Saturday, October 18, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Still playing around with my Gelliarts Gelli plate. I bought some inexpensive doilies from a Dollar shop to use as masks and stencils. One of them was a light lacy thread one not plastic. But I thought it would be good as a stencil.
When I used it over the painted Gelli plate and tried to pull a print, nothing came through the weave. The doily seemed to absorb the paint. I was disappointed that it didn't work. There didn't look like there was much paint left on the plate, but I pulled a print to pick up what was left.
This was the fantastic result I got! The colour paint I used was Paynes Grey. When you look closely it looks like fabric, not a print on paper!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Having lots of fun experimenting with my Gelli plate.
Using the 'Gelli Plate Printing: Mixed-Media Monoprinting without a Press' book by Joan Bess, tried making my own printing plate with kids coloured foam sheets.
I used a wavy ruler to mark lines in various curves on the foam sheet then cut them up using a blade. Some pieces I trimmed into short pieces and some I cut into small triangles.
Then using heavy cardboard as a backing plate I arranged them, fixing them with double-sided tape and glue for the tiny pieces.
To make it a bit more interesting I drew grooves into some strips with a pencil.
The Gelli plates were rolled with acrylic paints and the printing plates were pressed in to remove some areas of the paint. Prints were pulled from the Gelli as well as prints made with the paint on the printing plates.
This was very easy to do! The supplies were cheap kid's stationery foam, a wavy edged ruler, a blade, a pencil, double-sided tape and glue, and a piece of heavy cardboard.
So much fun! You should try it!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Been having fun playing with spraying backgrounds lately. Lots of spray acrylic paint colours over stencils and masks that were both found ojects and commercial stencils.
The hard part is trying to make some art on the top of the backgrounds. They already look like artworks and you don't know what to put on the top of them or even if you want to cover them up. But I know that you can't have a lovely complex artwork unless you let go a little and just work up the layers!
So I have shown you the stages of this page. I drew with black Pitt Artist pens and white Zigg pen, then coloured with Sharpies in red, yellow, blue and green.
Not sure if you recognise the influence for this piece ... it is Hundertwasser. The art journaling Yahoo Group "Blissfully Art Journaling" suggested the prompt to be influenced by Hundertwasser, and I rose to the challenge.
Enjoy and tell me about your recent art play!
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I had a lot of fun yesterday making art with some friends for a day. This art journal acrylic painting is the fruit of my pursuits!
Although I love mixed media, I realised when I went to describe this art page that it is actually pure acrylic paint. The background was done by laying objects on the page and spraying with watered down acrylic paint or liquid acrylic. Objects were also printed positively to use up the paint that was sprayed over them. Once the background dried more objects were layed down and sprayed over again. I tried this technique after doing Traci Bautista's Strathmore Art Workshop.
Then I used a pencil to draw a face over the top of the background and painted it in with acrylic paints.
Lots of fun! I was so pleased to finally use a background painting and paint something onto the top of it. I was never sure what to put on the top of these cool backgrounds. But I love the effect of the background texture coming through the foreground painting and giving it more interest.
I know I need to work on my face proportions a little more - I always make the eyes too big for the rest of the face. I also want to work on making the eyes on my faces more indistinct because they end up so clear and harsh looking - but practice makes perfect, so I will keep trying!
Keep making art guys!!!!
Monday, March 26, 2012
These pages are all mixed media with acrylic paint, collage, black Pitt artist pen, gesso, chalk pastel, souffle pens, sharpies. The eyes are my own drawing and painting.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I promise I will get back to posting some art on my blog soon!!!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
This journal is Lee's and I have decided to do a spread on Diego and Frida. I made Diego a frog and Frida a dove. The couple were referred to as the elephant and the dove, but Frida made references to Diego being like a frog. The quote on the left page is by Frida and it says "If you see him naked, you immediately think of the frog boy standing on his hind legs."
The background is acrylic paint, the frog and dove bodies are from the internet, as are the heads of Frida and Diego. I added stickers and rubons, and wrote and decorated with black Sharpie and black Pitt artist pens.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The pages were painted with two shades of red acrylic paint. Then smudged with lack ink pad. The image of Frida is taken from a painting she did in honour of Leon Trotsky. I added the hammer and sickle with black pen. The flags are found images from the internet. I drew the line with black pen also. The images are outlined with graphite pencil.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
The end result was very different art to the original artwork the pages were made from. I enjoyed it immensely. Below is an image showing the progression of the pages over the four weeks. I forgot to scan week three on the angel page (-_-) sorry.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
The pages are layered scrapbooking papers, printed image of Frida, acrylic paint, pencil, gesso, stickers and other ephemera. The stick-on letters are really cool! They are puffy and cool colours.
I added texture with punchinella and stencils.
Monday, January 3, 2011
I kept these pages simple with mainly drawing.
Little bit of mixed media collage, but mainly fine tip felt pen. The patterns on the plaster cast on the second page are actually children's temporary tattoos!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I am involved in a journal round robin with a Frida Kahlo theme. This is my entry in Eileen's journal with the theme "inspired by Frida" - anything as long as Frida's influence is felt in it.
I decided to do a mixed media collage of things that make me think of Frida.
Mixed media collage, using ink stamp pad, fine tip felt pen, found images, objects and stickers.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I know this looks a little formal ... but I wanted this to look realistic like a doll's house ... so I went with straight collage and a little mixed media decoration. Research to get an idea of the inside of her house was difficult because visitors to Cas Azul are not allowed to take photos inside the house. But then I found the Museo Frida Kahlo Virtual Tour. At first I was a little depressed that the blue was actually on the outside of her house not the inside. But on the virtual tour I found rooms with the blue around the bottom of the walls.
Now don't sue me for the in-authenticity of the rooms, this is not the furniture from Frida's house, it is my imagination. I had wanted the portraits to be actual photographs, but I couldn't find any actual photographs of Frida's mother's parents, so I went with the painted versions.