In the Garden

In the Garden (1)

I recently finished this new collage painting using vintage book pages.  I just love the way the acrylics play along with the colors from the vintage book.  My favorite collage medium to use is Traci Bautista’s College Pauge in matte.  I like the consistency of it.  It drys quickly so that I can move on to the next layer and it does not leave brushstrokes.   In between each layer of paint, I added a layer of the College Pauge.  The painting the has the most wonderful dreamy look.  So much so that my husband thought I had coated it in beeswax.

In the Garden (2)

I’m not sure why, but most of my photo’s come out looking like the painting is warped so I have decided to start cropping them.   I think they look warped because I have to lay them on the floor near a window or on the deck outside for better lighting.  I stand over what I am photographing and no matter how I move the camera, the paintings just never look straight.  I had my husband try with his fancy camera and the same thing happens.  I’m guessing I need to hang the paintings on something to get a good picture but there is not enough natural light in my house to do so.   Such a dilemma.  Any suggestions other than cropping?

It’s Time

It's Time (2) While putting away some art supplies, I came across a piece of art I had created awhile back but didn’t care for how it came out.  I noticed the words “it’s time” on the piece and took that as a cue to pull it out of the closet and work on it some more. This piece was inspired by some art pieces I had seen that used words clipped from magazines as a collage layer.  I had been clipping words from magazines pages for awhile in anticipation of giving it a try. Before I re-worked it, many more of the words were showing through the paint.  Even with all those words, it just wasn’t speaking to me, that is, until the words “it’s time” caught my eye.

It's Time  

Usually when I pull something out of the closet, it is on a whim and I just start slapping on some paint.  That is why I never think to take a before picture.  Maybe I should start taking pictures of the art before I put it in the closet.

For the Love of Color

Color Love

Finally finished this large painting for my sister.  It is 24″ x 48″.  My sister loves color.  She has the most wonderful tree at Christmas.  It is white and she decorates it with brightly colored glass fish and other sea life along with many other wonderful things such as fairies, stars, and ornaments with feathers.  There are ornaments that I would never have thought would work together, but she makes it work.

Color Love 2

She was wanting a large painting full of color to hang above her bed and I was happy to paint one for her.  Something I learned while painting this one is that I need to go bigger on my shapes and other elements.  I should have stepped back more often during the process to see what was needed. Had I done that, I think I would have realized that the shapes needed to be added on a larger scale.

Color Love 3

I’m still really happy with how it turned out and think she will be too.

Expressive Portrait & Inner Guardian Angel


I finished a couple more Life Book lessons which were both portrait paintings.  The first one was created based on an expressive portrait lesson given by Jenny Wentworth.  I so enjoyed watching my girl evolve through all the layers of paint I kept adding to her face.   After the painting was finished, we were instructed to put down a layer of clear gesso and write down whatever came to mind.  I always have a hard time writing down my thoughts so most of the writing is art quotes I found on Pinterest.

Inner Artist Guardian

The next one was a bonus lesson given by Tam called inner guardian angel.  The girl was from a sketch I had done a while back in my sketch book, which was much smaller than this painting.  I scanned the sketch and enlarged it so it would fit onto my watercolor paper.  I then created a rub-on by printing onto transparency film and rubbing onto to the watercolor paper.  I really like using this technique because it allows me to use any of my smaller sketches in larger pieces of art.

Now I am off to work on the large painting for my sister that is still in progress.  Have a great weekend!

Mixing it Up

Abstract front

For this painting I started with a layer of various colors of acrylic paint, stenciling and doodles.  I then added little bits of collage.  The colored circles were cut from a polka dot paper napkin and collaged onto the canvas.  I added a bit more color to the dots using Faber Castell Gelatos (love the metalic ones) and some oil pastels.   I also added a few bits of torn music pages and a torn piece of a print I had created on the gelli plate.  Next I scraped on more acrylic paint using an old store card and smudged on some more of the Gelatos.  I used a white Sharpie marker to draw around the dots and added some lines with a charcoal pencil to add interest.  I finished it off with some manganese blue and carbon black paint splatters.  I couldn’t capture it in the pictures, but the metallic Gelatos gives a little shimmer to the piece.

Abstract left

Abstract right

This canvas is 8 x 8 inches.  I haven’t finished the larger piece I’m working on from the previous post.  I’m stuck on what to do next.  I’ll just have to be patient until it comes to me.

In the Works

section 1

section 2

I’ve been working on a large canvas painting for my sister.  The canvas is 24 x 42 inches and is the biggest I have ever worked on.  I’m really having fun with it.  The photos show just a couple of sections on the canvas.  They may or may not remain in the final painting.  I hope to be finished with it soon and will post a picture of it.

Layer Upon Layer

Mixed Media Collage

I started this painting on mixed media paper and added a little collage using a couple pieces of torn paper from a vintage calendar.  I kept adding layer upon layer of different colored paint (mainly Golden fluid acrylics).  The fluid acrylics allow some of the previous layers to show through.  I scratched into some of the paint layers while still wet and did a little stamping using the bottom of a flip flop (tiny dots) and drywall tape (tiny squares).  I also used bubble wrap to stamp onto some areas.

Mixed Media Collage 2

I finally got to where I was happy with the paint layers, but then realized it needed some more calendar numbers added near the bottom to balance it out.  I didn’t have any more of the calendar pages to use as collage but remembered that I had previously scanned some of the numbered pages into my computer.  I decided to use the scanned image to create rub-ons that I could put directly on top of the painting.

To create the rub-ons, I copied and pasted the scanned image into a Word document and then printed it out in reverse onto the slick side of some transparency film.  I lay the slick side of the film onto the painting and rubbed the numbers on using a craft stick.  I like that you can’t tell any difference between the rub-on numbers and the collaged on ones.

After adding the additional numbers, I felt like it still needed something.  I decided to collage on some crinkly black thread.  It was a pain getting the thread glued down but do like the way it turned out.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!