Sunday, January 25, 2015

Repainting a Journal Page

So my journal page originally started like this.  Lots of layers of paint, stencils and black paint marker on top.


After many more layers and completely changing the color scheme, I finished the pages like this.


That's a pretty drastic change, right?  It just goes to show that it can be fun to completely change directions in a painting and a journal page never has to be "done."





Friday, January 9, 2015

Inky Animal Drawings


I made a whole bunch of inky drawings of faces and animals using a fine line applicator and high flow acrylic ink.  The deer in the upper left corner was drawn by my 5 year old daughter.  Cute, right?

Side question.. I noticed on the label for the high flow acrylic ink that it had a "this product is known to cause cancer" warning on the label.  Are all high flow acrylic inks like this?  Are there any safer ones I could use with kids?

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Stamping and Stenciling with Christmas Ornaments



Another printmaking experiment for you!  I bought some felt ornaments and sparkly snowflake decorations from Target on clearance.  

 Here is how I created the background shown below.

Snowflake:  Place the snowflake decoration on the page.  Use spray inks to spray over the snowflake (I like the Dylusions Ink Spray, but you can also make your own by pouring liquid watercolor into a small makeup spray bottle.)


Star: Use an brayer to roll acrylic ink on top of the star.  Since the material is felt and absorbent, I had to use a lot of paint.  Press on to your paper like a stamp!

This was a fun experiment and I am thinking about what I should add to this page. 


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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Printing with Paperclips

I checked out the book Print & Stamp Lab from the library and there was a cool idea in there with printing with paper clips (among many other found objects.)  When I was at Target, I found these cool purple paperclips and decided to try it out.

First, find a scrap wooden block to use as a base.  Place layers of double stick tape on top of the block.  Firmly press your paper clips on to the base.  You can use other objects such as buttons, pennies or basically anything lightweight and flat.

Use a brayer to roll acrylic paint on to the surface. I used a firm brayer, but I think a soft foam brayer might actually work better. 

Place your paper upside on top of the block.  Rub your fingers over the surface to transfer the paint to your paper.  Pull your paper off and voila!

Print on top of painted papers or colored papers of your choice.  Use these as a base or layering for a collage, art journal page or greeting card. 

The printing block won't be able to be reused over and over again, but you could just re-tape the pieces if they fall off.






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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Fun Christmas Presents


I got a few fun Christmas presents that were art related.  I got a set of Tropical Gelatos from Faber Castell.  These are similar to oil pastels, but water-soluble, which means you can spread them with water.  They are creamy and have vivid colors.  I have a bunch of these in different shades.

I have some of the Gelli printing plates at school and I wanted to have a small one to use in my art journal. I got the 3"x5" Gel Printing Plate, which is great for doing small prints.

Lynda Barry has some really interesting books with writing and drawing exercises, comics and collage.  I gifted this book to my sister-in-law and also received it off of my Amazon wishlist!  Here are some peeks inside the book Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor.




Now it's your turn!  Did you get any fun new presents?

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