Saturday, January 30, 2010

I'll be back...

To those it may concern: I will be gone for a couple days for my daughters cheerleading championship so won't be posting anything for a little while! I'll be back though--have lots to do!

Okay! Think I'm done now--I had a hard time stopping. Had to remind myself to leave room for the other artists to add to it!

I added black squiggle around house (with fine tip brush--tried pen at first but the rough texture of the wood was too hard on it), then added charcoal pencil around it (smudged with q-tip. I like this effect lately--will probably use in future, so be warned!), and embellished with a little touch of glitter on door and roof. Tonight will bring to Olivia for her turn with it, and she will in turn give me the one that she started! Stay posted! She gave me a glimpse on Facebook of what it looks like--I can't wait to show it too you! Beautiful in itself--It will be difficult to add to it.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Decoupaged the house. Tip I've learned about decoupage: I always had such severe wrinkles and bubbles when I had done it in the past. Googled for a solution, and the tip that has worked the best for me is to soak the pieces in water for about 5 minutes, then use your decoupage medium of choice. Only bad part is that sometimes certain papers (in particular ink jet prints) are not water safe, and the colors will run.
This particular project I notice a faint brownish hue around the house--looks like maybe the ink on the paper for the roof kinda came out a little bit. This project keeps fighting me! It's a good thing my art-friends will be coming to the rescue soon!


Here we go again--painting is back where it was supposed to be. Now as usual, will need to let it sit and dry. I'm on a time crunch! Gotta get it to the next person! (Olivia M. are you reading this? Your next!) Hang in there--progress still happening.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New mystery painting started! You must keep checking to find out what it will be!

Fix it!

Okay, decided to go back to original idea. Painted over the yellow marks with red. I plan to then go over it again with the green--I will just do it dry-brush style--I really like the idea of seeing peeks of red coming out of the green. Gonna give up on idea of squiggles. Looks weird now, but hang in there!

Indie project in progress...

Bugger. Dang it. Okay, so today I was planning to paint in a loose interpretation of landscape and sky. Then intended to use end of paintbrush to sort of scratch squiggles in "grass" to reveal red underneath. Unfortunately, the paint scratched too much and the bright yellow undercoat was revealed. Now the question is: run with it and create something from that? Or paint over it when dry and try again? At the moment I'm irritated. Need to let it dry and will let myself think about it in the mean time. Maybe when I get back to it later I'll see something in it?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hi all--
Okay, so decided to take part in the "Indie Project" of my fabulous art club, The Swell Sister Society. "Indie" meaning, Independent. So someone starts a project--it can be on canvas, or recycled element, whatever they feel like. And they start some artwork on it and then pass it to another member to do, who in turn passes it on to someone else until it circles back to the original owner. This is the first time I have participated in this, and I have seen some wonderful things that have appeared at the meetings.
So, I decided to start mine on a part of a box...thing. I think it's an old draftsman box of some sort? Or an Artist's carry-all? Not really sure, but I had to snag it when I saw it at my neighbors garage sale. So I took it apart, (it was painted yellow already on the inside by the previous owner) and started the project.

One half, inside view of wooden box. Red one is base-coat of new work I am doing for "Indie Project"

These hinges came off of the box--beautiful in themselves! Will hang on to these guys and figure out something to do with them later. Kinda look like butterflies don't ya think?