Thursday, August 4, 2016

Summery Collage Finally Finished!

I've been working on this collage on and off all summer! It seems like these hot days are more conducive to swimming, reading and watering the garden than working on art. But I've buckled down and finished this today. Still pondering on a title...I've got a few in mind, but if you think of anything fabulous just leave a comment! This piece will be dropped off at ARTspace in Chatham tomorrow.

Untitled (for now)
24" X 12" X 1.5"
Torn Paper Collage on Canvas

And here is the original concept sketch! Done way back on June 1st.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

World Watercolor Month ~ Day 5

I've planted a few Milkweed plants in my garden to hopefully help with the Monarch Butterfly population. So far I haven't seen any eggs or caterpillars, but hopefully some day I will!

5.5 X 3.5"
In my Garden Sketchbook

Monday, July 4, 2016

World Watercolor Month ~ Day 4

Here is a little corner of my yard, and a couple birds cooling off. A very quick little sketch today!

Cooling Off
4" X 6" 
in sketchbook

Sunday, July 3, 2016

World Watercolor Month ~ Day 3

Whoops! I missed a day! I'll try to catch up later, but today was a lazy day, sitting on my deck by the pool, so I sketched what was in front of me!

Sitting on the Deck
5" X 8" 
In Moleskin sketchbook

Friday, July 1, 2016

World Watercolor Month ~ Day 1

Now, I'm not promising that I will do all 31 days for world watercolor month, but I'll try to do as many as I can! If you are interested in joining in, check out or look into their Facebook Page HERE.

I thought I'd give my sketching skills a little workout, so for my first sketch I painted a tree trunk that is behind my garage. I thought it had quite a bit of personality!

Rhino Tree
Ink and Watercolour
8" X 5"
Moleskin sketchbook

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Watercolour Wednesday ~ Peaceful Morning Sketching

It was so peaceful on my back porch this morning,while I was sketching in my idea book. We had some tiny visitors to the hummingbird feeders lately and that inspired me to develop an idea for a collage. This is a very small doodle of my idea so far.

 I was kept company by Mrs. Robin on her nest, and Miss Maggie by my side.

Hummingbird Collage Idea
In my Sketchbook
6" X 3"

Friday, May 20, 2016

Having a Play!

Every month I get together with a wonderful friend and we play! We try out different art techniques and media and  get our creative juices flowing.

Yesterday we got out two books by Mary Todd Beam, Celebrate Your Creative Self and The Creative Edge. I was lucky enough to go to one of her week long workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee about 4 years ago. It was great to get out her books and try out some the excercises. It brought back some wonderful memories.

Here are a couple of experiments that I tried yesterday:

I Dreamt I was a Dragonfly
9" x 7" Acrylic on Mat Board

Under the Mountain
14" X 9" on Mat Board

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sketching Outside ~ Watercolour Wednesday!

After a fairly mild winter around here, spring has been a bit hesitant to arrive. This week, however, has been sunny, warm and beautiful. I think sping is here at last! Along with spring have come my allergies. So while sitting outside this morning sketching these pretty Grape Hyacinths, I was fighting the wind, and watery eyes, and sneezing. But I'm not complaining. At least there weren't any mosquitos!

Grape Hyacinths

In my Garden Sketchbook

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Homemade Stencils for the Gelli® Printing Plate ~ A Little Tutorial

Browsing through Pinterest the other day, I saw how a lady had made her own stencils for use on a Gelli® printing plate. I am always on the lookout for things that are fun, easy, and cheap (or free!) to use on my Gelli plate, and this fit the bill!
Here's how I made one:

I bought some of these plastic Index Dividers from the Dollar Store:

Then I drew a pattern on to a piece of computer paper. I shaded in the parts that are to be cut out, so I don't get "lost".

I taped down the paper and then taped the divider over top and traced the pattern. I filled in the places that I want to cut out with the marker.

I then placed the divider on a cutting mat and using a craft knife, started cutting away the coloured-in pieces.

I trimmed off the divider tab:

Lets try it out! Using a brayer, spread a thin even coat of acrylic paint to the Gelli® plate.

Place the stencil on top of the plate and then place a clean sheet of paper over the stencil. Using pressure from your  hands or the brayer, rub the back of the paper all over the printing plate, making sure you have pressed evenly all over. Then slowly pull off the paper to reveal your print.

In the print on the right, I used the paint that was left on the plate after pulling off the first sheet of paper and put the green paper down on the printing plate and rubbed it again to get the "ghost print".

I decided to do another print over top of the first one I did, but rotated the stencil. The print on the right is the "ghost print", 

Well, that's my little tutorial! If you have any questions, just comment below and I'll get back to you with an answer very soon.