Saturday, March 11, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
This week's inspiration is...
I have painted Frida numerous times throughout the last couple of years. I always seem to seek inspiration from her because she was such a strong, brave incredible woman.
To start today's Frida painting I used a large piece of watercolor paper and a base layer of ephemera and gesso.
To "glue" down the ephemera, I brushed DecoArt Media Matte Medium on both the watercolor paper and the top of the ephemera itself. Then, I used a light wash of white gesso to help push the ephemera back. Then, a light picture sketch of Frida (and some fun stencil elements from my friend, Sarah Trumpp!) before the fun begins - Color!
I used a multitude of fluid acrylics from the DecoArt Media line. I love working with this paint because it is so vivid and pigmented. The colors that I am using are:
(I like to mix the Inference Gold with the Americana Glazing Medium and another color... one example of this is in the dress. I mixed the gold with the blue to add just a slight golden sheen. It's a fun addition to mixed media products and not really something that can always be captured perfectly in a photograph. That's what makes it fun.)
For the background, I also incorporated DecoArt Media Mister's in "Shimmer White" and "Carbon Black".
To finish off the painting I also added fun extra elements with the 12 x 12 Americana "Mandala" stencil and a Uniball Signo UM-153 pen. White highlights are so much fun and really bring a painting to life. For this part, I use only a portion of the stencil and trace it with the pen, and then add a bit more texture with Titanium White fluid acrylic on a paintbrush, like this:
To finish the painting, I mixed some Quinacridone Violet Fluid Acrylic with Americana Glazing Medium and brushed it on the background to give it a tint.
I hope you enjoyed today's project! Until next time - you can find me on Patreon!
Monday, February 6, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
I'm teaching in Pull Pen Paint !
I'm so excited to be able to share with you! I was invited to be a part of Pull - Pen - Paint - 30 days of Tarot/Oracle inspired journaling and art journaling. Eee!
Hope to see you there,
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Created with collage elements, ink, acrylic, pine needles, leaves, plant based paper, oil pastels and encaustic wax.
"The Shadow Self is an archetype that forms part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, instincts, impulses, weaknesses, desires, perversions and embarrassing fears. This archetype is often described as the darker side of the psyche, representing wildness, chaos and the unknown. Jung believed that these latent dispositions are present in all of us, in many instances forming a strong source of creative energy." (https://lonerwolf.com/shadow-self/)
"Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected."