Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Multitasking Art

I've been busy working on multiple things at the same time while reading as much as I can from different art instruction and mixed media and art journaling books. There are not many days that go by without my learning or trying something new. I'm trying some new things with my watercolor crayons (I'll post some of those pictures later), I made some fabric paper that I don't know what I am going to use it for but had fun making it, and I am still working on painted collages and still struggling with those compositions. But I think I am moving in a positive direction and learning from my not-so-pretty creations. And, barely a day goes by without creating something on my iPad. That is instant art satisfaction without the mess!
Here is a little digital collage to enjoy:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Digital Compositions

Putting together some acrylic and watercolor painted pieces into digital  compositions. 

watercolor butterfly on acrylic painted and stamped page

watercolor butterfly composition on watercolor page

watercolor butterfly on watercolor and pen page

Too Many Colors

I keep trying to use either too many colors or the wrong colors together and end up with weird results. I feel like I need to go to a science class to learn everything I need to know about the different kinds of paints, colors, pigments, properties, ...  Some paint is opaque, some translucent, some mix nicely, others don't, some colors are stronger, others get lost in the mix. So many of my experiments end up looking yuck! Then some happy accidents happen, something unplanned and not reproducible, but something I like for no particular reason. Art is so strange.

This is the test page where I was just experimenting with colors. I like how this unplanned mess came out better than the painted collage pieces I had been working so hard at!

I was trying to make something with an Easter Egg theme but I overworked it.

I'm not sure where I was headed with this, but yes, 
this one totally got away from me! 

Fail! Another attempt at an Easter Egg collage that ended up scrambled.

But I ended up learning some things about colors and the paints I am using and I experimented with a paint stamping method using a folded up piece of wax paper that I painted and scribbled a pattern on. That was just an "I wonder what would happen if I did this..." kind of moment that worked out nicely.

Finally, this was the post I was working on before my Internet connection sputtered for no apparent reason. In the meantime, I have been doing more watercolor pencil and crayon pictures and still experimenting with acrylic paint and collage. I'll post some of those pictures later.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Odd Combinations

I have been dividing my time between doing some watercolor crayon art or collage with acrylic paint art, but I can't resist putting the two together with PSE8. 

watercolor butterfly on acrylic paint and collage background

I will try to post more later but my Internet connection has been spastic lately and not very cooperative.