Well Hello

Can’t believe it has been a month since I last posted.  I have been busy but at least some of that busyness included art making.  I finished this abstract painting, along with a few others,  since my last post.   This painting is on a 12 x 16 inch canvas with the painting extended onto the sides.   I used mica flakes to add some glimmer.  I like the texture the flakes add to the painting in addition to the glimmer.  When I look at it, it makes me think of a formal evening gown so I decided to name it The Gala.

I’ll try to get pictures of the other two paintings and post them before another month goes by.

Debbie

 

 

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Find What Sparks a Light in You

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This painting was created based off a lesson in the Layers of Light course I am taking given by Laly Mille.   I love her teaching style and her beautiful light filled art.  If you haven’t taken her class, I would strongly recommend it.  The price is very good and you get so much out of even just one lesson.  She gives six lessons in the course.  So far I have completed two.  Here is the first painting I created from one of the lessons.

I added a few quotes to this painting.  One of them was by Oprah that reads – You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.   The inspiration I received from Lally’s lessons definitely sparked a light in me and I hope to create many more light filled paintings.

The flowers at the bottom were created with alcohol inks dropped onto the canvas.  I have never cared for alcohol inks much and very seldom use them.  Laly really likes using them so I thought I would give them another try.  Once I got the first few drops down, I rather liked the way it looked.  You can tell I got a little carried away but it was fun!

I hope you all have found or will soon find what sparks a light in you!

Debbie

 

Mixed Media Girl & Dragonfly

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I came across a canvas that I had created background on a few years ago but never finished.

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I started with collage using scrapbook and other papers.  I added very little paint at the time I created the background and just decided to keep it that way.

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I scanned and enlarged a sketch of a girl I had done on a legal pad.

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I used carbon paper to transfer the sketch to the canvas.

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I then painted in the girl using acrylics, watercolor crayons, Pit pens and a Stabilo pencil.

I finished it off by adding a little dragonfly embellishment.

Now I’m off to the next painting adventure.  Happy Sunday everyone!

Pure Adventure

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Here is the newest character in my Character Journal.  I had sketched her out quite awhile ago, along with some other sketches that I’ll be adding to the journal.

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Here is a picture of the sketch along with the character prior to finishing up her dress and the background.  I scanned the sketch, re-sized it, and transferred it to the journal by printing onto transparency film and then rubbing it onto the journal page.

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I was trying to decide what to put on the opposite page and came across the quote by Maya Angelou.  I thought my character looked a little adventurous so I decided to use the quote.

I’m looking forward to a long 4 day weekend coming up and hope to get some more play time in!

Inner Wizard

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This painting was created based on a Life Book 2016 lesson called Inner Wizard given by Jenny Grant.  I had created the background on a canvas panel quite some time ago.  Not knowing what I wanted to do with it, I had put it away.   The colors in Jenny’s painting reminded me of the canvas so I decided to use it as a start to the painting.

Below are pictures I took through the process of Jenny’s lesson, beginning with the background.

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I enjoyed this lesson so much and learned a lot by watching Jenny’s techniques!

 

 

Gettin Crafty

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I was in need of something I could hang on the wall in my office that would hold bills, folders, etc.  I couldn’t find anything that I really liked so i decided to revamp something  I had found in a store.

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Here is what it originally looked like when I bought it.

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First I painted on a light layer of gesso (lightly so the original design showed through) and then adhered some papers using Collage Pauge.  I also put a layer of the Collage Pauge over everything and let it dry.

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Next I added some washi tape, acrylic paint and Gelatos.  I did a little stenciling through some drywall tape and added some rub-on numbers from 7 Gypsies.  After this picture was taken, I felt it still needed something to pull the colors together so I did a little more stamping with some bubble wrap using white acrylic paint.

Now I just need to hang it on the wall and then I am off to enjoy this beautiful day we are having here in Central Illinois!

Primary Colors

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My husband recently updated our small bathroom and, once the walls were painted, neither of us were liking the color.  It is a pale blue and the color just looked blah.  Why is it that the paint color always looks so much better on that small paint chip then it does on a wall? We thought maybe once the new vanity was in, along with the towel bars and other accessories, it would look better.  But, because I really wanted one of those white waffle weave shower curtains, the room was going to need a pop of color.

I decided to see if I could paint something with color that might make a nice distraction from those blue walls.  I started with a bit of collage from a vintage bookkeeping journal.   Next, using an old store card, I randomly scrapped on acrylic paint in reds, blues and yellows and white.  I scratched into the paint in some areas.  I used a mini bubble wrap (love the mini ones!) to pick up some of the yellow paint and then stamped it onto a few places in the painting.  Using a textured foam roller, I lightly rolled some red paint over a few areas.  I love that this came together so quickly!

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The lighting isn’t good enough in the bathroom to get a good picture of it on the wall.  This is a picture I took of it laying on a white poster board.  I do love how it looks on the wall though, and it really does break up all that light blue paint and adds a nice punch of color.