When I get new paints, or any coloring supplies, I like to create a color wheel with them. In Seth's set he includes a "yellow", "red" and "blue" which made it easy to create the other 9 colors on the color wheel. Since I took a color theory class, I think in "color wheel" and look for those 12 hues everywhere.
Love the beautiful rich, matte colors! The set also includes Buff, which can be mixed with the 12 colors to create a lovely "tint" of the each hue. Of course, I did not waste any paint. I cleaned my brush off in the art journal I made in MaryBeth and Seth's workshop I attended last year with my daughter. Click here to see the fun photos. Mary was there too!
Today I'm playing in my art journal. Received my StencilClub September package yesterday! I was drawn to the littlest one, the 4x4" stencil of the little bird and used it in my journal. I also used some of the 9x12" cool designs.
My project today is totally inspired by Mary C. Nasser - one of my favorite people to create with! Not only is she a talented artist, she's the sweetest person and so much fun.
This is Mary and me at one of MaryBeth's workshops.
I started with a log book from the 70's. I found it when I was cleaning out some boxes in the basement. I immediately thought NEW JOURNAL - woohoo!
The first layer was a coat of black gesso. After it dried completely, I pulled out my August StencilClub set, designed by Mary (see her other stencil designs here). The next layer was done using the 9x12" and 6x6" size stencils in the set. I layered the paint a bit thick - I was not going for crisp edges. I wanted the paint to ooze beneath the stencil just a little. I broke up the design by blending bright colors on the top section and a single dimensional color with a sheen on the bottom section.
Next I added detail inside each section by laying the 9x12" stencil back in place and using the 4x4" to make a smaller design in side some of the shapes.
I continued to make designs in the sections using the 6x6" and 4x4", as well as my own doodles and drawings. My favorite sections include scribbles made famous (for me) by Mary. :) I used a variety of colors, along with black and white. Those cool stamp images are also Mary's designs (this is why the post title is "All About Mary"). :)
Shout Out: Check out Mary's Blog and see all the fabulous creative art pieces she designs!
I used two different texture pastes and a palette knife to create some interesting texture.
The yellow area is where I put the crackle paste.
After the paste over night, I painted a coat of white acrylic paint and allowed it dry. Next I dripped high flow paints and used a paint brush to encourage them to blend. I really dig how the high flow paints pool in valleys and creates rich depth. I had a lot of fun with this technique and will do it more!
One of the reasons I love designing with digis is that you can make the image any size you want - well any size your printer will print out. :) I used one image in different sizes on greeting cards and in my art journal page.
I drew this lovely woman in Procreate on my iPad, inspired by beautiful photos and images I saw on the internet. I just googled head wraps and found hundreds of images.
I inserted the image into Microsoft Power Point, softened her lines, sized her and printed smaller images on cardstock for the greeting cards and a larger image on copy paper for the art journal page. I colored the smaller images with markers.
The greeting card backgrounds are from a variety - purchased design paper, alcohol ink backgrounds I made (click here to see my post for making the one included here), and gelli prints I made (click here to see how I make my gelli prints).
I used matte medium to adhere the larger image on a page in my journal. The background was created using layers of paint and Stencilgirl stencils...
I was watching MaryBeth's video on alcohol inks and stencils, sooooo I had to get mine out - they were calling me. :) In her video MaryBeth reminded me that I had Cathy's book, Pigments of Your Imagination: Creating with Alcohol Inks! I was inspired to break out all my alcohol related tools & inks, and picked out some stencils I thought would make cool patterns. I also got out my notes from the classes I took with Cathy at CREATE Retreats. Click here to see past posts I've done featuring alcohol.
Here's a photo of my desk after I pulled all the supplies out.
Next, I just played with a variety of techniques - starting with some texture...
dripping, swirling, and cling wrap...
the design on the left was made with cling wrap... the one on the right is the wax paper that was underneath the one on the left - I dig them both!
w/stencils... lots of stencils!
cleaned off this stencil in a journal...
after the grounds dried, I added color - love this texture!
In a few days I'll share this one as a completed card - with one of my face drawings.
For July MaryBeth designed the StencilClub Stencils! I created an 11 x 14" canvas piece with her exclusive Private Collection 16.3. Most of my artwork is in the size of a greeting card or journal page. Mary Beth's design inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and go bigger. :)
To create the background, I made random designs with molding paste and the 4x4" & 6x6" stencils. Color was added with Golden High Flow acrylics in spray bottles and water spritzes. After it dried, I sprayed a little white Dylusions Ink Spray to knock back some of the brightness. The large stencil and molding paste make a great focal point.
I used acrylic pants with shimmer and shine for the beautiful bird design. After painting through the ugly phase :), I stepped back and look and found I had arrived at a boring phase - not enough contrast. So, I added deeper colors to the background and changed some of the color on the focal point.
I used a gray water-based marker to add shading to the flower petals. I ended up coloring white over a dark blue on the pedals and I liked the way it turned out! You just have to keep workin' it, if your piece is not making you happy.
Hello Beautiful People! I'm so excited and honored to be part of the first set of artists sharing artwork as StencilClub Voices!
I created two art pieces using all three fabulous stencils in the May set called "Sand and Sea," designed by Carolyn Dube.
Two lovely, talented artists are sharing with me as part of Voices - Lisa and Sherry. The StencilGirl Talk Blog is sharing all our artwork today and more information about StencilClub Voices. Please stop by and see it! You can see all Sherry's lovely art work at Canino's Artistic Cafe. To see all Lisa's lovely art work you'll have to join StencilClub with us. :)
We met in StencilClub. When we get together on the phone we talk about about how much we enjoy creating, sharing and being part of Stencil Club - we all talk at the same time and just laugh and giggle. I've shared many projects using stencils from StencilGirl and have also shared photos and fun from workshops with the beautiful and talented MaryBeth Shaw, owner of StencilGirl Products.
To create the sailboat greeting card, I started with a twist on a technique I learned from MaryBeth (I used the original technique in my second piece). I used the 6x6" stencil and a glass texture paste to create dimension on watercolor paper. NOTE: be sure to clean your stencils right away after using any kind of texture paste.
After it dried completely, I spritzed it with water then dripped luscious liquid metal colors. This was my first time using the Metallics and I dripped a bit too much. I tilted the paper piece and dripped color onto a blank piece of water color paper and pressed another piece on top of that. I dabbed color around them with a paper towel. I also used the paper towel to dab up some of the color on the texture piece. I laid it between two more pieces of cardstock - I had way to too much color. You only need a few drops.
The metallic colors are so rich with color - in additional to my focal piece I got four backgrounds. :)
I used the large 9x12" stencil to create the rolling sea on my gelli plate. I also used the gelli plate and cloud die cuts for the sky.
For the journal cover, I used techniques that I learned in a workshop I took with MaryBeth. We created a cool little techniques booklet, which made it easy for me to remember. NOTE: I removed the elastic cord from the journal.
I laid the book flat and gesso'd the whole cover using a card to spread.
While it dried, I gathered some collage papers, including some I made inspired by techniques from the workshop using the 4x4" and 6x6" stencil.
After the cover dried completely, I spread the first layer in blocks of color. I only used two colors (inspired by MaryBeth :)) mixing them together and also white and black gesso. At this point, I did not have a plan - I just laid down some color.
For the next layer, I used the large 9x12" stencil and white gesso.
I walked away and came back three times before the idea came to me of what to do next. :) For the next layer, I used a low tack tape to mask off the block sections and added patterns with the 6x6" and 4x4" stencils with variations of the same paint colors. For a finished look, different size black paint markers & a ruler separated and framed the sections. I varied the size of lines for interest and used the bottom of a dauber to make some circles with gold paint. I just had to use one stamp. :) I picked a cool circle one from Seth Apter's designs dipped in a gold ink pad.
The vivid, textured circles were made using one of my new favorite techniques I learned from MaryBeth's workshop and the 6x6" stencil. Click here to see details. The circles not only add a pop of design, they also cover up any booboos you may want to hide. :) I edged cover with a black paint pen.
On the inside cover I created the first page using more techniques from my little stencil book and included the collage papers I created earlier.
Attended a fabulous techniques workshop last weekend with MaryBeth Shaw! This was my favorite technique!
After I got home I just played and played. I actually already had all the supplies. Don't you love when that happens! :)
I tried a variety of glossyish' texture pastes.
Here are some photos of the beautiful people and fun we had! Check out MaryBeth's workshop page to find out where she's teaching. I just love her classes!
This is my creative space before the painting began.
Me, MaryBeth and Marge (my dear friend to introduced me to stamping, which got all my art juices flowing again!) You can tell how much fun I'm having by how messy my hair is. hehehe
The StencilClub crew - LisaD (photo credit), Mary and me.
Isn't this the cutest photo of MaryBeth and Mary?! Their joy captures the day (photo credit LisaD).
This is our row - me, Mary, Lisa, and Parking lot Patty. Patty is such a sweetie. She was giving directions to the workshop from the parking lot, so she was affectionately named Parking lot Patty (photo credit LisaD-Marge is the photographer)
Here's my cool flip journal that MaryBeth showed us how to make, which holds the samples of the techniques we learned. Marge is in the background thinking about what to do next. You can see her creative juices flowing and her fabulous, bright journal. Oh, what fun we all had!
Visit Mary's post to see more workshop photos and also see her gorgeous artwork!
Since I took a color theory class a few years ago with Jacqueline Newbold, I am getting better results with coloring. I love to make color wheels!
When I get new coloring supplies, I create a little chart with the colors of the color wheel. In Jacqueline's class she recommended numbering your color wheel, along with names, l which I have found works really well. I put the number on everything - the tubes, bottles, markers, etc.... I'm continuing to learn about color and am enjoying every moment. This cover is just the beginning... I'll share more pages with color as I finish them!
This will be a home made journal using a punch and discs for the "binding." The page cover is a piece of glossy 12x12 cardstock to size and painted with a thin layer of gesso. I Circa supplies and also the Arc System from Staples. I've been using the Circa system for years in my day job - those office supplies just cross right over to art/craft supplies. :) The pages are 90lb and 140 hot pressed watercolor paper.
I like to take notes just so I can draw around them. I must have 4 brands of different color pens on my desk at work. Before I go to a meeting, I have to pick just the right color - sometimes I take two colors and a highlighter. :) I had fun drawing this stylish woman with lots of colors and positive words around her.
Shout Out: 'doodle' style inspired by Joanne Sharpe's Radiant Faces lesson. Her outfit was inspired by stylish pictures on Pinterest.
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