Sunday, September 14, 2014

Art Journal Page 9/14/14 - Circle Girl

A fun Sunday afternoon spent working in my art journal. I found this brilliant circle tutorial on the Me, With My Head in the Clouds blog and I was totally inspired. I used some of the circles I did here on this journal page and I have an envelope full of others to use on later projects. SO much fun!!

For this page I followed the same steps as the page I did a couple of days ago. I think I love doing these cut out girls so much because it's like playing with paper dolls. It really does just feel like play to me.

I painted her head on a recipe page I printed a long time ago and never actually made. My daughter looked over my shoulder while I was painting the fun purple hair and said, "So does that mean you're never going to make those pretzel bites because they look good!" :) Ah, the things we sacrifice for art!!

And here she is hanging out with her neighbor. I'm never quite sure if doing full page spreads like this makes the pages too busy. I try to have some element that ties them together a little--in this case it's the black polka dot paper and smudges of creamy yellow paint. But I still think I like the pages better on their own.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Art Journal Page 9/12/14

I go between a lined spiral notebook that I just draw faces in, a composition book that I do lettering in (but faces find there way there too), and an art journal. Tonight I spent a lovely evening in the Art Journal. I had a quiet house and a few ideas floating around so I settled in and got down to business.

HERE'S THE PROCESS: 

I started this page with a pencil sketch of a face. I went over that with my trusted Papermate Flair pen. I'm working on scrap computer paper. I love that in places you'll be able to see the printed text through the paint.

Here comes my Coloring Book Method again. I simply fill in the spaces with paint--just like you would in a coloring book. I also cut out a shape to be her dress.

I add a few lines with my Micron pens and give her cheeks some color with a colored pencil. I also add a bit of shading on the face with colored pencil. Then I cut out the head.

I get an idea of my page layout. Here I'm using scraps or paper from junk mail, scrapbook paper, a fee schedule from the 1980's I found at work, etc. I just pull out my scrap box and see what speaks to me.

I add a bit more paper and washi tape and I soften parts of it with white paint. Then I glue everything in the background down with Mod Podge.

Last, I glue down the figure and add some embellishment with the Micron Pens and a date stamp in the bottom left corner. And this page is done!



Saturday, September 6, 2014

NEW Painting - Olga Owns an Owl (AVAILABLE)

 Olga Owns and Owl, 16" x 8", acrylic, paper, ink on canvas

 Here are a few step by step WIP pictures for Olga:
This painting is done using my Coloring Book Method. So I begin with the outline, done with a paint pen.
 I then add in the mixed media elements--in this case newspaper and scrapbook paper.
 And a little bit more--some playful polka dots in the background.
Then comes the paint. And after that, I go back in and clean up the outline lines, add ink elements, and some other details. And then, voila...

THIS PAINTING IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN MY ETSY SHOP.

Friday, September 5, 2014

NEW Painting - Home for Supper (AVAILABLE)

Home for Supper, 10" x 10", paint and other mixed media on canvas

 I have been studying the work of Mindy Lacefield and doing some of her online and printed (in her books--I have them all and they are wonderful!) classes. This painting is so inspired by her fun, whimsical style.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NEW Painting - Eloise Enjoys Elegant Earrings (AVAILABLE)

Eloise Enjoys Elegant Earrings, 16" x 8", acrylic paint, paper, ink on canvas

 Here is the inspiration sketch for this fun painting:
 And here is a detailed step by step WIP for Eloise:
This painting is done using my Coloring Book Method. So I begin with the outline, done with a paint pen.
I then add in the mixed media elements--in this case magazine pages and scrapbook paper.
And a little bit more--I decided to make her eyes and lips really pop!
Then comes the paint. And after that, I go back in and clean up the outline lines, add ink elements, and some other details. And then, voila...

THIS PAINTING IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN MY ETSY SHOP! SOLD

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Sketches - 08/31/14

I'm nearing the end of this composition book and the wear and use is really starting to show. The outside edge is sort of dingy and smudged with graphite. There are water splotches.

I have loved this book and lugged it around for a long time. But I will admit I am ready for a fresh new book.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Sketches - 08/17/14


In my Sunday Sketches I like to practice different types of lettering, but I always seem to go back to faces. This has been the story of my art since I was a child. It always comes back to faces. I LOVE drawing faces!!

I've been binge watching re-runs of Will and Grace so as I was watching yet another episode tonight, I decided to draw them. I kind of need to figure out how to make my figures look a bit happier, but in this instance it sort of works. They have that edgy NY attitude going on. :)

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