Friday, September 19, 2014

Mixing it Up loves Cottonwood Arts

Welcome to the Mixing it Up loves Cottonwood Arts blog hop!

This is a closed blog hop just for the members of the
  Mixing it Up Every Day Face Book group
so that we can get to know each other better.

Having said that, if you are not in our group, please feel free to leave a comment anyway and come join us over on Face Book. We would love to get to know you better too.

Sandee Setliff 
Tiare Smith Woods 
Martice Smith II 
Tiffany Goff Smith 
Anna Ely (that's ME!)
Cat von Hassel-Davies
Terri Sproul 
Sharon D. Estes 
Betty Guffey Richardson
Tommy Jo Vilello Anderson
Melissa Willard Edwards
Donna Simmons Lueders 
Jean Marmo 
Tamiko McCurry 

My initial background was created using blue and green
Derwent Inktense Blocks  to create a wash on 140 lb watercolor paper.
I used an old gift card and heavy body acrylics to scrape in green for the grass and
milky white and blue for clouds in the sky.


Next I created a paper mask for my little bird and painted it in
shades of pink, purple and red.

I masked off my little bird and created some spatters in the sky and in the grass.
I took an old splayed out paintbrush and created little pink and yellow flowers in the grass.
I scraped in greens and browns for the flower stems and grass with the edge of my gift card. 

Next I used a baby wipe dabbed in a bit of yellow to create a
sunny glow across the sky.

I also dotted in some little black center for the flowers
and gave my little bird a beak and an eye.

Here's a little close up of the texture on my little bird and the spatters in the sky.

Next I put the stencil of my little bird back on and added some 
pink and purple spatters to just the bird.

Then using a black Derwent Inktense Pencil,
I added an outline to my little bird and softened the lines
with a damp brush and my fingers.

Legs, feet and quote were written with a black
Pitt Calligraphy pen.

...and the final step was to thicken the lines on the quote, put a little highlight in his eye and add my signature.

Open Your Heart to Possibility 

We were also asked to answer this question...
Are you a Journal Hoarder?
I guess I would say that I am.  
I am always in search of the perfect journal 
and I have several in progress at all times,
as I never know what kind of surface I want to work on, or what size.
I grab which ever one feels right at the moment.

This is just a few of the ones I have in progress.  
These three are on my desk most of the time
and I have others tucked away in my cabinets

The journal on the top of the stack I have been working in since 1998!
I know because I try and remember to sign my pages and put at least the year.
Although the page it is open to was finished in the last year or so,
the background was done MANY years ago
and sat patiently waiting for me to come back and finish.

Now I'm off to check out all the wonderful posts in this blog hop!! 
Come join the fun!!
  If you are following down the list in order...
Cat von Hassel-Davies
is next.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pear Study #3

Pear Study #3

In acrylics...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pear Studies in Acrylic

Pear Studies #1 and #2

My poor, poor neglected blog.  It's been so very long and I should hang my head in shame. 
My only excuse is that is has been a very busy couple of months...
I know...I know...that isn't any excuse.

All is fine on the home front, summer break is over 
and my youngest heads back to school for her Senior year tomorrow
and hopefully I won't neglect my little blog.

At least I've been able to carve out some time at my art desk, 
although I haven't blogged about it.

This week I pulled out my acrylics and did a couple of Pear Studies.
It all started with a YouTube video that I watched
by Bob Burridge on the Cheap Joe's YouTube channel

Then Betty Franks, Mystic Tulip Mixed Media posted some Pear Studies
that she had painted following his video.  She posted a couple of videos of her own
explaining how she created one of her little paintings.

...after that I just had to paint some pears of my own!
Here are the first two.
Can't wait to pull out my acrylics and do some more...these pears can be addicting!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Encaustic Playtime

It's been many years since I dug out my encaustic waxes to play but lately I've been hearing them call my name.  It was a rainy day yesterday and I decided it was the perfect time to play.

These are all done with encaustic wax blocks and an encaustic iron.  I've had mine for years, but I went searching the internet and found this distributor here in the United States. 
I don't have but about a dozen colors and some of the blocks are getting small, so I know I'll be putting together an order soon!

These are done on Encaustic Card  and then sealed with and Encaustic Sealer both of which are available on their website, along with the iron I used.

Sorry I didn't take any step-out pictures.  I was having so much fun I forgot until I was all finished playing.  OOPS!!

I call this one Stormy Sea
ahhhh....the joys of owning a cat.  I see I managed to get a cat hair in it.  Sigh...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Taking it back 10 Years

My Handsome Fella with the Wild Hair.  
Stacey - 9 Years Old

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday
Tori - 2003
7 Years Old

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday

1958 - Roswell, New Mexico

Madelyn, Ivy and Anna

Saturday, April 19, 2014

More Art Journal Play

In the Heat of the Summer

Had a go at acrylic finger painting today in my Art Journal today.
I used the Week 14 Prompt for the Journal 52 Project  - Rain or Shine - which was to create a page about weather or your favorite season.
It also meets the Week 7 prompt for The Documented Life Project which was to draw a shape and repeat it multiple times.

I call this one "In the Heat of the Summer"

I've had a whitish page that's just been sitting in my art journal.  I say whitish because it was a page gone wrong that I covered up with gesso.  The original color was a green Silks glaze and it wasn't quite dry when I covered it in gesso, so it tinted the gesso just a tinge of green.  I had taken different size bottle caps and twisted a bunch of circles in the wet gesso and had left it to dry.
I've looked at it several time and wondered what I was going to do with it and so when I sat down at my desk today and opened my journal to that page, I decided I was going to give it a go.

I grabbed a cup of coffee and got to work!

It is starting to get a lot warmer here in Florida and I am looking forward to the hot summertime!
I thought the circles looked like circles of sun radiating heat, so the first thing I did was grab some heavy body acrylic yellow and smudged some color onto the circles.
You can see the imprint of the circles in the picture below.

Then I realized I didn't do the background first, so I roughed in a blue sky and then pulled out some heavy body acrylic red, yellow and green and swirled in some color in each of the circles.
I didn't stop to grab the camera, because my fingers were covered in paint and I was in the groove!!
You can see by the picture below that I also started laying in some white puffy clouds on top of the blue to add some depth.

Everything up until this point was don with my fingers, but once I got this far I pulled out my Fine Liner and my Acrylic Inks and added some lines and dots in red.

 I had a spot that was looking too empty so I decided to swirl in another circle of paint.  
This one ended up being the focal point of the page as I added more and more color.
More Fine Liner work with dots and lines in green.

Then I pulled out a Tim Holtz stencil and finger painted in some rays of sun.

First in yellow and then in orange.

Then I started adding some glow from the center with yellow and then green.
I used a swirl stencil and laid in a few white swirls coming off the sun and a black Montana Paint Pen to draw some loose circles around a few of circles.

More blending a tad more orange to my sun and along with using the Fine Liner to add some orange lines and swirls to some of the circles and I'm calling it done!

Art Journal Play

Grow Where You are Planted

Took some time to doodle and play in my Mixed Media Journal.
I doodled with Montana Paint Pens and colored with Inktense Blocks and Twinkling H2Os.

...and here is a couple of pages I did last week.  I had fun sling watered down acrylic paints!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Colorado 2006

Family Vacation 2006 

I think my hair must have been freshly permed because I still looked like a poodle!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Some Art Journal Fun

Art Journal Fun

Took a little challenge on one of my facebook groups to use a painting by Donna Downey for inspiration.  It involved creating a background and then covering most of it up with black.  
THAT was the hardest part...covering up all the pretty colors and paint layers on the back ground.

Here is a picture of the completed page.

...and then some of the process.

I started by applying layers of acrylic with an old credit card.

Then I started adding more colors using stencils.

...then a bit of stamping.

Then I dug out some rub-ons and scattered them on the page.

It needed some more pop, so I used the tip of my finger and added some bright red circles.

Some doodling and dots and little bees..
(Although the bees don't really show once it's finished.)

Decided on circle and flower placement...

Then I started adding black paint.  I didn't didn't like the stark edges of the black against the color, so I grabbed extra fine line black and white Montana Paint Markers and added some sketchy lines around each circle.

Then I added a couple more rub-ons and started laying in the flower.

LOVE how it turned out!!!