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.
I think I am experiencing a bit spring fever. Sharing some cards I designed featuring images from Stamp-It Australia EZMount Stamp Set Spring - Dreamy Daisies. The backgrounds are from my stash of painting and coloring - using my Gelli Plate, ink sprays, stencils, markers, paints and even a piece of an art brochure (Tim Yanke). :) Hey - inspiration is everywhere!
The forth class is taught by Julie Gibbons. I loved this lesson! She had us draw several sketches from pieces we were attracted to. I found that I am attracted to large eyes and full, luscious lips. My drawing is very close to Julie's art piece - I think she likes those features too. :) I used Tombow Dual Brush markers as my choice of coloring. Even though my woman's eyes and nose turned out crooked, I still embraced her and love her!
This month's theme for the StampscapesII yahoo group challenge is May Flowers. For my inspiration, I used a photo from my Dentist's office. Hey, you can find inspiration everywhere! :) If someone were to look at my mobile phone gallery right now, they would find lots of photos of paintings and photographs from offices, stores and even some homes. A really great place for on-line inspiration is the overstock.com art gallery.
I picked out my Stampscapes images first - 239D, 251C, 296C. Next, I went to work on my background. I taped off the edges of an A2 size piece of cardstock with a low tack tape - this worked for the boarder and for it keeping in place when I sponged. I built color with a stylus, sponging my lightest color on first then adding depth with darker colors. NOTE: I did not fill in the color completely, leaving highlights. Also I was a bit heavy handed with the stylus in some spots - that will be covered up later.
I stamped the trees in the distance in a green, using a mask of torn paper so it would not look like they were sitting on top of the ground.
I colored with water-based markers and then stamped over the trees again after stamping off one time. This step was to add some of the detail back in. I sponged a little color at the bottom of each tree for a shadow.
Next, I removed the mask on the right side and bottom to allow the flowers to spill outside the boarder. For the flowers, I used a stencil from Donna Downey and gesso. I added two coats of gesso. The first I coat, I dabbed through the stencil. when I saw it was not covering enough, I added a second coat. A idea just popped into my mind to create texture by squeezing the gesso directly from the bottle in a random squiggle. Now, I admit - I'm not sure if this was an orignal idea or if I saw it someplace in the hundreds of you tude videos I've seen and classes I've taken. LOL!
I used a brush to paint the flowers with acrylic paint. TIP:before painting the flowers, I colored them in with a red water-baster marker as a base. This step allowed me to get right to the edge of the gesso over the texture. I really dig how they turned out!! I will use this technique again! It's funny how you accidently stumble upon something really cool :o) I added the black center with a tooth pick, first spreading the black and then adding white dots and gently mixing.
Shout Outs: For more information and great instruction videos on building color, visit Kevin's Stampscapes Youtube channel. I got the idea for gesso in a dabber bottle from Jane Davenport. Her Whismsical Faces instructional lesson is fabulous! You can get it on DVD or download it. I'll be posting some faces soon! I need to practice a little more first! :)
Recently I was invited to design some greeting cards featuring Rubbernecker images for their show booth. I feel so honored that they like my artwork!! Below are snippets of the cards I designed. When you click on them, they take you to the rubber stamp image. Over the next week, I'll be sharing the full view of the greeting cards on the The Brannon Factory Facebook page.
Several of the designs have two really cool background music themed images:
I really dig how this surprise technique turned out for me, so I'm making some more designs! I'm keeping with the music theme and dug out a bunch of music images. To see the first one I made click here.
To create the background layers I started with a design I created using my Gelli Plate. You can see how I did it here. Below are the full sheets of the background:
I cut them up in A2 sizes and trimmed them to the design. Next, I used a black VersaFine ink pad to stamp various musical images. I stamped off first for a more subtle look. After the ink dried, I stamped the main images with Memento Luxe, a rich thick ink for the bolder image and VersaFine for the smaller images.
After the ink dried, I painted the solid parts with gesso - this will add texture and the colors really pop on top of it. I allowed the first coat to dry and painted a second coat.
Now, time for coloring!! I used Tombow Dual Brush pens to fill in color - both direct coloring and also palette colors. I used a water-brush to spread the color. After coloring, I used the markers a black artist pen to fill in any gaps. I used gold metallic paint for the horns, stickles for the bubbles, some glossy accents for the watch.
Had to use this fabulous image and gelli print again! :o)
It's been a while since I got to hang out with my ATC Sisters and I love the theme this month! For December, our theme is Row Houses. We were given some guidelines to get us started. As Artists do, we added some of our own style to create a unique and colorful neighborhood. :o)
To make my row houses, I started with a stamped image. It took me three minutes to stamp 26 houses, and hours to color them all. :o) For the base I used a variety of techniques - coloring direct with markers, indirect with markers and color sprays, as well as a few twinkling H20 colors. I didn't worry too much about going outside the lines, as I knew I was going to cut them out.
To add some detail, I used markers and metallic pens around the windows and doors.
Sharing a photo of all our neighborhood:
I mounted them on a board (from my ATC sister Sandy) covered in design paper (from my ATC Sister Cindy) and hung in my creative space.
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