Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wall of inspiration: Spray Ink Background

This is the second canvas in the "Wall of Inspiration" series of mixed media canvases I'm creating for my studio's wall. I know I said small canvases but I couldn't resist creating a full size 12X12 canvas for this amazing tree branch I found one day. You can find the first Wall of Inspiration canvas here.

I found the branch on a trip we took with the kids and a group of friends. This is how I found it, on the ground, among other branches that fell from the trees around. It was so perfect, I didn't have to cut anything or make it smaller. The size was perfect, it looked like a miniature tree more than a branch. It had a movement to it, because all the little branches were growing in the same sideways direction, which was beautiful almost like it's blown by the I said...amazing!

I knew when I saw it - it would look great on a canvas! I love adding natural elements to artwork. It's like bringing nature in and creating an art in synch with the world and mother nature. I wanted to create a simple background that would be colorful but not too layered with patterns and colors so my tree branch would be lost in it. I created a two tone colored background using only spray inks. They were colorful on one side but transparent on the other so unlike acrylic paint they gave a colorful yet light background.

I attached the tree branch and added the sentence. After all the point is to be inspired by words and not be distracted by the design. Check out the step by step video tutorial for the full process.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How to use unsuccessful photos on a layout

In the digital age we're not afraid to take pictures and photograph things because we can always delete it! But I still have old photos which are not so successful to say the least and it really bother me that I can't do anything with them. When I say unsuccessful I also mean blurry photos but mostly un scrapable photos. Those photos which don't tell any story, which have unwanted people in the background or not so nice facial expressions. The photos where somebody else took for me and I wish I didn't ask because they are too close or too far or not what I get the picture.

I challenged myself to use them and come up with a way to create layouts with them. Here is what I came up with...

The first layout is a collage. Many small photos I cut from the original photo. I cut the faces that were lost in the noisy background or were too far to see. I used Blue Fern Studios' Marrakech Panel to create a grid to house the small photos. I sprayed the chipboard with several colors and added a little white gesso and then separated the inner pieces. I arranged the grid, the inner pieces and the pre cut photos on the page and just added a few cut pieces from patterned paper.

You can watch a step by step video tutorial that I created for Blue Fern Studios to check out how I created this layout. Just click here.

For the second layout I used a cut image of my son which I cut out of the photo. I always wanted to use this photo but he always seemed to angry in the photo and I didn't know how to work with that. The idea I had was to use "This is my Life" chipboard by BFS and add something to it. So the title became: "Mom...this is my life!" which fits that angry face.

For the flower garden I used flower chipboards by BFS and colored them with Aquarelle pencils and a water brush. Then I "planted" them in the sprayed cheesecloth I used as grass/flower bed. I also added some paper flowers to have a rich garden fit for spring.

I hope this has inspired you to challenge yourself to use your not so successful photos. Which ones would you use first?

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Set Your Creativity Free!

How many people do you know that have no creativity at all? They are locked in a structural, boring or colorless thinking. Well...I believe there is no such thing! Everyone has creativity within them they just need to set it free! I created this art journal page to describe this process in color and images.

It's so much fun being on the right side of this page, where your mind is full imagination and the creativity is flowing. That side is full of colors blended together, doodling and shapes and lots of texture. On the other side the colors almost don't exist and if they do they are hidden behind a wall of white noise and distractions.

Setting your creativity free is as easy as this page! I started with stamping and doodling creating a gradual effect of going from straight lines and stamping to curves and swirls. Then I added color, going from white on the left to brighter more vibrant colors on the right.

I added texture with modeling paste and more random stamping and doodling. Finally I added the sentence that tied everything together.

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