Monday, June 22, 2015

journal class

I had two days last week of teaching art journal basics to some friends of mine. 

My goal is to develop a class that I can teach easily to anyone (not just my pals)

The benefits always fall back on me.
I get to play too.
(This is a children's board book)

This page demonstrates three color brayered background, gesso texture and pattern, collage elements, sharpie and paint illustration, stamping with paint, and tissue paper transparent journaling.

Friday, June 12, 2015

color splash

I gave my white hair a splash of color today with some Tim Holz alcohol ink ... loving summertime and my favorite color ... what I would call "swimming pool blue"

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

framed

I like framing glass photo transfers with 
copper foil, solder, and a chain.


word soup

... playing with photo transfers again ...
this was a simple magazine page 
which I transferred to glass 
(the technique is fully explained at the end of this post)
I took all the words found in the image:
Georgetown, theatre, gypsy tea house, shoe sale, no turn on red, the big chill, against all odds, etc. and rearranged them into short found poem of sorts

No Sale On Tea Town

Odd George, the red gypsy, and the big theatre houses,
All turn a chill shoe on us today.

It's fun - if I were an art teacher, or a creative writing teacher - this would be an awesome excercise with kids.
***
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a lecture and book signing with Elizabeth George, who has a new book series for young adults that takes place on Whidbey Island. 
It was inspiring to hear about her creative process. 
She has been writing since the age of seven. Wow - just wow.
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Photo transfer how to:

Apply several (5-7) coats of Golden Gel Medium to a magazine image, allowing to dry thoroughly between coats (at least 1 hour each time)
Wait 24 hours after applying the final coat. 
Next: soak your gel coated image in water until the paper begins to dissolve and rubs away easily from the gel "skin"
You may now adhere this "skin" to paper, glass, wood, whatever you desire.
Use gel medium as your adhesive.
That's it.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

intuitive

Inspired by the Queen of Arts and her adventures with "intuitive" painting, I gave it a try today.


Painting by intuition: I used only my left hand, colors were feelings, shapes were words, and my inner critic was kicked to the curb.




My thoughts wandered and so did my paintbrush - it's a very childlike and freeing way to express thoughts that have no words.


Maybe you'll give it a try too

xoxo

Friday, May 22, 2015

revival survival

I rescued this sweet little plant from one of those upscale home decor stores. You know the kind - lots of Paris themed pillows, urns, and soaps. Olive baskets, burlap stuff, and chandeliers.


This poor little guy was drowning in his cocoa tin - I took him home, punched holes in the tin, and drained out a bunch of water. I let it dry out for a few weeks and now only water him a tiny bit just once in a while.



And now he has some family to keep him company. And all their tins have drainage holes ... for that tiny bit of water just once in a while.

Sunday, May 17, 2015