Collage and Paint

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This painting is on a 12″ x 12″ canvas and has been through many, many, stages.  I never could seem to get it to where I liked it – not even a little.  I finally covered it with gesso and started over.

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I added torn pieces of a map in random places on both the top and sides of the canvas.   Next I added some blue, coral and small amounts of yellow paint around and over parts of the map pieces.  The third layer was created by spreading molding paste randomly over the canvas, including the sides.  I stamped into the paste in some areas using bubble wrap and drywall tape.  Once the molding paste dried, I added more blue and coral paint.  I ran around the edges with a light gray Pitt big brush marker and smudged it in before it dried.

I’m glad I finally got it to where like it.  Have a great week!

Book Inspired II

Book Inspired Pair

Here are a couple of paintings I just completed that ended up being inspired by another vintage children’s book.  Initially, I was working on making a pair of black and white paintings based on a Life Book 2016 lesson.  I had started by collaging on pieces of magazine imagines that were black and white.  Next I drew in vases with rose buds and painted using only black and white paint.  I just couldn’t get them to where I liked them.  I needed color!

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I looked through my vintage children’s book collection and found one that had some lovely line work in the drawings along with hints of soft pastel colors for inspiration.

I adhered some of the torn book pages over the previous paintings and then painted sections using colors inspired by the colors in illustrations.  I added paint by lightly sponging on various colors.  I then covered some of the color by lightly rolling gesso over the pieces using a brayer.  Next I added in more color until I liked the way it looked.   I also did a little stenciling through some drywall tape using black paint.  I wanted the pieces to have somewhat of a shiny surface and decided to use some Golden tar gel.  I put a layer of the tar gel on the paintings but they came out too shiny so I added a couple of layers of Collage Pauge in matte to tone down some of the shine.

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Each piece measures 6 x 12 inches and are on cradled wood panels.  The sides are painted black.

Girl on Fire

She Knew

This painting was inspired by Mindy Lacefield’s painting on the cover of the Jan/Feb/Mar 2016 Somerset Studio Art Journaling magazine.  I was working on a piece of mixed media paper and just putting some paint down, not really knowing where it was going.  As I started to grab another paint color, I noticed the magazine laying nearby.  I decided that it would be my inspiration.   I sketched in the girl using a charcoal pencil.  I’m not sure where that wild pink hair came from!  I just felt like making marks with a pink water soluble oil pastel and so that is what I did.  My sister told me that her hair looked like it was on fire.  I had to laugh because I did notice myself singing that song “Girl on Fire”, by Alicia Keys, while finishing her up.

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I mounted the painting to a wood panel and was going to paint the sides black, but I ended up liking the look of the gesso layers I had prepped the wood with.   It had a white washed look similar to the painting.  I did run around the edges with a dark grey big brush marker to frame it a bit.

Without Change

Without Change

Here is another completed spread in my character journal.  This background started with leftover paint from other projects and then I added a little stenciling and stamping.  I drew in the girl and glued down some butterfly images.  I found the quote on-line but it is unknown who said it.

I really enjoy working in this journal.  I’ve been sketching lately and have a few characters I drew which I am going to scan, resize and then copy into the journal to paint.

Have a great week!

Character Journal – Spread 3

Character Journal spread 3

Here is the third spread in my character journal.  I added some rhinestone gems to their antennae for a bit of shine.  The 2 smaller flowers were created using torn pieces from a printed copy of one of my paintings.  I’ve been keeping the journal near when painting canvases and using any leftover paint on the pages as a start to a new background.

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon A Time

I completed another spread in my character journal.   The moleskine paper really crinkles and rolls up with collage and a lot of wet media, but I kind of like that.  I noticed the paper can tear easily at the inside seam and probably should start putting masking tape there before I cover the page with gesso.

Character Journal

I applied gesso to both pages, let it dry and then added some collage.  I used acrylic paints for the background along with some gesso scraped through drywall tape to create the small white circles.  I drew in the character with a charcoal pencil.  I used some quinacridone nickel azo gold paint mixed with titan buff for shading her skin. I used colored pencils to add more detail to her face and dress and a black pitt pen to outline her facial features.

I had a wonderful Christmas but it can be so tiring.   I am looking forward to some down time and some art time.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year!


Sweet Harmony

Sweet Harmony

Finally finished this painting that I started working on in July of last year.


Here is how it started and here is the blog post where I wrote about it.  I got stuck on what I wanted to do with it so didn’t do anything for a long time.   I think I was just having a hard time letting go of all that color, as I have done before. Last week I pulled it out of the closet and grabbed some markers and paint pens.  My  granddaughter and I got busy adding some more marks.  I drew in the floral shapes using black india ink in an oiler boiler bottle.  Next I started adding  Golden’s titanium white paint mixed with a little soft gel medium.  I scraped some on with a store card and lightly sponged and brushed some on areas closer to the ink lines.

Sweet Harmony 2Sweet Harmony 3I had previously added vintage music papers to the sides of the canvas and had added various colors of Gelatos on top of the papers.  I decided I wanted the music paper muted a bit more so I went over it with a layer of white gesso and then brought back in some of the color with the Gelatos.  It’s hard to see unless you zoom in, but I added music notes to some sections of the flower shapes by stamping them onto deli paper with permanent ink.  I then layed the deli paper over the section I wanted to collage, traced the outline, cut out the shape and then collaged the pieces onto the canvas.

I’m happy I was finally able to let it go and get this piece finished up!