Friday, December 5, 2014

A Hodge Podge of Art Pages

Just a hodge podge of art journal pages. 
Not a lot to say...
I played with some papers.
Scribbled some marks.
Laid down a lot of paint.
This next one was made from a hot glue stencil on a Gelli plate. 
Then I added watercolor paint on top and line work with white pen.

It reminds me of an island.
Or a map.

I donated a piece of art to the Artists Give Back online auction.  You can bid on my artwork starting at $15.  The artwork in the auction is this one:

The auction starts on December 8 and ends December 12.  There's a lot of awesome artwork already donated.  Check it out!

"Imagine Rites of Passage that end in pledges to educate African girls and empower them, rather than cutting them. Artists around the world have donated work AND shipping to raise awareness about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the importance of creating Alternative Rites of Passage (ARP) for girls and to highlight the dangers girls face as a result of FGM."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Art Journal Fun

I managed to spend a bit of time this past weekend working in my art journal. The first page was started with a watercolor background and then I tried to use up lots of scraps that were in my scrapbooking stash.  I really like this ink doodle with organic shapes.  Do you ever do that?  Limit yourself to just using the scraps you have in a pile.  See what happens when you try to just use up what you already have without cutting in to new pieces of paper.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Portrait drawing with collage

This was a sketch I had started based off of a photograph I found online.  I was using this as a demonstration for teaching the grid method with one of my 5th/6th grade classes.  The girl already had some interesting decorations in her hair, so I decided to add some collage elements.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Watercolor lettering collage

I used that Molotow masking fluid pen for the white parts of this image.  I did several layers of watercolor doodling and then used Sharpies and glued a few other collage elements on top.  I cut out two of the images from this previous page to include on this picture.

Gah!  I'm in such a creative rut.  I rarely have time to make my own art and when I do I feel like I don't know where to start so I just do something else.  Anyone else feel that way? 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Molotow Masking Fluid Pen = Awesome!

I discovered the Molotow Masking Fluid Pen after reading about it on iHanna's blog.  I couldn't find it in too many American stores, but I did find it at Art Primo online.  This pen works just like regular masking fluid, but it comes out from a pen so it's much easier to control.

First, I drew the word "Imagine" using the masking fluid pen.  The fluid comes out blue, as you can see in the next picture.  After I drew my words, I used watercolor paint to doodle on top of the letters and around them.

Here's the final picture!  I can't wait to use the Molotow masking fluid pen more!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scan of Fall Leaves Printable

Aren't the colors of the fall leaves breathtaking?  I scanned some of the leaves that I found on the trees here in Wisconsin.  Feel free to print these out, color designs on them with permanent or paint markers, make a collage or just draw from the pictures.  They would also look good on a bulletin board.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

An Interview with William Wegman and International Dot Day


I have TWO very cool things to share with you.

1.   I had the opportunity to talk to one of my favorite artists ON THE PHONE.  William Wegman, who is known for dressing his dogs in costumes and photographing them, was so gracious to talk to me on the phone for an interview.  I posted it on my other blog, Art is Basic.  Hop over there to listen to the recording!!

2.  You know how I shared my dot paintings in the last post?  Well, we celebrated International Dot Day at school and I made a blog post about my students' artworks, also on Art is Basic.

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