Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WaterMedia Wednesday ~ Fun With Clear Tar Gel Medium!

Sometimes when I'm stuck for what to do in my studio, I get out the Clear Tar Gel Medium. What is this stuff? Well on the container of the Golden Clear Tar Gel, it says it "Generates fine lines by dripping from a palette knife or other tool." Here is a little demo I did a couple years back that shows how you can use it. CLICK HERE FOR DEMO. One of these days, I'll learn how to set up a video demo, but for now you are stuck with photos!

I have a few of these on the go right now. Here are two funky flowers! Each one is 20" X 7.0" on Peterboro Illustration Board. I used Fluid Acrylic paints.

Yellow Flower                    Pink Flower

And here are some closeups:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WaterMEDIA Wednesday ~ Playing with BRUSHO®

A good friend of mine introduced me to Brusho® Paint crystals the other day, and a group of us tried it out. It sure was fun experimenting with it and figuring out all the ways that it can be used!
What is Brusho® you ask? Click on this link from and it will tell you all about it. Basically it is powdered pigment crystals.  You can sprinkle it on dry paper and then spray with water, or sprinkle the dry powder on wet paper, or mix with water and paint like watercolour. Each method gives you a different effect. When the crystals react with water, they burst with colour and spread out in interesting patterns.

Out of the several experiments there were only two that came out worth posting here. For the first one, I drew the shape of the flower and then painted it with plain water. I then sprinkled the water with Brusho®. I ended up with quite a wild Coneflower! I did add very small touches of watercolour when I got home. I really like this one!

Crazy Coneflower
5" X 7" on paper

I really don't remember how I did this one, but I think I started out by sprinkling the crystals onto dry paper then spritzing with water. I know I dropped black into the wet scarlet and it ended up kind of like poppies. I enhanced it a bit more when I got home with some watercolours. I did discover that the Brusho® is easily reactivated with water after it has dried. Very interesting stuff.

 Maybe These are Poppies
5" X 7" on paper

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Watercolour Wednesday is Back ~ Fabulous Frogs!

I had taken a break from Watercolour Wednesday for a few weeks...(okay, I was lazy!), but it's back!! I was missing my little green tree frog that was sold the other day, so I decided to tackle a couple others. These guys are really colourful and fancy, and probably poisonous...but I thought they were cute! They are mostly watercolour, with a bit of ink and crayon. And both are available in my Etsy Store.

Feeling Blue!
2.5 X 3.5"

Fancy Frog
2.5 X 3.5"

(Reference Photos courtesy of Morguefile)

Monday, August 10, 2015

A Slice of Summer!

We've really been enjoying the fresh fruits and veggies at our local produce stand this year! And one of the best things about summer that we've been savouring  is watermelon. So sweet and juicy!

A Slice of Summer
6" X 6" on Canvas
(Available in my Etsy Shop or contact me directly)