Friday, February 27, 2015

Watercolor Abstract



What does this remind you of?  Maps?  Islands?  Microscopic things?  I was teaching my students about art that has been inspired by microscopic things and also I had checked out Map Art Lab: 52 Exciting Art Explorations in Mapmaking, Imagination, and Travel.  So this has influences from both.


I am starting a huge mural with my students at school.  I will keep you updated as we start to paint it.  It's hard to see what's going on in these pictures, but we traced figures on to large white banner paper, cut them out and then traced those on to the wall. Next week the painting begins!


I was thinking of something school themed and since the wall is so long a parade of kids would be fun. The idea evolved organically through casual conversations with the principal, other teachers and students. We talked about how each kid could be holding something to represent subject areas of school. It started with just a few figures but in order to represent all of the subjects it kept growing to 8 silhouettes. The silhouettes will be painted black with the objects in color. We have music (blowing a horn, leading the parade), reading/social studies (a book), science (magnifying glass and flower), athletics (shooting a ball), computers ( holding a laptop), foreign language/cultures (holding a flag), the arts (paintbrush/drama mask) and math (ruler and protractor). There will be words written along the figures that say key concepts from the subject areas. There is also an eagle flying in front of the parade because our school is called Eagle. I had seen figural murals before and then the silhouettes of Bansky kind of gave me a more solid idea.


 The kids were able to trace a classmate using a projector and the shadows against the wall. The other art teacher and I (and other teachers and older students I grabbed in the hall) looked at the images and tried to make sure the proportions/lines made sense. 


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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Watercolor Bird Painting

Hello there!  What a long and cold month this has been.  I was feeling sick for about 3 1/2 weeks there.  I'm starting a new bird series with watercolors.  I painted the bird below this week.  It's fun to show my elementary students my sketchbook because it's a big ego boost.  Ha ha.  "WOW!! You should be an artist!"  they say.  Well, I guess I am an artist.. art teacher.. 


If that colorful little guy above looks familiar, that's because I painted the same type of bird a few months ago.  Here he is below.


Stay tuned for more colorful birds.  Growing up I had a couple parakeets... maybe parakeets are next?!

If you like my art, you can purchase a Happy Mail Pack at my Etsy shop or maybe you would like a 5" x 7" postcard of one of my watercolor paintings?  If money is a problem, feel free to message me for a trade of some sort (I collect zines and love stickers).  Anyways.. I'm just excited when someone else likes my art enough to want something from my shop! :)

Have a great weekend, friends!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Mixed Media Collage on Canvas



I love painting on canvas boards, because they are sturdy and can take a bit of scraping and wiping.  Materials in this collage include black and white images, acrylic paints, rub-on letters, stenciling, graphite, stamping, tissue paper and patterned paper.

I love to include things that are floating, like the upside down gingko leaf.  I also like to make things look a little ethereal.

EE Cummings is also one of my favorite poets.  I love his unconventional! use of punctuation.
 





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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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