Mixed Media Monday- Monthly Dare

Can you believe it is only the middle of the month- but I have not only ONE but a couple of entries for this month’s Dare!? YAY! Here is a link to the Dare for August! (My birthday month! YAY!)  http://tracywburgos.typepad.com/treasure_the_momentlove_l/2013/08/august-2013-creative-dare-let-it-go.html 

Pick a quote (Ok so I used only a single word on one- but it seemed to fit and a song on the other! LOL) and do a piece in less than 90 minutes. Now full disclosure, it doesn’t usually take me much longer than that to do a piece in any of my regular journals for a normal painting.  (The 14X17 is a bit different but I haven’t broken that out in ages!) So that is why I already have two pieces to add to the entries! YAY! I might add at least two more before the end of the month- sure would be cool to win a prize! LOL However- it is so fun to just be creative and be inspired by the group of ladies in the MMM group- that I am thrilled with just completing the Dare!

I got my new Grumbacher Opaque Watercolors the other day- another recommendation from Tracy! And I love them! I played with them for the first time in this piece here. This song had been in my head for days- it was something I needed to hear for a few days- so I thought it would be proper to memorialize it on a journal page- AND play with my water colors while I was at it. I really wanted to see what working from a black background was like. I really need to play with it more to get it as dark as I would like… but it was a fun experiment and in the end I actually kind of like the way it came out! LOL

Fun on black background

Fun on black background

I love the way the gold and the champagne like color work together on the wings- and the white Signo pen outlining everything! I actually started the word Rejoice with silver then painted over it with gold once I did gold wings. Fun experiment!

I love the colors on this next one- (hmm now that I look at it- I can see a theme emerging here with these two pieces!) again- this was practicing with my new watercolor set. This was fun too!

Soar

Soar

Close up- I love the gold Signo pen too... not just the white one...

Close up- I love the gold Signo pen too… not just the white one…

These are the two I have completed for the Dare (So far!) As always- totally fun to create inspired by MMM and Tracy!!!

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On the Table Tuesday

So yes- another week of watercolors, playing and doodling… but so loving the results even more. So fun to just play… and I have been getting almost one a day done too- quick and easy. 🙂 I have almost filled my landscape pad. Need to be thinking of what to doodle in next! (It’s only 12 pages and I am pretty sure I pulled one out already- so 11 isn’t really too many! It’ll be a fun reminder of all the fun I have been having with it!)

So without further ado… a whole bunch of watercolor playing! (All in my 6X12 Strathmore watercolor landscape pad.)

Pretty flower- Didn't think this needed any doodling. My first time using white....

Pretty flower- Didn’t think this needed any doodling. My first time using white…. mixed a little yellow over it. 

Half and half a heart...

Half and half a heart…

Just a fun playful one...

Just a fun playful one…

Sun Fire (I used black! Need to use it more!)

Sun Fire (I used black! Need to use it more!)

The Big Fish!

The Big Fish!

So there we go… fun times and happy painting! I am in pursuit of a little extra cash in the budget to get a few more either watercolor paints themselves or a fuller set of watercolor crayons… haven’t decided. 🙂

What are you working on?

La-

On the Table Tuesday…

So since the project on my table right now is… UBER COOL… and I want it to be finished before I show it off… LOL I decided I should FINALLY post the images of the finished On the Table Tuesday from weeks ago! The one that went through so many transformations and took so long!

On my Table April 2, 2013

On my Table April 2, 2013

This is how it started… I covered an 18X24 canvas with blue polka dot tissue paper and started trying to add “stuff” to it. But I was just not feeling it…

In progress...

In progress…

See… it was just not working! (Though I DO love my Sand Hill Crane cut out and need to figure out how I am going to use that someday!)

So I scrapped the whole idea and started again… using the lovely texture that the tissue paper created on the base and going a whole new direction!

How it started... Sort of...

How it started… Sort of…

Now there is something I could work with! (Most of the time I find I am just not a bright colors kind of girl… but that is not to say NEVER! <wink!>)

Middle- starting to take real shape..

Middle- starting to take real shape..

I cut out a heart from musical note paper- that already had a stamped style image on it. I used my awesome Gelli plate to add reds and yellows to it- and decoupaged it onto the canvas. Once that dried I covered the whole heart with clear gel to give it a thick raised feel and additional texture.

Still in Progress

Still in Progress

I added wings to it- by cutting out a paper design and tracing it onto the canvas to make the wings the same on both sides. I covered the wings first  with a layer of gesso, then I used modeling paste mixed both with suede and champagne paint color- allowed to dry then covered them both with Art Anthology Sorbet- Dimensional gel paint- to add sparkle and more texture and then outlined the wings with the Art Anthology Dimensional crystal- Blizzard. Love the way those products added such a nice touch to the overall image! I outlined the heart with split peas to make it distinct.

Then the finishing touches were in order!

Top Border

Top Border

Bottom Border

Bottom Border

I used my glue gun to create swirly accents on the bottom and top of the canvas to add borders. I painted flowers with a red paint/modeling paste mixture- then added the glue gun swirlies. To color them and the split peas I added for even more dimension- I rubbed on some copper metallic rub on. (Almost out of the copper! I need to figure out where I got this stuff and make sure I can get more!)

 

And Voila! FINALLY FINISHED! YAY! (Now to put up those shelfs so I can display my work in the living room!)

photo 2-1

FInished Project

Finished Project

I wish you could see how wonderfully shimmery the wings are with the Art Anthology Sorbet on them- they really just add sooo much to the whole piece!

This took me what felt like forever- but it was so much fun and so worth the effort of each layer and letting it all dry and working on it for so long. It was comforting to have it on the table each time I went there to work- knowing it was taking shape and becoming something.

 

So there it is! Finally here to show those of you who saw it all along and were wondering what had become of it!

Thanks for looking! What is on YOUR table this week?

La-

 

On the Table Tuesday

Well hopefully you will not get tired of seeing this piece…. I promise it is ALMOST finished! LOL

Still in Progress

Still in Progress

I know it does’t look THAT different from the last time I showed it sitting here on my table… but it is! Before the wings were just a gesso outline- now they have had two layers of modeling paste to give them a little more texture (one layer with suede paint and one layer with a little more shimmery champagne color.) Then I used my brand new Art Anthology Sorbet- Dimensional gel paint- Splashed to add sparkle and more texture and outlined the wings with the Art Anthology Dimensional crystal- Blizzard.  I also added flowers at the top and the bottom. These flowers will anchor some swirly lines I plan to add to kind of frame the whole thing… and then I will finally be pretty much done! LOL We’ll see how many more weeks of “On the Table Tuesday” this piece hangs around!

Close up of Wings

Close up of Wings

I’m definitely enjoying the process- and for me that’s good enough for now! I definitely needed the process this weekend. Some things in my life are UBER stressful right now- and sitting down at the table layering modeling paste and glittery color is exactly what I needed (well that a run and a good snuggle from the husband!)

Speaking of the husband! Look what he put together for me this weekend!

Organizing!

Organizing!

As I mentioned in my post yesterday- I do believe his expectation was that once I filled these drawers that I would cart them off into the other room so that they would no longer be cluttering up the living room- except I am still working on something!! LOL (Next week I am having a Pampered Chef party- so I think I will be taking down the table and everything for that event. I might leave it all down for the whole weekend- to help him out a little!) You see that brown box under the table? (Still full of stuff?) ALL my paints and stuff like that was in there- it is now all in the drawers! Everything that is in that box was literally just sitting in the big chair that this table is blocking. No wonder it was all starting to make him crazy! Heck- it was starting to make ME crazy! I like having a new place to keep things organized. I just wish the drawers were big enough to hold my 12X12 templates. They are on top though- so they are at least neatly put  somewhere- not just laid on the bookshelves! (Like the art that is stashed there just above the table! We are going to buy a few shelves this week for me to use to display my work in the house.)

I bought a new smaller mini (5X7) art journal.. so this weekend while modeling paste and glittery Sorbet was drying- I worked on two quick pages- I like this size- made quick easy but nice pages. A little more personal for some reason- but as always- I enjoyed the process and really didn’t start with much in mind except the colors I wanted to use… 🙂

5X7 Journal Pages

5X7 Journal Pages

So these are also part of the “On the Table” this week because I just finished them! 🙂

What are you working on this week?

La-

On the Table Tuesday

Well- since I am not a prolific artist (work, a husband, a life- all conspire to get in the way) I am glad to at least have something different to show you for this week’s On the Table…

How it started... Sort of...

How it started… Sort of…

Remember that blue tissue paper canvas I showed you for two weeks in a row for the “On the Table Tuesday?” Well this is it!!! Looks pretty different doesn’t it! I just was not feeling it- so I went a new direction. My Husband is always amazed that I can just so easily alter my course when it comes to my art. 🙂

I started with a nice yellow in the middle and did a gradient out on the edges with orange… then brown.. then black. When the brown was still wet- I sprayed it with water- and painted it with a wet brush… then tipped the canvas up to let the brown spread across the yellow/orange, to “mess it up” a little! (I learned this spiffy little technique from a great art mentor Tracy Weinzapfel (http://tracywburgos.typepad.com/treasure_the_momentlove_l/ – I love her Mixed Media Monday videos/classes. I always learn a little something that I didn’t know before and want to try!)

Anyway- after the brown and black dried- I used a small scrap of bubble wrap to add yellow, orange and gold to the dark edges to lighten it all up a little. (The Gold was a bit “clogged” and an extra hard squish caused a small “explosion” of paint- all over my face, neck, table, floor, chair… etc! Good thing we got to it and it cleaned up nicely!)

Middle- starting to take real shape..

Middle- starting to take real shape..

I decoupaged a heart onto the canvas- after painting it with my gelli plate- the paper has sheet music on it and a small drawing of musicians that all shows through the painting. I covered the heart with a thick layer of Clear Gel medium- makes it nice and textur-y- and shiny… I bordered it with split peas. I actually like the  of the peas- might keep it… might paint over it- haven”t decided.

Still unfinished...

Still unfinished…

You can see that the gel is STILL not dry and I did that on Sunday! The border with peas is pretty clear in that image too. I traced the wings I had cut out- to make them more symmetrical. Then colored the space in with gesso. Not sure what color the wings will end up.. but I am liking the lightness of them on the darkish background so I might do something lighter than I originally thought.

I plan to do some kind of swirly border on the top and bottom and outline it with the glue gun and some more funky peas… but that will be finishing touches! I am sure I will share!

What’s on YOUR table today?

La-