Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Art Journal Entry May 18th 2014

On Sunday I decided I would get out my pencils and practice with just pencils, that was the thought anyway! 
I go out my Art journal and decided I would just sketch a pretty girl, 

But look at her! 

Her big eyes and those little lips!

Her eyes NEED to be green 


Her lips WANT to look like little rosebuds

So out come my paints, totally leaving my idea of practicing with pencil in the dust, 

Adding the color in her face and framing it with turquoise hair really made her come to life!

I used a mix of craft paint brands for her face features

and used the Ranger Distress Ink Dabbers for her hair, shirt and background.

For the black, I used a fine tip Montana Acrylic paint pen (I love it).

I did a glaze of white paint over all but her face to soften the colors making her face pop more.

I continue adding shadow and highlight using a combination of Faber-Castell Pitt pens, a white Montana Acrylic pen and more craft paints.

I decided she needed some flowers, so I cut up some pages from a dollar store book and placed them to frame her face, I made them in a contrasting to bring out the turquoise of her hair and face.

I used the Faber-Castell Pitt pens to add rough shadow around them as well!

To finish up the piece I continue to use the same tools to add little whimsy vines with flowers, more highlights and shadows. 

At the very end I add touches of Lumiere Metallic acrylic paint to her eyes, hair and the flowers.

 I hope you enjoyed my little summary of my art Journal entry from May 18th, if you would like to watch the full process here is the link to the video on my YouTube channel!

Big Hugs and Mushy Stuff!

-Shana (aka wisccheeto)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Waste Not, Creating something beautiful from left over materials

This morning I sat at my desk ready and raring to go!

I got out a good pencil, opened up my art journal...... and nothing!

So I pulled down a canvas got out some paint, fresh water and a brush...... and again nothing!

I so wanted to create something but could not find inspiration!

I could not get myself to make a mark on a blank surface, nothing was connecting!

Fortunately (or rather unfortunately) this has happened before and I am prepared!

Whenever I am working on any project I always have a canvas near by,

I will smear left over mediums through stencils, slather leftover paint on it,
scrape paint off my pallet with a card and wipe it on,
I will clean my stamps off by stamping off excess ink, I have even put embossing powders and heated them,

and my favorite thing to do is glue my used paper towels down for an instant background,

I call this mash of mediums on this canvas my 'Waste Canvas'.

This is the result of a waste canvas I have been adding to for a few months, 

You can see all the texture that has been added to this piece, the paper towels added beautiful bumps and rides to the surface.

I had excess molding paste mixed I added the diamond pattern through a stencil,

I added the paints by cleaning out my overloaded brushes and cleaning my pallet.

When I cannot start from a clean slate, I pick up a waste canvas and my mind has a starting point

I look at the random marks and images appear. As soon as I see what is hiding in the mass of colors and textures I have a place to start and my block is gone.

I picked up the canvas and quickly found what wanted to come out, laid down a light layer of acrylic paint to create her form so she could peak out.

I only used one color, its actually a very light lavender, to block her in all the shadows you see are from the background,

If you look at the waste canvas picture above can you see where I got her shape?

I keep building color \until the features of her face and hair emerge, allowing the original shadows to be seen.

Because the background is so bold and full of color I don't worry about making her so bold, I keep her simple and smooth in contrast.

I add more details to her face and pull in the metallic from the background to her hair and eyes. 

I also use my Faber-Castell Pitt Pens to shade around her face and hair, softening the lines by smudging with with my finger. 

The ink sits on the texture from the background adding more interest to the piece.

I finish her by adding my favorite phrase once again using my Faber-Castell Pens.

This is by far my favorite way to get my creative juices flowing and because the whole process starts with random colors and textures I never known what will want to come out of the canvas!

I hope you enjoyed my little walk through!
big hugs and mushy stuff!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Just some bits, and how to win an Original mixed media on Canvas made by me!

I am so happy!! I am here! and I am actually posting! Can you believe it!

I have been working on a number of pieces and I am so happy to say that around my 1 year YouTube anniversary I reached 500 subscribers!

To celebrate that milestone I am doing a give away of this original piece called "Find your Peace", I created this on my birthday (March 16th) so it makes it so much more special for my giveaway!

To enter the drawing to win this canvas subscribe to my YouTube page
Than go over and like my Facebook page and leave a comment so I know you would like to enter the drawing! More details are in the video I made making "Find your Peace"

I have been working on things but I have gotten into the habit of posting onto my Facebook page, but for those of you who do not use Facebook, here are a few photos/video of items since my last post.
Photo: Using my favorite color palette of purple, turquoise, tan and  white, I even used some embossing powders and homemade washi tape :)

This is a mixed media on deep edge canvas, the background was made using used paper towels!

I was working in my Journal and made this tip-in that I love, this is a watercolor of my husbands hand.

and on the back

it is still my favorite item in my journal!

Ok, I am proud of myself for actually posting a blog today!! I see there are still some people that stop by, I hope I haven't lost everyone for being a slacker! Lets see if I can keep it up!