Thursday, June 10, 2010

With Help From Jane and Inspiration From Jen

I'm  sure everyone knows Grittyjane--she is such a talented artist.  And she's also very generous in sharing her techniques with us through  her  tutorials.  Her one tutorial is prints on wood, which is basically what I've been doing, but her tutorial  (for only 10 dollars, I might add) has some helpful tips in it--it's well worth the price.

And the inspiration is from Jen, my artist friend that I talked about on this post.  Her website is
 p.s. enjoy your life, and on it she has her wood block prints, and that was my inspiration.  Her's are on  3 x 4 blocks that she cut from a 2 x 4.  So I decided to make my prints on blocks too--thanks again Jen for inspiring (I saw her at Fairport too!)  I wanted to tell her what I was doing, because I would have never thought of doing this.  Instead of getting a 2 x 4 board,  I decided on  a 2 x 6 one, and cut them up so that they would be 4 x 6 blocks. So for about $6.00, I was able to get 24 little blocks.

And THEN..... I was reading Sharon's blog and on this post, she was showing how she cropped her art, and it looked so cool this way.  So when I did my wood blocks, I decided to do this to a few also--


These 2 are actually from just one painting, but now it's 2!


And of course, I have to embellish and finish off the sides--


I want to finish off each one differently, so even though there will be multiple prints, they'll still be a bit different from one another.

So when I look at what I've done with these so far--






as a group--I'm really happy with the direction my art has been going--it makes me smile : )

53 comments:

Micki said...

Your art makes me smile too and i'm not suprised you are happy with it, it all looks wonderful grouped together like that!!

Micki x

Tina said...

Really wonderful! It's so great that the little elements can be cropped to be the main focus of an all new piece. I love this idea. I'd love to have an entire wall piece of these little chunky pieces. So colorful. You are such a talent. I'm going to check out the websites you linked in your post. Such a pleasure to read your blog this morning.
Thanks for sharing
T

Susan HP said...

I just love, love, love your artwork. Your girls have the most lovely faces EVER!
Love the blocks & I've done some work on wood, and enjoy it more than canvas.
Thanks soooo much for sharing!

Cori Lynn Berg said...

I love these, Diane. There is something about your work... it's like the smell of freshly baked cookies...

Zondra Art said...

Beautiful !
regards Sandra

NatashaMay said...

I love all the wood blocks! Thanks for linking gritty janes' tutorials. I might check them out. :)

Jay said...

Gosh these are gorgeous, beautiful work.
Jay x

Janine said...

Diane, beautiful work! I absolutely love your color choices!

Janny said...

It's making me feel happy these colours, beautiful work!

Buffy said...

Your art is just so beautiful and colorful,it always makes me happy to see it. I love how you cropped some of them. That was a cool idea. I'm taking janes tutorial too,alot of info for the money. Are you printing them at home?

joyfulploys said...

Diane...how smart you are! I love the idea of putting prints on wood. My problem is that I do not have access to getting prints made locally, unless I can find something online. It's a great idea to crop sections of paintings. Your girls look divine, as always. Thanks for posting about this.
Mary

Mary said...

oh you should be happy with how your art is - it's beautiful!!
isn't it fun to see it all together like that!! such yumminess!!!

love the idea of cropping them, they really do become works of art in themselves!!!

Emelie said...

So Pretty and so eye catching for people at the fairs, and then to have the idea of cropping gives you more things for the booth. Each piece is different but yet there is consistancy for a grouping, these would look so good mixed with books on a book shelf, even a couple on a window sill. I enjoy art that I don't always have to hang on the wall, things I can mix and match on taller antique furniture I have in the house.

You have worked hard and it shows, these are beautiful, it is fun to see how our work looks when cropped, used differently.

I did this a couple times, I covered cardboard with newspaper, then painted, stenciled, stamped designs on it that would compliment the paintings, added the paintings in a collage form and put piece in a frame with glass. I used found frames and I didn't mat the work. The paintings were different sizes and the background on the newspaper showed inbetween. I would do a photo but it is all framed with glass and is now hard to get a photo becaue of so much glare, I have tried twice to do this.

Martha Lever said...

These are so lovely. I loved that tutorial and made a few myself. Yours are wonderful!!! Gritty Jane's Textured Surfaces is a good one too.

Terri Kahrs said...

Your artwork brought a huge smile this morning!!! Grouped together the impact is stunning, Diane! You SHOULD be happy - it's awesome! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Janet Ghio said...

These look fabulous! What size are they?

Lisa said...

Its all so great Diane : )

Kelly Berkey said...

Diane,

I love these little blocks of your art!! How fun and beautiful to see them all together. You are such a prolific artist...I need to get to it and quit overthinking things!!
Muah!

La Dolce Vita said...

being happy with your art is the best thing! it makes for a wonderful life!

Creative Carmelina said...

Oh my goodness I'm soooo smiling right now just looking at all your creations! i love them all..they are so inspirational to see..and i can see the fun you must have had with every part of it!!!!

beautiful colours too!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

sharon said...

Outstanding Diane!! Each individual one is super, and then to group them is spectacular!! Your images always make me smile!

Janet said...

Your art makes me smile, too! Love the idea of the 2 x 6 for making all those little blocks.

Betzie said...

Very cute...fun pieces.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I like how you have cropped the elements of your drawings and shared the link that inspired it. What a clever idea to have all this art on one block. Very inspirational.

Biljana said...

Your wood blocks are absolutely splendet and unique. I like your works.Bravo:)))

Dorthe said...

Dear Diane,
Your little wooden blocks, are like wonderfull lights in the dark-so bright, so outstanding. I love them.
Hugs,Dorthe

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Your art makes me smile, too, Diane. I love these little wood blocks - so gorgeous! :) Theresa

Butterfly Works said...

I love these....There are so many ways you can use these individual pieces or group them together....Great idea...
Hugs and blessings

Christianne Teixeira said...

Diane, what a wonderful way to do art!!!!!!!!!! Love your artwork, you know it!!! Hugs, Chris

Ophelia said...

WOWZA! You are just doing some amazing art here! I have to do a better job at keeping up! I truly enjoy seeing your work.

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Oh WOW! Beautiful. Love, love, love these!!

daisydolls said...

This is such a fabulous idea, they look amazing! I have done paintings on 2x4's before, they were really long skinny ladies but the little chuncks of wood all embelished with delicious colors are rich and SO eye catching. These are going to fly! I may have to try a few chunks of wood myself.
What do you use at the end to seal the images onto the wood?

Marlynn said...

One word - WOW - or did I use that the other day. Very cool. I can't get into wooden blocks but am so impressed with what you have done. Great art work showing up on your blog every day! Exciting....

Dianne said...

Wow! What wonderful pieces!

Rina said...

Love it...some great art...now gritty jane has her backgrounds class for $20 plan on signing up tomorrow...

justagirl said...

wow these are amazing... you have been so busy!

Your girls have such peaceful faces.

Debby said...

They are all so amazing, your work is just stunning. I love creating on the wooden blocks, so unique and fun.
Debby

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

I agree, they make me smile! Looks as if you had lots of fun with them....

Sharon said...

You are amazing. I love when inspiration just goes in circles like that. I took Jane's class too and was thinking about doing some prints on wood but I love how you have added the original sides to yours. So wonderful. So there you go, inspiration going in circles because if I use some of my little crops...on wood...I will surely do a little doodle on the sides. I do need to know (just because I need to know) are you a power tool girl? Like did you do the cutting of the 2 X 6? I love my power tools! But I'm to the point of letting someone else cut for me now.

Ellie said...

Gorgeous...love these, so unique and special!!!

claire barone art said...

they are really wow!!! love them the gritty jane tutorial is great the options are endless with wood blocks xxxxx

Heather said...

Wow, these look SO cool! I need to try these larger block prints. For the last few years I've been doing this on a smaller scale and making chunky Christmas ornaments. Basically doing this same thing but inserting an eye hook on the top and hanging it by a loop of ribbon. They're so tiny and easy but I usually sell a ton around the holidays--- and off from the holidays! You've inspired me to make more ;) Are these done with mod podge?

Sherry said...

makes me smile too
will you be selling any of these embellished prints on Etsy or ???

WrightStuff said...

You are so prolific Diane! I always get a real rush from completing a piece, but lately with 'real' work pressures these are few and far between - you, lady, must be on a permanent high!!
Wonderful creations sure to make someone's home a happy place!

daisydolls said...

Your the best thanks for the tip Diane!! Have a great weekend!

Chel ~ said...

Thanks so much for the kind words about my blog.

Your block print/paintings are absolutely gorgeous!

Pamela Holderman said...

I just watched Gritty Jane's texture tutorial - very good indeed. Thanks for being so faithful to my blog. I am so behind in visiting my list - where does the time go?
You always have something new in your repertoire - very inspiring! I have no computer skills and spent all day yesterday (without my son, Nick I will add) changing the blog. If you want to play around you can with all of blogger's new formats. Nothing is permanent until you click the button in the upper right corner that says change blog. But expect to be addicted and it will take most of a day if you are like me...

Marilyn Rock said...

Well; your art makes me smile, too Diane! Beautiful!

Gina Lee Kim said...

These are absolutely wonderful! Never underestimate the power of cropping :)

susie said...

Very Happy Art....I am smiling. You have done a great job.

rachel awes said...

oh my goodness, what a FEAST!
i espec. love the one with the trees & bird. scrumptious!
& i just saw you highlighted on kelly's blog/love that beauty she showed! you are soaring, diane!
xox

Erin Butson said...

Wow! These look so great! So many great techniques. I love all that you have done here.

Pat said...

Your art is beautiful! I love Gritty Jane as well, have learned a LOT from her. Keep up the great work!

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