New Mixed Media Canvas Class

I finally have a new mixed media canvas class scheduled for Saturday, July 25th, from 12pm-5pm, at my studio in Bucyrus, Ohio.  We will be creating this painting:

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You can use any colors that you desire and trust me, no artistic talent or drawing is required.  We will create this painting using acrylic paint, inks, water soluble pencils, and other mediums.  You will not need to bring any supplies except for an apron or old clothes in case you get crazy, which will hopefully be the case 🙂  And you will have an 11×14 canvas painting that you created to take home class.  The cost of the class is $45.  Just send me an email if you are interested.  Space is limited so it is on a first come, first serve basis.  Hope to see you soon!

June Product Pick

For my Monthly Product Pick for June, I haven chosen a product that I use often.  The Neocolor II by Caran d’Ache.  These water-soluble crayons have a high pigment concentration and are so vibrant.

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They are softer than colored pencils but denser than normal children’s crayons.  You can smudge them with your fingertip, activate them with water or just layer them on top of one another without wetting them.  These little beauties come in several sets or you can purchase them separately for just under $2 each.  I started with a 10-pack, but you can see that my collection has grown quite larger than just 10 crayons 🙂

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Just to give you an idea of how I use my NeocolorII’s, here are a few samples.  In this picture, which I completed in a workshop from Donna Downey (if you’ve never heard of her, you have to check her out), we used the NeocolorII’s for the background color (not the print that you see in the background), as well as for the flowers.

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I layered my NeocolorII’s on top of acrylic paint to create these little cuties.  The one with the fox on her head is still a work in progress.

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And this journal page, which I completed during Lifebook 2014 with Tamara Laporte, was created by coloring the NeocolorII’s in the background and then activating them with white gesso to create the muted background.

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These are just a few ways that I like to use my NeocolorII’s.  How about you?  Do you use them and if so, what are some of your favorite techniques?  I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Fairy Art Journal Page Video

I have been working on a video in the last week that demonstrates my process in creating my fairy art journal two-page spread.

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You can watch the art journal pages come to life in these videos:

Fairy Art Journal Page Part 1

Fairy Journal Page Part 2

Hope you enjoy and here is the list of supplies that I used to create the journal page:

Washi Tape

Faber Castell Gelatos

White Sharpie Water-based Paint Pen

White Gesso (I used Liquitex Basics)

Baby Wipes

Image from a Magazine or Book

Matte Medium (I used Liquitex)

Paint Brushes (Flat, round and filbert brushes are what I used in the videos)

Heat Tool (I used the Ranger Heat Tool)

Water Soluble Pencils or Watercolor Pencils (I used Stabilo All pencils in blue and black)

Acrylic Paint (I used Liquitex Basics and Blick Matte Paints)

Fine Sandpaper

Faber Castell Pitt Pens

Golden Gold Mica Flakes (large flakes)

Ranger Stickles

Gel Pens (I used Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight Pen and Stardust Pen)

Acrylic Ink (I used Liquitex and Daler and Rowney)

Derwent Inktense Blocks

Thanks for stopping by the blog 🙂

May ATC Swap

The theme for our May ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap was movies, and we definitely got a wide variety of movies and art techniques.  I couldn’t decide which movie to choose, so I picked three different movies.  Can you guess which movie each card represents?

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If you guess “Spaceballs” (top), “Silence of the Lambs” (bottom left) and “Anchorman” (bottom right), you are correct.  These were so fun to make and I used several different techniques and mediums to create them.

Maggy chose the movie “Chocolat.”

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Brent also chose a movie partially based on chocolate, and one of my favorite movies…”Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

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“Hope Floats” was Deb’s movie ATC pick.

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And we had a few of the classics that were chosen by the other participants, such as “Grease,” which was chosen by Marsha.

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Tonya chose “The Wizard of Oz.”

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And Kathleen’s card was based on the movie “Top Gun.”

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Such great cards in this swap!  Our next swap will be all about texture.  Can’t wait to see what everyone creates in June!  Are you part of a monthly ATC swap?  If so, what are some of the topics or ideas that you have done?  I would love to hear about them 🙂