Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Change Can Be Good

 Layers of paint & texture in the beginning.....
 the morning sunlight shows all the texture on the canvas....but what I thought was a landscape just wasn't happening the way I thought it I painted over the whole thing!

 The landscape is now in portrait mode......a very different picture emerging now....
a new subject, retaining all of the paint layers & textures.
'Orange Cardi' - not quiet discarded....yet.
( raylee ).

Friday, March 18, 2016

Image transfer/mixed media

 Image transfer on old book page with gesso undercoat & cobalt blue acrylic around the edge of the pages.
I found this image a long time ago in a National Geographic magazine.
When I paint I brush excess paint onto old book pages etc. As I did this I noticed the words " this is what she wrote" at the top of the right hand page....this page just so happened to be the one I had chosen for this image this was my inspiration for this artwork.
 Collaged a paper border with printed handwriting on it onto the canvas board.
 Then added the book page with gel medium. When it was dry I added the corner collage pieces.
  Last of all crayon which I smudged with my fingers to soften the overall appearance of this picture.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Art today....texture & layers of paint

On my work table......mark making, paint layers, creating texture with palette knife, stencils, stamps (from recycled found bits & pieces) & impasto gel with acrylic on canvas.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Suitcase Art

 1. Gesso
 2. Naples Yellow Acrylic
 3. Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna
5. Add the Blues - Ultramarine & Cobalt with White

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Faux Rust Butterflies....Mixed Media

 Faux rust butterfly 40 x 40 cm.
Faux rust butterflies on fridge, 10 x 10 cm.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fabric for Chairs

Poor tired old chairs...
fabric worn through...
foam stuffing getting picked at by littlies...

dig out the old pale jeans...
chop off the seams...and maybe they fit...
stitch them in place...
and a denim flower now adorns the worn...

then there are the dining chairs..
old patchwork chair covers cut..
and stapled to the straight...
a new life from the old...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rusty Butterflies

 The butterfly shapes were cut from old watercolours, the canvas boards had collage & ribbon on them, then repainted with a fairly dry brush, & rusty nail & old wire to make the butterfly bodies.

Mixing Faux Rust technique ( find this technique at thicketworks ) with real rusty nail & wire to make the butterflies, then attached to repainted canvas boards.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Faux Rust Effect

 A very easy tutorial for this Faux Rust Effect can be found at thicketworks.
 This is my first attempt.......I started with a gesso undercoat on the paper/cardboard figure. Let this dry.

 Next I mixed Prussian Blue & Burnt Sienna acrylic to make a black & covered the figure.
 Tore pieces of paper napkin & stuck these on with heavy gel medium,
 Next I placed Burnt Sienna acrylic randomly, sprinkled cinnamon over the wet paint & pressed it in with my fingers.
 With a stiff dry brush I removed the excess cinnamon.
The big patch in this photo shows where I put gel medium on top of the Burnt Sienna & sprinkled cinnamon over it & again pressed it into the gel, this added more texture.
I like this effect, with some more experimenting this could become a favourite......many surfaces could become Rusty!
Thanks to Heather from thicketworks. A comprehensive  tutorial can be found on her blog.


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