Saturday, June 20, 2015

Inspiration ~ Shaving Cream Background - My Artful Journeys Week #25

Oh Hello my Lovelies!!

I won't lie, I was excited about this weeks Artful Journeys prompt because I already had it done! I had done a video on YouTube about this process using alcohol inks over a year ago so all my hard work was done! No video editing this week for me!

Here is that video, it is such a fun process! 

I made theses papers to be used with cards, they make great accent pieces and are great for contrast when layering papers, sadly I don't have any cars left to share with you, but I did find 1 piece that I hadn't cut up yet so I decided to paint on it, when I looked at the paper I saw the collar right away and decided there needed to be a neck and head to go with it! Right now she resides in a pocket in my art journal, I don't know how I will use her yet but I love how the background turned into a funky outfit for her!

Big hugs and mushy stuff!! Have fun! 

- Shana

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Inspiration ~ Sail Away - My Artful Journeys Week #24

This weeks Inspiration from Artful Journeys is 'Sail Away' I usually try to think outside the box for these prompts but this one I went literal with the subject and actually painted a sail boat, how I made it a bit different is the medium and the substrate I used.

I fell in love with alcohol inks on tile quite by accident, we were getting our bathroom remodeled and there were all of these perfectly clean face white tiles that I couldn't let go in the trash, so I started searching for different mediums that could be used on tile and found that alcohol ink is very easy to make beautiful, I have done quite a few tiles with alcohol inks, and have prints and products available of them for sale in my Society6 store, and I also already have 1 video released of an owl on my YouTube page.

I totally enjoyed the process of making this tile, The background was as simple as color blocking then blending with the alcohol. I wanted it to be sailing into the light and I think I captured it pretty well. The part I enjoy the most is how the rubbing alcohol does most of the work for you as far as creating the highlights and shadows and all the yummy texture that makes this piece!

It just happened that the colors I wanted to use I actually have in the Copics brand marker, but Spectrum Niors or any other alcohol based ink markers work just as well, you can also use blending solution instead of the alcohol for a similar effect (I'm told I have never used it).

I hope you enjoy the video!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Inspiration ~ Music Lyrics - My Artful Journeys Week #23 Journal Entry

Oh! My Lovelies! I am loving the Artful Journeys prompts! They make me think outside the box and make artwork in my Journal that I never would have made! I love the diversity that these prompts give my journal when I page through! This prompt is no different,

The prompt this week is Song Lyrics, I don't think I have share before my love of the band 'Heart', I love them! I start most of my days by putting in one of their Cd's into my player ad I drink coffee and figure out what I am going to work on, I was trying to figure out what song to choose for this prompt actually using google and pinterest with the keywords "Song Lyric Art" trying to get inspired, when the song "These Dreams" played on my player, the words to this song are like poetry and have always sparked my visual imagination, at first I thought it would take to long to get it perfect and detailed, then I decided it's my journal, it doesn't have to be perfect!

I listened to the song while I sketched the image with an 8B pencil, in hind sight I wish I would have left it a pencil drawing the hand is quite wonky (but its a journal!), then covered the pencil drawing with gesso.

I love that with this prompt it took me out of my comfort zone (some of them self imposed) in multiple areas.

Firstly I have an almost compulsive habit of blending everything smooth, so I challenged myself, I handled the brush loosely and  I tried to maintain a 12 inch distance between my eyes and the page at all times. Because I didn't let myself worry about perfection and exact details this page only took me less than an hour total to do and I still like it (except for the wonky hand!)

The second is, I am not good at collage so I tend to avoid it, and this is a collage piece of sorts and I felt the challenge of creating a smooth flow from image to image, I feel that I have done better on this page than I have in the past when trying to do this type of piece.

The third I used a acrylics which is my favorite medium, but I didn't use it as I normally would, I watered my paints down to the consistency of ink and painted in thin layers which you can really see in the face in the stain glass and the figures in the trees. I think doing this also gave it more of a surreal feel.

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Big hugs and Mushy Stuff!! I am being attacked by cuteness!