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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. :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Blue Flower

I was in the mood for something different over the weekend while I was in the studio, so I created this Blue Flower mixed media painting. I like to do flowers from time to time, but not exactly like this. So it was just nice to do something a little different.

Blue Flower

It's a combination of scrapbook paper, Neocolor II Crayons, acrylics, stencils, and rubber stamping. :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fork Daisy by Destiny

When Destiny and I were painting the other day, she wanted to paint a flower after we finished our Fall Brush Trees. She totally knew what she wanted to do and told me she needed a fork. Since we painted Fork Flowers on Canvas once, I knew she would be a pro with the fork again. So I gave her a fork and she used her tempera paint and created this.

Fork Daisy Art for Kids

She told me she was going to use the fork to make petals in a circle to make the flower. So she did that, and then she used a paintbrush to paint the center of the flower and the stem with leaves. What I love most about this is that she thought of it all on her own and knew exactly what she wanted to do. All I did was move the paper for her as she was making a "circle" with the fork for the petals. 

I love painting with Destiny. And I see lots more painting in our future. :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall Brush Trees

Destiny and I were inspired by the Fall leaves this week, so we decided that a painting of Fall Trees was in order. I thought it would be fun to use a round brush to make the tree leaves, like we did when we painted our Brush Dandelions. So I gave Destiny the brush, a canvas, some tempera paint, and a wee bit of instruction, and then she got down to painting!

Fall Brush Trees Progress

Fall Brush Trees

This time I found a better round brush for her to use--it was much easier for her to hold this one than the one with the long handle. It made it easier to dab it on the canvas. Destiny painted the tree trunk first, then used the brush to add the leaves to to the top of the tree and to the ground. She had no help from me at all! And I know I'm biased, but I think it's quite the masterpiece. :)