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

 

 

 

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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

Large Canvas Transformation

I have been trying my hand at some larger canvases, up till now I have basically worked with 8 x 10 most of the time.  So I bought a few 16 x 20 canvases to work on and see how I did with this larger format.  I like to take my time adding different components to the collage and place them where I can look at them for a few days and decide what I want to add.  Here is the first one I started, I have another 3 on the go as well, but this is the only one I thought to take photos of it in its transformational stages.

The photo  to left is the first stage using  variety of patterned papers and hand drawn image.

Next came the addition of acrylic paint, last photo I added more collage pieces, pan pastels and shading. Still feel I want to add more. I will post the final when it is done.

Til next time

Michelle

Just doodling through January

Life is Magical

January in the Pacific Northwest can be rather damp and gloomy and sometimes some cold and snow thrown in just to keep it interesting.  Now that January is at an end we are beginning to ge little signs of spring, daffodils starting to poke out of the cold ground, some buds starting to form a few bushes, perhaps they don’t realize it is only the end of January, but it still gives us the feeling that spring is just a few short weeks away.

These past few weeks have been spent indoors and I  have had the leisure of spending them doodling,painting and gluing collages one of the advantages of being retired :).  I have been experimenting with my new pan pastels learning how to blend and mix colours, what I like most is that I can also use watercolours and acrylics with them.  Here are a couple of my latest art pages using an array of mixed media.

Experimenting and trying new techniques is always fun, it’s letting go of the fear of making a mess that is the biggest challenge but once I start laying the initial layers my fear diminishes and the creativity flows, I think it just takes picking up the paint brush and putting down the first few strokes.

Hope you find a few minutes to release your creativity today.

Michelle

Life is magical and time waits for no one, treasure every moment.