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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Mixed Media. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mixed Media. Show all posts

Sunday, January 26, 2014

mixed media flower ~ winter's daisy

hi ~

this is a mixed media-styled watercolor piece, created in my large scale, moleskine watercolor journal.  it's size is 8.5" x 12" {and i love playing in this larger venue}

this is the photo story, of how the piece progressed {the best i can recall, that is!}

the first photo below shows the initial color, using sennelier watercolors, and then my first pass at glitter and micro beads.
 and then i added black doodling, even writing in the outside edges, as well as defining areas of the petals better.  and detailed application of microbeads, in varying colors for the center, which make it visually more interesting.  and finally, lime green and black to further differentiate the pod.  that's really my favorite part of the entire piece, and helped to become more interesting visually.

i apply microbeads with glitter glue.  i also used a fine-tip, which certainly aids in placement.  and what also aids... is being patient to wait for the glues and watercolors dry.  

at this juncture i added "blops" {as i call them} of white acrylic paint through a stencil {this one is "crackle" by seth apter, from stencil girl products} with fairly small openings. {lower left corner in the photo below}

i added random droplets of watercolor, but this time, mixed with twinkling h20's, in navy blue. they will have a bit of shine when they are dry.

 and more glitter... but mixed up with clear microbeads, and this was lightly placed in the outer corners of the piece. 
 ... deepening the blues and greens, below with twinkling h20's:

 and at this point, {below} i felt it needed more dimension and depth in the flower petals...
i attempted this by applying it with my sakura 'glaze' pens, adding to the petals, and into the center. i used a warm golden yellow, and a purple-blue in the outward parts. because these pens are a clear, yet raised type of glaze-ink, they not only add transparency, and vibrant color, but depth as well. 

i also added white doodles with a pen that has white ink ~ this is the uni-ball signo pen. {i purchased mine on amazon} and so far, it's the best kind. i have certainly bought several other brands that were completely, and utterly worthless.
{and why not a few more microbeads in the corners}

 this photo shows the sakura glaze pens, and the writing i added:


yup. 
my favorite part is the center.
and a few more marks with pen... and i think it's time to say "enough!" {at least in my book}  i worked played on this piece almost every evening over the past couple weeks, sitting in front of the fireplace with brian and the dogs! 

it was a very enjoyable discovery, and i look forward to more!


soli deo gloria
xo
leslie

Friday, January 17, 2014

sketchbook ~ the art of discipline

hello sweet readers ~

have i told you lately...

how much i love sewing. quilting. coloring. drawing. doodling. writing?

but did you know?

... they don't necessarily come 'naturally' ~

even more importantly, did you know...

"the narrow gate"  ~ watercolor card
... they are disciplines? 

bear with me in delving into the nuances of the word "discipline" pretty please?  typically, we tend to view discipline  as a harsh punishment. however, websters dictionary, in the fullness of the definition, describes it as: 

~ instruction.
~ a field of study
~ training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties, or moral character
~ control gained by enforcing {i say reinforcing} obedience or order
~ orderly or a prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior
~ self-control
~ a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity

the making. building. learning. perfecting, and creating of anything ~ {like art} ~ is a discipline. truly and surely just as each of us breathes oxygen!  

it isn't as much a matter of "talent" ~ but of habit.  willingness. study, time, and patience. {yes, definitely patience!}



the art of creating is a many-splendored {and disciplined} thing!  
ongoing mixed media sunflower
i have found the daily practice of a craft, in finding and relying on a working knowledge, building upon a basic rudimentary skill, {no matter what you do} is what makes it more of a discipline ~ and many times, turns it into an exploration.  do you love it?  {that certainly helps ~ but is not required}.  do you naturally gravitate towards something?  probably. that's a key, for sure. 

but anyone... can learn to do almost anything.  we definitely have our strengths... but most of it is {cultivating} a discipline. think of it as planting seeds...

just as pertinent and applicable in art, as it is in a relationship with God, prayer time, our friends, or a work ethic. 

and i emphasize the word:  developing ~ {aka discipline}.

i never thought i could draw, much less do a simplistic watercolor.  but i enjoy it... not because i practice, but because i've cultivated it... it may not go much farther.  

and that's okay.  there is much joy in just trying.  in discovery. but there is {more} ~ way more... to enjoy in the discipline. 
as with everything, in all we do ~ art, work, or discipline... just begin.  

and do it the best you can.

blessings on your weekend!
xo
leslie

Friday, June 29, 2012

~ My Sunshine ~

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you likely have come to know that I dearly LOVE bright, bold, saturated COLOR!  It just makes me happy-giddy! 
It doesn't matter if it's in fabric, paint, paper or threads... and now inks and mists of all kinds!  I've been soooo intrigued with all the colored spray mists and inks I've seen on the market lately.  And now that I've used them for the first time on these art pieces, I've found I'm completely enamored with their playability: the layering possibilities, and their clear, bright palettes of color; some transparent, some more opaque.  So Exciting!
I took this phrase from a Max Lucado card I had!  I love it.  "God is For You!"  --- and painting with my fingers as painting tools.... ya gotta try it!  What a joyful ride of child-like experimentation!  Even when the spray goes awry, and sometimes, ya know,  it's a happy accident, and when it's not... it is just a great opportunity to mop up and get over it; paint it again --- Or NOT!
I'm so hooked!  And Excited!  {have I said that too much?!!}   I'm ready to blend, layer, and add more creative enhancements from my fabric scraps, to my  paper stash; using beautiful markers, pens, tissues, stickers, stencils and stamps... paints, inks, dyes and more.  {I'm sure you get the picture!}
It is full of boundless, limitless possibilities, and simply speaks to my love of all things 'mixed up' for a happy explosion of texture, color and the graphic! It comes together with doodle, graphic, words, color, texture and contrast, all combined into one fun, totally unexpected, and largely satisfying... way to CREATE. 

After the first piece I made, "She Believed She Could" - I went ruffling through all my scrapbooking supplies from over ten years ago, pulling out stickers, rub-ons, chipboard and pretty papers!
Excited to find that these supplies, and my sketchings, my 'practice pages' and color experiments in those books could come and play together in making this kind of art.
I used a silk organza flower from my stash, (I had used them to make my fabric pins), and had fun spraying it, and then adding white paint for accent.

I've been having problems seeing for awhile, especially lately, and was diagnosed yesterday by my eye dr that I have "early age" cataracts. Well!  Better early than late?!!!  I don't know... but it sure explains a few things.  Headaches, 'gummy' eyes, cloudy vision... putting my nose up to my sewing machine and books; computer screens... driving?!!  {just kidding about the driving part}  Although I was very surprised, I am really excited ~ and grateful ~ hopeful ~ about seeing better!

And I remember: "God is For You" regardless of any challenge{s} we are certain to face! 

~Limitless~
~Boundless~
~Endless~
He Is. Thank you Lord!
Please check out a couple of my favorite blogs and artists  and so many talented others as they share and link up with Sweet Jennifer at Studio JRU
XO
Leslie

Thursday, June 28, 2012

She Believed She Could ~

It's my first painting.  Make that "finger" painting, because that's what I used.  Just my fingers to spread the various types of paint; a few pens, spray inks, stamps, scrapbook paper, fabric flowers, and my black marker.

Inspired by a demo and technique featured by Christy Tomlinson's on her website.

After I saw her demo, I thought "I would love to do that!"
And so I did.

Because ~ I believed I could.

And soooo... I did!


It was soooo fun!
I was completely thrilled to use some of my {very} old scrapbooking supplies on this project.  I also had  canvases purchased a couple years ago, thinking I would use them for my art quilts...  but never got around to it.  I have to say I also purchased the June monthly kit from Christy's website, and I was pleasantly surprised; it came with a stamp, some Dylusions Spray Ink, (a product I've never used before - love love), rub-ons, and {more} scrapbooking paper, these cute brads, flowers and a stencil.  Yum~more fun art supplies!


I can't wait to do MORE!  

{Of course ~ I have lots more ideas for future projects which I've already begun in my sketchbook, and some other types of themes I can't wait to pursue}
EnJOY the possibilities!
XO
Leslie  
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