Friday, August 28, 2015

Art Journal Page 8/28/15 - Blue Haired Girl

I recently purchased Danielle Donaldson's book Creative Girl and I have been so inspired by her beautiful style and wonderful backgrounds. I highly recommend this book. It's GORGEOUS!! The background for this girl was very much inspired by Danielle.

I began with a face I finished several months ago that was in my "envelope of faces". She came about using my usual method (pencil->ink->paint->thin ink pen for more detail).
This page was already really warped and bumpy from the previous page which was done with a very thick background of paint and gesso. So I decided it may be best to attach things to the page as opposed to working directly on the page. I decided to embrace the warped bumpiness and texture though. So I began with a green tinted paper and I crumpled it up and then straightened it out before gluing it on. Then came another textured piece of lovely paper. And then the actual painting. As an afterthought I added the circle stickers to the side. Just for fun.
Here she is with her neighbor. I have only one more full page spread to do before this journal is complete.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Art Journal Page 8/25/15 - India Revisited

For the first painting in my (ongoing) Pop Art People series I did a painting of a woman wearing a sari--in my own funky, SO NOT realistic way. Recently my daughter watched the Bollywood movie "Bride and Prejudice" and now she keeps talking about going to India. So this painting from nearly 11 years ago (!) kept coming to my mind.
I decided to do a drawing in my Art Journal inspired by her today.

I had no end point in mind when I started this drawing. I wasn't sure if I'd leave it black and white, add paint, or something else. It's very freeing and relaxing for me to work this way--just sort of free flowing, see where the drawing takes me.

I'm nearing the end of this Art Journal. Just the page facing this newest drawing and one more full page spread left. I have enjoyed every minute spent working in this book. There is something about doing art for your own sake. This book is just for me and I have no rules or expectations. I just play. I have my next Art Journal ready to go as soon as this one is complete.

Even just seeing the side of this book makes me happy. All those bumpy pages represent time spent being creative and experimenting and having fun!
Here's the process I took today:
 I started with a light pencil sketch. 
 I did the outline with a Sharpie.
 I like to go back in and thicken up lines here and there and make the joints where lines meet more organic and soft. I also added a lot more strands of hair.
Here's where I may have gone a bit too far with the Sharpie. I sort of wish I would have left the negative space around her hair white so I could have added a background color. Oh well, what are you going to do?
 And then came the color. Prisma Colored Pencils are very soft and waxy making them great for blending and getting deep, rich color!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mrs. Kohler's Robot (newest painting)

A friend asked me to paint a robot for her classroom. This was such a fun painting to do! I hope my friend and her students like it as much as I do.
I used my COLORING BOOK METHOD for this painting. Here's the WIP pictures...

And one more of the finished painting...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Sketch - May 24, 2015

I am constantly inspired by Stephanie Ackerman of Homegrown Hospitality. This Sunday Sketch was inspired by THIS POST on her blog. As was the drawing below which I did on a gift bag for a friend.

The bag seemed plain and boring so I just grabbed a Sharpie and had some fun. This way of doodling is fun and relaxing. I love it!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

First Friday Art Class for May 2015 - Paper Beads and Bows

Today we made 3D objects out of paper. We began by talking about several different types of paper. This is by no means an all inclusive list--there are so many types of paper out there. But this list is some we have worked with in the past and some we'd be working with today. I wanted the girls to start thinking about how to choose the best paper for the job.

Today we'll be folding and rolling paper to make bows and beads.

I made this little handout so they could not only see, but feel the papers I'd be talking about:
So let's talk about each one for a bit...

Copy/Printer Paper - this paper is ideal for photocopies and printers (of course), but it's also great for many paper folding projects. It's not too stiff yet holds its shape quite well. We used this to make the pink and blue bows pictured above.

Book Pages - book pages tend to be a bit thinner than copy paper so if you paint or use ink on them, you have to be careful. Book pages are readily available and can be used to create really lovely items. Book pages are also great for paper folding projects. We didn't make any bows with the book pages today, but if we had they would have been really pretty. Several of the girls did make beads with dictionary pages today.

Origami Paper - great for origami--obviously. The beauty of origami paper is that you can have one color on one side and another color (many times white) on the other and yet the paper is still very thin and pliable. A bit too thin and pliable for our use today.

Scrapbook Paper - called scrapbook paper yet used for SO many other things. I have a bit of a....obsession collection, shall we say, of scrapbook paper. It's about the same weight as copy paper though the weight does vary. For our purposes today we're using lots of scrapbook paper but making sure the weight is on par with copy paper. Notice the spotted paper to the right of the words "scrapbook paper". I tacked that little piece on so the girls could see and feel that some scrapbook paper is closer to card stock than copy paper in weight. That paper is double sided with a gorgeous aged purple on the back. Generally double sided scrapbook paper is rather thick and not good for paper folding projects.

Card Stock - We've used card stock a lot in the past. We drew our Koi Fish on card stock and then mounted them on a piece of colored card stock. We love card stock! But not for paper folding projects. It's just too stiff. It's hard to fold and can sometimes almost crack as you fold or roll it.

Watercolor Paper - this varies in weight considerably. Great for ink and watercolor. We loved it when we made our Inchies! Not great for folding and rolling. I wanted the girls to feel the thickness and talk about why paper that thick just wouldn't work for what we're doing today.

With that brief discussion of types of paper, we dove right in to our projects. I showed them both projects--the bows and the beads--from start to finish so they could then work (somewhat) independently and at their own pace. It was good to have the bows to work on while they waited for the Mod Podge to dry on their beads. Most of the girls took extra templates of the bows home to make more when they got home.

We made paper beads using this exact method from Kristy Neale found HERE. I had templates cut out for the girls to make things go a bit smoother. For wider beads they chose the 8" x 1-1/2" template. For beads that were a bit narrower they chose the 8" x 1-1/4" template. Once the beads were done, the girls painted a light coat of shiny Mod Podge on them. Then when that was dry they strung them on cotton string.
Here's one of the finished necklaces:
It was fun to watch the girls pouring over my scrap paper box putting different patterns and colors together to plan their scheme for their beads.

Our second project was paper bows. We used the template from How About Orange found HERE and also the template from Lia Griffith found HERE. I like the finished shape of the How About Orange template a bit better, but Lia Griffith's site has several different sizes on one page which is awesome.

We used the How About Orange template to make the plain pink, plain blue, and gold bows and the map bow. We used the Lia Griffith's template to make the pink polka dot bows. (The tiniest one is SO cute!)
A few tips on the can print the templates on regular copy paper, glue the WHOLE page down onto a sheet of card stock or a file folder, then cut out all the shapes. This gives you a template you can trace and use over and over. Or as in the pink polka dot bows, I printed the template on the back of a sheet of scrapbook paper and then just cut them all out.

We used clothes pins to hold the center while the glue dried and while we cut out the next piece. This will make your bow making much easier!!
These bows are very, very simple to make and the finished product is quite lovely. They'd be so pretty on top of a simply wrapped package.

Not a lot of "action shots" today as these were such hands-on projects. Most of the time I was helping to roll beads or string beads or choose paper with the girls.

We had a great time and it was a great way to end our 2014-2015 session of classes!!


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