Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
|Black, white and red challenge/ink and colored pencil|
Veezy, Inowi, and a variation on "Well"
Home made Washi Tape
I think this is the 3rd time over the years that I've posted this "recipe" for home made "washi" tape. (My sister will know exactly what I am doing!) I probably do this twice a year so I keep my tape supply available whenever I need it! Great for decorating cards and letters, journal pages, collage work, etc. I think these are tons nicer than commercial washi tape!
I use first aid cotton tape that you can find in any drug store or dollar store. And I lay it out on a non-stick surface. Freezer paper works the best, I think, but this time I used waxed paper for the first time and I think it went fine. I taped the wax paper down to my work table first. 2-2.5 feet across. Then I laid out the paper tape in strips across the waxed paper leaving just a tiny bit between them. After I apply the first coats of base paint you can't even see the spaces anymore.
(I just use inexpensive craft acrylic paint form hobby store or WalMart). Pick bright colors that you enjoy…some dark and some light. After the base coats dry apply more printing, stenciling, spattering, and line work however you like to do it. Mostly I love just random marks, but you could be as planned out as you wish as you might want a certain look. Gold paint spritzed on with a tooth brush on a dark back ground is very effective. Fine line work with fine liner bottles is very effective too. You might just want stripes or dots painted on with a Q-tip. Hand made stamps work well and I enjoy using stencils printed on with make sponges. Let dry again.
I wind my tape onto "smoothie" drinking straws and stick them into a cup on my work table so they are handy at all times. Voila.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Chippewa Retreat Resort in Manitowish Waters, WI
There were nine painters this morning.
I took some liberties leaving a lot of things out of the
sketch but this was my first time in this size Moleskin sketchbook and
I did have some "issues" with the paper.
I drew everything in ink with a fountain pen….no pencil.
Added color afterwards. I think the sketch needs a few more dark darks.
Friday, June 3, 2016
6 x 10 Log Book
I picked up a little "Camp and Cottage Log Book" at a garage sales a few years ago and stowed it in my studio up here in the north woods. It is published by NorthWord Press here in Minocqua, WI.
I loved the empty pages AND the little "botanical" type paintings on some of the pages. The art work is done by Laurie Caple and they are precious. So the little maple seedling to the left is already on the page.
The tools are my addition and were sketched while I waiting to hand tools off to my hubby during a project. I loved the one on top which I had never seen before. I know that it is used to cut copper pipe. I am not sure what you call it.
The paper is a gloss coated paper sort of slick to work on like a Bristol paper. It takes ink fine but is not too happy with watercolor. I may try colored pencils next time.