Scribbly Birds Mixed Media Canvas-Surround Yourself With Friends

This tutorial and project were created for Frog Dog Studio using the May kit.

Good morning! Today I have a canvas project tutorial to share with you. This is one of my personal favorite projects–it was fun and easy to do. Let’s get started!

To begin, I used an 8 x 10 canvas board covered with a light coat of gesso. I used several shades of blue paint (including the one in the kit) and a brayer to lightly spread the paint around.

Next, I laid down a stencil and used the liquid chalk ink from the kit to create a light background pattern.

Using stencils, spray ink, and distress paints I created a few layers on the background.

I went around the edge of the whole board with gold Gelato and rubbed it in with my fingers. Then, I added a little bit more texture with spray ink and stencils.

Using the dropper in my sepia ink, I loosely sketched in some tree branches. I did this by just starting at the edge of the canvas and slowly dragging the dropper across the canvas. You can squeeze more ink out to make the branches thicker, or just spread sections that are already thick to add thinner branches.

I set the canvas aside to dry and pulled out a sheet from the vellum book in the kit. Using the new Dina Wakley stamps (which I LOVE!), I stamped the bird images then colored them in using a mixture of the oil paint crayons, oil paint medium, and watercolor crayons. I wanted a very soft blended feel.

Since this has a very springtime feel to it, I thought I’d make the tree sort of a cherry blossom by adding some paint through a circle stencil along the branches.

I fussy cut the birds and attached them to the canvas using matte medium. Then I added some colored glitter paste to the birds just for a little extra sparkle and texture. I also put a quote from my stash.

And here is the final product!

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The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly—and Quirky Birds :)

This week I was able to play catch up with my LifeBook 2013 lessons. I can’t say enough about this experience, I have already learned so much!! The teachers are amazing and the work that everyone is putting up is truly inspiring. This week I was able to complete the lesson from Week 11-The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Michelle Kral (also known as Misti B).This lesson was so liberating. The whole purpose is just to celebrate and embrace the good, bad, and ugly side of ourselves. We were encouraged to let our ugly out. Well, I feel like I certainly did. This piece is pretty hideous, but I finally felt something in myself just let go–I think for the first time ever. I usually worry over what people will think about my art and feel like it always has to be perfect, but not this time. Here it is, in all of it’s hideousness…
The Good, the Bad, The Ugly
Pretty ugly, eh? 🙂
Now this week’s lesson was a total blast. We made “quirky birds” and used song lyrics that help to ground us and help us celebrate the “now”. Everytime I hear the song “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds I think of my husband. It’s a really beautiful song, if you’ve never heard it you should check it out. We made this as a really cool fold out accordion booklet. I may go back and do the back side with some more fun birds later on.
Quirky Birds
I hope you all enjoy your weekend! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Catching up on LifeBook 2013

First of all, I have some exciting news! I will be teaching my first ever art journaling class at Seton Home. Seton Home is a nonprofit organization that supports teenage mothers and their children. This is a cause very near and dear to my heart, and I am so excited about the opportunity to work with the girls.
I fell far behind with my posts (and my classes) over the past few weeks for LifeBook 2013. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day for all of the things I’d like to do 🙂 I’m trying to get caught up with everything now. I think I’m only 2 weeks behind in my lessons. I wanted to share the last few projects that were done. Week 4 was a lesson in scales of light with Dion Dior. What a fun lesson, and very educational. I have a lot to learn about shading!
Points Of Light
Next up was Week 5-Game Piece & Game Board with Kelly Hoernig. This was a great exercise relating to our goals for this year. I can’t say I was very happy with my gameboard. It’s pretty ugly, but I do like the way the little cards came out. I would like to alter more playing cards to use in the future for my journal.
Game Board
Week 6 brought us a lesson from Tam herself–Celebration and Courage. I really liked this one! First of all, I learned how to draw an entire body. I’ve never done that before. Tam has a wonderful way of breaking it down and making it seem so easy. I was amazed at just how easy it really was. The second thing I loved about this lesson was she introduced us to masking fluid, which I have never used before or even heard of. You can bet that I will be using it plenty in the future. That stuff is awesome!!
Courage
Week 7 was an interesting interview with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. She is just amazing!! Week 8 was a lesson that I haven’t completed yet. I’m not sure if I will do it or not. I think it may be one that I will come back to later on. And finally Week 9-Painting over a Printed Image with Danita. This was a really fun technique. After finished this assignment, I realized I had done something similar before in my art journal. I enjoyed this lesson, even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped. I couldn’t get one side of her face the way I wanted and the paper ended up bubbling and just getting messy so I gessoed that whole side and added some journaling instead.
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All in all, I can say that I am enjoying the LifeBook class. I don’t feel like I’ve created anything outstanding, but I am really enjoying learning so many different techniques and meeting so many wonderful teachers. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting caught up over the weekend in time for the newest lesson on Monday. Wish me luck! 🙂
Have a great weekend!

LifeBook Week 2 and 3

Hi everyone! Continuing on my LifeBook 2013 journey with a post this week on my projects from Week 2 and Week 3. Week 2 we had a bonus assignment from Monica Zuniga in which she is encouraging us to ‘set our True Intentions’ for the year. I’ve created a mixed media girl out of stamps that I had in my stash and a copyright free image I found (the face) online. These are words that I hope to remain mindful of throughout this year.
My True Intentions
Week 3’s lesson is from Christy Tomlinson, who is one of my most favorite artists. I was having a discussion with one of the ladies on LifeBook earlier today and she was talking about sell out artists and remaining true to yourself. I think that Christy is definitely someone who remains true to her style and I appreciate that about her. I also realized that I need to stay true to myself and my style as well. For a while I had it in my head that I when I’m taking these classes my stuff needs to be in the same style as the teacher. While I’ve enjoyed dabbling in watercolors and sketching, I truly know now that my real style is bold and bright and colorful. And that I can translate that style into the assignments and lessons. I’m not trying to make pretty, perfectly drawn pastel colored art. It’s just not who I am. It feels good to finally understand that and embrace it! So with that in mind, we learned a really cool foil and coffee filter technique to make a bloom. Here is what I did with that:
In Bloom.
Well, off to feed the kids some lunch. Hope you all have a wonderful day! 🙂

Off and Running!

With Lifebook 2013 off to a great start, I am feeling excited again about creating. Stress is not very conducive to being creative and there has been plenty of that in the last few months. Not bad stress necessarily, just the stress of everyday life in a busy household of 6 (7 when Ashley is home from college 🙂 ) Over the past week I have been plugging away bit by bit on our second assignment. It was a really fun little page, just documenting what we are grateful for now, and a few goals for the future. I’m really big on setting goals, so this was a fun way to interpret that rather than my boring notebook paper list that I usually do.

On this page I am still working with the Neocolor watercolor crayons, which I am learning how to work with better now. I find that I really enjoy blending these using my fingers. Maybe it’s just because I like getting my hands dirty when being creative? Anyway, after creating the background entirely with watercolor, I went to my one of my favorite background creators: the spray ink and stencils. I went easy with it, and was pleased at how it blended in with the watercolors. It added that boldness of color that I was looking for from the first assignment. I’m really trying to think about what I like and incorporate that into the lessons to try and make each piece my own. I feel like I’m getting there and it makes me happy 🙂 This piece is little bit cartoonish I think, and not my most favorite but I’m ok with that. I think it’s the whole “drawing” thing that’s throwing me for a loop.

Anyway, here is my second piece:

2013 Here I Come

Thanks for stopping by!

Fall Mixed Media Projects

Hi Everyone! I feel like I’ve neglected this blog for a little bit and this will be pretty quick since I have a cold and am not feeling so great. I’ve been taking Christy Tomlinson’s Pumpkins and Cider workshop for the past few weeks. What a blast!! I adore Christy and her courses are always so much fun and inspiring. I created a few really cute Halloween character canvases, but am waiting to show those, as I’m using them as part of my DT reveal in a few weeks at Frosted Designs. I will feature them here as well right before Halloween. They are super cute! What I CAN share with you right now, however, is my fall pumpkin canvas. This canvas is full of texture! Check it out:



In addition to that cute canvas, I went to Goodwill last week and had myself a treasure hunt. I found this super heavy plaster plaque thingie that had all of this ugly fruit on it. When I saw it though, I could totally see it as a tombstone. So I covered it in gesso and went to work on creating a background for this haunted house. My daughter doesn’t like scary Halloween stuff (and to be honest neither do I) so we made it a little bit more of a fun and whimsical kind of project.



I should also add that I bought the stand that it’s sitting in at Goodwill also. It was a hideous brass thing that I just sprayed down with some glossy black spray paint. I love spray paint! I also picked up a ceramic bowl for a dollar, painted it hot pink, and threw all of my washi tapes in there. So cool!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to get some more journal pages cranked out since we are in the middle of the month now and that is my best opportunity for creating. Now I’m off to make some hot tea for this throat!!!

Trust Yourself

Today is me and my husband’s 6 year wedding anniversary. I’ve been given the gift of time (yay!) to work on a fun project today.

THE STORY BEHIND THE PAGE

My husband and I were at dinner last night, and had some really good conversation. We were talking about our futures (something we do A LOT). He’s got lots of big ideas and plans and after we talked about that, we talked about some of my goals and ideas. I’ve been really into my art lately and I have to tell you…it just feeds my soul!! Nothing would make me happier than to be able to do this full time. As we were discussing that, I was telling him my thoughts and the process I’ve been going through on trying to find my own authentic style of art. I take a lot of classes, read a lot, and study other artist work that I admire. I want to be able to take all of that knowledge and incorporate that into my own style, a much harder thing than I had imagined. I’ve been thinking about that conversation today and when I finished this page, I added a few words as a personal reminder to trust myself. Trust my ability to push through and make my dreams come to pass. Trust myself that I will find my true self through my art and be able recognize it as my own personal expression of who I am. I think all of us, no matter how young or old we are, are always working on defining ourselves. To use art to do this makes me happier than I ever thought! 🙂



WHAT MAKES THIS PAGE SPECIAL

I actually created a stamp myself today. I was inspired by my daughter, Macie, who came home from school last year talking about the stamp she carved in art class. It sounded like so much fun. We bought all of the supplies to do it at home, and they’ve been sitting in a bag all summer. Today was a beautiful day outside, so we took our supplies and some blankets out there, spread everything out and went to work. I created a Snapguide as I went along to describe exactly how this was done. You can view my Snapguide here. I used my stamp over and over with different inks and paints to create the background of this page in my art journal. The only other thing I used was some Dylusions mist, Ranger alcohol ink, and a script roller stamp. I used a little Pan Pastel around the edges for some depth.

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