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HAPPY EASTER!

Hello Friends!

I decided to explore alcohol inks and acrylics on a small piece of canvas today. And this is what happened!

The grace of God in my life is always on my mind. I love the symbol of the empty cross, because it shows me that after Jesus died, he was taken off the cross, buried in a tomb, and rose again.

No matter what you choose to believe, I respect you as a friend. I know God shed His grace on me. And giving others the grace to choose their own beliefs has been a huge area of growth in my life in the last few years.

Happy Easter and blessings to you all.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

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Owl Acrylic/Collage Finished!

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I decided to finish my owl painting yesterday so I could just rest or do a few little doodles today. So here it is! The owl has a few other feathered friends hanging around her, too!

I also threw in a little green but no shamrocks. πŸ˜‰

 

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Art Journal Cover

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to make a cover for this little homemade journal. Miriam Schulman calls it a “No Sew” journal. She shows how to take a piece of watercolor paper and make a bunch of folds a certain way. Then you make three long cuts after you fold out the paper to its full size again. After that, you begin folding it on the lines the way she shoes you in the short video. I am really enjoying being in her “Inspired Insiders” Club!

To make her journal she used a 140 lb. sheet of watercolor paper but I used a 300 lb. piece since I love working on heavier paper.

She also suggests putting a thicker piece of paper on the front to make a cover. I wanted to put a cardboard cover on mine. So when I went to my cardboard pieces stash, I found this round one with the four indentions. It reminded me of a flower, so I glued it to the front of the journal and put a coat of “Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish” on it. I dried it with low heat, then began painting it with acrylics. I went over it with Liquitex Brilliant Purple a couple of times, speeding up drying time with a little hair dryer set on low.

Then I used Liquitex Cadmium Yellow Light Hue to paint the center. After drying that, I added a little detail to the center and Liquitex Hooker’s Green and Sap Green to create the leaves in the background. It is supposed to be a type of Clematis flower. So lastly, I added some Liquitex Deep Violet to the flower petals.

I will most likely be doing watercolor sketches in this because each page is only 5″x5.5″. It folds out like an accordion so I will be able to paint on both sides of each page.

You may be wondering why I made another art journal. My only answer is first, just for fun, and second, because it is small enough to stick in my purse or a little bag if I want to take it to town. I can draw in it and paint over it later, or draw in it with watercolor pencils, or markers, etc. And the paper is heavy enough to handle acrylics and even collage! So eventually I may be sharing some of what I do in it.

I am still working on the owl collage/painting, and other ideas are constantly going through my head!Β  Today it is at least 70 degrees and sunny out. I need to get some sunshine!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Owl Mixed Media – Stage 2

Hello Friends!

So here is stage two of my latest project. My mixed media includes: acrylics, collage and a white Uni-ball pen.

I am done working on this for today. On to doing something smaller now.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Owl Mixed Media Work-in-Progress

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I took a break from doing any art all weekend to rest my arm which always helps. So yesterday I got out an old painting and decided to try to add some collage and make a whole different creation.

So I cut these little birds out of a magazine but am going to paint over them with different colors. There are also other magazine pieces under the paint. They are the “collage” added for texture but I’m not sure it shows up well. I haven’t done much collage. Also I haven’t decided what to do in the bottom right corner yet.

The original painting is an acrylic on canvas I did years ago of just a setting sun on the dark ocean. But now it is going to be a moon in a dark forest, thus the owl. I decided to do an outline of my owl with a white Uni-ball pen before painting it. The great thing about acrylics is being able to do things over on them!

I took another break today because it’s our daughter’s birthday so we are taking veggie pizzas to her house tonight.

I plan on getting back to this tomorrow and then on to other projects as well.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😁

 

Exploring Molding Paste

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I recently bought some Golden brand Medium Texture Molding PasteΒ to explore. Remember my mantra for the year is EXPLORE? It sure is fun. Anyway, I used a small flat canvas for this ocean scene. I love the way you can create some cool peaks, valleys, lines, and curves with this medium. I applied it to the canvas first with a palette knife; then I painted over most of it with a brush and acrylics. I also mixed it with a couple of the colors before applying it. The thing I like most about it is the plant on the left where I also pressed a porous sponge into the paint. I love this effect. It can be seen better when you make the picture larger.

This next one of mountains in snow is actually the first one I did.

I realized I painted everything bigger than I wanted, though. I did this one in my art journal. I didn’t plan the scene. Most of the time I avoid planning when I am playing with a new medium.

This is sort of what our mountains look like right now! We have more rain coming in this week which fills the mountains with snow when it’s cold enough.

I hope you all are having a great new year and exploring new territory in your lives as well. I love a good challenge myself.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Flamingo Fun!

Hello Friends!Β 

I worked on this last weekend. I really had a lot of fun doing this in acrylics. I wanted a laughing flamingo because I just think they are funny-looking creatures!

I painted this on a thick piece of wood that was cut from a white bookshelf. I bought a bookshelf for ten bucks that only had one shelf. I knew I had other longer shelves in the garage that could be cut down to add another one to it. So my husband cut it for me, and I decided to paint the smaller piece. But then I ended up giving the bookshelf to him for his new podcasting and writing room. As it turned out, he didn’t need the extra shelf!

Next I am going to be working on painting some polar bears. I may do them in acrylics, but I haven’t decided yet. It is another winter animal we are doing at The Inspiration Place.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😁

ANGEL FISH MIXED MEDIA

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For the last couple of days I worked on this angel fish. I haven’t done a lot of mixed media art, but that’s what this one became.

1) I lightly drew the fish in pencil in my art journal.

2) I used a variety of Washi tape pieces to fill in its design.

3) I used my Arteza Real Brush Pens to outline it in color and draw its eye.

4) I painted the background with acrylics.

5) I painted over the whole thing with Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish and used a hair dryer to speed up the drying time.

6) I found some old colored rocks we used in a fish tank many years ago which I actually stumbled onto while looking for something else! Since the colors matched my fish, I decided to glue them down around the bottom for a coral reef!

7) I glued the whole picture to the next piece of paper in my journal to give it more weight. Then I sprayed it with Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher Matte.

8) Lastly, I added a little foliage with my brush pens. Then I took it out of my journal so I could display it in my studio with all of my toy box pieces.

Even though this took a couple of days, it was fun! I enjoyed working with materials I haven’t used in a long time. But most of all I thoroughly enjoyed the process!

This angel fish was something I mentioned I would do a LONG time ago. So I do get around to doing what I said I would do…eventually! πŸ˜‰

This was a really fun way to explore using different materials! I also did another project yesterday in my other art journal that I will post tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Acrylic Dry Brushing


Hello Friends,

I tried something new the other day, the same day I did my acrylic sea turtle journal cover, in fact, but these mushrooms were done by “dry-brushing” acrylic paint. I painted on a piece of Aqvarelle Arches 140 lb. hot pressed watercolor paper instead of canvas. I normally don’t like hot pressed paper for watercolors, because it is smooth. I like watercolor paper that has more “tooth” or texture to it. But I have had this block of paper for years and I mostly use it for experimenting or scratch paper. However, I liked painting acrylics onto it.

So this was part of my exploring I am going to be doing this year which is always fun even if I don’t care for the results. I didn’t really “plan” this painting or even draw in pencil first. I just did it spontaneously, but these are my favorite blues to work with. There’s got to be blue and pink mushrooms and white butterflies somewhere in the world, right? Most likely that would be where Alice went when she followed the white rabbit down the rabbit hole.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Explore!

Hello Friends,

Since my mantra word for this year is EXPLORE, I decided to paint the cover of another journal. I may use this one for doodling or even writing since it is a small one with lined paper.

I also decided to paint it in acrylics after I laid masking tape around the whole cover and painted it with Gesso first. I like the way the lines from the tape created texture. Then I drew a small picture outline of the sea turtle onto the cover with a piece of carbon tracing paper. It shows up well and is easy to paint over with acrylics. Lastly, I added my own water and foliage. This was pretty fun!

Since this sea turtle is looking to his left, he is thinking, “Hey! What’s over there? I need to go explore!”Β  So my spirit animal and I are going to have a year to EXPLORE!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

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