Mixed Media, Thru the Winter Window

This mixed media, Thru the Winter Window, came about with the left over paint from the color wheel the other day.

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I did a wet in wet and appied course sea salt on the wet paint. The large star like affects reminded me of a winter frozen window. The cardinal was a small blob of rather red on the paper. I found the cardinal to be located in a not so convenient spot on the paper and had to play around a little to get the right size and number of window panes to make it work! Placed the tree based on the red blob, cardinal, then placed the window panes. The window frame is painted with arcylic paint. I am really happy with how it looks. I didn’t think it needed anything else there are enough things going on.

This is a 9 x 6 piece of water color paper and the paints used in the underpainting are my Winsor & Newton Cotmans.

I also worked on preparing the next set of Playing Card Challenge cards. I really enjoy the process of doing them if I stay ahead and don’t have to rush to get them done! Here is a sneak peek.

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Going with a mixed media theme with paper as a back ground base. I have a few ideas where these ones are headed, we’ll see if I stick with a plan.

Until next time…….what is beyond your window pane


Playing Card Challenge Week #8

Ok, got it done just under the wire. Not happy with this one at all. I tried to hurry it and it shows! I cut out a cardboard “R” as my thought was to attach it temporarily, paint around it then remove it and have the dictionary page show through. When I removed it the paper underneath tore! I had to then paint over the dictionary torn page! This ruined the whole scheme of things but must forge ahead. I originally wanted to block out the whole word “read” but was too limited with space. Read to grow was the theme of this card and it still is just not as I had pictured it! Ha, next time I’ll be better prepared and plan ahead better.

Until next time……don’t rush through the important things!

Playing Card Challenge Week #7

I almost forgot to do this posting, as it has been a busy day that got away from me! I apologize for the photo I had to take it after dark and the glare on it from artificial lighting is terrible. I’ll re-do it tomorrow but didn’t want to miss my Friday post!

I took one of the previously painted cards that I coated with the yellow acrylic when I was doing something else and had paint left over. I wanted to try this weaving thing with strips of cut up dictionary pages for a while so here it is.  I only weaved it part way down to leave the bottom strips just dangling down in effect. When I started I intended to do some type of medium or technique over this but decided to leave it as is. I call this one Word Overload.

After the weaving I coated the whole card with gel medium to hold it all in place. Not a bad effort as I want to use the weaving thingie in a future mixed media project.

I didn’t get to paint once again and that is not good, but life takes over at times and you have to go with the flow! But this evening I got to visit our local Art Walk that takes place once a month in our downtown. We have quite a bit of local art and artists stuff happening around town and it was fun to see what others have to share, display and sell!

Until next time…….don’t let all that Word Overload get you down

Note: Updated the photo today 4/7 to replace the horrible one I posted last night, natural lighting is so much better!

Playing Card Challenge Week 6

This is my playing card for week 6. This originally painted white card was painted green when I was working on the Mixed Media project a few week ago. I pulled out the acrylic paints to do the tree and flowers. My plan was to just cut out a bird shape from a dictionary page and put him in the tree, not very original huh? When I went to the dictionary pages I found this bird anatomy photo under the word “bird”. I copied it and made it much smaller to fit on the card and that was it. Not a great work but something I’d never done before, so week 6 accomplished.

Until next time…….how many parts to a simple little song bird?

Playing Card Challenge Week 5

This is my playing card challenge for this week, week 5. I call this project “Leather & Lace” Using a black painted card I attached pieces of brown faux leather that I have made from brown market bags for using in mixed media things. Once that was dry I cut out some strips of lace, a lace flower and three curvy pieces. I attached these using the gel medium also. Coated everything heavily with gel and let it dry. Not quite the way I was picturing it but here it is none the less!

Until next time………remember the song Leather & Lace by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley way back when?

Loose Florals Inked

I did this little floral painting some time back and put it aside. I loosely painted some floral shapes and did the ink outlines after the fact. Not a bad little piece, not sure why I never posted it!

So here it is loose floral inked for your viewing pleasure.

Until next time……spring is in the air.

Playing Card Week #4

This card was one of the black painted cards which I then attached a piece of dictionary page with gel medium. Then I experimented with alcohol inks lightly over the gel medium, which took pretty well. This didn’t seem like enough so I then took some pieces of white tulle fabric and attached that with gel medium. It is very hard to see this fine netting which I attached but not over the whole surface.  I guess this will be “Alcohol Experiment” This is what doing these little pieces is all about, trying, failing and learning what works and what doesn’t

Until next time…….experiment with a new medium

My Soul is Singing

First mixed media project completed! I call this one My Soul is Singing, because of the sheet music under layer and because my heart does sing when I am on a beach!

This was done on an upcycled piece of art board that measures 14 x 18. Everything used in the making of it was upcycle from something else, except the pant of course. I like it, may frame it and keep it.  I know, I can’t keep them all, but until I decide to part with some pieces it’s mine!

Worked a bit today on some other pieces that will be posted in the days to come.

It is Friday so that means I have to reveal my next playing card item which is card #3.

Here it is #3 Floral Abstract

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Made while I had acrylic paint out and left from the mixed media board. Three down 49 to go.

Weekend is upon us, enjoy and until next time…..what makes your heart sing?


Playing Card #2

Almost forgot is was Friday and the day to post my Playing card challenge card #2! I had this done a few days ago and set it aside to post today. I didn’t get to paint or work on any of my projects today because sometimes life just gets in the way of being creative!

I call this card Paris Finch. Used torn up paper napkin that I had picked up a few years ago that I liked and stashed away for just this type of project. This one contained the bird, not even sure it is a finch, the Paris post mark, pink flowers and greenery. I mod podged them on to one of the white painted cards and then added a little stamping, a bird and a couple of butterflies. It came out fairly nice and I tried something different without using any paint.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Until next time…..pleasant thoughts of spring time in Paris

Mixed Media Floral

Just messing around today trying my hand at something a little different. Acrylics on a gesso’ed canvas that I had applied some pieces of scrap lace to for some added texture.

I had this 11 x 14 canvas board that was sort of wrinkled in the middle and not really good for a regular painting that I had prepared a few months back. I coated it with some green and yellow paints and let it dry earlier today. I kept going back and looking at it trying to decide what to do next. I was planning to add some cut out pieces of pretty decorative cocktail napkins that had florals, butterflies and some nice background writing on them, mod pod them on at random and see where that lead me. Just wasn’t feeling it so I just got the paints out and sort of followed the patterns I could see from the lace inlays and this is what came of it.  Colors are okay, composition not so good but I like the look of it. You know how I feel about acrylics, but when you work quickly like I did on this they seem tolerable!

Here is my playing card challenge week 1 card complete. I only added a little bit of red paint to it and added a final coat of sealer over it. Already working on the next couple of ones for the coming weeks. Will post at the end of each week as this little project continues!

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Until next time…….just do something for the fun of it!