in November or December, but got sidetracked with some genealogy research and never quite got back to it. I'm glad to see it finally finished. 

Roses in Her Hair Mixed Media

I was actually inspired by the roses that were in some scrapbook paper that I had in my studio. They were my starting point and I decided that they'd look lovely in a girl's hair. So I created the girl and added the flowers when she was finished. This photo is actually a bit cropped from the original, because it's a little too big for my scanner. 

I'm really pleased with how she turned out. For some reason I'm frequently inclined to paint girls with pink hair...not sure why. :)

Unicorn Girl

I have been hit and miss in the studio of late, but I finally made it in last week and was able to complete two unfinished Mixed Media paintings. This first one is my Unicorn Girl painting.

Unicorn Girl Fantasy Creatures

The original is not quite as dark as it appears in this photo. I'm never quite happy with my scanned photos, even with my new scanner. But this will have to do. I've never attempted a unicorn or a horse before, so this is far from perfect. But I don't think it's too bad for a first try. I couldn't decide what to put in the background. I actually didn't intend for it to have a background when I started, but then I wondered if it maybe looked to empty there. So I added the butterfly to sort of balance out the composition. I thought that if I added any sort of scene in the far background that it would take away from the girl and the unicorn, so I was happy with just the added butterfly.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mixed Media Heart Art

I finally made it back into the studio over the weekend. It sure has been awhile. I've become obsessed with genealogy again (after a 20 year break) and spending a lot of time on it. It's fun! But I was feeling the need to be creative again so I spent yesterday in the studio.

My only plan when I went in there was to do something with a heart. I really had no ideas beyond that. And when I was digging around for a canvas I found some tissue paper I'd used to sort of 'clean' a stencil after I'd used it. So I stuck that on my canvas with some mat medium, and then picked a color I liked and painted it on. I love the texture that tissue paper makes on canvas, and painting on it just makes it more fun. 

After the blue color I used an old credit card to scrape on some white over the raised areas of tissue. Then I painted on some hearts, added some stamped letters, a few shadows and details, and voila, my Mixed Media Heart Art was finished!

Mixed Media Hearts

I like painting sometimes without a real plan. I had a heart in my head, but that's it. The rest just evolved from a found piece of tissue paper and a color I decided to use on the spot. This art isn't going to win any art contests, but I had a great time creating it and I love how it turned out. In the end, isn't that what matters most when we're creating?

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Maude Fealy Snow Angel

It's been awhile since I've posted because I haven't been in the studio for awhile. But today I felt like playing with some digital art. I was inspired by one of my favorite muses, Maude Fealy. So I created this Snow Angel featuring beautiful Maude to share with you.

Snow Angel Digital Art

I wish you all much peace and happiness in the New Year. Be well, be happy, and by all means, be creative!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Painting with Tissue Paper

This past week Destiny and I were experimenting with Painting with Tissue Paper. I'd seen a post on Pinterest about it and thought it was cool, and it looked like a fun project for Destiny to do. So we gave it a try. I bought some bleeding Tissue Paper from Dick Blick, because there was none to be found in the town where I live. The brand name of it is Spectra, in case you want to try it too.

The technique is simple really: cut out some shapes out of the paper, brush some water on your canvas, and then put the tissue paper on top. Let it dry, then when the tissue comes off it leaves color behind like it was painted. Destiny and I did do this first, but then we decided to add a little more stuff and make it more of a Mixed Media project. These are the results.

Rubber Stamping on Tissue Paper Painting

Rubber Stamping on Tissue

Rubbert Stamping on Tissue Close
Rubbert Stamped Snowflakes on Tissue

Rubber Stamping Snowflakes Closeup

Destiny loved this project, and I'm sure we'll be doing it again. It was really fun, and really easy to do. And may I just say, she's got her poses down pat now. :)