Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
|Two hand made book marks...7" x 2" Paper|
I am taking a workshop this April from Cherryl Moote and so I went to her website and found some wonderful crafty paper ideas that sort of fit with some of the things I like to do.
You can download the patterns here.
They are free to share.
The ones I did are the "easy" ones. I think I'll stick with those. The directions are on the link and you can just run off copies on copy paper. Be sure to run a few extra.
I combined my love of stamping and mark-making with this project by applying a fairly transparent craft acrylic paint first and when dry did some stamping on that in another color. I left the back white which is what you see when you cut out the designs and fold them up. Next time I think I might apply a light coat of a contrasting color...pink or yellow would be nice here.
I cut them out with a craft knife, folded and glued the book mark them on gelli plate printed deli paper with YES glue and then let them dry under weights for a few hours. Then cut out around the outside edges again. You might want to glue them a slightly heavier paper instead of deli wrap. Just to give them a little more strength.
I think one could coat them with a coating of gel medium to strengthen them too.
Our art show (March 9) here at Hawthorne Park sells our donated cards and book marks to earn money for our group.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
|William Woodword "The Greatest Show on Earth" Oil|
|Guiseppe Arcimbole (painted between 1600-1620) Ringling Art Museum|
I have a special place in my heart for clowns (you have seen my recent clown paintings posted a while ago).
If this mural at the top was in place during my last visit to Ringling…I don't remember seeing it. Anyway it's amazing. I was there last Wednesday on a bus trip with other friends from Hawthorne Park in Leesburg, FL. The Museum and grounds is in Sarasota. It is by William Woodward and the title is "The Greatest Show on Earth". Oil on canvas. 264 x 504 inches.
Imagine the amount of paint this took! And the amount of time to complete! It's interesting to learn more about him as an artist. Click here. If you click on "murals" you will see the original sketches for this painting with him in front of it. It appears that the "gridding" he did for it was done with ropes (which makes sense). Be sure to find this on the web site and click on it and enlarge it. He also points out where the seams are in the painting. The movie on the website also shows him with the mural. (and other murals).
The second painting is a pair of Fruits and Veggies people that I thought were wonderfully fun. I just posted the one I liked best. Very fun day. We had super weather.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I was just getting ready to send off a gift certificate to a friend for her baby shower when suddenly I remembered that some mono print crazy persons (like me) decorate their mailing envelopes with mono prints and their gelli plates and stamping. Since there is no wrapping paper per se for this gift I thought this might suffice for "hand made wrapping paper". Sort of. Of course the mailing stamps will cover some of the right hand corner when I mail it.
And because it's all acrylic, it's all waterproof and indelible and not going anywhere on the trip! Ha!
So this was two layers of mono printing and then some stamping on top of that when dry and of course it dries in an instant.
I have finished watching Jane Davies' DVD called Scribble Collage and Hand-painted papers. OMGosh.
You guys...it is to die for. Now I need to watch it like 10 more times. Just kidding. But several more to be sure. It is just chuck full of great ideas.
Jane uses palette paper (slick) as a surface for her brayers when she rolling out paint for her stamps or stencils.
After awhile she just tears it off and throw it away...but if you think of it, you can just take a baby wipe or a wet paper towel and wipe it off. If you remember to do it while paint is wet, that is. Sometime you get busy but then, oh well.
I had some large size palette paper that I cut into a good size for me...about 6 x 10" and then I stapled them at the top and so I made my own "pad".
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
The top photo shows nine strips of Washi tape being painted with acrylics at the same time. Then the second photo shows one piece of tape pulled off.
You can find the video how to for this here.
I think I have probably put this reference on my blog before as this is not the first Washi tape post.
I am using Nexcare "gentle paper" tape usually found in the band aide or first aid section of your stores (I found mine in the dollar store). It is 20 yards of 1" tape. I can't remember the cost but under $3 I am sure.
Then I store the tape (as shown in the video) by winding the side by side onto large plastic drinking straws (the kind you buy for smoothies and shakes). Or you can pick them up in fast food places too.
When you paint/stamp/stencil your tapes you just stick them to a shiny surface like a plastic placemat or a piece of clean acrylic. Whatever. I like to leave them to dry overnight before I wind them.
It's a fun activity and I adore the tapes...you can use them to bind the little Kindness books. I use them to decorate envelopes. I just stick the straws (with tapes on them) in a cup on my art desk and they come in handy for lots of things.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
2nd Ensemble for the April Zentangle Retreat 2/3 done
This is a 9-tile ensemble and these are first 6.
I worked on it today in the hospital waiting room while my hubby was getting some routine work done.
It was a long testing procedure so I was able to spread out on the children's work table with my thermos of coffee and work away. It sure does make the time go quickly.
Actually I have done 15 of these tiles, as I did the first 9 tile ensemble quite a long time ago. Then I got busy with other things. You know how it goes. I got inspired because Margaret Bremner finished hers and posted it. (Enthusiastic Artist blog to the right side under blogs I follow).
3 more to go and I'll be all set for the "Retreat to Paradise" which is getting closer all the time...April 4-6. Cool day in central FL today but nothing like what is happening in Atlanta and the Carolinas. My sister in S Carolina has like 6" of snow!!! YIKES! We will be up to 80+ by Wednesday of next week for our bus trip to Sarasota for the day. Yippee. We will be at Ringling. Hubby and I have been twice but we love that spot.
Incidentally I did leave two Kindness Tiny books at Shands Hospital in two different waiting rooms while I was there today!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Random acts of kindness...you hear more about them about this time of year...Valentine's Day. But this was such a delightful idea I thought I'd share.
People are always asking me..."after I have created 50 of these Zentangles...what shall I do with them?"
Well, I have a lot of ideas, of course, but here is a new one.
Make little "Random Acts of Kindness Tiny Books".
And just leave them places for people to find.
Inside you can put some nice thought.
I have decided to add on the cover..."this is a surprise gift for you" so people know that it is not something lost...but rather something they are supposed to find and keep or pass on.
If you go to http://tangledkindnessproject.blogspot.com you can find out more about how this started. And get some ideas of some sayings to put inside yours. Although you may have a poem or something you have written or found you like better.
I like to keep mine anonymous. But some people put their email inside and so then they get feedback from folks who find it. You'll see such a response on the blog site. The blog site founders suggest all kinds of places to leave them...from on the bus, at a cemetery, on the school secretary's desk, to a grocery store shelf, in a hospital at the nurses station, in a doctor's office...anywhere. Just a tiny bit of kindness scattered about with your lovely piece of art work. I used just drawing paper for the cover and on some I put colorful tape for the binding but just scotch tape will work. I tuck 3 or 4 in my purse in a zip lock bag.
Where will you leave your Zentangle?
Monday, February 10, 2014
Sometimes it's a wonder what possesses me to think I can do something.
After attending a fantastic quilt show and taking photos of some of the materials used in the quilts...I found a pattern I really liked and I "wondered" if I could possible figure out the "step outs" (which means directions in Zentangle talk) to making it.
Taking the pattern down to the BARE minimum and then working your way back up takes some outside-the-box thinking. It often requires looking at "negative" shapes instead of positive ones.
Anyway, I thought it was kind of fun but it took me a good hour and a half of "futzing" around to work myself back into steps that would be repetitive so that someone else could do the pattern too.
I hope one of you out there will try it for me and see if it is repeatable! It's not the easiest tangle but not that hard either once you get the hang of it.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Well, enough clownin' around for today. But I think this is fun. I did decide that coating the canvas with Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground, let dry, then lightly sand with fine sandpaper was a better surface to work on when you are working with pens. I used a #.03 Micron. I used a combination of wc, acrylic, and Pitt artist pens.
Now I need to think about how to display them.
Incidentally I have met all these clowns. They are local folks here in central Florida.