Artistcellar Blog

Imagine. Create. Enjoy.

Hi there, Artistcellar friends.

One of my favorite ways to clear my mind is to art journal. It’s almost like meditating. Letting go of all the ‘monkey mind’ stuff that is going on constantly.

I gathered some patterned collage paper I had in my stash and using matte medium, collaged the background of the entire page with different patterns.

While the collaged papers were still wet, I added Heavy body white acrylic paint to the entire page with my palette knife.

Again, while all of this is still wet, I added some liquid acrylic ink to the background and worked that in with my palette knife as well.

Now everything can dry.

Using my black water soluble pen, I sketched a face.

Using the Tibet Series stencil set, I added the Tibetan om and the lotus flower as textures with texture paste.

I sketched the infinity knot with my black water soluble pen. I spreader burned umber acrylic ink around the edges and thinned it in a few places with sprays of water.

Letting that layer dry, I sketched the face in with the burned umber acrylic ink and a fountain pen.

Using quinacridone/nickel ago gold fluid acrylics, I added shadows and mid tones to the face, as well as some more white to the background.

Using some quinacridone violet fluid acrylic, I added some color for some depth.

See you next time! 

Susanne



 

I just wanted to make a cute brightly colored funky bird for my wall. That's all I wanted. I had a plan. I've done it before so I figured it would be a no brainer. I was wrong.

I started out on a clean canvas board. It was beautifully white and unmarked, ready for the lovely bird I had in my mind.

I started by making a beautiful background using my Dye-na-flow inks with water and some stencils. (At this point I am on track)

I then made a rough drawing of my bird using Distress crayons. (Still good!)

In hindsight, this is where it all went wrong for me. I used watery white paint to activate the crayons, the beak is not quite right, blug... And I covered much of my beautiful background! I tried to add some feathers, yuck.

So I took out my Dina Wakley paints in turquoise, lime and yellow  and my brayer and went to town!

I took out my nib pen  and acrylic ink in sepia and did (another) quick messy bird sketch, it looks good!

I took out my Dina Wakely paints again and painted it up, I  used a  bunch of   my yummy stencils (Cathedral series, Tibetan series and Sacred  Geometry) to add some fun. And then I realized I only liked the background! The bird is wonky again! Grrrr!!!

Sooo... I got a bit huffy and asked my kitty what I should do, she told me to spray it with water, I listened and  this is what I ended up with!

I then sat and pouted for a while, and I gave up on the birdy. I used my paints and  just painted what felt good... I ended up creating a little sad fairy. For all of the Grrrss and grumbles, I ended  up having fun and smiling! And THAT is what it is all about!

Big hugs and mushies to you!!

- Shana Banana!