Saturday, 14 April 2018

Complementary Colors- MMMC

This month at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog it is all about color!
Create a mixed media project using predominantly one Complimentary or Split Complimentary Color Scheme. Put your color theory hat on! Be sure to tell us what you used.

Here is a color wheel for you to reference. A Complimentary Pair are two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. A Split Complement is one color plus the two colors adjacent to its complement across the wheel. (For example, Red + Yellow-Green & Blue-Green.)

So I love color theory.  One of my favorite things is to use a color wheel to mix paint I find it so relaxing.  

I started with a tag sponged harlequin through a stencil with Impasto Crimson and aubergine mixed together.

Next color background start by painting on clear gesso.  Next I used Lindy's Jazzy Jivin Purple, Golden Doubloons, and wake me up before you gold.  I like to use the sprayer nozzle to splatter on some color then spray with water to dilute and move color around.  Dry with a heat gun, then repeat steps.  This makes the marbling effect.

Ink the edges with ground espresso distress ink, and add some texture with random stamping and black archival ink.  Cut some paper panels and ink the edges, layer together with ripped up cheesecloth in between layers.

Next fussy cut some butterflies and make a springtime cluster with flowers and butterflies.

Here is it all pulled together.  
Go have some fun!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Stages of the Moon

The challenge of 13arts is

Travel the World- I took it to the next level Travel the universe.
I have been wanting to make a galaxy painting so here it is.

Start with styrofoam balls cut in half for the full moon.  I cut the other half balls into 3/4 moon, 1/2 moon, and 1/4 moon.  Smear on sand texture paste.

While the texture paste was still wet i press the moon into art stones- mega, regular, and mini.  Set aside to dry.

Paint with Alchemy opal magic yellow blue paint.  Dry.  Water down Alchemy Metallique emerald green paint, dab into graters then spray with water, the color with spread into nooks and crannies.  Dry

So many many layers later here is the moon.  Once teal has dried rub with a little white gesso in random spots.  Next rub in gold wax, here I used a paintbrush so i could get into smaller areas.  Next water down black acrylic paint and dab into nooks and crannies, spray with water.  Finally finish with a little white gesso dabbed on with fingertips.
Whew done.

I used a 14"x11" canvas then smeared with sand texture paste.  Added some stars made with a mold and polymer clay- I over cooked that is why they are brown.  Around stars add mini and regular art stones.  I tried to create a swirl pattern.

Close up of star bundle.

Once dry paint entire canvas with black gesso.  Now all that texture pops.

Start painting with alchemy metallique paints, Midnight Sky, Deep Waters, Mermaid Teal, Crocus Fields.  Start by spraying canvas with water- a water spray bottle this is my most used tool for mixed media.  Again paint in swirl pattern.

Paint on corus fields paint, spray with more water then brush out color to dilute and smear color edges.

Blot off the excess paint around edges, now the color is concentrated in center and dilutes out towards edges.  Repeat on whole canvas with all colors, this technique also works to blend colors together.

Here is the completed galaxy.  I concentrated most of the color in texture areas and blended out to non-texture areas.

Add white highlights.

Finish galaxy with splattered white paint, and rub on some white gold wax on stars.

Position full moon in center of galaxy then paint a halo around with white gesso.  Again i painted on then spray with to dilute and fade out edges.  Repeat for all stages of moon.

Finish with sisal underneath moons, insert hitch posts into canvas and wrap with wire.

I think the star bundles are my favorite spots.

When i am working on mixed media there are so many layers of paint and texture I always think i am covering up everything but those layers is what creates all the depth and realism.

Painted in swirl motion, then added some random wire onto hitch post.

The alchemy metallique paint looks amazing on black.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

How to Make a Steampunk Balloon

So last week I showed you how i painted the background canvas for this piece
Now for how i created the balloon.

I started with a 8" styrofoam ball cut in half.   Now here is a random fact about me- i took one year of fashion design and learned how to make clothing patterns.  So to make the pattern I used a scrap piece of paper and pinned onto ball.  Start at the center and pin toward top,  pin so paper lays flat.  You will get a triangle shape, I wish i had taken a picture.

Distress and ink edges, pin along edges.  I used flat head pins, looks like nails.

Pin on the top piece.
Cover entire ball.  The distress edges are great for hiding imperfections in cutting and construction.

I made the airship with chipboard, first i drew out a pattern on scrap paper.  I used pictures of airships I found online for inspiration.

I didn't want the airship to be flat so i made chipboard pieces for the bottom and deck in a curved shape.

Here is how the airship looks once glued together, I got carried away the hot glue.  The curve can be too sharp or the chipboard will crack and break.

How it looks flat.  Cover with pattern paper.

Glue on airship and balloon, now decorate.  I actually prefer the construction part- figure out the how to.
Hope this answers your lingering questions.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Lines are Everywhere

This month at scrapki-wyzwaniowo is all about lines
Lines! They are everywhere. Either created by your embellishments or the ones you draw they are an essential part of every composition. This Match we want to bring them into the spotlight in your projects. So the theme of this Challenge is LINES. Be inspired by them and create any kind of project that you come up with and share it with us in this months Challenge.

I started with a 18"x24" canvas, I use a palette knife to smear on some modeling paste to create some texture.  Next start by blocking in my colors using acrylic paints, this is my base coat.  Acrylic paint dries quick so the next coats i work in blending and defining graphic.

Here is where i start blending and defining clouds.  I tend to use the same paint brushes for entire background and don't wash in between.  Instead of washing I wipe on paper towel, and baby wipes I find this helps with blending colors.

Here is the final sky.

The final steps are splatter with white and gold paint for stars.  Next dry brush with brown paint, this technique will highlight the texture created by modeling paste.  Around the outer edges rub on white gold metallic wax- these last two steps give the canvas a grunge/ antique look.

And here we are ta-da!  I love airships and I love how this one turned out.  Lots of lines here, lines on the balloon from the pattern paper, and lines from twine connecting balloon to airship.  

So it is a 3-D airship, I cut a 8" styrofoam in half covered in 7 dots studio northern lights paper.  To make swags, wet paper with a spray bottle, then shape and allow to dry completely.  Once dry the paper will hold the shape.  I made the airship with chipboard, then covered with pattern paper.

Chipboard cogs, flourishes, and collage pieces were embossed with gold and marine stampendous embossing enamel then used to decorate balloon.
I like how the strings aren't attached to the canvas at all.

Another accent is hanging chain from paper swags.  The top is stacked cogs cut in half, one half on top and one on bottom of balloon.  This has a double purpose- hides construction, and really finishes balloon.

The following chipboard pieces were used on balloon, and available on my etsy store Boozybear.

Cogs $5.95

Alexander Flourish $3.95

Daylight Savings Time $4.50