Sunday, October 2, 2011

Recycling Again--a Mini Tutorial

I've  been  playing  around  with  images  of  my  art  again.   I  like  to  print  out  an  8 x 10  image  and  then  mount  it  onto  an  8 x 10  gallery  wrapped  canvas.   But  I  always  change  it  a  bit  so  each  piece (no matter  how  many  I  do)  will  be  different.   And  I  did  something  a  little  different  this  time.  I  took  this  art  image  of  mine--

This  came  from  a  piece  of  furniture  that  I  painted  last  year  that  you  can  see  HERE.    And  then  I  printed  it  out  on  110lb  cardstock  that  I  get  at  Staples  (office  supply  store).   This  time  before  I  adhered  it  to  the  canvas,  I  decided  to  add  to  if  beforehand.   That  way  if  I  didn't  like  what  I  did,  I  could  just  reprint  another  one  and  try  something  different.

I  added  some  stamping,  and  re-colored  the  faces  with  my  pitt  pens (what did I ever do  without  these!).   This  paper  is  very  durable.   This is  what  I use  when  I  make  my  own  painted  papers--you  can  paint and even  add  water  to  it.   It  buckles,  but  when  you  use  it  for  collage, it doesn't  matter--it  smooths  out  wonderfully  onto  your  surface.   So  I  knew  that  I  was  going  to  like  this,  and  that's  when  I  mounted  it  on  with  regular  gel  medium  and  added  some  more  finishing  touches--

.....more  stamping  and  a  little  more  doodling  and  embellishments.   I  like  it  better  than  the  original....plus  I  already  sold  it  at  my  show  last  weekend!

I   also  printed  out  my  Hippie  girl  from  last  year,  but  I  knew  that  I  wasn't  going  to  be  adding  much  more  to  her,  but  I  did  want  to  repaint  the  face  and  hair.   I  just  went  ahead  and  adhered  the  print  onto  the  canvas--


I  just  added  a  little  more  stamping   and  brightened  up  the  flowers  with  my  pitt  pens  again.  
And  then  I  used  my  Caran d'Ache Neocolors II  crayons  for  her  face.  These  are  one  of  my  favorite  mediums  to  use  for  faces.  I  love  the  way  they  blend,  and  if  you  don't  like  it  you  can  take  it  away  since  they're  water soluble.   You  just  have  to  make  sure  that  after  you  adhere  your  print  to  your  surface  with  the  gel  medium,  to  also  cover  the  image with  it  too (and  let  it  dry).    That  way  when  you  paint  or  whatever,  the  medium  won't  soak  in  to  the  image,  because  the  gel  medium  leaves  a  protective  coat,  and  you  can  take  away  your  mistakes  easier.   With  these  crayons,  I  spray  a  workable  fixative  on  them.  I'm  not  sure  if  they're  permanent  when  dry  or  will  re-activate  when  you  put  a  sealer  on  it.   I  tried  to  link  these  up,  but  the  blick  site  is  down   right  now.   But  you  can  get  all  of  these  items  (at  the  best  prices  that  I've  found)  at  http://www.dickblick.com/

It's  so  fun  to  re-invent  your  artwork--even  if  you're  just  playing  around.  It's  not  so scary,  especially  when  it's  just  on  a  piece  of  paper.   It's  a  great  way  to  experiment!


39 comments:

Juls said...

wow wow wowzer!!! gorgeous work as always, you are such an inspiration!! Hugs Juls

Buffy said...

Love both of these! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Great way to use your art over again. Thats so great that you sold one of them already!

NatashaMay said...

That's what I always love about your stuff. I never can tell that you reused an image cause it doesn't look like it. :) This just looks awesome! :)

Becky~ said...

Gorgeous,love them both but my favorite is the first one very sweet.

Have a nice day!

Janet Ghio said...

I always love to se the reinventions!! Well done.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Stunning art and great tutorial. Wonderful ideas for recycling. Too bad we don't have a Staples nearby. I get my CS at Sams and it doesn't seem to hold up as well as yours. Always LOVE what you make.

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Hi Diane! Thank you for sharing your great ideas! I love these drawings, too. I can see why that sold right away.

What kind of printer are you using? I thought with an ink jet the colors would bleed and run together if I started adding water or medium to them. Maybe you've got a laser printer?

Zondra Art said...

Amazing and very interesting tutorial, and your work!

Kisse and nice day:)

Wax Beach Artist said...

You know, I have never reworked a piece but I think I will. Yours turned out great and it's a completely new piece of art. Another great idea, thank you!

Becca said...

This is such a wonderful idea! I love both pieces!

Tammie said...

you are so inspiring! Such gorgeous details and pieces! I love hearing how you made them.

wanda miller said...

JUST LOVE that you showed us your reinventions! the face you added with the other is so GREAT, i first thought to myself, it's like friends loving one another, a closeness, so beautifully orchestrated. xo

Kay said...

ditto everything everyone said...Love the first image so much

Marilyn Rock said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I love both of these - but of course :) xxoo
(new blog: http://mrockart.typepad.com/art-rocks

Marlynn said...

Just outright fantastic what you did with both images! Love your tutorial. Loving our Ghostie Boys this year - seems more interesting. Did you catch Dead Files that followed. Blown away with that one. Enjoy your day!

Dorthe said...

Hi dear Diane,
Oh I so love the flirty eyes of your moon- and all the stamps,and text-and love the idea, of reusing ones art-and your beautiful girl,she just shines with prettynes.
Thankyou for your so sweet comment today, dear friend.
Hugs,Dorthe

Manon said...

Thank you for sharing, I always love coming to have a little look but then tend to stay around longer because there is so much to see
ManonX

Healing Woman said...

Thanks for all the good tips. Your work turned out great.

Michele said...

Wow wow wow! Awesome work. You amaze me EVERY time.

Betzie said...

How awesome Diane! Love them both!!! Have never heard of pitt pens...they must be neat to use but I'm sure it's your talent that makes them worthy! Haven't been blogging much but always love to see what you're up to. Happy Fall!

sonya said...

Hi Diane,
Your work is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us! What a great idea to print on paper first!
Hugs,
Sonya

sharon said...

No one brings more images to life than you Diane....these are alive and powerful, and oh so beautiful!

~Rasz~ said...

Oh Diane, you are a genius! Thank you for the great tips and ideas. I have already filled one doodle/drawing book and was thinking of ways to use some of my drawings in my mixed media artwork. Since I am such a beginner, making copies on the cardstock will be perfect. I have to find out what Pitt Pens are. Time to google it! Thanks again, you are such a valued, inspiring, encouraging artist!

Heather Henry said...

Very gorgeous. I love the hippie girl especially, she is beautiful. you are so talented.

Kathy said...

Beautiful, as always - you are SO talented!! So how do you get the thick paper to lay down flat with just getl medium as the adhesive? Do you put the medium on both papers? Do you wieght it? I have trouble with the thick paper...

Cameron said...

....and just like that....you are never done with an image....that brain of yours is always thinking of something new and different....and always beautiful!

So fun the way you even "recycle" your own work :)

rachel awes said...

i love your hippie girl!
oh yes! new drafts of our art..
kind of like our very lives/keep evolving, re-looking, putting on new colors. XO

Terri Kahrs said...

Love, Love, LOVE that you're repurposed your original prints, Diane!!! OMG, how you've grown as an artist!!! Your work has really developed into "your own" very recognizable style.

Just read through your past posts. I'm soooo happy that your sewing machine table sold and has gone to a super appreciative lady. And that little "kindergarten" box was darling too!

Sure is nice to be back in Blogland! I feel as though I've missed so much!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Lorraine said...

thanks for the tip about sticking a print onto a canvas never thought about that.great paintings as usual..like the ban the bomb necklace

Cathy Bueti said...

Wow Diane! Love what you did here! You are the queen of recycling your work!! Love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

:)

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Absolutely gorgeous work, as always, Diane! :) Thanks for sharing what you did with the pieces. Happy October!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the pretty Hippie girl! And it's fun to play around! That's what I should be doing right now! Hugs! ♥

Kristin said...

WHAT a great post! AND wonderful idea - something that I am just starting to do - copy the things I do that is . . . now I have to try this! I love the idea of adding more crayons to the face of your hippie girl too - it's just gorgeous! xoxo

Dumpster Dude said...

Fantastic work, Bold usage of colors.

Jean said...

Beautiful painting.

Diana said...

What a great idea. Also, if you get stuck with a painting, you can try different ideas out on the paper before you get to the original. Great tip!

Deb Harvey said...

Thank you for the great ideas, and I love what you have done!!!

Serena said...

What a great way to recycle...thanks for the tutorial, Diane. Beautiful work!

Dawn said...

Fab fab & fab loving the way you recycle your own work very cool and lovely finish

and the weekends you had sound and look amazing funny you sold more regular work than Christmas stuff but then again it's not quite Christmas and I think they may be thinking of gifts as I am sure I would love to have one of these Dxx

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