I had fun making painted papers last week. I was working on a Lifebook lesson by Traci Bautista. I enjoy painting this way and making a lot of painted papers. I like to paint large papers and then cut them up to use different ways. These can be used to make greeting cards, journaling cards, postcards, tags, book covers, or anything else other uses you can find for painted papers. I used cold press watercolor paper for the large sheet and mixed media paper for the two pages I made in my journal. I used stamps and stencils on these pages, both bought and handmade. I painted symbols on all of them that I tend to use over and over again. Hearts, flowers, and swirls tend to come up when I'm painting just to have fun and make pretty papers. All of these papers have many layers. The cold pressed paper is rougher than the mixed media paper that I use, so it can be harder to paint smooth lines. Both work well however and are thick and strong enough to use for the tags and cards I listed. It is fun to paint just to make these papers without worrying about composition or having a perfect focal image. You should go and try this sometime. It is a great way to have fun and relive some stress.
Have a great week and if you make any painted papers, or other art please share with me. I love to see other creative projects.
I created this canvas for the mixed media art class that I am taking called Lifebook. This lesson was by Finnabair. I love creating pieces with a lot of texture, so I really got into making this piece. I wanted to celebrate the connections between my mom, my sister, and me.
I started by gluing down a picture of my mom when she was younger, and all kinds of bits and pieces. I used lace, beads, buttons, watch parts, paper and fabric flowers, pieces of broken jewelry, and other odd bits.
After it was dry, I put a couple thin layers of gesso over everything.
I added some sprays and paint.
I added the heart with the picture of my sister and I to the middle. I painted over the outside area with more gesso to knock back the color a bit.
I love how all the layers of gesso and paint really highlight the texture. This piece is really special to me. I hope that you too can find art that touches your heart.
I did make some changes to my painting since I showed it off last. I was't happy with the cluttered look, so I painted over some of the houses and trees. That way there is some open space to rest your eyes. I also added in some vines. I love how old buildings look covered in vines and I wanted my little world to have that natural wild look. I love little villages where green space is at a premium instead of having a building everywhere you look. That is why I made my world into a a little wild village instead of a neat and orderly, if whimsical town. My little wild village is still whimsical, but now not so full. I also named this painting because of the windows in the background where you can get a gimps of my inner world. I hope that you enjoy this painting and my process and can understand my art a touch more.
Thank you for reading and let me know what kind of paintings you like.
I have continued working on my painting this week and have made some progress. I like to add and subtract elements in my painting until it feels complete. It is an intuitive process for the most part, but sometimes I get stuck and have to put it aside. I let it rest and think and feel where I want to go next. I also ask for help from friends when I get really stuck; or I feel like I need to make major changes, but I'm unsure. I don't have the creative process down so well that everything turns out just the way I wanted it to turn out. I make mistakes and get lost along the way and need help to continue. That is why it is a wonderful thing to have other creative people to lean on and to learn from. We are not alone. These photos will show you where this painting has gone since I last shared. Soon I'll show you even more layers and my continuing progress.
What do you do when you are stuck on a creative project? I would love to hear about your process and about projects that you have in the works.
I finished all of the background layers of this painting over the weekend. It is complex and a bit chaotic, which is like me. I have made a few other paintings in this style and have one more still in progress that I hope to finish by this summer. I am drawn to create paintings that are full of personal symbols, colors, and words. Even if most of these elements are covered up in the final painting they are still embedded into the painting. Part of my soul will travel with it wherever it goes. I hope that you enjoy this peak into my process.
I have already started the final focal layers which I will share with you soon. I aim for this painting to be whimsical and happy, but not overly bright. Check back soon to keep up with my progress.
I watched a video of Donna Downey painting an abstract painting and was inspired to do the same. I'm not trying to copy her painting, just the general feeling of windows peeking into another world. I am drawn to this style of painting and love to create my own abstracts.
I started with paint swirling in water on my canvas and let that dry for my first layer. I didn't water down all the paint and let some intense areas remain on the canvas. (Someday I want to try the Golden high flow acrylics for this kind of painting.)
After the first layer was dry I added another layer using fluid acrylic paint, acrylic spray paint through a stencil, watered down acrylic paint in a thin tipped bottle, and Sharpie paint markers.
I want to add layers upon layers until I have a complex and interesting background. I have already added another layer, but I will have to share that later after the paint dries.
Keep checking back to see the progress of this painting. Feel free to comment and tell me what you like about it. What is your favorite style of painting?
Along with the textile art and dying fabric that I have been telling you about, I also love mixed media art. I love mixing watercolors, acrylics, inks, collage, etc. I often use all of these on a single piece of art. I find it interesting to push traditional boundaries and to experiment with different mediums and techniques. This side is the same side of me who likes to experiment in the kitchen and often doesn't use a recipe. It is also the side of me that loves science experiments and finding out what will happen if I do "that". If I create a piece of art that is pretty or tells a story during my experimenting I feel fulfilled. If I create something ugly or hated that is okay too, because that is the only way to learn. After all it is only art supplies, not something irreplaceable. I hope that I can encourage those of you who enjoy creating to push boundaries too and find out what will happen and how you love to create. Please feel free to share your results and your great creative loves with me. I share a few of my recent pieces with you.
I hope that you enjoyed this small sample of my mixed media art. Please share your creative outlets with me. What do you enjoy doing and how do you push boundaries?
"Dreaming" the whole cloth quilt that I made last fall is now on display at a local museum. It is in Ella Sharp museum on the wall of art next to the community room. If you live in the area please go and take a look. There are many wonderful pieces of art on the wall along with mine, from members of the Jackson Civic Art Association.
This quilt transports you back to childhood to explore the world of daydreams. The girl is dreaming about who she could be. Where will you allow your dreams to take you?
This quilt is 15” X 33”. It is a whole cloth cotton quilt that was hand painted. After the first layer of painting was done it was heavily quilted to bring out the details. Then it was painted with metallic paint to add accents to certain parts. The edges are finished with a satin stitch.
It is ready to hang from a dowel or rod by a hanging sleeve on the back. This art quilt is $260.00.
I am quite excited to have this quilt hanging in a public venue. Thanks for sharing this moment with me.
A couple of weeks ago I dyed a lot of fabric and trims. I had a couple of t-shirts and a baby bunting laying around that were ready to dye, so I decided to dye them too.
After they were dyed I thought that it would be fun to add some stenciling and make these fun to wear. Now, when I know someone who has a baby girl, I have a gift to give that will be all ready to go. I also have a couple of colorful t-shirts to wear when it finally gets warm where I live.
I stenciled Tam's Butterfly Wings and Flower Garden onto the baby bunting. These were perfect for a sweet baby girl.
I used the Tumbling Pods stencil to add a design across the pink and blue t-shirt. I stenciled with white fabric paint. I love how the white design shows off the colors.
I added more layers to the last t-shirt. I started with the Apparatus stencil and black paint. I made a strip across the shirt and feathered out the black paint along the edges.
I added some more stenciling using black paint along one side.
After these layers dried I used a script stamp and white paint to add some visual texture.
To finish off this design I used a hand carved flower stamp to add some pink flowers in the swirls.
I hope you enjoyed my mini tutorial and have a great week.
Last week I showed you some fabric and other bits and pieces that I dyed. This week I want to show you a few quilts that I made using my hand dyed fabric. Along with some other ways that I use the fabric that I dye.
The first four are quilts that I made using my dyed fabric. I love using fabric that I dyed for these quilts, so that I can get the exact colors that I want.
I also like making things that make everyday life a little prettier. I used hand dyed fabric for these too.
I also love making bracelets with a shabby chic look. I used a lot of hand dyed fabric in all of these. The bottom bracelets also have charms or jewelry that was broken, that I reused.
As you can see I love to make many different things with my hand dyed fabric. What is your favorite? If you would, please describe what I make in three words or less. I need some help with my homework for my business class. I would appreciate all your comments. I also love making things for you and would love to hear what you would like to see more of, or any new ideas that would make you happy. Thanks for reading and viewing my photos,