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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED!

My gratitude to those who entered last week's contest...please stay with me even if you didn't get lucky this time!
The random drawing was done by my impartial, totally uncaring husband. Okay, he cares about me, but not my blog.
mixed-mediaHe chose Meera's name from the hat, so MEERA RAO, please send me your mailing address privately. You won the art book prize!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

ART BOOK GIVEAWAY - PAINTING WITH MIXED MEDIA

This contest is now closed. See the following post for the name of the winner.
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Corrugated cardboard, acrylics, inks, papers, stone, fibers.
The mixed media piece shown above appears in the freebie prize, a book in new, never used, excellent condition.
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Just leave a comment with this post to be considered!

Randomly selected winner will be announced in the next post. Winner must privately provide me with his or her USPS address. Thanks!



ART BOOK GIVEAWAY - PAINTING WITH MIXED MEDIA

PLEASE DO ENTER THIS CONTEST, FOR FOLLOWERS OF THIS BLOG!
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Corrugated cardboard, acrylics, inks, papers, stone, fibers.
The mixed media piece shown above appears in the freebie prize, a book in new, never used, excellent condition.
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Just leave a comment with this post to be considered!

Randomly selected winner will be announced in the next post. Winner must privately provide me with his or her USPS address. Thanks!



Saturday, September 3, 2016

NOT ONE BUT, COUNT 'EM, TWO TECHNIQUES!

METHOD ONE: CREATE INTEREST WITH INDIA INK...
A SHARP IDEA!
Besides the permanent ink in a shallow dish, you'll need a single-edged razor blade.
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This is the ink I used, and it worked fine.
My first example, below,
was done on watercolor
paper, but do try Yupo or
even a canvas!
Dip the sharp edge of the
blade into the ink, and use
it as a drawing tool
on wet or dry paper.



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I've done both here.

 METHOD TWO: GESSO HAS PULL!
In this demo, you'll pull a wide brush of white gesso through wet color and ink lines. But you must be quick and work while it's still wet! I used a primed canvas as my substrate. Do limit your paint palette to three or four colors that work together. You'll also need a spray bottle of water, a rag, and the goodies we used above in method one.
FIRST: Paint swatches of your colors all across the surface, leaving some bare white above and below.   

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Colors included several metallics and Quin Nickel Azo Gold.









SECOND: I used the trick from method one, both horizontally and vertically, before the paint could dry.

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Is your wide brush filled with gesso for the next step?
Note that I extended my black lines to the bottom but not at the top of my painting.
THIRD: Pull the brush and gesso down through some of the paint and ink at the left of the page, and continue across in the same manner. Beware of muddiness...you might wish to clean the gesso brush once or twice. Don't do anything at the top of the artwork just yet!
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Still not finished, but cool beans, huh?
FOURTH: Spray clear water on the top portion and tilt the paper, encouraging it to run a bit. If the paint and ink is now too dry to flow, add a little more as needed. I also tipped my canvas for some flow toward the bottom!
Blot anywhere it's needed, or blend with a clean brush, or add more lines, or dots of color, spattering, even a few scribbles! (I had a great time with mine, below.)

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I even used gesso to make more razor blade lines.

Thanks for viewing this post! Do come by again.




 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

BRUSHO REALLY BRINGS IT!

I've been a big fan of Brusho Colours (can you tell they're from Great Britain?) for a long time. They're watercolor ink powders or crystals, and very versatile!
For the painting today, I used heavy-weight white Yupo. Yupo is good for mixed media, pen and ink, acrylics, even pencil! Today's example was first done with alcohol inks, which Yupo seems MADE for!  

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STEP 1: Leave some lighter areas too!

Alcohol inks dilute with, um, alcohol! And on Yupo you can blot them with a rag or blend in other alcohol ink colors while they're still wet. But on absorbent paper you can't do that as easily, and they do dry quickly.

 
STEP 2: Acrylic gloss medium (or satin, even matte medium!) is either brushed on in places or squeezed from a plastic bottle. ART TIP: Work quickly so the medium does not dry.
 
STEP 3: While the clearish acrylic medium is still wet, sprinkle Brusho crystals over it in colors that work with your scheme. ARTIST'S TIP: These powerful powders will leave a stain on wet fingers, for awhile at least!
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You can even add water wherever the powder needs blending.
This is such a super-fun technique! Easy, and great results for all ages!


Monday, August 22, 2016

TRYING OUT SOME PAINT AND A NEW ART TOOL!

Painting loosely, freely, is a tool for beginners as well as advanced painters. Play! The goal is not necessarily to make paintings for exhibition. Rather, the goal is to allow yourself to loosen up, find your true creative self.

I bought three small squeeze bottles of acrylic paint. High flow is fun! Quin nickel azo gold, permanent violet dark, and green gold.

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Love these colors!
I also purchased Fineline
bottles with two sizes of
tips. For today's post, I
used the finer line, not
the standard.
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These are cool!
FIRST
Before using either, I drizzled colored tar gel on watercolor paper. In a small container, I mixed clear tar gel with acrylic paint. (Wish I'd used a bit more tar gel, so the scribble would be more transparent! I meant to merely tint the tar gel.) The end result of this first step looks messy, but was fun to do.

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Wish I'd used less paint...this got too opaque.

SECOND
After that was dry,
I painted with the 3
acrylics, wet on wet,
leaving some white.
I actually worked
directly from the
bottles, but spread
the paint with a wet
brush too. Wheee!
(High Flow Acrylics have an ink-like consistency that lends itself to a wide range of techniques: hand-lettering, spraying, and much more. Use them with an airbrush, a dip pen, a refillable marker, etc.  I have the 1-oz. bottles that I can fit with a fineline head.)

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Not done yet. Looks sorta "intuitive," doesn't it?!
FINISHING
When that was dry, I used the fineline to accent some areas still further.
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Fineline applicators allow you to create complex designs and draw lots of cool lines. They make precise, accurate, controlled placements of liquid media possible.
Use them with acrylics, inks, gutta, watercolors, silk dyes, stains, water-based adhesives, glazes, and other liquid media. They have a cap and wire system that resists clogging. Buy them (empty) for about $9.00 for two of the same size. You can get replacement tips, too, which tells me maybe people DO clog them!
 
If you're inspired and can afford them, give these products a try. They're a blast!
(Attention Golden and FineLine, I'd love a few freebies if you read this!)




Sunday, August 14, 2016

SQUEEZE-BOTTLE LINES WITH "COLORED" GESSO

A MONOCHROMATIC EXERCISE
Gesso has enough body and tooth to use as a barrier to hold in wet media. 
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I made my own black and gray gessos.
A clean squeeze bottle served me well for "drawing" the shapes. I also filled in some areas. Then I let the design dry overnight, before painting.
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This study was finished with fluid black acrylic and water.
The water and paint stayed within the confines of the slightly raised gesso lines. This exercise might be good for middle schoolers or beginners at the high school level. Art teachers could substitute watercolors at the painting stage if desired. Students should create their own designs rather than relying on this "Pebble" motif, of course.
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