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Me in Mixed Media

Hello Friends!

This was a fun piece to do. I wrote this poem called SHE WAS NOT ME over 20 years ago when I was going through healing from various instances of sexual abuse in my youth and 20’s. I didn’t want to type out the whole poem in this post so you’ll have to enlarge the photo to read it.

I have been wanting to do something creative with some of the poems I wrote in the past. So I was looking through them the other day and decided to do this with it.

I used a couple of my favorite Renoir portraits that I saved from an old calendar of his paintings. One is of a young lady and the other a little girl. To make them mine, I painted over parts of them to help portray who I believed I was in the past. And of course, the picture at the bottom is a copy of a recent photo of me in braids! I also don’t wear makeup anymore, so this is me…wrinkles, gray hair and all!

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

 

Vincent van Gogh – Mixed Media

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I really had fun creatiing this piece! I am posting close-ups of a few sections, and then the FINISHED PIECE!

I wrote a couple of words on there which I associate with him – BEAUTY and INTENSITY. Then I wrote one of his many quotes in the upper right hand corner which says,

Β “I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say, ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.”Β  Vincent van Gogh

This is my own rendition of his “Self-Portrait with Straw Hat.”

After I finished this part, I added a watercolor mixture of Cerulean blue (which is a color Vincent used a lot in his oils) and Turquoise blue, which is a blue I love! Then I painted some shades of red around it.

This is my own rendition of part of one of his self-portraits where I wanted to emphasize the bold spirit in his eyes.

In the middle is my drawing of him at 13 years old with yellow added to again emphasize his eyes. You may have noticed one portrait has green eyes and the other has blue. He painted his eyes green sometimes even though they were blue. The piece paper in the bottom left corner of this part is a photo copy of his own handwriting.

Then in the top right hand corner I printed the quote that I mentioned earlier.

I also want to point out that the darkest piece of collage is a copy of his drawing called “The Potato Eaters,” which is one of my favorites.

And finally…………..MY FINISHED PIECE!

This was so enjoyable for me to do! I hope you enjoy looking at it. It is now hanging on my art studio’s wall as my expression of my favorite artist.

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

 

Van Gogh Mixed Media – First 4 Stages

 

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You may or may not recognize him, but this is a drawing I did from an old photo that has always been attributed to Vincent van Gogh as a 13-year-old boy. However, when I was looking up a larger version of the picture to work from, since the one in my book is so small, I ran across a couple of articles that say experts now attribute this picture to being Theo, Vincent’s brother. I was surprised, but I had already drawn this and did not want to do it again. So!!

After I drew it, I cut it out. I placed it on a large piece of watercolor paper at an angle and went over the whole piece with Liquitex Matte Medium. I let that dry. Next, I painted the watercolor in the background.

Then I made copies of a couple of Vincent’s letters to his brother from a book I have called “Vincent van Gogh,Β Ever Yours,Β The Essential Letters,” edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, and Nienke Bakker.

After I copied parts of two or three letters, I stained them with black tea. They were pretty wet so I hung them on the clothes line outside. When they were dry, I tore out the pieces I wanted. I wish I had stained them darker, but when I glued them down, they got a little wrinkled, so I left them. I like that affect. The staining is to give the paper an antique look. The piece on the far left is of his actual handwriting of one of his letters included in the book.

In the next step, I dropped some yellow and orange alcohol inks on the background. I have done much more since stage four, but I will go on with the next stages in my next post. It has gotten more interesting for sure!

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

 

Sea Horse Mixed Media

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Here is my crayon sea horse which now is a mixed media piece! This was so fun!

First, I painted a coat of Liquitex Matte Medium over the crayon seahorse and plain blue background.

Second, I applied dots of modeling paste to add some physical texture for parts of the sea horse and the red coral.

Third, I painted over the white modeling paste with a red watercolor. Then I added some darker accents to the seahorse with watercolors.

Fourth, from my original watercolor painting I had done of this seahorse, I cut out the green seaweed, gluing it down in the corner.

Lastly, I cut out a couple of the smallest fishes from my original yellow tang fish watercolor painting I did a long time ago and glued them on.

I like the way these cut out pieces added a 3D effect since they were originally painted on 300 lb. Fabriano watercolor paper which is thick.

This whole process was so relaxing! I spent a couple of hours this afternoon in the quiet of my studio with the windows open listening to the birds while I worked. And this was after a nice unexpected phone call from my high school friend who lives in Texas now. So it has been a great day! I hope you….

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

 

Seahorse in Crayon, Stage 1

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After watching Charlie O’Shields do his doodles in watercolor for Sketchbook Revival the other day, I decided to try something with my crayons! I have a cigar sized box of the ones our kids and I used when they were young.

You may or may not recognize this seahorse. I painted one in watercolor a while back. However, I was never really happy with the composition of the painting. So since it was done on 300 lb. watercolor paper, I decided to cut it out! Then I simply traced around the edges on this piece of drawing paper and colored it with my crayons.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave it this simple or not. And I don’t. So I have some ideas brewing about what else I want to do to it. That’s why I haven’t signed it yet! πŸ˜‰

Today I began another mixed media project. It is going to be posted in stages also.

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

 

Meditative Collage

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This past week I have watched several different artists teach what they like doing best as a part of Sketchbook Revival. I have not been able to watch all of them yet, but today I watched Toni Burt.

She loves drawing basic face shapes and then painting, collaging, writing, etc. on them. Her demonstration was fun to watch. However, I watched it while riding my stationary bike. Then later I did this!

The Chinese symbol is my rough attempt at writing the Chinese word for calm. I haven’t been practicing any calligraphy lately, though. So it is rough.

By the way, this is NOT a self-portrait of me physically, but it is a portrayal of all I was thinking about while I worked. It was a very meditative process.

Lately, I have been branching out of my comfort zone and am enjoying it immensely! I feel like I am seeing new ways to do art and am really soaring in my spirit.

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

Collage of Nature

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On Sunday afternoon I decided to go through an issue of “Outdoor California” which is published by the Department of Fish & Wildlife, whom my husband has worked with for over 20 years, after listening to a guided meditation online which is what inspired me.

This issue I had on hand containing these pictures and words happened to go along with what I wrote after the meditation which was a lot about exploring the woods and feeling water on my hands and hearing birds in the air. So that was really cool.

Just as I finished, I heard a knock on the door. When I opened it, our son was standing there which was a great surprise! He had just gone hiking for awhile up at Mt. Lassen which isn’t far from us. So he stopped by to visit. We went for a short walk since my husband wasn’t home yet and visited until he came home. Then we all visited fo a little while longer.

So this turned out to be one of the most blessed Easters I have had in a long time! Plus, I didn’t have to cook; we ate leftovers!

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

 

 

Sea Turtle Swimming With Mermaids Mixed Media

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The other day I posted my paper weaving project. Well, now it has been transformed!

Today I added a watercolor sea turtle, golden mermaids, a few other little paper sea creatures, and some words to describe how just the thought of being at the ocean makes me feel.

This was so much fun! I am really enjoying learning new things to try in the mixed media class I am taking online.

Just in case I don’t have a post for tomorrow, I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday whether you celebrate Easter or not.

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

 

Paper Weaving!

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I like to surprise you with the unexpected once in awhile! I am takingΒ Miriam Schulman’s “Mixed Media Madness”Β class online. I actually am doing several classes right now so I don’t get bored. Ha, ha! Really, I think my A.D D. may just be in high gear. Or I just love variety! πŸ˜‰ Honestly, I know it’s a little bit of both.

Getting back to this paper weaving project, I was watching The Sandlot (the original) while I was cutting and weaving so I think I messed up in a couple of places.

I got a huge bargain on patterned and solid colored paper pads at Michaels…buy 1, get 2 free! So I scooped them up! I am going to be cutting this down to fit it in my art journal and adding some other stuff on top of it to make a mixed media piece.

In orher news, the magazine editor who’s publishing my leafy sea dragon article also accepted my drawing to publish in the article as well. So that’s exciting!

It is already getting warm here in Northern California. I just hope it doesn’t get hot too soon. More rain would also be great! Having an actual Springtime would be nice.

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

Art Journal Cover

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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˜€

 

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