Friday, March 27, 2015

COLLAGE OVER AN APPROPRIATED IMAGE

       Butterflies are strong metaphors for Spring, re-birth, new life.

I gave a portrait from a magazine new life as the background for this piece. I was drawn to it because of the flaming hair! I altered the paper with CitraSolv, sandpaper, and thin, watery gesso (over the features). Here's the altered paper: 


tute, how-to
This will be the basis for a mixed media work.













When the gesso was dry and the paper flattened, I adhered 5 paper butterflies in a strategic placement, as well as a tissue flower I cut from gift wrap...see it in the lower right corner. As a final step, I added a few acrylic paint accents. 
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Another ode to Spring!
See my previous mixed-media Spring collage using CitraSolv papers at THIS POST!
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Friday, March 20, 2015

SCRAPING & SCRIBBLING - Fun with Transparencies

I've discussed "bad" photos in this space before. Here's a great way to rid yourself of distracting backgrounds and add some great doodling, which is always fun.

First, I printed out my own, original photograph (below) on transparency film.

Guhin, transparency
LOVE these flowers...Birds of Paradise!

Then I used a scratch tool to scrape away the background, working on the emulsion side.
Next, a fine permanent marker or two (in black), and I really enjoyed this part!
Tips for variations: Try colored markers if you wish, or metallic ones. And try both wide and thin tips!
I mounted mine over white paper, but you could use colored art paper instead...oooo!

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Note that I left selected elements of the original background, too.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE WITH CITRASOLV PAPERS

CELEBRATE SPRING & CREATIVITY
My substrate is a sheet of heavy watercolor paper with wet-on-wet
and sprayed background. Let dry, of course.
mixed-media, Guhin
Blue and orange are complements.
Previously-prepared papers (below) using old National Geographic pages and CitraSolv. See their site for how-to. 
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I always keep a stash of these lovely papers!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I cut out and hand-colored a black and white photocopy for the large image.
 
To represent the imagination, I used bird and butterfly shapes that I cut from CitraSolv papers. Inside the head is also made of such a paper.
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The finished collage.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

A DRAWING PRACTICE ALL ABOUT FORM, LIGHT, & SHADE

DRAPERY: A STUDY IN HIGHLIGHTS & SHADOWS

First, arrange a good-sized rectangle of fabric on a large piece of corrugated cardboard. When you arrive at a shape you like, with "bumps and hollows," ridges and valleys, fix it in place with stick pins.
how-to, tute
Don't be too easy on yourself! Make it a challenge.
Place the arrangement on a table with a strong light source striking it, mostly from one direction.
 
Choose white or cream drawing paper, toned pastels paper, or one of your other favorite papers for this drawing.
Guhin, drapery, how-to
Notice how the shadow on the "table" grounds the drapery.
Very lightly, sketch the outer contours of the main shape first, as well as lines to suggest the inner forms.
 
I and my students used Berol Prismacolor colored pencils, but chalk or oil pastels will do, too.
 
DRAWING TIPS                                  
Leave bare paper where you want
strong highlights. You can always
add white later if your paper is toned. 
The best finished drawings will have more than a single color!
An orange fabric might have burnt sienna in its crevices.
Mix blues, violets, grays, and/or other hues into the shaded
areas and have fun "molding" and rounding the folds,
working in their directions.
Guhin, how-to, form, project,
A grounding shadow keeps the object from "floating."
ANOTHER DRAWING TIP
Berol makes a waxy blender pencil that is very useful with their colored pencils.

TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF                        
OR AN ADVANCED STUDENT
Use striped cloth! This is an
excellent drawing project
for gifted students.              
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Friday, February 20, 2015

AIRBRUSH -- NOT FOR SISSIES!

Have any of you readers ever used a compressor and an
airbrush? It's not easy, in my experience!
 
Either the nozzle clogs repeatedly or there's another problem with the air pressure or the air supply. I know the paint has to be thin, and I also know that everything must be very well cleaned after each use. I've never used canned air...is that easier?
 
I've had graininess or "orange peeling" -- common with acrylics drying so fast. Beginners often have "spiders" because they aren't moving their hand soon enough or at the end of a stroke.
 
I became so frustrated that I sold my equipment and haven't done another airbrush piece since. But I came upon this example from earlier (below) and invite any of you readers to get in touch with me if you wish to showcase your own airbrush pieces.
 
I know, it's very formally balanced.
 
 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CHIC-ER SNEAKERS - COLORFUL & TRENDY!

THIS POST IS A DEPARTURE,
BUT ONE MIGHT CALL IT ALTERED ART.
 
I bought a plain, white, very inexpensive pair of tennis, and didn't even wash them first.
Should have, I suppose, but too excited to DO this!
P.Guhin, tutorial
I used fluid acrylic inks and paints, which are of course permanent when dry.
decorative, Guhin
I did not use the mossy green at all.
Then I gathered my small paint brushes and--oh joy, what a blast painting the random shapes!
tutorial, P.Guhin
I used primary colors.
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Yes, I will actually wear these!
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Saturday, February 7, 2015

CAMOUFLAGE AND COLLAGE


Disguise an object, blend it into the background,
for a truly cool effect. Fool the eye!

Painters have used paint brushes
(see the top piece at this link)
and other objects in a manner similar to this idea.
Be creative with camouflage. It’s an exercise in disguise!

camouflage, mixed-media
Make a statement with your art!
YOU WILL NEED:

  • A map, comics, poster, wrapping paper…even print fabric adhered to a sturdy surface. Cover the background. TIP: Choose a pattern that you will want to duplicate yourself.
  • A lightweight toy plane,  car, figure, animal, utensil, any smallish object that’s somewhat flat (low relief). Perhaps similar to or in keeping with the pattern you chose, OR you could go the opposite way (a snake in the beautiful garden, or a rubber knife on a background of images of harmless toys, for example).
  • TIP: Use sandpaper to rough up slippery plastic items.
  • Gesso the small object and, when dry, paint it to match the background. Place the (dry) object where it will eventually be glued, and mimic the parts of the pattern that are underneath, with paint. I.e., your goal is to camouflage the object and fool the viewer’s eye—at least from a distance! Seal with a clear coat when the painting on the object is finished.
  • Then adhere the low relief object, using a very strong adhesive such as heavy gel medium.
P.Guhin, copyrighted
When not viewed at an angle, the doll blends in much better.
Thanks for your interest in this project! - Paula