Thursday, March 1, 2012

Painting Pages

This  is  my  new  thing  that  I  can't  stop  doing--taking  old  dictionary  pages (with  all those  cool  little  images  on  them)  and  sheet  music  and  spray-painting  and  stamping  on  them--


I  like  using  the  Tulip  fabric  spray  paint  because  it's  permanent,  so  when  you  layer  different  colors  on  top  of  one  another,  they  don't  bleed  together.

So  I  decided  to  make  another  mirror, and  I  collaged  plain  pages  on  it  with  the  plan  of  spray  painting  it  just  like these--but  it  didn't  work  right,  and  I know  why.


I  collaged  the  pages  on  with  matte  medium  and  I  also  put  the  medium  over  top  of  them,  which  acts  as  a  barrier,  and  I  knew  this!   So  as  I was  spray  painting,  I  kept  thinking--this  isn't  going  to  work--and  it  didn't.   The  paint  didn't  penetrate  into  the papers--it  just  layed  on  top--so  I  wasn't  crazy  on  how  it  was  going--so....no  biggey.    I  just  covered  it  up  with  another  plan  in  mind.    And........................I  forgot  to  take  a  photo  of  the  next  layer.   So  the next  photo is  the  second  layer  and  the  start  of  the  third  one.


For  my  first  layer,  I  cut  strips  of  my  ALREADY  painted  pages  and  assorted  tapes  and  scrapbook  papers  and  collaged  them  on.   And  then  I  brushed   a  watery  titan  buff  over  them  to  tone  them  down,  so  I  could  make  the  main  images (the 3rd layer)  stand  out.

The  final  layer--



.....with  some  added  touches--









And  finally  the  mirror  (with  wax  paper  on  top  of  it  because  you  wouldn't  want  to  see  that  scary  reflection  staring  back  at  you)  to  finish  it  off.....



And  another  6 x 12 canvas  flipped  over--


As  you  can  see,  I've  been  busy,  and  it's  getting  even  busier.  March  is  here!!  Yay!--the  month  of  Spring---new  workshops  starting  up  (I  can't  stay  away  from  these  things)---and  getting  out  and  enjoying  the  the  change  of  seasons.   Even  though  our  Springs  are  mostly  cold  and  rainy,  it  doesn't  matter--Spring  is  on  its  way!!

48 comments:

Lisa D. said...

This is great! Love the colors and your added pieces : )

Molly said...

This is awesome!

I was wondering about using the tulip fabric paint on some work. Thanks for showing it, I might have to pick some up!

Emelie said...

You're an exciting woman, you kow ow to stir other people's blood or maybe paint. Clear, clean, layered beautiful.

Janet Ghio said...

Diane-I love the 6 x 12 canvas flipped on it's side--makes a wonderful shadow box!

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

You are such a creative little genius!! Love it!

Janine said...

Beautiful!

wanda miller said...

HUGE SMILE! my fav to paint on as well...almost any kind of book page! just LOVE WHAT you've turned them into, OH CREATIVE ONE! such special gifts, when people get a load of these, diane! i so love how you pass on your creative juices! raising my glass to you darlin'! xo

Isabel said...

love how you make your beautiful papers:O) Loving the mirror and I LOVE March the beginning of SPRING!!!!! :O) Have a great day!!!!

Lisa Graham Art said...

Fantastic mirror Diane! It is so beautiful. I love all those skinny strips of papers you used in the background. Your edges are all so straight. The colors and patterns you picked were meant to be. What a fantastic piece to add to the collection of all your other beautiful creations.

J. Beaudet said...

I can see why you can't stop doing these pages! The results are amazing!
Take care,
Jenniferxx

Rebeca Trevino said...

just beautiful! i just love using pages from vintage books or sheet music. i may use a variation of this technique for one of my mirrors. but clarify something for me, would ya? you 'painted' and 'stamped' on the papers, BEFORE you laid the papers down on the frame, is that right? after that, you sealed with medium. is that right? (that makes sense)
well it just turned out beautiful.

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Rebeca Trevino said...

PS: diane, instead taking all those workshops you should teach them. i am serious! i learn so much from you by just reading your blog.

Marilyn Rock said...

Luscious; your colors are gorgeous!

Cameron said...

You are such an inspiration, Diane! I can feel your vibrations through this post, positive, excited and ready for more!!

Love what you do!

Dorthe said...

It looks fantastic dear Diane, I love the sprayed papers, from old books- and your mirror ended up wonderfully. You alwayes add so many little great bits of this and that, and I LOVE it, and the way you makes it all come together.
I wish you happy hours in new classes and learnings, I wish there were such things to attend here :)
Hugs,Dorthe

*jean* said...

amazing process! thanks for sharing!

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

MORE beautiful work Diane! Love it. I will have to try the fabric spray paint. :) And, yes...totally doing the "spring is coming" happy dance over here.

Gloria said...

Very nice diane. I love the way you are always learning new things. Great job.

Anonymous said...

Both these pieces are so beautiful! What a process! I love reading about another artists process - Thanks for sharing these with us!

Smiles and happy first day of march!

Julia Christie said...

I was the last comment...not sure why is came up anon.

Smiles

Cath Wilson said...

Stunning work and just my 'cup of tea', even though I don't like tea, lol x

Cath Wilson said...

Stunning work and just my 'cup of tea', even though I don't like tea, lol x

sharon said...

Your spray painted paGES ARE amazing, I may have to try this, really amazing Diane! And, I can't get over how many details I see when I really look at your pieces, so many small treasures!
This is so beautiful!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing how you did it!!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I truly love the mirror and the painted pages you made. I may have to try a few of them. Such color and brightness you bring into your art.

Kim Mailhot said...

Very very cool stuff ! I have to get me some of those fabirc strys. I have ink ones but those look great too !
Happy March !

JessiVille said...

Wow! This is just gorgeous! Love, love, love! BTW I like the tulip brand spray paint as well.
Jessi :)

Lesley said...

Wow this is stunning. I love the layering. Are your flowers stamped on as well, they look 3D but might be my screen.
I agree you should do workshops, I think you would find it rewarding and so would I. :)
Lesley
Does Walmart carry that tulip spray paint???

Kathy said...

I think I learn something from every single one of your posts - you are so amazing! I will check out the Tulip paint. I have been disappointed with the glimmer mists because of the bleed and will be curious to try this. As always, thank you for sharing!

Di McDonald said...

Gorgeous work, LOve it all
Di

Connie said...

Very very nice! Love your colors.

Lesley Edmonds said...

Your layering is sublime. This piece is just gorgeous.

NatashaMay said...

Always a joy to see your work and what fabulous colors. Love it! :)

Rosie said...

I love your work - the canvas is awesome, and I've never seen one which is long sideways like that.

Jennifer Richardson said...

SOOOOO cool!!!!
thanks for the beautiful share,
Jennifer

Buffy said...

Thanks for the info about the sprays,I've been wanting to try some of them. Love,love,love your mirror! Those details are always so amazing,Can't wait to hear about your new workshops youre taking!

druga szesnaście said...

fantastic works! all the delicious details to savor... very inspiring.

Kamino said...

That looks soooo good!! :-) *WOW*

Best wishes
Kathy

Pamela Holderman said...

Glad to hear about a spray product that does not run. Beautiful work as always. Have a great week!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Wow Diane! This looks great! I love your sense of color and how you make everything just work. Thanks for the Tulip fabric paint tip :)

xx Jaime

Dawn said...

Fabulous Diane....x

THANK YOU foryourbeautiful comment on my blog xxx

Heather said...

I just visited all your post!! You have such a wonderful style. I can tell it is yours. That is a wonderful thing!!! Every piece has your touch on it!!!! Colors are gorgeous!!!!! Love Love Love!

toni said...

Love your work fantastic colours and ideas

Deb Harvey said...

So Pretty! I loved reading about how you created this beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing!

Kristin said...

I LOVE IT!! Thank you for the tulip paint suggestion too. Your dictionary pages are so pretty - and the mirrors are breathtaking. AND I forgot to congratulate you on the baby and wedding! HOW exciting - have so much fun this Spring! xoxo

Connie said...

When I came to write my comment, you already had 46. Well, we all know it is because you are a powerhouse when it comes to being creative. I love your mirror frame. Hey, everybody loves your mirror frame. GREAT JOB!!! Just another fan, Connie

Liberty said...

I love your art !

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