Imagine. Create. Enjoy.
The new Quilt Series stencils have been a source of great inspiration for me. After my last project, where I worked with paint in my art journal, I decided to get my SEW on and grabbed some fabric and embroidery thread. Since I am more of a tortoise than a hare when it comes to hand sewing (okay okay, really ANY sewing) I am only sharing the first half of the project this week.
Here's what I used:
First step was painting my canvas. I sprayed my canvas with water so when I brushed on the paint it would apply smoothly and blend well. I also made sure I used a wet brush and brushed the paint on the canvas with circular motions. I was going for a wash of color as opposed to thick layers because I wanted to fabric to stay pliable.
When the canvas was dry I placed my two stencils down and did a layer of gesso and then, when dry, a layer of Penny.
Now comes the sewing!! So far I have chosen a variegated embroidery thread and sewed around the edges of the stencil with a back stitch. When I add more stitches I'll be thinking about what I would add if this was a drawing or painting. My needle and thread will act as my pencil or paintbrush. I am enjoying the handiwork and I find myself relaxing as I work. It's nice to unplug, slow down and make progress stitch by stitch.
Will it be a book cover? A wall hanging? Check back next time to find out!
Now I KNOW I want to experiment with the stencils using them to create artistic quilts, (and how fun would it be to sun dye fabric with Dye-Na-Flow ink?!) but for now I wanted to figure out a way to use the stencils in a totally off the wall way.
So... I made a lotus!
To begin, I sprayed the art journal page with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Verdigris". I just wanted to get some color on the page -- once I sprayed it, I set the book aside and grabbed a loose piece of watercolor paper. I had already used this paper to doodle on, so I turned it over and started spraying the "Star Flower" stencil with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray in "Ponderosa Pines Olive". I gave it a quick dry with the heat gun and then used scissors to cut out the flower petals.
Then, I used a hot glue gun to glue the petals down and add a stem. I wanted more color on the page, so I used the pocket stencils with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Tarnished Silver" as well as Dye-Na-Flow in Turquoise and Dylusions spray in "Crushed Grape". I also added some black acrylic for more contrast and a Uniball Signo UM-153 pen to add the quote!
I hope you have fun playing with these new stencils! I am already brimming with ideas, they are so versatile and I haven't seen anything like them before!
Don't you just love the designs of the new stencils?! I have long admired quilters and the artistry they accomplish with fabric and thread. My husband's maternal grandmother was an accomplished quilter and I remember being amazed and humbled when watching her work and seeing her numerous finished creations. She was an artist through and through.
To me, quilting is very American. I know that quilting was around before our country was formed but history shows us it flourished after the arrival of the English and Dutch settlers. Taking fabric and piecing it together in new ways brings art to a utilitarian item and don't you think it has so much symbolism? A quilt can bring comfort, security and peace. It's texture can be warm and cozy. All the seemingly different fabrics brought together with many little stitches become a finished item that seems filled with history, stories and love.
Another thing that's been on my mind lately is my Dad. He passed a little over 4 years ago. He loved this country and considered himself a patriot. He loved, supported and was ready to defend his COUNTRY. He wanted this land to be a place his posterity could flourish in and be able to feel comfort, security and peace. Now, I'm not going to wax political on you. I just want to share what I created in my art journal this week as I needed to express some positive feelings.
Here are the supplies I used:
I started with a page in my journal that already had black and blue paint which I added red to.
I then used the Ohio Star and Star Flower stencils with gesso to create the background. When the gesso dried I added "stitches" with a black acrylic paint pen.
After sketching out where I wanted the face to go I added a layer with blue paint and the Ripples stencil so my face would have a subtle texture behind it.
Using gesso I created an underpainting for my face. When that was dry I built layers with the acrylics to create the face. I wanted both light and dark to show across the face.
A final quilt stencil layer on top of the face and a few words and I am happy with the results. I like how the quilt imagery adds a feeling of comfort and order. The bold quilt pattern contrasts with the painterly quality of the face which is partially hidden in the shadows but is emerging to the light.
I will leave you with this definition:
Today I wanted to just sit and play and explore with my art supplies. Using watercolor paper, stencils, watercolor and acrylics I explored color and played with the paint on the page. I love to work in this intuitive way and just let the art "be". Whatever wants to show up, I welcome it! Today, a "moonflower" appeared. I call it a moonflower because to me, it fits.
I hope you will enjoy the little video I created for you!
So as I said in my last post I have been taking part in a Faces of February challenge, I have been making a face everyday, using different mediums or styles. So that being said, this post is not about a face I did! lol! because I have to plan these out a bit I just wanted to play and do a bit of playing with stencils and paint today!
I started by getting out my Gesso and covering something I didn't care for in my Strathmore Journal. I completely covered my pages in layers of color using multiple stencils, (here is the list: Playful Pods, Japanese Geometric, Traditional Japanese, Halftone Dots, Marked Series and Steampunk, I thinks that's all of them!) and Dina Wakley Acrylic paints.
I grabbed more of the Dina Wakley paint and mixed it with some gesso and made some beautiful blendy loveliness around the flowers.
After that I just went willy nilly, grabbing more paint, some pens and the generals pencils to play until I was done having having fun! The last thing I did was add some simple silhouettes of a fairie and random bugs and some purposely sloppily written "It doesnt have to be fancy to be fun"
This process is by no means something that I created but it is a wonderful way to play with my supplies and make something that I enjoy looking at! Here's the video:
Big hugs and Mushy stuff!
Today I wanted to challenge myself in two different ways -- I wanted to paint a boy (something I don't often do) and I also wanted to use totally new colors for the portrait. Eee!
I started with an 8" x 10" canvas and a graphite pencil. I used a sketch of my own from about a year ago as my reference. For the background, I also used a 12" x 12" Artistcellar Sacred Geometry Sri Yantra stencil.
Once I finished with the sketching, I brushed on a layer of clear gesso.
For the portrait colors I used Dina Wakely Acrylic, "Blushing" and "Umber" mixed with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in "Titanium White". I brushed on layers to capture shading until I reached a point I was happy with.
For extra background elements I used 12" x 12" Artistcellar Water Series in "Sea Foam" and "Ripples" with DecoArt Media Mister in Primary Cyan and then I added in more color with Dina Wakely's "Ocean", "Fuchsia", and "Blackberry Violet".
This week, I discovered that it is really fun to go back to old sketches and drawings and bring them into the now. I changed a few things here and there, but mostly kept true to the style of past me.
I hope I have inspired you to go back and rediscover some of your old work! How will you incorporate it into the now?
I worked in my art journal this week and by using a few stencils and paint I added to a page I previously worked on. Here are the supplies I used:
You might remember this face from a previous blog post. The facing page was empty and I felt drawn (heeheehee) to it this week. It seemed to me that this facial expression was sad, confused or uncertain. I thought about what words she would like to hear to help with these emotions. The words used in the Creative and Virtues words pocket stencils were perfect positive affirmations to include on my page.
After creating a layered background I used a silicone tool to spread a medium layer of crackle paste in six small sections where I wanted the words to be. When dry I sanded the crackle paste to smooth it and then stenciled the words on top. To create a border around each word I used the Faber-Castell pencils and activated it with water to smudge the graphite.
I wanted to add some personal journaling in black Fude Ballpoint pen but I couldn't come up with my own words. SO many things are happening in our world right now and I am still thinking of how I can express my feelings about it. Right now the stenciled words are enough for me.
I hope you can make time to create in your art journal this week!
Hello my lovely lovelies!!! I realized something the other day! I have been a design team member for about a year with Artistcellar now! How lucky am I that I get to create with all of the awesome supplies and stencils and share with you! This experience is AWESOME! And to be part of a group of such wonderful artists makes me ecstatic! Here is the first journal page I ever did using items from a DT box.
I used the Dina Wakley paints along with the Dye-na-flow and a dip pen to create this fairy then I went in with a couple of the pocket stencils then sparkled it all up with some stickles! I was so tickled to create this page that it still makes me smile!
For the page I have this time I decided to use the opposite page in my journal and create something using completely different mediums. I was inspired to do this page by the wonderful prompt from Journal 52 week 4, "listen" and my want to take part in a Faces of February challenge this month where I will create a face every day this month. This was my 1st face of the month.
Read below for a brief written description of my process or further down a link to my video to watch it unfold!
The whole time I was creating I was thinking of the word "listen" from the prompt and my reading of the other insights that Effy puts with the prompt. My train of thought was traveling through my hand creating the emotion on my princess's face, the colors of the page and finally the words I chose to put on my page. I like how she turned out, she does not fit the "norm" of how I usually do faces so I am happy that I did not lean so heavily on comfort for my 1st face of the month!
I created this page using multiple washes and layers of watercolor from my Koi Watercolor pocket field sketch box, then blending the colors with a bit of Dina Wakley paint in white. I also used my Faber-Castell Pitt pen in white to add highlights and blending of color (it does wonderful smudgies!) For some more fun shading I used an 8B sketch pencil and smudged the color with my finger and used water to blend it out some more. I used the totally cute crown from my Steampunk pocket stencils and some Dina Wakley paint in yellow to make it pop, along with some of the yellow in the hair. I used a non water proof pen in black and my Uni-Ball Signo pen in white to add additional shadow and highlight!
I hope you enjoyed reading!! Big Hugs and Mushy stuff!
Princess Shana Banana
I've been making some little art in a little book and it's been fun! It's supposed to be a daily art practice (it's a daily planner by Moleskine so there is a page per day) and while I am a little behind I am enjoying the challenge. Some days I just fill several pages with stenciled backgrounds or solid paint colors to give me a nice little jumpstart for more little layers. Can you tell I'm having a little fun?! ;)
The stencils I used for these pages are the Rouen from the Cathedral Series and Sea Foam from the Water Series. The paints are Dina Wakley Acrylics. Other supplies I used are black and white acrylic paint pens and water soluble crayons.
I ended my mini art session with words I cut out from an old children's book. I feel like this will be a good thing for me to do this year and I hope you are inspired to make a goal to implement some little sort of daily art practice!
Hello My Lovely Lovelies! Today I am sharing just two little pages I did- one on hot press watercolor paper and the other on Yupo paper. These are by no means wonderful works of art, it is simply me having fun. Being a professional artist sometimes causes me some anxiety! I give myself a creative roadblock worrying whether or not the people who read this blog or watch my videos will like my art. I decided TTHHPPPPTPPTT with that today!
I got out some stuff I hadn't played with in a while and went to town! On the hot press watercolor I played with my Gelatos and used my Ranger Archival ink pad for some stamping along with Dina Wakley and Dylusions Paints and 2 stencils from the Traditional Japanese and the Japanese Geometric Series. I ended up with this silly fella!
For my 2nd play time I again used the Ranger Archival ink and did some dimple stamping on Yupo with some hand-me-down stamps I have of trees and grass, I then pulled out my Twinkling H2O's and created this lovely little piece. I think I'll put it in a frame in my guest room! I had fun today playing!
Get out some supplies you havent played with in a while or get some new ones and just slop the color around until you smile!
Big hugs and Mushy stuff my sweets!
If you would like to see the process of my owl check it out below!
- Shana Banana @wisccheeto