Canvas, Wax and Cardboard……..

I am always eager to try new things and as I get braver with my art and not so worried about making a mess or mistakes by just letting things flow I enjoy the results much more.

So keeping with experimenting with Encaustics I decided to take a piece of canvas that I had done a photo transfer on using one of my digital collages and incorporated it into this piece.  I added some corrugated cardboard to add more depth and texture, glued the canvas and cardboard and some papers onto a wood cradle board and then did some layers of bees-wax.

Love, Focus

Love, Focus

Next I scraped some of the wax off of in some areas, incised into the wax in areas and then added some India ink, oil pastels and pan pastels to create some shading.

I love that I was able to take one of favorite digital art pieces and create a new piece that has an aged encaustic look to it.

Until next time try something new and creative and don’t worry about the outcome just enjoy the journey.
Michelle

 

 

 

Inspiration from Artist Blogs

I am always so grateful for the wonderful artist blogs that are available because they provide so much inspiration for my art and I have learned so much from them which helps me grow as an artist.

As I have said before one of my favorite blogs is www.donnadowney.typepad.com she has her Collage Mondays and her Inspiration Wednesdays which are great because they always encourage you to try new things, experiment with colour, or different tapes and papers and to remember even when you think it may be a disaster if you keep at it, it will turn into something great and totally unexpected.  Recently she moved to a new studio and wanted to fill a large wall so she started the “Altered Brush Project” inviting artists to participate by purchasing a brush and altering it then returning it so that it could be displayed on the wall in her new studio.  It would have been fun to participate in the project but being in Canada and thinking about how long it would take to get the brush, etc. I passed on seeing if I could be a part of it.

Altered Paint Brush (Backside) inspired by Donna Downey

I do thank Donna for her wonderful blog and the inspiration that it provided me to try the altered paint brush  which in turn became a lovely fun hostess gift. 

I was inspired by the idea of trying to alter a paint brush  and I think in the latest Cloth, Paper, Scissors  “Pages” Magazine has something similar only it is paint brushes that has note paper instead of the brush.

Altered Paint Brush Inspired by Donna Downey

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I was browsing the Dollar Store and came across paint brushes and decided to try altering a brush.  I was going to a barbecue to celebrate my friend’s completion of renovations they had done to their kitchen and thought it would make a cute hostess gift.  So I spent a fun afternoon altering this paint brush, I have since bought more brushes to alters as it was just too much fun and they make great little gifts.

If you are going to try this out yourself, be sure to gesso the brush handle and the brush itself first so that the paint sticks better.

Wishing you an inspired life,

Michelle

Many Faces

My intention is to be able to draw faces – I never really tried drawing them up until this past year and let me tell you I have since drawn some pretty weird, scary almost at times faces but I am happy with the progress I have been making.  I think the key for me, anyway, is to practice a lot.  Recently I did just that and am pleased with some of the outcomes, but not all of them – it amazes me how you can use the same technique and end up with something so totally different. I mostly used conte crayon, and pan pastels for colour.

Next is mastering hair.

Here are some of my favorites that I have done in the past month.

Michelle