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.
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.
Here's my second July layout for Scrap Our Stash's challenge. I'm still scrapping Kaua'i pics, because I can't get enough. The photo on the bottom is a new favorite photos. I used subtle mixed media on this one with hints of modeling paste stenciled on and kept white. The background papers were already pretty busy so I didn't want to do too much. I also like the repeated sentiment of "now" on the journaling card, title, and flair.
I never would have thought to cut a photo in half. Or to use a second photo at an angle down on the botto corner. That's the beauty of using a sketch. I always turn to them when I'm stuck or looking for new ideas. For me, sketched help inspire new layout ideas more than anythign else. This one was no exception, as it was full of ideas! Link up your entries by July 29th, 11:59 PM (PST) for a chance to win this month's prize.
Here's my third canvas for Kelly Rae Robert's Mixed Media Mantras e-course. I appreciate that these are mantra paintings and reflect how we're feeling or the messages resounding inside of us at the time. Truth be told, this week has been hard. There have been a couple days where I've just wanted to come home, crawl into a ball, and cry. And maybe I did do that one night. But the last two nights I've decided to write, listen to loud music, and paint instead. The one word mantra that keeps coming back to me this week has been "resilient". I may bend, but I don't break. You know, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger? Yeah, that. I'm grateful for the timing of this class and the inspiration it continues to provide.
During all three canvases I've gone through the following stages: 1) Early on, I grow to love the background - paint, texture, collage - it all seems to work. 2) Despite Kelly Rae's urging to stay unattached, I struggle to circle back and add more for fear I'll mess it up. I keep adding to it and then feel I've gone too far. It's become an ugly mess and I can't imagine how this will evolve. 3) I follow her next steps, let got of expectations, remind myself to enjoy the process, and it comes together. Every time.
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.