I recently sold my first piece of art! I didn’t even have to try and the buyer was really psyched about it- such a great moment.
Even tho it’s gone , I wanted to share it and the process with you.
I did a bigger canvas than usual- 22×24 If I remember correctly.
Let me get right to the pics:
So you can see the first photo is me laying down some texture on a gessoed canvas with texture paste and my Catalyst tools. After that I used a mixture of colors to get my background. I really love all the contrast and depth. Next photo- adding some gesso, darker colors here and there.
Next, some random sized and colored blocks with some outlining which I covered with a wash of gray brown paint mixed with Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid, which I wiped with a baby wipe after a minute or so.
A little fine tuning of the colors, then adding strips and blocks or darker colors- black, brown and some acrylic ink-which I turned into lollipop flowers surrounded by dots of liquid pearls.
I posted this on FB and almost immediately I had an offer-higher than the price I quoted them, btw-so woot! Hopefully one of many, although any artist knows it isn’t always easy to part with our work because each piece is a part of us.
The last photo is of all the products that were used to create this piece. I call it ” The Garden”. I hope you enjoyed it!
I’m just pulling out all the stops today with several posts-but i have to try to make up for lost time as much as possible!
I really love this one- i decided I really needed to attempt a white space project as I reallly tend to fill up all my available space with paint and whatever I can find. As I often say ” Why do it, when you can overdo it?” LOL!
Anyhow- so here I am using Dyan Reavely’s Mixed Media journal. I started with a layer of gesso. When it was dry I sprayed the pages with water and dropped various colors of acrylic ink on it in layers- which I used Dyan’s technique of rolling over it with paper towels between every color layer and semi drying each one.
I then added some more gesso here and there- upon which I attached a premade tag – a doily sticker, and some partial pages from a book from The Onion-, which I covered with some more gesso and black stamping-some homemade stamps and some wooden block stamps. I finished with Golden green gold liquid acylic and some lettering I added with black india ink and a paintbrush.
I am really proud of this one and happy I was finally able to show a little restraint!
I chose Just Keep Moving as my footer because I had recently made a career move in the midst of many coworkers who were unhappy and yet seemed really afraid to step out and find work elsewhere because they had been there so long-they had just stagnated and felt stuck- also it pertains to interpersonal relationships that pretty much tend to work the same way. It’s hard to move on after you have made such an investment and worked so hard on something that you know has no real future.
So- here is to all of you who know you need to move on and want to, but are afraid. Just keep moving- you will make mistakes and be really afraid sometimes-but that is better than letting yourself be stuck somewhere that will never make you happy.
Cheers and thanks for playing!
I really need to remember to take more photos of my process- sorry:
This first one is when I am already almost done with the canvas. I started with a stenciled base using heavy modeling paste. One of those big stencils you get at Michaels.
I then painted it with some Josonjas acrylic -rose madder and a teal color (can’t remember what brand)- I did a lot of pastels in greens, pinks and yellows and then sprayed some workable fixative over it before my next step.
Following all that, I attached some crocheted lace pieces with some mod-podge-which I painted over with acrylic inks and rubbed over it with dark glitters. I also affixed some green cord with more modeling paste and covered that with glitter as well. I also rubbed the areas around the lace with some dark colored pastels followed by more workable fixative. Some various ink drips here and there and voila!
This piece just seems very dark and brooding- I prolly was fighting with my ex at that point. I wish you could feel it, it is so full of texture!
Thanks for playing folks!
I know, I know, I am a total blog slacker. I am just waayy too lazy!
But, hopefully this piece was worth the wait. I did something I haven’t done before on a canvas- mixed modeling paste with dimensional elements.
Another thing I need to do is take pictures of my process, but it is what it is today…:( I can tell you I started by mod podging some dress pattern paper to the canvas and cover it with various coats of acrylic paint before using course modeling paste to attach different elements, such as, cardboard buttons and butterflies, hard acrylic letters and numbers, Jolees shutter elements, and a red glitter branch .In addition I used a Michelle Ward stencil an embossing pad along with Tim Holtz Distress powder to add even more texture and dimension.
Once the paste dried I spread a liberal amount of green glitter glue in various places, followed by burnt umber acrylic ink and glimmer mists. For the finishing touch around the edges, Amsterdam acrylic paint in greenish blue. All paint , paste, ink and glitter glue was applied with my fingers. My favorite tools!
I am super happy with the results, and my favorite art is just running my hands over it to feel all the textural happenings!
Well, I’m in a mood tonight , but I wanted to post this canvas before I let time get away from me. Sitting on the porch watching fireflies and the grass grow. These are a few of my favorite things. Ok, that’s only two, so sue me.
Anyway, on to the show.
This piece is my version of a faux finish with some foam stamped apples and acrylic ink bits. It’s really simple, but I like it. Hope you do to. Thanks for stopping by!
All of these pages are done in my Dyan Reavely art journal( which is awesome!).
So today I find myself with quite a backlog of work that hasn’t been blogged, so instead of doing a post for every piece, I figured I would just post some pics on two or three posts instead. I hope you enjoy them!