Saturday, May 31, 2014

More Fierro Texture Paste

I have no idea why I haven't broke into this container sooner because I am in LOVE with this stuff!!!
It is made by DecoArt and comes in many colors (which I will also have to try) but this Iron Brown is amazing!!
I started with a collaged 12x12 piece of cardstock for my substrate:
Pretty fugly, huh? No worries, but I wanted to show you that it doesn't really matter what you start with, it will hardly show at all by the time you are done. And those little bits that shine through you couldn't (or I couldn't rather) have planned in a gazillion years.
So on to scooping out some luscious Texture Fierro with my palette knife.... 
And scrape...
Then I took a little piece of shelf liner and pushed it into the wet paste for some added texture:
And now to add some paint:
I used a mixture of both heavy body to push the background back and transparent so it could shine through in other places.
Then I added some turquoise with my chevron roller and a few pieces of decorative Scotch tapes:
And sketch in my face with a Stabilo Marks All pencil:
The Stabilo Marks All pencil IS water reactive so you may not care for it if that's not your cup of tea. I used to sort of a freak about marks staying where I put them but I am finding I like to lose control more and more. But I can tell you I was in Caran d'Ache heaven using my trusty Neo II's <3
Some final touches:
Not crazy about that one piece of deco tape coming straight out of the top of her head... lol. Not being hard on myself, just being honest. But it is what it is and I won't let one small thing like that take away from how pleased I am with the rest of it. This is the most free and loose I've ever been throughout the entire process.  To quote the hokey pokey song, "and that's what it's all about" =0)
Edit added 6/1/14
Couldn't put her away with the tape, lol! It was an easy fix.. pulled it up, moved it and redraw lines in her hair, etc. Much happier with the composition now:


Friday, May 30, 2014

Stay Rooted

I created this for a grad in our family. I really struggled with what I wanted to do at first. Because it was supposed to be a 12x12 page and going in a scrapbook album I was getting hung up on that term "scrapbook". I was thinking photo, embellishments, die cuts, the whole sha-bang. Then I received some great advise to just make a piece of art and she (my niece) will love it. I sure hope so!! 
My whole inspiration (other than my love of nature and trees in general) was the thought of reaching for the stars but keeping our feet firmly planted in our roots. Here's the finished page:

I started with a collaged background and my first step was to scrape on some DecoArt Texture Fiero in Iron Brown. Oh man.... I LOVE, LOVE this stuff!!! 
The browns are the color of the Fiero and the royal blue and turquoise are the paints I scraped on with a palette knife. The reds and oranges you see peeking through are the collaged papers. The white is my drawing sketched in with white charcoal. 
At this point I painted in the moon and layed out my paints for the negative painting. I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics. I hadn't really decided what colors I wanted to use but once I got going it was basically just Dioxazine Purple and Burnt Umber. 

I added some sketchy lines with a Stabilo Marks All pencil and some white spatters.  
Oops, forgot to mention how awesome that DecoArt Texture Fiero looks through a stencil. I used Crafters Workshop 6x6 Flower Quarter stencil
And TaDa, here's the finished page one more time:
I wrote a note on the back since I just didn't have the heart to add words to the front. 
Thanks for swinging by and DEFINITELY check out the DecoArt Fiero as well as the Media Fluid Acrylics! Oh, and the turquoise I used for scraping is my trusty "go to" color Blue Bahama.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! 


Thursday, May 22, 2014

My Food Class Airs Today

Today is the airing of my Soul Food Class and while it's too late for you to join this time (only a few more weeks to go before it's over) a little birdie told me
that Soul Food will be coming back. So stay tuned to Mystele or Community Thrive for more info about that. Community Thrive is an amazing group of artists that are so supportive. There is more there than just Soul Food there including Mysteles Gut Art and some freebies so please, check it out! And if you join look me up and send me a friend request so we can hook up there there too =0)
So in other news....
I haven't been doing excessive amounts of art lately. We have had beautiful weather so yard work and afternoon visits to parks and rivers have taken front seat. 
If you remember seeing my negative planets video you'll know I love negative painting! It is so relaxing for me. This is a recent one I did in watercolors:

 I sketched out the initial leaves with my new Stabilo .88 Fineliners. I love them! Yes, I could do the same thing with inktense or a variety of other media but I love the super fine line these gave me. Here's my swatches of them in my sketchbook:

Look at those gorgeous blues to turquoises!! Be still my heart! They are activated by water.
This is the set I purchased but as always I purchase a few single pens to try before splurging on a whole set. If interested I suggest you do the same. Too often I've jumped on the bandwagon of what everyone else is raving about only to find it didn't really gel with me or how I like to work. 
As always, big squishy hugs for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!!


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pretty in Turquoise

This started out with a really funky mixed media background (sorry, no pics) but I just wasn't feeling it with this little girl. So...... yep..... turquoise to the rescue!  I really need to expand my colors but it's my happy color for the time being, so I make no apologies =0)
I think I was inspired by all the little girls in their Easter dresses. Both her shirt and her skirt were collaged with design papers but her shirt ended up getting covered up with paint. 
Here's a close up of her face:
I'd forgotten how much I love to do black hair. It used to be one of my fav color combos to do with copics. It was just as much fun with acrylics and prismacolor pencils!  
This was done entirely with DecoArt Americana Paints and some detail work with Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils. 
Thanks so much for looking and I hope you've been having a fantastic week =0)
Happy ARTing!