Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Taking Advantage of Your Own Art

I  don't  have  a  start  to finish  this  time  for  my  latest  piece,  but  I  wanted  to  show  you  ways  of  getting  the  most  out  of  your  art.   This  is  nothing  new  for  me,  and  if  you're  a  visitor  to  my  blog,  you've  seen  me  do  this  before---but  I  love  to  share,  and  spark  some  ideas  for  others  out  there.

So  I  started  with  a  big  blank  18 x 24  gallery  canvas--which  I  don't  like--that's  big  for  me,  but  this  time  I  took  it  one  section  at  a  time--almost  like  small  little  canvases--







And  all  together--



So  from  here--I  saw  the  opportunity  to  crop  different parts  of  it   and  make  some  more  art--

on  these  6 x 6 canvases.   When  I  print  out  my  art, and  then  adhere  them  to  the  surface  of  my  choice,  I'll  use  gel  medium  (coating  the  top  as  well),  which  creates  a  barrier.   This  helps  me  when  I  enhance  them with  more  color,  because  they  will  fade  and  bleed  slightly.  I  always  bring  the  color  back  out  with  pitt  pens (the  brush  tip).   For  those  of  you  who  aren't  familiar  with  them--they're  india  ink,  and  when  you  first  apply  them  you  have  about  a  minute  to  blend  them  with  your  finger  or  damp  paintbrush--they  are  wonderful  to  use,  and  they  mix  very  well  with  each  other, not  to  mention  every  color  of  the  rainbow  at  dick blick  for  the  best  price.  The  best  thing  about  them,  is  that  once  they're  dry,  they're  permanent--they're  not  water  soluble.

and  next,  I  do  what  I  usually  do--

 I  looked  for  a  box,  in  this  case  a  very  large  cigar  box--another  cropped  image  from  my  original  art  piece , and  then  I  searched  through  all  of  my  original  art  images  that  I  have  stored  in  my  computer (love  today's  technology!)  for  houses.  My  plan  was  to  have  a  neighborhood  of  houses  wrapped  around  the  entire  box--which  I  was  able  to  do....


I can  keep  doing  this  with  my  art--mixing  and  matching,  and  it  will  always  be  new,  because  it's  my  art,  and  you  can  do  the  same  with  yours--all you  need  is  a  printer,  and  your  imagination to  make  it  uniquely yours!

10 comments:

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

I LOVE your work. Really marvelous Diane.

stefanie stark said...

Oh this is beautiful! Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration :)

CraftyViolet said...

How nice of you to share your techniques. I love your art work and quite often link your Facebook pages to my page so others can see it and enjoy it. I liked some of my art journal mixed media pages and thought they would make great cards shrunk down but that didn't work very well so maybe I'll try chopping them up a bit like you do. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Is your printer a cut above, Diane? I ask because I don't think I've ever seen such gorgeous saturation of hues as you've achieved with your printouts. As always, the work is just beautiful and the colors lift the spirits so very much!

Sweeper of Dreams said...

Beautiful, and looks like so much fun. What inspiring ideas you have!

Rebeca Trevino said...

hi diane
these are beautiful. glad to see that you are still 'making art'.

haven't seen/heard from you in a while, hope you are well and that you are enjoying spring.

Bevie said...

Wow I've so enjoyed visiting your awesome blog...blessings, and love your awesome art....

Juls said...

such fabulous inspirational creations!! Hugs Juls

scrapwordsmom said...

Amazing!! Really beautiful!!! And so clever:)

Leslie

Sue said...

Hi, I just discovered your blog. Love your project. Are you using a regular inkjet or laser printer or something fancier and more costly? Your printed images look as good as the originals. Thx for sharing:)

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