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Sold!!

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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!

 

 

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Happy Birthday Tag

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Happy Birthday Tag

So, I just found out that a dear friend of my family died tonite. He was always like a second father to me.  I’m really happy all my kids got a chance to know him.

This post was not going to be about that- but I literally just got the message and didn’t want to just keep posting like nothing happened. Sometimes things just get real.

*long pause*

Ok- so I wanted to share the tag I made for my daughter’s 26th bday-

I used a plain large manila tag on laid down some gesso first, followed by several layers of monochromatic reds, magenta and pinks. After which, I stamped in white a stamp saying “May all your wishes come true” in layers of light and heavy. I finished up with stamped circles in black did some smudged outlines with a Faber-Castell pen in Cold Grey.

Fun and simple!

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Thanks for listening .

Canvas love

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Lately I have been doing a little stretching, art wise. I began by making my honey a birthday canvas , rather than a birthday card, and  I had so much fun with that, I just kept going. It’s interesting how each medium I work with seems to inspire a different sort of artistic expression. Whether I am working on watercolor paper, my Donna Downey art journal or even Dyan Reavely’s art journal. Or even just scrapbooking. They all have a different feel.
   So, below are just a couple of canvases I have been working on lately. I have another one I did yesterday that I will post as soon as I am able.

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This one is my version of a piece I saw hanging at the doctor’s office the other day. I wanted to take a pic of that one, but I didn’t want to be weird (er than usual).

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This one started as pseudo scrapbook page in black and pink which I adhered to the canvas and immediately detested. So of course my only choice was to cover it with gesso, tissue paper and a bottom

layer of paint before something decent started to emerge. And yay!! I am really pleased with it now.
BTW , having a WordPress app on my phone is great, because I can blog in bed. Nice!
Hope you have a day full of good surprises.

More Assorted Pages

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All of these pages are done in my Dyan Reavely art journal( which is awesome!).

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Assorted Journal Pages

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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!

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Stencil Embossing- The Sequel

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So, I finished the layout from the last post and didn’t want to leave anyone hanging, so……..tada!

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After using the heck out of some gelatos and oil pastels, I stamped some Dyan Reaveley stamps, stenciled some partial patterns with gesso from Julie Balzer‘s tag stencil, and basically called it a day. While I was doing this, my youngest was sitting on the floor, icing her foot ( dance injury) , while we watched old Whitney episodes on my Kindle.    Look at me, multitasking! Fun times!

Mystery- Art Journal Page

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If there is one word for my artistic style, it would be……………………………hmmmmmmmmmmmm……. is there one word for it? I dunno- Hot Mess? That’s two words-  work with me people!

Anyhow- whatever it is- here is the latest. The title is a shortened version of  ” The Lord works in mysterious ways–His wonders to behold!” And I am here to tell you-that is the TRUTH!  You can’t figure Him out no matter how much you think you have- something happens in your life and you just shake your head and wonder. Sometimes in sadness, but sometimes in absolute happiness.  Here’s to more happiness!!!

So, blah, blah, blah……get on with it!   If you look closely you might see a few pieces of a phone book underneath everything 🙂 Personally I am loving the scribbles. I really should pay attention to my steps so I can describe them to you-but frankly I can’t remember them all- I know I started with some Liquitex acrylic inks, then stenciled with the blazonery stencil, a multi circle stencil I got at Staples (or was it Michael’s?) I even laid down a piece of string in a haphazard way and sprayed some pink Dylusion spray over it. There is also a  clock stencil I put here and here with some purple madder Josonjas acrylic paint-  and then smeared everything with some gesso. I hope that helps.