Tuesday, August 31, 2010

2-fer Tuesday!!

I hope any of you that are reading this semi-regularly, or at all for that matter (!!) realize that I HAVE ISSUES....  A major issue is my obsession with the number 3... give me things in threes, the number itself looks so darn cute, three in a row, you see where I'm going right??  So in order to improve my relationship with the number 2, I hereby declare 2-fer Tuesdays .  You'll have to come along with me each Tuesday to see what the 2-fer is.  I can assure you it won't be the same from week to week!

Today I have, for you,

Product Review and Tutorial (all photos can be enlarged with a *click*)

Have you seen Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Canvas?  I have been wanting to try this out as I love the look and feel of paint and collage on canvas but would like to incorporate elements using canvas into some of my other mixed media pieces.

Recently I gathered up these supplies...

and began mixing and applying paint, mostly in linear or rectangular forms.  When my intent is to paint and layer for use as elements or backgrounds, I often begin the paint layers this way.
The canvas is unprimed and I used it this way.  Next time I play with this I'll definitely apply some gesso to see the difference.

So I began painting and mixing, painting and mixing....

and here is where my first layer ended up.  The canvas took the paint beautifully.  I didn't have it taped down while I was painting so it curled A LOT.  When you painy on this with acrylic TAPE IT DOWN.  The curling didn't stop me but it does become bothersome.  I taped it down here after the paint was on and it flattened out beautifully.

Next layer now:  I {rarely} work in single layer of anything.  I don't really know how to do that but I'm learning with my doodles, sketches, and zentangles.  But one layer of paint only??  Fuhgeddaboutit.

The next layer involves stencils and pigment ink pads:

Here are my initial stencil selections.  Maybe I'll use all of them, maybe I won't.  I have to see waht develops during the process.  I like to use pigment inkpads for stencilling as I can control the color application very well with these.  I used stencil brushes to apply the colors and designs here:

So here's the {finished for now} canvas.  It is easy to work with and lays flat (!!). 

I can see these colors and designs becoming parts of art journal pages, flowers, or possibly ATC backgrounds.  Haven't decided yet so have just cut them into 3 pieces for now.  This canvas cuts well and the paper backing is not wanting to peel away. 

I recomment this product very highly, the quality and performance are superb.

Hope this 2-fer was good for you, I enjoyed it.  Hope to see you again next Tuesday for another 2-fer :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

ATC's that are Winging It...........

Carry Me Above the World
Healing ATC#5
Your Song
Made for a private trade :)
Beautiful girl from collagestuff.com

I notice that lately I am using many song lyrics and/or titles in my artwork.  Has this happened to you??

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Micron pen on 4 x 4 Bristol Board

Friday, August 27, 2010

Art Saves

It truly does.  My sad quota has been exhausted for this summer.

Here's an ATC I just finished.......

The Power of Love
thank goodness for it!

And a sketch/zentangle I finished the other day, still playing with my new markers!!  I really like them :)

Sleepy Owl
4 x 5 on Bristol board

Have an awesome day guided by love!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Best Dog EVER.........

..... has left the planet :'(.  SUCH a good girl ~ Samantha was with us from 6 weeks old to this morning.

What a month.  I'll be glad when it's over and school opens.

Go hug everyone you know.  Do it TODAY.

Samantha ~ Girlfriend ~ Pup ~ Baby ~ Shamalamadingdong
Run free!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Product Review

For a LOOOOOOOOONG time I have wondered about Copic Markers: what are they?  Why do so many people use them?  What can they do?  How permanent are they?  Why do they cost so much??!!

I have never actually used one.  The cost is prohibitive to me.  I'd rather spend my art supply $ on other things that I KNOW are worth the difference, yet still financially manageable.  Now that I am venturing into doodling and sketching more, however, I have been wanting to try some sort of colored illustration markers.  I was cruising the Dick Blick website recently and spen a lot of time looking at the Blick Studio Markers.  I read all the reviews and compared them to the Copics and Prismas.  These Blick markers are the least costly option so I went ahead and ordered the set of 12.

LOVE the colors!! Each marker has a broad chisel tip and a fine point tip.  So I used them first on some vellum paper ~ often a challenge to color, in my experience. 

The photo above was taken on a glass table top in ambient light.  I'm pleased with the color and coverage, still working on getting used to the broad tip :)

This sketch was done on Bristol board, 100 lb smooth finish.  Really easy to work on and the inks flowed well.

Here is the vellum layered over the sketch.  I like the color on the vellum, and the translucency of it, a LOT.  Nary a wrinkle anywhere ~ NICE!!

I think these are a good choice, certainly for the price!  When looking at the product reviews a common thread seemed to be that some of the pens were dry, even when new.  When I received mine I immediately checked them all and they were fine.  Blick is such a great company to work with, I'm sure they'd rectify any problem.  So I heartily endorse these, for whatever that may be worth!!

Now, onward to some drawing and doodling.........

Friday, August 20, 2010

New Journal!!

Look! Look!  My very FIRST handbound journal book with SIGNATURES!!  I finished this last week actually but have been busy with some other things....LIFE in general I'd say.  The cover will be altered and added to as the pages are filled though.

YUMMY blank pages made of Fabriano 140 lb watercolor paper ~ DELISH

4 signatures!!

Yesterday was my first opportunity to play in this book, and I sure have missed journalling over the past few weeks.  I had some scrapbook paper laying around that I had covered with gesso, so I began CHANGING that ~

with some stamping and embossing

then adding color with these oil pastels, schmearing with my fingers, and finishing with a baby wipe.

Mixed media art is so attractive to me vecause I can begin with the paper above and end up with THIS.

And a fish is born!! With beautiful pink lips, definitely influenced by PJ's Beautiful Folk Art.  Background is painted, stamped, collaged, chalked, and detail bubbles added with paint and gel pens.  Oh yes, and some stickles sparkle too ;)

I LOVE the film 'Finding Nemo' and use the advice from Dory all the time.... no matter what, JUST KEEP SWIMMING !!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New characters with faces!

I'm having so much fun creating new 'friends' with my hand-drawn faces and then constructing the rest from papers, paints, stamps, etc ~ all the creative tools I love to use ;)
Flutterby Friend
watercolor background, stamping, collage, stencil, ink

Spirit Friend
napkin piece, printed vellum, textured/painted dictionary page, ink, paint pen, watercolor background

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A new face!!

Here are a couple of ATC's finished today.
Dear Friend

For this card I COULD NOT find a face I liked for her {believe me I am not short of face images and stamps!!}.  So I made one!!  For so long I have been PETRIFIED of drawing or coloring or creating a face.  So........leap of faith time..........on a small circle of vintage paper, with Micron pens and some leftover dye from the stencilling on the background.  YAY me!!

Healing Card #3

Another Heaking Card.  The first 2 healing cards have been traded all ready ;)

Not just working on ATC's BTW, am finishing assembling my first handmade journal book with signatures :)  Will reveal more on the 'morrow.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

More ATC's finished today!!

Healing Heart

Yesterday I made several backgrounds.  The text on 'Healing Heart' is from a book published in 1914 called The Flower Finder, written by George Walto, M.D.  Apparently there is a flower named the Floating Heart. 

It both amazes and reassures me that there are so many things about people that seem to never change ~ such as wanting to feel heard.

Peace to you for the week ahead.


Originally uploaded by Gaye ~ Paris Salon
Yesterday I played around with colors and making several different ATC backgrounds.
Here's one I finished this morning. This is Healing ATC #1. I sense a set of healing ATC's coming up. I plan to offer them for trade so the healing aspect can travel along. That seems like a good thing to me.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sooner rather than Later.........

Collage image from Suzan Buckner

As I mentioned yesterday, things can change in the blink of an eye.  My brother's condition has deteriorated rapidly so I'm leaving in a few hours to go be with him and my other brother as well.  I'll be offline for a bit but look forward to seeing all of you again soon.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ending July on a PLAYful Note

Here's my journal page from July 31.  Ending on a PLAYful and somewhat melancholy note here.  One of my older brothers is dying.  Six weeks ago he was working.  Now he's in the hospital waiting to be discharged to home hospice care.  Things can change in the blink of an eye.  I'll be travelling to see him in about 10 days (or sooner if the situation requires).

So this page is soulful for me, as this situation with my bro brings up old stuff as well as the consciousness of sharing things before he is gone.

detail of tag

tag opened up with photo of yours truly in ~ 1959, that's right!

Happy August to all ;)