Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How I Was Shaken Up by Anselm Kiefer

This is my final Creative Jumpstart Post, and I can't thank Nathalie Kalbach enough for the inspirational ride.  For the month of January, she and the other "Jumpstarters" had me inspired, stimulated and making non-stop art.  What more could I ask from an online class?




The final Master Artist was Anselm Kiefer.  His work deeply moved and troubled me in its unblinking look at trauma, struggle and the Holocaust.   Here is how I translated all of the lessons into my own work.













Inspired by Natalya Aikens stitching project, I layered ripped book, atlas, music and gelli print pages.  I scraped crackle paste by Deco Art through a stencil designed by MaryBeth Shaw to represent a landscape and forest.



Inspired by MaryBeth, I used my fingers to rub in paint.  Inspired by Joe Rotella's lesson involving the fragility of everyday things and new beginnings, I began to doodle buds and other flora with black paint and a thin brush, using my non-dominant hand.  



As I painted those shapes, they began to look like eyes to me.  



I rotated my canvas and began to work on it vertically.  I used a mask of a girl's dress to echo Joe Rotella's gorgeous project. 


Nathalie Kalbach's lesson involved explorations in texture.  In it, she completely painted over a prior canvas and scraped layers away.  I decided to be bold and painted over and scraped away parts of my canvas, and stenciled a window and a door. 


Inspired by Wilna Furstenberg's beautiful layout, I added brush strokes meant to look like stacks of books or twigs.  Inspired by the idea of ephemera like books and pieces of cloth, I scraped fiber medium on deli paper and stained it with orange and gold colors, and used strips of that paper to build a path and stairs through my canvas.  I also stamped a Hamsa to represent hope and blessings. 


Again, I rotated the canvas, added more marks and more white for hope and light.  I used a handmade paper cast embellishment to represent the homes we leave, and the homes we find.  To anchor the peace spiritually, I added a Star of David.  


Again - THANK YOU to Nathalie Kalbach and all the wonderful artists who made Creative Jumpstart 2016 so wonderful.

What do you think of all the twists and turns this canvas took on the way to completion?  I'd love to know!

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Easy Distress Ink Stenciled and Stamped Valentine Tags

Last year, I took a wonderful online class given by Marjie Kemper called "Inventive Inks."  I had accumulated lots of beautiful tags as I practiced her inking techniques.  


If you have some pretty backgrounds laying around, here's a quick project to make unusual Valentines.  (Somehow, my Valentines are always quirky, as you can see here.)  

First, over-stencil your backgrounds using a deeper version of the color you have underneath.  I did this with more distress inks, or you can use paint.  (I used my Hearts, Flowers and More stencil but you can use something in your stash.) 



Then, create some embellishments by stenciling or stamping using black ink or paint on music, book or ledger paper.  (I used motifs from my Coffee, Mugs and Love, and Teacups and Teapots stencils on old music paper.) If your paper is fragile, as mine was, first give it a coat of clear gesso or matte medium to strengthen it.



These motifs are from the Build a Villa collection at Rubbermoon.  I painted them with Peerless watercolors.  

Then, let your muse take over as you cut out your motifs, assemble, embellish, doodle and add words.  

You should end up with a stack of funky, quirky Valentines!


Have you made Valentines this year?  I'd love to see them so please leave a link in your comment! 


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Stencil Test Drive Redux #4

Welcome to the FOURTH  Stencil Test Drive Redux!  (See all the test drives here.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!  Each month, I will give away one of the featured stencils to one lucky commenter.  Comments for the giveaway will close on Sunday at 9AM EST, and the winner will be posted in this post by Monday morning at 9AM EST, so make sure to check back!  Congratulations to Ricki Quilt!

This week - a look back at the Frames Stencil Test Drive.  Here's a peek at my project from that Test Drive and the Frames stencil itself. 
 

I recently used the stencil in this art journal page.It not only framed the face, but provided nice texture for the watery look I was going for on this page.


Here are the amazing projects from the artists on that original test drive.  Click the names below the images to go to the original blog posts.  The tutorials are fantastic. 













I created a video for my project.  Enjoy!




I hope you'll check out all of these posts and the great tutorials they have!  

GIVEAWAY ALERT: For a chance to win the Frames Stencil, make sure to leave a comment below that includes your email address.   Congratulations to Ricki Quilt!

And if you've used one of my stencils, make sure to send me a picture/link and let me know! 

Comments for the giveaway will close on Sunday at 9AM EST, and the winner will be posted in this post by Monday morning at 9AM EST, so make sure to check back!I

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