Happy New Year everyone!! I hope that you all can take the time for whatever your passion is this year. Sometimes it's hard, when you have other obligations in your life, but it's necessary! It's the best way to start out any day--what a difference it makes for that day, no matter what's going on in your life at that time!
And that's just what I've been doing this past week--I haven't had much time for art, (seriously--no time for art--just family)--but I DID take the time early every morning.
Got out my new Gelli Plate (that I've had for months), and started playing--
...this is was all made from a gelli print, except for the stamp in the middle. There is a bit of a learning curve with the plate--probably the most is how much paint to apply to the plate, and the combination of colors to use. It's a bit different then when you're painting papers--you don't have as much control with the paint. But on the plus side, you can whip out those papers FAST!!
So all of these next ones are a combination of the gelli prints, and painted papers--meaning I would do the print and add some more of my painting on top--I just like playing with each individual paper--that's just me.
---yes, this is what I would do every morning last week--just a few papers in the morning--the hardest part was having to stop--so glad that I don't have a regular 9 to 5 job out in the 'real' world. Okay, don't get me wrong, I had lots of fun last week, but I missed my art room too--not enough time in the day, I guess : )
So I have a little tutorial to show you how I used some of these papers--here's the finished piece--
So the first thing I did was decide what kind of surface I wanted to work on, and I chose my favorite--a gallery wrapped canvas--basically a wrapped canvas with deeper sides ( 1 1/2") than your normal wrapped one.
The papers underneath are pages from a wallpaper book that I have--I was looking for a background for my coffee cups.
I used Matte Medium to adhere these papers since they're fairly thin--I prefer matte medium over Mod Podge, because it doesn't leave any film over the top of the paper (always seal the top!) and it dries really fast.
Next I made a pattern for my cups, and decided on which of my papers that I wanted to use--
....and after making the rest of the cups with my papers, I collaged them on to the canvas--
This time I used gel medium to adhere the papers. Most of these papers were painted on a 110lb cardstock that I get at my office supply store. The gel medium is heavier and works great on these papers--a good tip--it helps when you wet the back of the paper lightly with your paintbrush before you apply the gel medium--it makes them less stiff and easier to adhere to the surface.
Next, comes my favorite part--when I start a piece, I always have a plan in mind, but then, when I'm half-way through, my muse takes over, and it becomes very intuitive for me (for the most part).
I started out by shading the cups. Sometimes, I'll use more paint, or graphite, but usually I use the Faber Castell pitt pens (on the left) in coordinating colors. I love them because they're india ink, and will become permanent, but you can smudge them around with either your finger or a wet brush for shading when they're first applied. And also for this piece, as you can see, I used my Prisma chalk pasels--they soften the lines and really bring your piece to 'life' with even more depth than just the pitt pens. And then I'll usually add some more doodling or marks on the art. And I always outline my images with a black permanent pen--my favorite is the Permaball Pilot pen that you can get at Christy Tomlinson's Scarlet Lime shop HERE. It writes over ANYTHING!
And don't forget the sides!
This is why I like these deep-sided canvases--the art can be continued around the sides of the piece.
I finished off by adding some punched out dots, using my wallpaper pieces, and some text. I like to add some words or a phrase to most of my pieces--and yes--the cupboard door handle--I like using older ones that I find at garage sales or flea markets--the older the better.
This could have been created the same way with scrapbook or found papers, but to make it more original--try painting some papers (they don't have to be anything fancy or detailed either) and collaging with them--definitely a one-of-a-kind piece, because they have your 'signature' on them.
I'll be making more art with these papers--more to come in my next post!