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

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Delicious new art supplies!

My Christmas wish list this year was mainly art supplies and I received the majority of them under the tree.  I was so excited to get the Pan Pastel Starter kit, which included a few sponges, Shades of Grey pitt pens, pit artists pens, mini canvases, a How to Draw for the Mixed Media Artist and art magazines.  I have been playing around with my new supplies the last couple of days now that things have settled down from Christmas celebrations and have been having fun experimenting.

Practice makes perfect have patience

Still have lots to learn about pan pastels, so think I will try Donna Downey’s Pan Pastel 101 on-line workshop http://www.donnadowney.com/shop/product.php?productid=2587&cat=16&page=1 so that I can hone some techniques and make the most out of my pan pastels.

Gratitude

These picture to the left is my first attempts trying out my new Shades of Grey Pitt Pens, and following a Pam Carriker Tutorial http://pamcarriker.com/tutorials/….still need lots of practice learning how to shade.  The one to the right is done with pan pastels and watercolours and some charcoal pencil to add more depth.

I am so grateful for these mixed media artists sharing their talents and providing such great tutorials so that others can become better artists too.

 

Shades of Grey with a touch of Pan Pastel

 

 

 

Canvas and recycled cardboard

I am going through creative withdrawal this past couple of weeks as I had to have surgery on my right hand…I am right-handed .  So I have this cast on my hand and arm allowing me very little mobility, so no messing around with paint and collage for a while.  I have a cast on for 6 weeks!  So I’m  trying to find other ways of being creative.  I have been checking out various artist blogs and storing  inspiration for when I am able to paint again.One of my favorite artists right now is Donna Downey http://donnadowney.typepad.com/ She has some wonderful art journal tutorial videos.

Seek the Power Within

Just prior to my surgery I went on a creative frenzy trying out painting and collaging in squares of unstretched canvas.  I found I really enjoyed this process and did a few in just a matter of days.  Then the question of what to mount these canvas pieces on and I decided to recycle some cardboard, applied some gesso and then painted with various colours to coordinate with  my canvas creations. 

Pure Joy & Bliss

I then  mounted the canvas to the cardboard  using embroidery cotton and some recycled raffia I had just to add a bit more interest to the frame.  Afterwards I roughed up the cardboard with some sandpaper to give it a more weathered look and then used a bit of distressing ink.  I really like how they turned out and can’t wait to make some more. 

Until I can actually use my hand again I am going to try doing collage digitally in photo shop….need to have some creative outlet for the next 4 weeks otherwise I may go crazy….

The pics I have include are not the best as I scanned them and they were a bit bigger than my scanner. Hopefully it won’t be long before I can hold a camera again.

Happy creating to you

Michelle