this morning bill and i practiced making our first demo video. we finally got the cord to charge the video camera. it was goofy and not very instructional and i am working on getting it uploaded as we speak. (it is much easier to upload it from the isight directly into imovie) any way this is what i had made from the video session... i was playing around and this is painted on a garbage piece of thin acrylic that broke as i was removing it from the frame. i kept it because i felt it had value and decided to paint on it today. i am actually waiting for my
Blick Studio Gallery Profile Canvases to arrive that i ordered last week, so i was desperate...LOL!
EDITED ok here is the video, not sure why the quality is so poor. obviously we need to figure some things out.
then i spent the afternoon with the kids! they had off from school for a teacher workday and we went to Cheeseburger in Paradise for lunch (we love that place) and then spent the afternoon painting pottery at a local store. they painted piggy banks and mugs.
i love watching them enjoy being creative.
i didn't even bring a camera. just living in the moment! we smiled all day...
i am going to keep working on the movie thing and see if i can't get it working...
i love thee iphone...! do i really need a reminder that i do not have one yet! got this in my email a couple of minutes ago. jenn shurkus you are to blame for my obsession!! i still haven't gotten one... so tempted by that little buy now button. sitting here struggling with my conscience... do i buy it? too much money? it would really come in handy traveling, right? checking my emails on the road?
i want the iphone!!! shout out if you have an iphone because i want to be in the group too!!
ps. sorry for the double post, i was having a moment and wanted to share, LOL!
as if kids were not enough. i finally get all 3 of them in school 3 mornings a week and now i have this... tango's new place to want to hang out is my lap! apparently, he is a lap dog? who knew? jumped right up on my lap and proceeded to make himself comfortable. after the second time i decided i need to capture this on camera.
i am working on getting the fabric scroll kits together. probably going to put them on etsy in the essence of time... i will have 22 (such a nice round number, LOL!) available they will cost $45
also working on a couple projects for claudine, i might have a couple of sneak peeks over the weekend?
i printed all the small photos on my new EPSON picturemate...and just a REALLY COOL NOTE, last weekend every attendee at the For Keeps Sake convention got one as a gift it was so cool to participate in handing 135 printers out to the ladies at the crop! it was wild!
and the mess that i made!! all cleaned up now and totally worth it!
i played around yesterday with 2 canvases. believe it or not this one was the after thought.... that being said i ABSOLUTELY LOVE this canvas, so i know it has to go to rosie. i made it using my oil pastel crayons,
i love the look of the blended colors and they are so easy to work with. i blended the colors just using my fingers and was able to easily wrap the flower image around the sides.
now i need to figure out what i am going to write in the books and in the note to her... i am planning on mailing them out tomorrow!
this was the first canvas i started working yesterday... i had this idea of a simple black canvas with write writing. i placed stickers down and painted the whole canvas black. i liked it, but it just wasn't for rosie. so i decided to whip out my new Ranger crackle paints... never used them before and they are really cool and they match the distress inks so they are a perfect combination. i apparently began channeling my inner harley davidson biker babe and my inner tim holtz.(by the way, watch his cool video for grunge board!) it is kinda funky, i like it! that's the thing you just never know where creative play will lead you...
today i am going to do some scrapbooking, truth is i am starting to miss it. i am going to try and blend all my favorite things about painting, stamping, craft media into one little album today...no plan, just ideas.
i will be back tomorrow with a video. i am planning on doing one a week, seems too much video is too much for some computers. i also upgraded my bandwidth, is there a difference? is my blog loading any faster?
ok it took me all morning, but i finally figured out how to pull the dick blick information off of the website so you can read the product descriptions without leaving the blog... thought it might help answer your questions better too. i am a visual person, so i like the descriptions.
here are the newest paintings...i think the last 2 are my new favorites! my favorite part about painting everyday is watching yourself evolve stylistically.
i do not plan, i just choose colors and see what happens.
i have been flooded with emails asking me what products i use, so i thought i would do my best today to share with you...it is no secret that i am a HUGE dick blick fan, (LOL, i just said huge dick!), so because i do not live nearby one i shop mostly online.
i started out using the traditional profile canvases, but have quickly become a fan of the gallery profile. the deeper profile allows me to wrap the artwork around the sides for a more finished look. check out the difference in the paintings profiles that i posted today.
with the traditional canvas i kinda color the sides not really continue the design, but with the gallery canvases i find it mush easier to continue the design.
i prefer to work with the smaller sized canvases. my favorites are 8x8, 10x10 and 6 x 12. i am still learning and playing so i think the small size makes me feel more confident.
the liquitex paint is kinda becoming my favorite. it is not the best of acrylics, but it is cheaper. it is thicker than the cheap paint that you buy in the craft paint aisles of your local michaels and i like the texture you can achieve. the "YES" in this painting is an example of what i mean. i use a lot of white so i buy 2 bottles at a time. my staple colors in my stash are white, brown, green, orange, yellow, blue/turquoise and pink. i am in the process of using up all of my cheap paints and slowly replacing with the thicker quality.
i use this pen nib most (512) i bought a variety pack, but overall this is my favorite...nice fine tip for journaling with the ability to goop it up and make it messy if you want.
for the book text, i rip a random page out of an old book an glue in in place on top of the painted canvas with GOLDEN gel medium regular. this product is awesome!! it functions in a million ways but the 3 main reasons i use it for is as a transfer medium (i used it a lot in my fabric book for transferring photos onto fabric), you can use it to thicken acrylic paint because it will make the paint thicker without diluting the color and as an adhesive (thats what i use it for on the canvases)
i couldn't get this page to link, but here is the link to the golden gel medium
i use the regular gel matte and i buy it in the 16oz. tub and i apply it with the foam brush and throw it away when i am done because it will dry hard as a rock!
Regular Gel — These gels have the same thickness and
creamy consistency as Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colors. They extend
paint and regulate translucency without affecting consistency, hold
moderate peaks and textures, and are ideal for glazing. Available in
Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.
for the most commonly asked question: I currently have no plans to sell my artwork, but i am incredibly flattered and blown away at the interest. who knows what the future will bring?