Ten things you need to know about my art.

I’ve been back in the studio again working on a new series.  Here are ten things you need to know about my art:

  1.  There’s ALWAYS Naples Yellow on my pallet – it’s like sunshine.
  2.  I generally use Burnt Umber instead of black.
  3.  My pallet is a tiny bar cutting mat that I bought at the dollar store.  It scrapes down easily when I don’t wash it right away and my ultra thinned acrylics just don’t stick to it.
  4.  There’s usually a layer of shimmer somewhere on my paintings.
  5.  I use watercolor pencils, inks, gel medium, and clear gesso between layers.
  6.  Every painting I do has a minimum of 6 layers.
  7.  I sign my paintings before I finish them.
  8.  I glaze like a maniac – rarely is there one layer of pure pigment on my canvas.
  9.  I sometimes draw my birds on paper with Prismacolor Pencils then layer them on   the canvas with gel medium.
  10.  I create “studio cards” when I work.  It uses the extra paint on my pallet and lets  me try new ideas with no “commitment issues”.
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    The beginnings of a cactus flower painting alongside a “studio card”

    20180325_122244.jpg Here’s another shot of the same card, with a few more layers.  I send these out to random people I know.

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Coming Soon! Mixed Media Wall Art

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I’m so excited about these little boxes that hang on the wall and can conceal small mementos inside.  For years, my husband and I collected little works of art on our travels together and those little items remind me all the time of all those happy memories we shared.   That was the inspiration behind these little boxes.  The materials are things I love to work with – decorative papers, poured acrylic paints, jewelry findings, flowers, and all sorts of embellishments (which might be my new addiction).  I know you can’t see much from the big photo above, but here are some little images:

I love creating little things – little flowers and butterflies, layered works with decorative papers and acrylic crystals.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time, you know I love experimenting with new products – from the Pebeo Fantasy Prisme and Moon paints to Liquitex mediums and a host of other cool things that make texture and color sing.   All of those experiments came together when I began creating this series.

When my life tipped upside down, my ability to concentrate on large works suffered.  I still needed the outlet of art, but I couldn’t work a single canvas for hours on end any more.  I turned instead to smaller projects, like poured acrylics.  I also began playing with stencils and other products to create texture.  From these experiments, I started to envision a whole new direction for my art.  These are the beginning of the journey.

I have decided to re-open my Etsy shop to sell these little wall art pieces.  The best part is they have a little concealed area suitable for hiding those little items we all shuffle around our jewelry boxes and dresser drawers.  Here’s an interior shot of one of the boxes:

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You can check out my Etsy shop on November 19 (SandAndChiArt) to see more.   In the meantime, I have more boxes to create!

 

 

Using multiple techniques – Mixed Media Collage

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This is from a new collection that I’ve been working on.  These are not digital images, but rather mixed media collage pieces, all centered around a nature theme.  In the above shot, you can see the embellishments I added to the surface – including a paper butterfly that was inspired by a Lalique pin I saw.

All in all, there are at least 7 techniques used above – probably more, but after 7 it’s really a moot point.  These new collages have texture and are all finished with a clear coat of resin to give the surface some depth.  So I thought for a while I’d post about these little gems.

On the main substrate of the piece.

I used acrylic paint and Liquitex pouring medium to achieve the cream and white color of the base.  Next, I layered Liquitex gel medium over it using a stencil (this one is from Tim Holtz), then used Pebeo Vitrail in sand and white to flood over the dried stencil to get the deeper areas.  The Vitrail lightening medium is so easy to use over a textured piece.  It carries the color right into the recesses and by flooding the piece with a mixture of Vitrail paints thinned with lightening medium I can get a soft finish with nice color transitions.  My next step was to drop on some Pebeo Moon paint…but more on that later.

Then I went to work on a cardstock butterfly.  I layered Pebeo Moon and Fantasy paints over the surface (in pearl and gold) and let the effects mix together.  I love the way they swirl and change and give an enameled look to a piece.  Then came some embellishments (Recollections glitter and little bling gems) all held on with some glossy mod-podge.  You never want to use the matte mod-podge over a glitter – it takes away the sparkle.  I also let some white Vitrail flow over some little flowers I molded with PaperClay and a small mold I bought years ago.  These little flowers then got a gem glued to the center and the edges brushed with PearlEx powders.  That really added a little extra sparkle!

In the 1st photo, you can see some faint butterflies with glittery bodies.  Those were a photo-transfer using scrapbook paper and gloss gel.  Once the gel dries, you can soak it in water and rub off the paper – leaving a transparent “skin” with the image on it.  It’s great fun to do while watching TV.  I then assembled all of the elements – including some little gears and a big sparkly Bead Landing flower that came from my stash of jewelry supplies and then a coat of clear Gedeo resin – Voila!  A mixed media collage that took HOURS but was so entertaining to do.