With a new job and summer still in full swing, I've been exhausted and had less time to create much of anything this last week. I'm usually a slow scrapper, but I've challenged myself to scrap quickly, get messy, and embrace imperfections. I did this one in less than two hours, which is super fast for me. And guess what? I ended up enjoying the process and the layout more.
I love a sketch challenge! For this Scrap Our Stash challenge, I added modeling paste and mist to the background and lots of scribbly lines. For the tic tac toe part of the challenge, I incorporated: Tags, Summer Theme, and Paint/Mist.
Here's the closeups!
The inspiration continues. In a big way. This is the first time I've ever looked at a background and could clearly see the direction of the painting. Actually, not just where it was headed, but the final painting itself. I couldn't wait to get started and I worked fast.
It's my first time painting a face on canvas. It was harder than an art journal, as the texture was varied and the paint blended differently than my previous attempts. Good thing I like the imperfections, with distinct highlights and shadows. Practice, practice, practice. That's my plan and I can't wait. I'm starting a new job on Monday (after ten years in my current job!) and I have big plans. While this means longer hours and lots of travel in my immediate future, I'll start working part-time in about a month. I can't wait. There will be more time for painting play.
Years ago, likely in my first and last college drawing class, I decided I couldn't draw or paint people. That was over fifteen years ago and I haven't tried since. Today I stared at several background and felt stuck. On a whim, I decided to try creating faces again, but this time using a different and less realistic style. I incorporated a mixed media background, stayed loose, imperfect, and messy with my lines, and didn't have any expectations about the results.
Except that I loved everything about the process, my mind was racing with different ideas, and I couldn't wait to paint more. I felt inspired, to say the least. So I kept painting.
This time I added more techniques from Kelly Rae Robert's Mixed Media Mantras e-course. I added medium through a stencil to create a resist, layers of acrylic paint, stamping, and collage.
Here's my sixth canvas for the Kelly Rae Robert's Mixed Media Mantras e-course. I've got mixed feeling about this one. I'm not sure I love it as a whole, but I like the close-ups and the detail work. What's funny is that I was totally feeling this piece throughout the whole process until I put it all together. I feel like I'm trying so hard to incorporate new techniques, find my style, and plan ahead that I'm struggling more. Go figure. I think for the next one I'll go back to her videos, use her style and recommendations, and keep it simple.
All the little details seem to get lost when you look at it as a whole, but I appreciate that you can see all of them when you look at it up close. There's stamps, stencils, washi tape, and paint graduation throughout the background and collages pieces.
I'm still learning how to use these paint pens, but I can already see I'm going to love them. They splatter a bit when used on the rough parts of the canvas, but I'm getting the hang of it. Besides, happy mistakes!
Here's my fifth canvas for the Kelly Rae Robert's Mixed Media Mantras e-course. I started with her mixed media background techniques, but wanted to play with my new pasco paint pens and draw. For as long as I can remember, I've always doodled. I used to get in trouble for this in school, because teachers thought I was ignoring them. Now I teach high school students about understand their learning styles and encourage doodlers to use it their advantage. Lately, I've been more intentional in my drawings, practicing different styles (usually botanicals and lettering), and thinking about how I can incorporate it into my paintings.