Day 90: Everyday Musical

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Day 90: Everyday Musical

Day 90: Everyday Musical

Inspiration can strike anywhere, even on Michigan Avenue in Chicago on an August afternoon. It doesn’t hurt to have a camera on your phone for moments like this.

This is a real couple – a real live vintage-y couple. And for a moment they were the most important and interesting people on the street. To me at least! They looked so relaxed and happy together, I knew I’d have to paint them when I got home. And although it took me a little while to get to them, I did and I may revisit them in the future.

And the title… it came about because something about them reminded me vaguely of Singing in the Rain. : )

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Construct Tutorial: When It All Comes Together

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When it all comes together. I’ve been editing these pieces for a little while. I find that my work goes through a “staring stage” where it is on my easel (actually or metaphorically in this case) and I just stare at it and ask what it needs.  What happens if I add this or take away that?  It usually takes a few days until I’ve settled all my questions in a way I can live with.

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Days 80-90 Construct I

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Construct 2

With Construct I, I added a few more watch pieces. I ended up taking apart the whole face of the watch. You can see the part with all the knobs and dials in the upper right.

I also used the face and glass of another small watch. You can see the small circles right around the bottom part of the rope knot.

 

 

 

 

With Construct II, the editing happened more by realizing that this large piece needed to stand alone.

In this project I made a number of small pieces that I didn’t end up using. It isn’t because I didn’t like the way they turned out, but because some pieces stood out on their own.

I did add the black watch gear at the bottom right of the painting and a could of little brass-y pieces near the bottom of the butterfly’s wing.

 

Did you follow all the way through this tutorial, making your own art? If you did I’d love to see it. You can post links in the comments below 🙂  What did you think of this whole thing? Did it bore you to tears, or would you like to see more every now and then?

Construct Tutorial: Part Seven

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Deciding when it’s finished…

I think we are almost there.

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Added: hinges, lace texture

When I took this picture, the gloss medium hadn’t dried yet. When it is dry, it is clear. Gloss medium is a great toy. Not only does it extend the life of your paints, and create interesting texture, it also is a wonderful glue.  These little metal hinges connect all these pages for me nice and neatly.

Do you like the little watch hands in the bottom left corner?

At this stage in the game, I find it is about editing. All along this project I have been collecting things that I think are interesting. Some I felt sure I would use haven’t made it on here.

For today’s project work, edit yourself. Play around with placing things on your art work, moving and removing them until you get something that makes sense to you. (I find myself drawn to mechanical parts, old metal objects, bolts, keys, washers, small locks, jewelery I can take apart with minimal guilty feelings, but for you it might be coins, or paper clips, copper wire, pebbles and sticks) Use the things you are drawn to without prejudice.

 

 

Construct Tutorial: Part Six

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This project has been about doing all sorts of things I don’t do. Today – enter METALIC PAINTS… (insert horror music of choice here – something from Hitchcock maybe). See it up there in the corner?

Metalic Paints and breaking personal taboos

Metalic Paints and breaking personal taboos

Don’t get me wrong – I love shiny as much as the next girl… but its a fine line to walk in art. I’ve always felt like I have to resist any magpie-ish tendencies. If I step over the taste line in my own mind, even slightly, I’ve blown it.

But….

Since I’ve been experimenting and breaking the rules anyway…

I also broke a few watches and at least one thrift store clock and used their innards as stamps. 🙂 The hands were lovely for that.

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I also spread gloss medium thickly over some areas of the painting and pressed lace into it to give it some texture. I removed the lace and let it all dry.

Then, I added more gold paint 🙂

Livin’ on the wild side…

Construct Tutorial: Part Five

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Today’s addition, stencils and a lovely knot that I am incapable of tying on my own. I found it near the remains of a bonfire on my favourite beach.

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I’ve tried to make similar changes to all of the pieces as I’ve gone along, but not everything works for every part. Today I’ve realized that these pieces belong together as one piece of art. Now I’m wondering how other pieces will come together.

If you’re following along, today, take a trip to the dollar store and get yourself some of those stick on stencils, pull out your markers, or pastels or coloured pencils and play a little. See what works with what you have going.  I find myself drawn to markers for this project for some reason. You can add it to just a corner or you can obscure a whole photo with pattern. It’s kind of risky and definitely fun.

And check out the sidewalk on your way out today. You never know what you will find where you happen to be.

Construct Tutorial: Part Four

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Hello again!

I hope you are having fun with this process and letting yourself open up to mistakes and trying new things. After all, the worst that can happen is that it won’t work.

Again with the white paint marker

Again with the white paint marker

I’m sorry that the photo quality isn’t the greatest, I was travelling when I took these photos, so my tablet camera was the best I could do.

I was really stuck on what to do next for this day.

So I found myself doing what I often do, when I’m stuck. I went back to basics. Even though I’m a painter, I spent three times more time in art school in drawing classes than painting classes. It was just the way things worked out, but I think it serves me.

I looked for interesting shapes and started doodling, and then related each block of doodles to the next part until I began to see a butterfly and flower shape.

Your challenge: should you choose to accept it… doodle recklessly.

Then add some washi tape or something!

If a trip to the art store inspires you, use your findings today. In my case: Washi Tape

If a trip to the art store inspires you, use your findings today. In my case: Washi Tape and green butterfly stamps

Construct Tutorial: Part Three

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I read about this technique for getting a weathered paint look awhile ago, and decide it was high time to use it.

Let's Get Experimental, smear a thick layer of petroleum jelly over parts of your painting you want to save.

Let’s Get Experimental, smear a thick layer of petroleum jelly over parts of your painting you want to save

Here’s what you need:

  • Vaseline or petroleum jelly
  • Acrylic Paint

It’s not a long list, but it’s fun.

Spread the Vaseline thickly over the parts of the painting you want to save. Then paint over the whole painting with acrylic paint.

The paint won’t completely dry because of the Vaseline, but when it looks dry-ish, wipe the surface of the painting with paper towels. Where ever you put on Vaseline the paint will peel off, revealing the layers underneath.

 

 

Construct Tutorial: Part Two

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Hey!

Welcome back. Let’s get back to it, shall we? Today I’ve added an acrylic wash over my image transfer.

Use a thinned acrylic paint, or ink to wash over the image transfer.

Use a thinned acrylic paint, or ink to wash over the image transfer.

Some days I only was able to make a small change, so in order not to bore you, I’m going to show some changes together. Keep in mind, you may need some drying time, or not! Depends on how open you are to experimental results?

I’ve used a mix of fluid acrylics and diluted heavy bodied acrylics to color the photos, but ink would work and you could try watercolor, but I am not sure how well it would stick to the acrylic gloss medium that you’ve already laid down for the image transfer.

Several Washes Later...

Several Washes Later…

Once my washes dried, I got out my art pens and added some details.  A word of advice. Get yourself a good opaque white marker – a white paint marker works well. I also used some art markers, but I bet a sharpie would work too.

A Step Further: Add detail with opaque white markers, coloured pencils and drawing pens

A Step Further: Add detail with opaque white markers, coloured pencils and drawing pens

Ps. Have fun this weekend. See you Monday!

Construct Tutorial: Part One

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As promised… the step by step stuff.

It all started with some photos I snapped at the garden show and some image transfers.

Here’s what you need to get going:

  • Your own digital photos, printed out on regular printer paper
  • Gloss medium (I like Golden, but any brand should work)
  • Palette knife or any other sort of “spreader” you like
  • Canvas, or any stiff surface that you want to transfer the image to. I’m using Illustration Board
  • Brayer
  • Baker’s parchment paper
  • Spray bottle
Step One: Spread a thick layer of gloss medium onto your surface with a palette knife.

Step One: Spread a thick layer of gloss medium onto your surface with a palette knife.

Step One: The Image Transfer.

Once you have the photos you want to use printed out and you’ve chosen the surface to transfer them to, spread a thick layer of gloss medium onto the surface. Think of it as layer about 1/8th of an inch thick.  Since I am using illustration board here, I’ll refer to my surface as illustration board from now on to keep things simple.

Step 2: Lay your photo face down on your illustration board and gloss medium, covering both with parchment paper.

Step 2: Lay your photo face down on your illustration board and gloss medium, covering both with parchment paper.

Next, take your photo and place it face down on the illustration board and cover your photo and the illustration board with baking parchment paper. The parchment protects your brayer from getting gloss medium on it, which can ruin it for other uses. Use a brayer to push all the air bubbles out, and set your photo aside to dry for a couple of hours to overnight. PS. Once you’ve got all the bubbles out, remove the parchment paper 🙂

When it’s all dry…. get it wet!

Step Three: Get it wet with a spray bottle

Step Three: Get it wet with a spray bottle

This is a bunch of my photos that I think I may use.

I’m going to spray the backs of the photos and rub away the paper with my fingers, but you can try a sponge or a cloth. That’s it for this part of the tutorial. See you tomorrow!

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This photo is shows the paper being peeled and rolled off the back of my image transfer

Here they are all together. All sorts of photos that I might use in this project.

Days 80-90 Continued

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Construct 2

Even though all the pieces of both today’s painting and yesterday’s painting were worked on together, they came out totally different.

This one is so much more blue and purple. It is cooler and I did more drawing on it.  It is interesting to see where things go, when I don’t try to force ideas into a mold I’ve thought up before I started.

Now that you’ve seen them both, what do you think? Do they relate to each other or not? Do you gravitate more to one than the other or neither? 🙂