Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Bookmarks

I've been working on things for the Art/Craft sale.  Bookmarks are always a good seller, but trying to come up with an idea that isn't so labor intensive is tricky.  Cause, no matter what you do, it's hard to sell them for more than $2 or $3.

So these are only a 5 part project (on each side).  1.  Collage dictionary paper on bookmark stock.  Let dry.  2. Do other side.  3.Collage hand-painted tissue paper.  4.  Do other side.  5. Use stamps and paint to add dimension.  6.  Do other side.  7.  Cover with gel medium.  8.  Do other side.  9.  Spray with matte acrylic.  10.  Do other side.  And, of course, dry between everything.

I do love the feel of these bookmarks - kinda feel like shiny leather!

Monday, November 19, 2012


This is my second painting using the technniques I learned in Julie Prichard's class.  It's bigger, 12" x 16".  I sorta like it - it has the grunge effects that I like, but I think it's a little too rigid - too many straight lines, too many equal parts.  Gives me something to do with the next one!

I've been super busy lately - working on bowls and coasters and other things for an Art/Craft Sale next month.  Whatever doesn't sell then, will just go to Mount Dora, so it's a good busy!  Also, we're starting to work on the next Mystery Theater for church.  This time, I play the lead dectective (and Director), so I have more work than usual for this play.  But again, it's a good busy!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Lost & Found

This is my first attempt after watching all the videos of "Act Natural" - an online workshop by Julie Prichard.  She has many more that I would like to attend, so I just have to keep making money in Mount Dora!!

This workshop is a lesson in Grunge -- making interesting naturals - making it look old and used - minimalistic, simple.  I can see that I need to work on my brush strokes more, and probably should have added many more layers.  But, all in all, it's exactly what I needed to take my artwork in another direction.  This painting is only 6" x 12", but it's encouraged me to start working larger.

Monday, November 5, 2012

A True Adventure!


I named this blog "Adventures With Paint" because I envisioned myself on a journey, learning all kinds of different ways to put paint on canvas. Today, this became a real adventure. If you saw my post a couple of days ago, I started this painting with lots of texture, then adding paint. I was just at the stage of adding additional color.

And, of course, after I added the color, I HATED IT!!!!

So, today, this is where I began -- deciding to add some dark rectangles, like the guy in the book.  Taping off the sections, so the lines would be clean.

Well, that only works in theory (at least for me!).  My colors ran, but then I decided that I liked it and made them run more!!

 Once that was done, I realized that I didn't like the way I had made the colors follow the texture - so I decided to do some color blocking.  Of course, I can't paint (or draw) straight, so it all looks kinda wonky.

After working on it some more, I finally came up with something that I like - Imagine That!!  It's still wonky, but for some reason, it doesn't really bother me - I've never liked straight lines anyway!  Beauty is definitely in the Eyes of the Beholder!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Art Journal Open House

I've blogged before about this Collaborative Art Journal project, and today Nancy Moskovitz had an open house at her gorgeous home to show us the finished journal!  It was so nice to meet some of the other artists. The journal is stunning - and will be part of an art showing in Ocala at City Hall later this month!  Here are the artists that were at the party today - I photographed them with their journal pages.

Our Hostess - Nancy Moskovitz

Me and Gail (Our pages were next to each other)








Friday, November 2, 2012

Time to Learn!

I'm finally starting to play -- after reading this book!  I've decided to photograph the process - since I'm not sure how it will turn out!
So, here is the beginning -- I've covered the canvas (in this case, it's a little one - 6" x 12" just to try) with Light Molding Paste - the artist in the book used Heavy Gesso, but I don't have any.  I used a knife and a comb to make texture, then I let it dry completely, and covered it with a coat of  Gloss Gel Medium, then let that dry.

Then, I used a regular kitchen sponge - dropped 3 colors of  Golden Fluid Acrylics on it, and painted the canvas - letting the colors run together and made sure to get the color in all the texture.  When this was dry, I added another layer of Gloss Gel Medium.  Discovered that it was really fun to paint with a sponge!

So this is where I'm at right now.  I hope that tomorrow I can start adding in the cool colors and darks & lights and get this puppy finished!  You'll see it as soon as I do!

On another note - I was reading Seth Apter's blog, and learned of some exciting online workshops by Julie Prichard and Cris Cozen.  I know of at least 2 of them that I'll soon be signing up for - just as soon as I get my check from Hart & Soul!  I love it when I find some classes to take!