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Sunday, October 19, 2014

No Wind Means Only One Thing...

We are having the most beautiful weather right now...high's in the upper 70's and into the 50's at night with lots of sunshine and blue skies. I love it!! And most of all, there hasn't been very much wind. I used to make spray painted papers several years ago and always had fun doing them. My biggest problem was finding a time when the wind wasn't blowing.

Yesterday those cans of spray paint were calling my name...
there was barely even a breeze.


I set up a temporary work table with an old piece of wall board and a couple of saw horses HB had in the garage. Here are a few of my stencils drying in the sun after being used and abused! I've had these stencils for a long time and many of them were just paper to begin with...but after umpteen layers of paint they are just as sturdy as the plastic ones.


There were lots of papers drying on the patio table...
(don't look too close at all the dust!)


Here you can see my set-up and lots of drying papers. I even spray painted some newspaper. But mostly I used deli paper. I love the crisp black and white designs although I did do a few colors.

Just a note about Liquitex spray paints...my experience has been very negative. I love the colors but they don't work worth a darn. I cleaned the spray tips and even after that they still wouldn't spray without dribbling all over. And one can, which is almost completely full, won't spray at all even after repeatedly cleaning the spray tip. I'll stick to the cheaper spray paints I can buy at Lowe's or Home Depot. That's just my opinion. Mostly I ended up using the Liquitex cans as paper weights!!


Just look at all that great collage paper. And it only took me a few minutes to make a huge stack. I have enough to last me until another wind-free day! Today I think I'll work on something using a few of these.

Do you like to spray paint papers??
And then, do you actually use them?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Some New Mixed Media Pieces...

It was time to start making some new things to sell 
so here are a few that I've finished...






They are all 6" x 6"
and about 1.5" deep.

This is the kind of art I always enjoy doing...
just playing, layering, and seeing what appears to me.

I've been absent from Blogland again!
I simply have too many irons in the fire!
Am I gonna slow down??
Nah!
I'm having too much fun!

Friday, October 10, 2014

My Latest Painting...as Promised


I know I'm late but here is my new painting as promised. I'll probably add a few smaller branches and some highlights but basically this is it. I saw something similar on YouTube and wanted to try it. I always love doing tree paintings.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

A WIP and a Goof-Up...

It's now been over one year since I began teaching art journaling at Legacy Commons so I've been busy thinking of new ways to teach and new techniques, etc. I'm trying to come up with a schedule of what we will be doing each month and since I don't have a clue about stuff like that it's slow going.

But as I said in my last post, I've been keeping busy in the studio, too. I have this WIP...


I've got this far and can't seem to get to the next step. That piece of orangey paper on the right side makes me think of a flag on a golf course so now that's all I can see! HB turned it the other way and said it reminded him of Christmas ornaments hanging but the colors are all wrong for that. I'm not sure what to do with it but I'll think of something even it is to gesso over it and start again!

Even though I penciled in the words on this piece I still got them crooked!


The girl is one I did several years ago. I printed her out and used her again but now the words are at a weird angle. Maybe I can add some swirls or something to help make them look better. I hate when I spend time on something and then at the very last minute I mess it up.

I have a new painting I've been working on so I'll put that on tomorrow. I'll be spending the day with one of the women from my journal class. She has invited me over to a little art group she has started in her apartment complex. It should be fun...I'm looking forward to it.

I hope you're all doing lots of art and having fun, too.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Whew! I've Been Busy...

Once again time has slipped by and my poor blog has suffered. I guess it's a good thing that I'm still so busy but it sure doesn't do much for my readers...if there are any left!

Here's just a little bit of what I've been doing...


Getting some work done in my art journal...
thinking of ideas for my class 
and using up paint from another project.

I also did some gelli prints...




I think I could print these all day, every day. I love doing them because I never know exactly what I'm going to get. I'm accumulating quite a stack of these, and I do use them. Mostly I like printing on deli paper but I also use printer paper...even old paper that has printing on one side.

Recently I bought several stencils to use with my gelli plate. My motto is you can never have too many stencils!

These are small wood plaques I bought at the dollar store...


then I did my own art on them. They're about 6" x 6".
I used paper that I had painted plus a stamp that I made
and a couple of other stamps that I purchased.
I like making these little bits of art.

There are lots more things to share...I have really been busy!...but I'll wait and show them in the coming days.