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Monday, June 11, 2018

Butterfly Mixed Media Girl

I was in my studio again on Sunday. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to create. So, I decided to start by collaging my canvas with some scrapbook paper and printed tissue and then see what that might inspire. I added a little bit of acrylic paint too. At that point, my canvas looked like this.

Butterfly Mixed Media Girl 1 Art Chick Studio

After looking at it for awhile, I started to see something in the canvas. That happens sometimes after I've put a bunch of papers and paint down. It's kind of like seeing shapes in clouds--something just sort of appears to me. Once I saw it, I started drawing. Then the canvas started to look like this.

Butterfly Mixed Media Girl 2 Art Chick Studio

Yep, I somehow saw a face appearing in the middle of the canvas, so I just went with it. I drew most of her face, then I painted over the face with transparent gesso so that I wouldn't lose the face as I painted. After that, it was just a matter of painting! This is the finishing Butterfly Mixed Media Girl.


This is mostly acrylic paint, but I've added other media as well. I used Neocolor II crayons, acrylic paint pens, and black pencil too. I don't do a lot of faces that aren't facing forward. That's a skill I'm trying to improve upon, so I decided to give it a shot. I'm pretty proud of how it turned out, but I'm still going to keep trying to improve. And you know, for some reason I'm always drawn to pink hair. The butterflies were the final touch, but then I decided I wanted to add a quote too, which I did.

The butterfly counts not months but moments and it has time enough.

In other words, make the most of the time you have, and make every moment count!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Drawing in My Travelers Notebook

I'm planning to get into the studio to paint again this weekend, but for now I've been content this week doing some drawing in my Traveler's Notebook. I have an insert with black pages that I'm trying to fill up. So, I made a couple of additions this week.

I have a thing for flying pigs!

Flying Pig Travelers Notebook Art Chick Studio

And you know I love fairies!
Fairy Drawing Travelers Notebook Art Chick Studio

Here's hoping I fill up this insert in the next couple of weeks! What have YOU been creating this week?!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Sunny Flower Mixed Media Painting

Well, it's been a SUPER long time since I've been able to get into my studio and do some painting. Teaching full time again takes so much time outside of school that I never seem to have any big blocks of time to get in there and get creative. But now that school is out for the summer I can finally get in there when I want to. I was in such a good, sunny mood on Sunday when I went in there that I decided to do a mixed media painting of a very sunny-looking flower! This is the result of my day's painting frenzy. 

Sunny Flower Mixed Media Painting Art Chick Studio

I primarily used acrylics for this, but I also added a little bit of Prismacolors colored pencils here and there, along with some paint pen accents. This is 11x14. I tend to work smaller when I'm not doing oils, because I work on my counter, which isn't very deep. So I try to make sure I work on a canvas that fits onto my counter space. I generally gravitate toward square canvases, but the 11x14 was calling to me yesterday.

Not sure what I'll paint next, but I was just thrilled to be able to get into my studio again!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Lilacs

Since I'm sooo in the mood for Spring and anxiously awaiting its arrival, I thought I'd post some photos I took last year of some Lilacs. It'll probably be another month here before mine bloom, so these will have to do until then.

Lilacs in Bloom from Art Chick Studio

More Lilacs in Bloom from Art Chick Studio

I love the smell of Lilacs in bloom, don't you? I don't think it really even feels like Spring until I can smell the Lilacs in the air. Hurry up, Spring. I'm waiting!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Creativity Let it Bloom

I'm hoping to take a break from my lesson planning and other school prep tomorrow so that I can get into my studio. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. At any rate, I haven't posted in awhile since I've been so busy with teaching (and all that goes with it). So, I thought I'd post a little past artwork to help inspire you--and me--to get creative.

Pink Peonies Creativity Mixed Media from Art Chick Studio

I played around digitally with some of my previous Pink Poppies Mixed Media art. I added a quote to it as well. I love pink and flowers in general. But I tend to be drawn to poppies for some reason. Here's to warmer weather, lots of flowers, and much more studio time once I'm off school for the summer!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Hey Girl Art and New Year

I've not been able to get into my studio much since school started in August--twice, to be exact. I'm hoping to get in there this weekend and get a full day of creativity in, before I return to teaching next week (fingers crossed). In the meantime though I felt like creating a couple of Hey, Girl memes, since it's been awhile. :)

Hey Girl Michaels App Art Meme

Hey Girl New Years Art Meme

What can I say? I really never get tired of Hey, Girl art memes...or Ryan Gosling for that matter. If that makes me wrong then I don't wanna be right. 


Monday, October 23, 2017

Big Red Flower Mixed Media

I've been so busy teaching that I literally was not able to get into my studio between June and October. It's been torture! But I finally was able to get in there the last two weekends and get creating again. I was in the mood for flowers. The result was this Mixed Media painting of a stylized big red flower.

Big Red Flower Mixed Media Art Chick Studio

I really loved creating this. It was a combination of acrylic paints, acrylic paint pens, and colored pencils. I was inspired by a picture of a marigold, believe it or not. I love the bright, warm colors. It just feels cheerful to me. What do you think?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Believe in Your Own Magic Mixed Media Girl Fairy

I can't tell you how glad I was to be able to get into my studio two weekends in a row for a change! My weeks are still busy with grad school and hanging out with the grands, so I can't always get into the studio during the week. But getting in on the weekend will do!

I wasn't sure what I was going to create, but I was in a Mixed Media mood. So the first thing I did was to cover my 12" canvas with some different scrapbook papers and some printed tissue paper as well. I like to use at least 3-4 different papers when I do this, and I use matte medium to adhere the paper to the canvas.

Believe in Your Own Magic Mixed Media Girl Background

At this point, I decided I would do a Mixed Media Girl, so I whipped out my drawing pad and started drawing. I keep my drawings fairly simple, since I'll add all the important details with paint. Once I was happy with the drawing, I used transfer paper to transfer my drawing to my canvas.

Believe in Your Own Magic Mixed Media Girl Face

Once I get the face on the background, I brush over it with Clear Gesso. This helps to give me a good surface to paint on, and it helps keep my drawing in place and prevents smearing while I paint. It can smear a little bit during the gesso process, but that doesn't bother me. It's not really enough to worry about it. Once my drawing is gesso'd, I'm ready for the fun part: painting!

I tend to use the colors of the background papers as inspiration for my painting's color palette. I don't think you *have* to do that, but that's just generally what I do. So this Mixed Media Girl, who became a fairy (as I am wont to do), took her color cues from the background. Some pinks and greens mostly, with black and white accents. And this is the end result.

Believe in Your Own Magic Mixed Media Girl Fairy

I'm pleased with how this fairy came out. I added the text digitally, because sometimes that's just easier than painting. I really thought the painting needed some words or something. And as it says...

Believe in your own magic!

Monday, June 5, 2017

La Beaute Mixed Media Girl

Now that I'm off work for the summer, I finally had a chance to get back into my studio and finish this painting that I began over Spring Break. I call her La Beauté. 

Ma Beaute Mixed Media Girl - Art Chick Studio

She was created with watercolors, Neocolor II Crayons, Zig Brush Markers, and a hint of acrylic paint pens as well. I was inspired by Alphonse Mucha and his beautiful art nouveau portraits of women. I know that's not obvious in my painting, but then, I wasn't trying to copy him either. I love his art though and it definitely inspired this piece.  I posted about her initially in my Mucha-Inspired Mixed Media Girl WIP post.

I find inspiration wherever I can: in nature, in music, in books, in the art of my peers, and from the masters.