Organic Art in Encaustic

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we`re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”

A few weeks back I went to a Sunday demonstration on Encaustic Collage at the Opus Art Store http://www.opusframing.com/how/demos in Langley to see if I could hone some more techniques while working – and I was delighted with what I learned.

The artist doing the demo was Nancy Crawford and she had lots of samples of encaustic collage work using different techniques.  She also offers workshops in Encaustics check out her website for more info http://www.thecreativecommitmant.com .

Attending this demo inspired me to get back to working with wax again as I had basically been working with acrylic and venetian plaster for the last few months.  So here is one of the pieces that I did.

Just Be

Just Be

What is different from what I have done in encaustic before is that I attached my collage pieces first using glue and then added layers of clear bees-wax rather than adding a few layers of wax first and then adding collage items.  Then I scraped back some of the wax so that the letters were more prominent and I also incised various areas and added oil paint and India ink to give it more colour and texture.

This is what the cradle board looked like before adding the wax and paint.  A good tip from Nancy was to paint the base of the frame with black acrylic and then cover with masking tape once it is dry to protect it from dripping wax which eliminates having to scrape off the wax.  It worked perfectly!

Before adding wax

Before adding wax

Until next time happy creating.

Michelle

 

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A Toast to 2014

I created this collage for a special friend who is a ‘Sommelier’ (one who has studied areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine)
Cheers Taking what I learned when I took Sandra Duran Wilson’s – No Fail Fescoes class at the Art and Soul Retreat in Portland I applied these techniques to the collage. You can find Sandra on Facebook or at her website http://www.sandraduranwilson.com/Artist

To begin with I covered the canvas with some collage papers and then thinly applied Venetian plaster and pressed a stamp into the plaster to create a textured aged look. I drew some wine glasses on ‘Rice Paper’ because of it’s transparency and used a gold pen to write positive words within the glasses and then cut them out and attached them to the canvas. I added more layers of Venetian plaster here and there and then started using oil pastels, rubbing it into the crevices to add colour and more depth to the overall collage and this is what I ended up with.

My friend loved the collage and has hung it in a special spot by her wine collection.

If you want to try using Venetian plaster in your collages you can get it from Home Depot.

Happy New Year and Happy Creating
Michelle

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A little Wabi-Sabi trial

wabi sabi I recently purchased the book Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop by Serena Barton http://www.serenabarton.com/info.php?page=4, which I discovered on Pam Carriker’s blog http://pamcarriker.com/2013/06/10/serena-barton-wabi-sabi-book-blog-hop/ and I am definitely intrigued by her techniques.

This is my first attempt at trying some of the techniques on a 8 x 8 canvas. I didn’t have any of the re-inkers that Serena uses and they are not available in Canada where I live, so instead I used acrylics with acrylic glaze and some cold wax. I am pleased with how it turned out.

I am registered for Serena’s Wabi-Sabi Workshop at the Portland, Oregon Art & Soul Retreat http://artandsoulretreat.com in October and I can hardly wait to take the workshop.

til next time
Michelle

Nourishing Your Creative Spirit

“What in your life is calling you? When all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside…what still pulls on your soul?”  Terma collective, “The Box”

This quote really got me thinking – after having so many months of planning and preparing for my daughter’s wedding everything has become quite calm again which made me realize that I had put my creative spirit on the back burner.  Yes, I was creating decorations for the wedding and being creative in other aspects but I really hadn’t picked up a paint brush, or glued pieces to a collage in a while.  So this past week I have been trying to get the creative juices flowing and trying to find ways to nourish my creative spirit.  I realize that what still calls me after all the to do lists have been completed and I have free time it is multi-media, painting and collage.   I enjoy brushing paint onto canvas, blending colours and adding collage pieces and watch as it transforms – although I may have a long way to go before I discover my own style I must remind myself it is all about the journey and the joy that you get while being creative.  

To nourish my creative spirit I love to browse through my Somerset Magazines and now I have the latest issue of  Cloth, Paper and Scissors that I am thoroughly enjoying and I always return to my favorite book “Taking Flight – Inspirations & Techniques to give your Creative Spirit Wings” by Kelly Rae Roberts – it is a very inspirational source  for me.  I have now made a list of the projects that I want to try from this book during summer. 

Til next time  – try taking some time out to remind yourself what nourishes your creative spirit.

Michelle

Plant Your Dreams – Creating Your Life Vision Board Workshop

Creating Your Life Vision Board Workshop

Vision Boards:  A Practice Not Just An Activity

Vision boards are one of the most powerful ways to visualize your goals and keep you focused. Where do you want to be and what do you want to be doing one, five, ten years from now?  Just like Hollywood directors you can create storyboards to map out your blockbuster life – your vision board will focus close-up on you and you become the STAR not the extra in your own extraordinary life story!

I am so excited to be partnering with a friend and multi-media artist, Violette of http://Violette.ca and author of  ‘Journal Bliss’ Inner prompts to unleash your inner Eccentric –  we met at the White Rock Valley Women’s Networking Luncheon by and are now facilitating a workshop on creating vision boards together.  I have been an avid creator of vision boards for a while now, ever since watching ‘The Secret” and attending  Jack Canfield and Jim Bunch’s “The Ultimate Life Conference” a few years ago.   It is so important for us to dream and use visuals to help us realize our dreams and Vision Boards are a great and fun way to do this.  

Your vision board can take many forms or can just be positive daily affirmations put to a colourful page filled with images of the things that you desire in your life.   At the workshop Violette and  I will guide your through some exercises and some techniques to use while creating your vision/dream board.  It is going to be a very fun afternoon filled with positive and creative fun. 

If you live in the Vancouver area and are interested in joining us for this workshop click on the image above to link to more info  and how to register.  

Here is some pictures of Violette with her Dream Board to go…..and some beautiful affirmation postcards she has created.   

Dream Board

Violette’s Dream Board To-Go
Living the Best Life
Self Esteem Vision Card

Until next time – what dreams do you have for your life?

Michelle

 

Discovering Creative Learning Resoures and Inspiration

It’s funny how you come across great magazines when you least expect it and they are treasures just filled with wonderful creative ideas, resources and new venues to develop your art.  One magazine in particular that I am really falling in love with is Somerset Studio it is chalked full of wonderful artists sharing their art and techniques.  These are definitely magazines that you keep on your bookshelf close at hand to refer back to off and on when you are needing a creative boost or looking for an idea.  Their website is also an interesting and informative place to check out where you will find free how-to videos, project ideas and new products and more http://somersetstudio.com/

While reading one of  the articles in the latest issue of Somerset Studio I discovered a link  for learning more about using moulding paste in collage and art pages – the link was  http://PamCarriker.com – well what an exciting find this site has been and I have  found myself returning many times this past week to continue to soak up all her fun techniques.  Pam Carriker is an amazing multi-media artist and she has done some videos on how to use your art pages again by making copies of them and then cutting, tearing, etc. different pieces of the previous art  page copy and giving it a whole new life on a new page.  Pam’s site also led me to a link to Stratmore’s Artist free on-line workshops another great find  http://www.strathmoreartist.com/vjworkshop2011.html .  I have  enjoyed watching all of Pam’s workshop videos – she is an incredible teacher and her techniques are really something I want to incorporate into my art pages and collages as I continue to learn and grow as an artist (still got those training wheels on).  I would be remiss not to mention that there are two other artists – Linda Blinn and Roz Stendahl also teaching Strathmore Artists Workshops on art pages and they are both really informative.

I have  scanned some of my pages, printed them off and have been having fun trying out Pam’s techniques while creating a totally different art page.  I am still working on my first page not quite finished…..but soon.

So if you are looking for some inspiration and to learn some more techniques for your art page do  check out the links I have shared in my post, well worth exploring.

Til next time happy creating

Michelle

Artist With Training Wheels

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” Vincent Van Gogh

I see myself as a budding artist with training wheels, and I am very new to the collage and art journaling community I am loving the growth I have made in the past few months and know that the training wheels may be required for quite some time. If you had asked me 8 months ago if I would be painting and doing art journaling, I would have likely said ‘me I’m not a painter’ – because I have this voice inside –  that ‘EGO’ voice that stops me from doing so many things in life because of the fear it can instill if I allow it to.  That is why I chose to start off this post with the quote from Vincent Van Gogh  so we can remember to silence that voice otherwise we stop ourselves from experiencing our creativity and many other adventures in life. 

This past week I have continued to experiment with my art pages by incorporating and altering  magazine photos.  It is such an interesting transformation and it is amazing how something so simple can create such different and unique art pages. 

I was reflecting on the past few months and am so pleased with the progress in my art and all of the different techniques I have been learning.  When I think that up until 4 months ago I had not tried  painting or doing collage for that matter I  had really no thoughts of trying these different mediums, instead  I had been  creating wire wrap jewellery for about 4 months which I loved but I was searching for more.  Creativity opened  another door to me in December when I was inspired by a couple of collages a past co-worker had hanging in her office.  She had recently taken a class and created these striking wax collages and ‘ voila’ I was overcome with  inspiration and a tweaked curiosity to sample collage as an art form myself – it stirred some excitement within me.  I remembered doing collage of sorts back at the age of 19 when I covered the exterior of an old claw-foot bathtub with pictures and quotes to cover the ugly peeling paint – I wonder what the landlord thought of my artistic refurbishing of the tub? 

So now with  a new area to explore I started searching on-line and found many videos to watch on the collage process, painting, mediums, etc. – trying to learn all that I could.

Collage art page prior to being altered

I am so grateful that I stumbled onto the 21 Secrets Workshop Artists Workshops  http://www.dirtyfootprintsworkshops.com/2008/09/21-secrets-art-journal-playground.html through Violette’s  Creative Juice blog http://www.violette.ca/  where I discovered 21 talented artists who are willing to share their many talents – feeding my hunger to learn more techniques and try new things.  I look forward to where my creations will go in the next months while I wander down this exciting road of art discovery with my training wheels firmly attached – learning not only art techniques but more about my inner self from  these very talented instructors but also from the incredible 21 Secrets community that is rapidly growing with other artists willing to share their new artistic adventures and growth. Still three more months of fun in the playground.

So who says you can’t paint? – just give it a try, have fun, art journaling is a wonderful way to discover that child within and to experiment, use your hands – get messy and learn so much more about yourself as it is a very therapeutic past time.

After altering the magazine photo collage

Til next time happy creating

Michelle

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