Friday, November 29, 2013

Abandonment #5: Dahlia

Hi, everyone! :)

Im sure plenty of you have gone to restaurants that put out those thick paper coasters with your drink. Well, I had gotten into the habit of taking mine home with me every time I had gotten one. I had a light bulb moment and realized that I could use them in my art.

So, I picked two of them out of my stash and painted them black. Initially, they were going to be made into book covers but I had decided last minute to nix that idea and ended up going in a completely different direction (because my mind makes sharp left turns without warning).

And then, Dahlia came about.
Not sure where I'll be abandoning her just yet. Probably somewhere at my school? We'll see :)

Here's a Video of her being made.
Have a great day!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Doodles, Doodles, Doodles...

Like many people, I've spent countless hours of my short life doodling mindlessly in notebooks, text books and the occasional school desk (sorry board of ed.). What is it about doodling thats so relaxing?
Recently I had taken my doodling to the next level and tried something a little more...formal? Not sure if thats the right word Im looking for (after all, Im not one for formalities lol) but I can't think of any other word for it at the moment. 

This piece was inspired by my love for maximalist art. I love busy cluttered art. 

I started off with a series of squares and rectangles of different sizes, then filled each one in with doodles.

The pens I used were the Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball in "extra fine" and a Sakura Pigma Micron pen in size 005 for the thinnest lines.

Every day I did two boxes until the entire page was filled in. 

Im really pleased with how this turned out. It was my first real, major doodle project. :)
Although this piece looks super complicated, anyone can create the patterns in this picture. You can find the instructions on how to create designs like this from here

I hope you find the site as helpful and fun as I did. 
Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Don't Throw Away Your Scraps!

Hi everyone!

Now, I know every visual artist can relate to this:

You have worked on a project or journal page that called for paper cutting, tearing, punching, etc. In the end, your project comes out looking fabulous but then you are left with teeny tiny bits of paper pieces and scraps all around your art space.

If you have been throwing them away, you may want to reconsider. I save my tiny paper scraps in a small tin and use them for various art projects.

The array of textures you can get from incorporating scrap pieces into your journal pages are incredible. 

 Im not even sure which projects these scraps came from. I think the cream colored paper bits were left over from the first art journal page I had even done.

This page represents a destroyed raft floating on the ocean. It's appropriately titled "What Raft?"

It's hard to see here but I glued down a piece of blue tissue paper.

Heres a page with a background that was textured with scraps left over from cutting an index card.
First, I glued down the scraps with gesso, then painted over them.

Off topic but...TASSELS!! :)

What can your scraps create?
Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Abandonment #4

Since Im newly addicted to giving my art away for free, I made another art tile to leave behind for someone to pick up:

For some reason, the name Blanch popped into my head when I was trying to figure out what to name her.

Blanch was sketched and shaded onto a dictionary page with Prismacolor colored pencils, then painted with Americana craft paint. The background is text paper and sheet music colored with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Mini Journal Pages and Another Painted Sea Shell

So, this is what I've been up to today:

I was definitely in the zone today. I had so much fun with this piece. I didn't even realize that I was in my art space for 6 hours straight. I was working on multiple projects all at once. Needless to say, the journal page above pretty much summed up my day (I rhymed!!).

 This is my second altered  sea shell (say sea shell fast 10 times!). I wont be Abandoning this one though. Its up for sale in my etsy shop. ;)

Here, I played around with some collage on another mini journal page.

I hope you are having a great day.
Thanks for stopping by!
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