HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AGAIN WITH THE FLAT SHAPES, BUT DIFFERENT!

Just as last week's post used a layer of paint to
define shapes, you will create flat layers of color
with this painting method too!
I won't lie to you...you must be patient to try this with a fairly
complex design, but the results can be very pleasing.
how-to, acrylic, paint
I used a complementary color scheme of orange and blue.
First, choose a limited palette with no more than 5 different values.
Rules are made to be broken, of course, but 4 or 5 tints and shades
are my suggestion. They should probably range from very light to
very dark, but again that's up to you.

I wanted white in my painting, so painted the entire canvas with
white first, and let dry. For my subject matter I considered
dancing figures, which would be terrific for this project,
but went with the branching trees instead.

Select a motif that you wish to repeat, and begin with the lightest color, as I did with the pale peach trees at the right, above. Never mind the peach in the background...that comes last!
Next, I painted in the two orange trees (note how one overlaps a peach tree a bit), then the deep blue ones, and finally the dark brown trees. Let dry between colors, and do some overlapping to add interest and tie everything together.

Finally, carefully, fill in the flat negative spaces. (Youngsters--heck, even semi-oldsters!--may not have the motor skills for this.)
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

A STENCILED EFFECT...BUT NOT!

HOW TO CREATE A POSITIVE/NEGATIVE PAINTING
In just three or four steps!
First up, the original mixed-media piece on canvas, which I rather despised and wanted to paint over. (See my post here about putting a bird on it!) 
collage, painting, bird
I love nature, but not this collage/painting.
Step 1: Disguise the original work in places with fairly thin acrylic colors, almost at random. Let dry.   
how-to, tutorial
As you can see, I flipped the piece upside-down.




TIP: For partially obscuring the piece, choose colors on either the light or the dark side, depending on the next color, in the next step!

Step 2: Draw outlines of the flat shapes you wish to use. (I selected plant forms, but other ideas include still life objects, simplified people-shapes, animals, and more. I "drew" with thin blue-violet paint and a liner brush (far better than pencil). Note where I began to fill in the negative space in two corners.

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TIP: Turn the canvas as you work.

Step 3: Paint the negative
spaces (those around the
positive shapes). If your
background is quite dark
over all, try a very light
color (a high value)
instead of doing as I did.

In the finished painting, below, I
left a few streaks and round shapes
unpainted in the background, to add to the foliage effect.

tutorial, acrylics,
The finished positive/negative painting.










Saturday, January 17, 2015

MORE ART PRODUCTS & EFFECTS ON A WET SURFACE

In the previous post here, you'll find visual texture effects and more on watercolor paper. Today we'll use the same type of watercolor paper to experiment dry-on-wet with a number of waterbased products. If paper becomes too dry, re-spray with water as needed.

art+blog, Guhin
Water soluble art media
Scrape dry pigment from color sticks with a knife, or rub the color over rough sandpaper. As you'll learn, I only had really good luck with the latter with one of the  the above water-soluble materials. (But that's just me.)

#1 is Cretacolor wax crayons with
knife scrapings onto a wet strip.

#2 is Portfolio water soluble oil
pastels (LOVE THEM!)
art, tute, tutorial
The last two are my favorite effects here.


#3 is Weber Costello WaterCrayons...
do they even make them anymore?


#4, I used Crayola Watercolor
Colored Pencils for a
fine, misty effect
in water.


#5 was done with shavings of
Neocolor II Watersolubles.

And do try dropping dry
crystals and concentrates
on damp paper.
Order it here!
 Brusho is still my all-time
"bombastic" product for
a strong pigment on
a wet surface...it blooms
beautifully! Love it! See Dyes
in Dry Form in my book,
CREATING DECORATIVE
PAPER


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Saturday, January 10, 2015

MATERIALS FOR DIFFERENT MIXED MEDIA EFFECTS

Elsewhere on this art blog I have previously discussed a number of media and common household products to create many textures and to use with a wide variety of techniques. See plastic food wrap here, and masking fluid here.


art+materials, Guhin, effects
You can even use rubber cement as a resist material!
You can imprint designs with fabrics, too! Below are a few other techniques to remind you of the possibilities!
Today we'll use water-soluble media (liquid watercolors, fluid acrylics) on cold press watercolor paper which I taped down and pre-wet with water.
In the first example, I washed in deep color and placed wooden sticks in it at once. Then I let it dry with the sticks in place.   
tute, technique
The wooden dots did not work!



tutorial. painting
Ok, MY result isn't terribly good.
Try other items! You'll have better luck!
Another technique: Scratch into wet paper before washing color over...the broken fibers absorb color differently than the rest of the paper.   
painting, how-to
This method is good for scribbles, lines, grasses....
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Saturday, January 3, 2015

EVALUATE & IMPROVE YOUR ARTWORK

ASSESS YOURSELF!

If you're like me, you might love a piece you've just finished, but when you look at it critically some time later, you find fault. Below are some guidelines to help you decide whether or not a work is truly finished, and the best it can be. Use these concepts while the art is in-progress and when you think it might be done. Then go back a few days later and squint your eyes at it again!


ELEMENTS OF ART: line, texture, color, shape, form, value, space
PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN: repetition, balance, emphasis, contrast, unity
A:  Did you plan carefully, make several sketches? Did you choose a color scheme wisely, use space effectively?
B: Does the artwork show that you applied the principles of design while using one or more art elements effectively?  

CREATIVITY & ORIGINALITY
A: Did you explore several choices, generating many ideas?
B: Is the work your own rather than copied or, God forbid, traced?
C. Does it communicate your own perspective, and do it well?

CRAFTSMANSHIP & SKILL
A: Is the artwork outstanding and patiently done? Is it as good as hard work could make it?
B: Does it need any finishing touches?

Finally, look at the artwork from a distance. Another idea: Turn the piece upside down for a brand new critical look! Yet another idea: Look at a reflection of the art in a mirror to see what might not work. Happy art-making!


assessment, mixed-media
                                         
tute, art+assessment
Have the Principles of Design been used?







Sunday, December 28, 2014

CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED & A COLLAGE - PAINTING TOO!

A COOL COMBO FOR A MIXED MEDIA ARTWORK

Gauze and modeling paste together add
 major texture to any painting.

 Sure, there are many other materials you can use for similar effects: crackle paste, sheetrock compound, "molding" paste
or any of the texture pastes.
Here I'll show you every step of my method, beginning with a used canvas.  (I had collaged and painted an angel, but did not like the finished work.)
 
1. I gathered two images to add to the piece, and kept the angel. I veiled her thinly with a yellow ochre glaze. The three images balance each other.
collage, painting
Step 1, veiling and collage.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
2.  I added thin glazes of acrylic color to the large figure and the tiny arch at top to blend them in better.
(Please excuse the quality of several of these pix!)

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Step 2, more veiling.

3. I adhered gauze to the canvas (in an arch shape) using acrylic medium, and then let it dry with a weight on top. 
tutorial, tute, how-to, art
Step 3, with gauze arch.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Next, when the gauze was dry, I scraped modeling paste into it. Let dry thoroughly.
acrylics, painting
Still not finished!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Finally, I used thin paints on the dry white arch and also adjusted the red cast. I then accented the entire piece to create contrast...light and dark in places. 
texture, technique
The finished artwork.
GIL, YOU WON THE GIVEAWAY CONTEST AGAIN! A BRAND NEW (funny) 2015 CALENDAR! Please send my your address again...I know you won once before but I did not keep your mailing address. Sorry.
                        HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

FREE FUNNY NEW CALENDAR & AN EASY PROJECT TOO!

The contest here is now closed...winner was Gil! (Geri, I would have sent you my own calendar too but you've already won twice on this blog. Sorry.)

WIN A 2015 CALENDAR!

One follower leaving a comment below this post will be mailed a brand new, humorous calendar. Contest ends next week. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

HERE'S A QUICK, SIMPLE TECHNIQUE FOR MULTIPLE, DUPLICATE IMAGES OF DIFFERENT SIZES.

  • Print out the duplicates on a copier that creates different sizes , or use an image-editing program to make the sizes smaller or larger. 
  • ANOTHER IDEA: Make every other size lighter or darker, or positive vs. negative! You could even go color vs. grayscale for every other one!
  • Trim away the white edges of each image if desired, and arrange them on a sturdy background before you adhere them.
  • MORE IDEAS: Instead of symmetrical design and formal balance like my example below, try asymmetrical, informal balance in any number of ways. Here are a couple of former posts with more finished examples: digital collage! and another.
how-to, tutorial
Wire Chicken Basket with Eggs