Posts Tagged ‘paint’
These little burglars are easy to make! They are hybrids, I used two different push molds that I made from two different dolls. First I used the body/torso mold and then a separate face mold so that the face will be out of proportion with the body. There are made with paper clay, first dust your push mold with corn starch or flour, I use a fluffy paint brush for this. After your separate pieces have dried attach the head to the torso with more paper clay. when dry, cover with tissue paper and glue of your choice, I use perfect paper adhesive. I gesso’d the faces and painted them with acrylic paint. The fabric wings were purchased at Michaels craft store and adhered to the bodies with e 6000. the wire is left intact so they can be tied to a christmas tree limb and they look very pretty!
I started making these back in 2007 for my space at the Ten Women Gallery. The wood block pieces sold really well but they are tedious to make, and I as a typical artist want to do the creative stuff. Reality dictates that I need to start making these again.
I begin with a smooth knot free block of plywood, about a quarter of an inch high. I have the blocks made by someone else becuase there are some these I have no talent for and wood work is one of them, not that the wood blocks are all that difficult but they do require precision. The back is slotted for easy hanging.
The acid free giclee is trimmed to size. I use a ruler and exacto knife, the trim has to be exactly aligned with the edges or the print will not look right on the wood block. The wood block is then painted with “Perfect paper adhesive”, one of the finest glues available. I choose it over mod podge because it is not sticky and paper will not curl up. After the print is adhered I set it under a stack of heavy books so that it drys perfectly flat. I allow it to dry for at least two hours. Then I either paint the sides with acrylic or a color stain or a designer ink. This is tricky because one slip of the hand and there is paint on the surface of the print, not good! I don’t paint the sides ahead of time because I want the edges of the paper to be painted as it has a more finished look. Finally, the giclee has an enhanced matte surface to which I apply a uv resistant gloss lacquer which I love!
Some artists use mod podge but its very thick and has a stickyness I don’t care for. I buy the lacquer, “print shield” from digital art supply which is a great place for all things prints and printers. When dry the wood block is ready to hang and mimics an original painting but is far more affordable.
These two wood blocks are available in my etsy shop
From one of my most recent paintings: “Branching Out” Sometimes branching out may mean pulling up roots which can be both exciting and a dilemma. Its a feeling I am currently experiencing as we are going through escrow.
And this one from one of my favorite paintings “A Fish Out of Water”. Have you ever been at odds with what you are doing or where you are at. Since I am a risk taker its a feeling I have experienced often in the past especially, (now that I am older I know myself a bit better), the painting implies embracing that feeling, after all, most situations do change or get better with time. Embracing the feeling is embracing the self to transcend the moment, to accept what is without resistance. Bet you didn’t know all of that was being conveyed!
This wood block is only three inches wide because the actual painting is very long and narrow.
The weather has been perfect (well a little too hot) so I have been spending a lot of time planting and gardening and doing yard work. I love the physical activity of it and the cropping, grooming and shaping of plants and trees, it can be artistic or at the least it requires a good eye. The temps have been in the low eighties so by noon I break, but I have been going back out as the evening approaches, its been drawing me more than painting which is not usually the case. The local nursery, one of my all time fav destinations, always has the most beautiful collage pots (dang I should have taken some pics) and I marvel at how there never seems to be any down time with the natural growth of the combined plants, I mean, mine go through phases of, first planting where there is space between plants and then removal of plants that did not take the transplant, then dead heading etc. any way, mine have down time when the pot dosn’t look so great, I guess I need to keep honing my gardening skills. Gardening just lifts my spirit and gives me a sense of satisfaction.
I love pin wheels, and I found some adorable small ones at the dollar store and they add pretty bits of color to the collage pots.
The bird bath has been attracting the sweetest little yellow and orange finches, I adore them, I’m thinking about getting a bird house and a feeder…
Many years ago when I was in college and majoring in photography for a minute I did a series of images of my niece Alicia who was about ten years old if I remember correctly. I dressed her up in a pretty dress I had that was too big for her but she still looked cute, and I used an alternative photographic process to create the images on watercolor paper. An emulsion is painted onto the surface and the image is transferred via a huge transparency, ie a positive. After it dried I worked back into the image with watercolor paint. one image was superimposed over another to create the surreal effect of a house within the figure, its all very old school as the digital technologies was not available then so everything was done by hand. I took several photographs of some local Victorian style houses that were close to San Jose State University where I studied, I have always enjoyed the unique intricacies of victorians.
I re discovered these images over the weekend while I was scanning slides with “Fotolite” from Brookstone, a cool tool