Imagine. Create. Enjoy.
Right now I'm gearing up for a show in December so I'm in the phase of hoarding ALL THE ART.
Because of this, I'm painting primarily on canvas nowadays. (Though I miss my art journal so!)
So today I'm working on an 8 x 8 wood canvas. Wood canvases are my FAVORITE for working with any kind of mixed media or just acrylic paint.
I started with a layer of clear gesso to prime the surface. Then, I picked out colors that I love in acrylic paint and started adding color randomly to the canvas. Since I picked out the colors beforehand, I know I'm going to love everything I put down and I can work intuitively and not have to put as much thought into it. This spur of the moment creativity is my favorite.
In-between layers I dried it with my heat gun. For a bubbly, grungy effect I also purposely had the heat gun too hot and too close to the surface.
Along with acrylics, I'm also mixing in acrylic mists and letting them drip.
Next, I used an Artistcellar Sacred Geometry 2 stencil with DecoArt Media Mister, and when that dried I painted in some of the gold leaf adhesive. After about 15 minutes the adhesive went from a milky color to clear and I was able to do the gold leafing!
Gold leafing is a bit scary for me because I'm not used to it and it's really different for me but I love the experimentation of new supplies.
What is a supply that is scary for you? I challenge you to incorporate it into your work this week!
I just returned from a wonderful trip in northern Minnesota. For those of you in the Midwest, I went “up north.”
It was a sister weekend. I think this is the first time I’ve spent four days with my sister since we were children! And we had a blast!
The fall leaves are changing colors all around the state. Imagine the reds, oranges, and bright yellows against a blue sky. It’s breathtaking!
For this artistcellar post, I felt like making a little project. I am decorating a file folder to collect nature photos, ephemera, and/or leaves! I am feeling very inspired by nature’s beauty upon returning home from up north.
Steps 1 & 2:
Apply Inka Gold through the Surf stencil over part of the open file folder. Fill in the rest of the stencil with white acrylic paint, using a cosmetic wedge.
TIP: To continue the water pattern, I flipped the stencil over and kept dabbing white paint through it!
Steps 3 & 4:
Print some nature photos on 8.5 x 11 inch copy paper. Cut out sections that please you. Glue them to the front and back of your file folder.
Hand-cut some letters to glue on your folder.
Place the letters before gluing to see what you think.
Add a layer of Dylusions paint to make your hand-cut letters pop!
TIP: Place and glue the first and last letter of your word. Layout the remaining letters to get the spacing visually pleasing.
TIP: Use an old catalog or junk mail as a place to do your gluing.
Enjoy your hand-decorated folder to collect nature photos, leaves, or related ephemera.
May you find some peace, quite, and solace in nature sometime soon.
Blessings to you,
Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com