Sunday, March 22, 2015

Carla Sonheim Practice

A few blobs of cheap water color, and gesso circles and stars...

some pencil smudges and shadow, a bit more gesso where needed

Sepia gold colored watercolor around the whole painting,
and more pencil around the edge of the paper

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mixed media collage and my grandson

I have been making videos for my grandson in Germany.  I won't see him for a long time, and I want to grow with him.  He loves art right now, so I am making videos for him.  What was so cool about this was that I didn't over think like I always do.

I used the end of celery, the marker cover and the cardboard from coffee shops.  I used American craft acrylic pain, Crayola crayons, a chalk marker, pencil,  markers, scrap papers, and stickers.  I tried to use what he may have access to in Germany.

I had fun and hopefully he will too!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Mixed Media Collage

I am so greatful to have copies of these collages.  If you ever have artwork placed in a shop of any kind, even a cigar shop like I had mine, have a document written up that your work is there on their premise, because I now can't get a hold of the manager, and am not sure my work is still in her shop.  So I am greatful I can make a copy for my portfolio in case she ditched them.

Fountain Pen and Ink

If you can, pick up this Journal of Antiques and Collectibles at an antique shop.  Great article about the anatomy and history along with other photos of fountain pens from the early 1920's. There is also an article about Norman Rockwell.  It is fun finding out about art history and artifacts from different resources than a history book.

Book Journal with Girly Cutie Faces and Mixed Media

 Love making a journal by buying a second hand book from Sally's  and gluing pages together with Ranger glue.  This particular journal is square which is so different, so many journals are rectangular, so I like the square.  Now, my steps are gesso in as I go.  Alot of people like gesso in the whole journal at one time, and then adding paints and inks before they begin to do special collages.  I actually like to wait, because my mood changes, and depending what is on my mind, I don't want to have the page prepared for possibly something else.  I do gesso most of the time, but I like to keep a change my possibility.

I have been finding some fun stickers, so this two page spread is somewhat based on the idea of the tea party, and different alphabet stickers.

The girl on the right was a head from a vintage children's book, but the little gal was blonde haired, and had a pouty attitude.  So I changed her up with black hair, freckles, green eyes and a bit more pleased and happy, maybe because she is having a cup of tea and pretty colored cupcakes.

Mixed Media Portrait Jane Davenport

I have been practicing mixed media portraiture for about 6 years now.  I started with Suzi Blu, Milliande, and Willowing.  I am now working out of Jane Davenport's book Beautiful Faces and loving it.  Effy Wild did a short tutorial on making feathers, so that I did and made my beautiful face an outfit of feathers to highlight her eyes.  Kind of like putting make-up on a two dimensional doll making her look 3 dimensional.  I am also working on regular portraits.  I figure in about 2-3 years, I will have accomplished the portrait.