Given that it's October, I decided to create a Halloween themed layout using my costume from last year. I usually spend weeks planning, but last year I waited until the last minute. (And I did that again this year!) After watching some youtube makeup tutorials for zipper faces, I made this, and was surprised that it turned out better than I expected. My mother-in-law says she can't even look at this photo, because it's too gruesome.
For this month's Scrap Our Stash challenge, you're given this sketch for inspiration and instructed to dig into you stash and incorporate a metal component, I used red safety pins attached via brads to create a banner. You can't tell, but I appreciate that they actually move and sway when you move the layout. Happy Halloween and happy crafting!
Detail shots! For the background, I dyed modeling past in red and added it with a stencil, along with some red ink drips. I also used the red ink to dye white thicker alphas. You can also tell I'm really into messy pen outlines lately.
A few months ago, after taking Kelly Rae Robert's mantra painting course, I decided to try my hand at painting faces. I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed it and they turned out better than I anticipated. Shortly thereafter, Kelly announced an angel painting class. The timing was unreal and I signed up right away. In this first painting, she teaches how to use oil pastels, which I'd never used and I'm looking forward to experimenting with more.
Here's a couple progress photos, which show the evolution of this painting.
Also, here's a painting I created a couple months ago, which I never shared and want to document here. I'm curious how my work will evolve through the next six months of this course as I incorporate my style with Kelly's techniques.
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!
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.
Here's my fourth canvas for Kelly Rae Robert's Mixed Media Mantras e-course and the first one that felt effortless. I didn't critique every move, continually wonder what I was doing wrong, or question what I should be doing instead. My self doubt gremlins were in check. Progress!
I started this one entirely with collage. While I've hidden most of the collaged background, I love the dimension it continues to add to the painting. I incorporated flower doodles, doilies, and stenciled and tinted modeling paste, which continues to meld my art journaling and scrapbooking elements into my painting.
My second canvas for Kelly Rae Robert's Mixed Media Mantras e-course! While I still struggle with moving quickly and find myself over-thinking e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, it's getting easier. For example, I'm normally very particular about my stamp placement and making sure it aligns perfectly, but I challenged myself to loosen up. I am growing to appreciate the inconsistencies and happy mistakes.
I made a bunch of my own stencils and borders (thank you cameo die cut machine!), but I need to find old books and images for collaging. And I need more paint. One thing at a time. I just love this process so much. It feels like the perfect transition from art journaling and scrapbooking.
This layout for Scrap Our Stash's July challenge is in celebration of the SCOTUS decision last month for marriage equal. While I recognize the queer community has a lot more work to do towards equality, this was HUGE and felt very validating. We went to the marriage rally in Portland the day of the ruling, and while there was much celebration, the sentiment "We're not done" was loud and clear. Also, I've never been so happy with social media as I was that day. My Facebook exploded in rainbows and love.
I was pleasantly suprised to see how well my rainbowed Facebook profile photo printed. I enlarged and welded the background flowers together with my cameo before die cutting them on white cardstock. I wanted a watercolor effect so I painted the flowers with clear gesso. Then, I used an array of inks and mists applied liberally in some areas and lighter in others. I dug through my stash to find patterned papers to match each color. I die cut the small petals and randomly taped them behind the flowers. I finished with ink splatters and embelishments that corresponded to each color.
The items I used from my stash to represent PHOTO:
P - Purple flower, paper, enamel dots, and ink
H - Heidi Swapp color shine ink
O - Orange flower, paper, enamel dots, and ink
T - Tag, ticket
O - Odd number of photos (1)
Link up your entries by July 29th, 11:59 PM (PST) for a chance to win this month's awesome prize.
I've completed all the lessons in Kelly Rae Robert's Mixed Media Mantras e-course and made my first painting. I loved the background, but moved between frustration, adoration, and dislike for this finished piece. I feel like I added too many small collage elements, I really wish I would have done a different placement with the mantra, and the balance is off. However, as the day progressed, I gave myself permission to be imperfect and reminded myself several things: I'm still learning, stay unattached, this is only the beginning.