Sunday, January 10, 2010

Something New

I am joining in on a new challenge this week. On Mixed Media Monday the theme this week is something new.  So the first new thing for me is that I am  participating in this group!   Here's my entry:



There's a couple of new things that I did on this piece.  First of all I had the left over hand-painted papers from this other collage/painting that I did. 

This is new for me.  I like to collage, but I usually use ready made papers, but I really like the look of the hand-painted papers when they're collaged onto the surface--there's more texture.

I used an 8x8 Gallery wrapped canvas (I really like using these canvases), and I collaged the papers onto  it.

and then I put a black acrylic wash over it to tone it down--

And then another fairly new technique for me is what I did to make  the sunflower.  I drew it on , and then applied Golden's Light Molding Paste over it.  I apply it with a palette knife--it just takes a little patience, but that's okay because that's my word for the year : )


I usually let that dry overnight, and then I just painted it with my new Galeria acrylics, which I love--


I love the way it turns out--just great texture.  I hadn't put the sealer on it yet, but I put a few coats of a gloss varnish on it, and it ends up looking like stained glass. I really  like the end result.

Also, another something new discovery for me that I wanted to mention was finding  this new artist in the latest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.  Her name is Lynda Andrus.  Her art is amazing, and what she uses to make it is just as amazing--so go take a look.

49 comments:

Willy said...

What a beautiful piece! The sunflower is great!

Kris Dickinson said...

Absolutely stunning work! I'm in awe! - Kris

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Your canvas is excellent and so beautifully created. It was wonderful to read as well as view your process...thanks for sharing. Love the heavy texture, gives it such a rich look. Hugs, Gayle.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Diane, it was fascinating seeing this in progress. Thank you. I would also love to see 'where' you create. Thank you for posting our button on your sidebar! That was very nice of you. Have a great week! Twyla

Barbara Hagerty said...

What a wonderful collage! I've never used molding paste, but I think you may have inspired me to try it! Your sunflower is beautiful!

Janet said...

Your sunflower is gorgeous! I love all your artwork....you're just amazing! And so is that other artist you linked us to....very interesting creations.

Shawn Caro said...

What a great piece to add to your collection of work. I love the texture on the sunflower. Beautifully done, Diane.

Hermine said...

Beautiful, love the sunflower

LiveArt said...

A gorgeous background and a wonderful sunflower!!

Love it!!

Linda

indybev said...

Thank you so much for sharing your process in creating this beautiful piece! What a unique and artistic bit of art. Applause from my corner.

johanna said...

the texture on this is fantastic!! love the sunflower!

Sandy said...

OMG your canvas is stunning.
Absolutely great. Love the sunflower.

WrightStuff said...

Diane, thanks for sharing this technique. Good idea about the hand coloured/printed collage paper. I might have to give that one a try. I was also thinking about doing some digital designs this way. I love it when you get to see all the stages of a piece like you've shown. The sunflower is incredible - another new thing to try... someday!!

Marilyn Rock said...

Gorgeous! Love the texture of the sunflower! xxoo

Tara said...

I really love that you showed the steps here Diane. I'm always wondering about the 'how'! Mind you, my word for the year is independence so maybe I should be finding out for myself....;) I've got molding paste that I haven't exploited yet and this looks really good; I also like how you toned down the colours.
Haven't had a chance to look at my Cloth Paper Scissors yet but will check out that artist later on!

Megan Hoover said...

oh wow! that is so cool and thank you for taking the time to snap photos of your process...it's AWESOME!!

Yvonne said...

WOW, Diane! This is fabulous!

http://truutske.blogspot.com/ said...

Gorgeous artwork.
Love the canvas sunflower creation.

Martina2801 said...

I am totally impressed by your beautiful canvas. You are a great artist!

Priscilla said...

Wow Diane, you do AMAZING work. Thank you for following my blog and now I am follower here ;) I am not really new to the blog world, just the mixed media art part. I have been making card for awhile now and run the Midnight Madness sketch challenge found here....
http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com
I just felt I needed to get a little more creative with the graphics end of it. Thank you so much for your kind words and I look forward to checking in on you from time to time :)

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

This is fabulous!! What a creative and fun piece!

Alberta said...

What a beautifully successful experiment! I love your new painting. I think, now that you've discovered hand-made papers, you'll have a blast. There are many commercially-made papers that are gorgeous, but creating your own patterns and textures is addictive.

Buffy said...

Gorgeous Canvas! I love all the papers you used and the way you toned it down. Very cool,thanks for sharing the process.

Robin said...

This is gorgeous..I love the colors that you used..really works great together..the classes you take seem so fun..one day I may join one..you are quite an inspiration..!!

Rachel said...

Gorgeous! I really love the way this turned out. I must have a go at the molding paste technique! Thanks for the inspiration!

Cindy said...

Fabulous and beautiful--I love that piece and the handpainted
papers--you're amazing!
Hugs,
Cindy Adkins
www.recoveryartist.com
(I'm in New Orleans)

Rosie Rowe said...

What a great first ever entry! Love that you shared the process and I really like your finished canvas - well done!

Silvia said...

Such a wonderful painting and great background.

Beth said...

Your papers are beautiful, and your collage is wonderful. The colors are rich, and the design is delightful.

Diane said...

Diane, what a wonderful canvas! I'm so glad you took a challenge with us, and hope to see lots more of your art. (From another) Diane

joyfulploys said...

I love Sunflowers and this one is lovely. I've been busy making Suzi faces today...maybe I'll have something to put on my blog tomorrow. I tried to upload one of my faces on ning last night and it wouldn't let me...I haven't tried again today.
Cheers,
Mary

Nancy B said...

What fun this looks like you had creating this piece! I love the paste sunflower!

sharon said...

Hi Diane! This is a great piece, so rich in color and texture, just beautiful! I think we are in the same Suzi class, and Kathryn's calender challenge! I haven't posted my Goddess on my blog yet, I was kinda nervous! Yours is fantastic! Maybe I'll break out tomorrow!
Love your work!

Deb Harvey said...

I LOVE IT!!! I really enjoyed reading and watching the process you went through to create this piece. You've inspired me!!! Thanks!

Thank you for your kind words, again! I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog!

Kristin said...

FIRST of all, I am so glad to meet you through MMM - I hope we get to see more pieces like this wonderful collage! Love hearing about your process, love your blog in general (great name) and I'm so excited to try Golden's crackle medium because of you. I'm looking for one with greater texture and never knew this product existed! Thank you too for becoming a follower - I was thrilled to see you there! Yours, Kristin xo

Amy said...

this is fantastic!! Sunflowers always bring such happiness to all who see them! Great art here.

Createology said...

I like your art piece very much. Thank you for sharing.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I adore this piece. I love how you spotlighted all the "new" that was part of it.

I keep forgetting to ask. May I add you to my blog roll?

Bobbi Lewin said...

Ahh! This is beautiful! I love the colors, it makes me think of summer (remember summer?) Your hand painted papers are lovely. Thanks for stopping by my blog:)

Lisa said...

Lovely piece Lady : ) My gosh 39 comments! Lucky in my Napoleon Dynamite voice : )

Annette Q said...

The texture is incredible! Molding paste is something I definitely need to try...I love trying out different textures. A beautiful piece :-)

Lorraine said...

excellent what a lot of great paintings you have on here..thanks for your great comment about my blog art

Darlene said...

Love that texture and bright colors. Enjoyed reading about your process.

pammyjo said...

Wonderful, this is so great. Love the colors. You're so creative. :) P

Michelle said...

Welcome to MMM! Love your piece. I've started making my own background papers too, and it's so fun.

Linda said...

Wow, great work Diane! I love the way you've used those collage papers....and you discovered the joys of modelling paste; brilliant stuff!
Thanks for your kind comment re: my first digital collage.
Linda :-)
PS Your Suzi drawing is excellent!

Janny said...

Beautiful piece of work!

*jean* said...

wowee!! welcome to the challenges! your piece is so vibrant, i love it! so nice of you to share your process!

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Diane, love the sunflower's texture and richness.
Always love shells. Sea, Mmmmm.
Another dream away!
Thank you so much for your well wishes.
Still feeling groggy, but improving.
I am so much better for visiting your blog!

Hugs!

Julie

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