Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017 Workshop Wednesday Mixed Media Turorial

"The Empty Vase"
Artist Tracey White
Below is the tutorial for this mixed media canvas, it is a larger piece, but often it is actually easier to paint larger flowers than small ones!
 Hope you enjoy the process..............
Prepare your canvas with collage papers adhered with either Modge Podge or Gel Medium.
I have used Kaisercraft Scrapbooking papers, Tim Holtz Tissue wrap, wallpaper scraps and vintage music sheets.
When glue is dry, load a foam roller in Gesso and lightly tint the whole canvas, then add a small amount of grey paint to the roller and blend this colour to the outer edges of canvas.
Draw the vas and rose, leave shapes onto your canvas using will charcoal, as it is easily removed if you make a mistake. Start to block in the background  behind roses, stems and leaves using a filbert brush loaded with Olive green, Paynes Grey for shadow, Moss green for Highlights.
Block in roses, start to paint in shadows.
Using the filbert brush loaded with various colours paint in broad almost abstract strokes for rose petals, picking up Warm White as you go, finish by adding Titanium White highlights to some petals. Load a plastic paint scraper with Titanium White paint and lightly "scrape " over the vase shape to give the impression of glass reflection.
Detail around the bottom of vase is applied using a 12" stencil from Kaisercraft, apply Texture paste through stencil. Dry, then use Kaisercraft Pink Ink Spray around the texture, allow it to run into the stencil pattern, use a baby wipe to blot out excess colour.
Finish the artwork with some shading in Paynes grey around the vase and leaves.
May your vase always be filled with Flowers........ Never to be left empty and unfilled!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Art Classes, An experience in Beautifying Your Soul

After internet and computer failure, we are back online, Posting artwork from my classes, lots of new people have joined art classes this year all ready, or have attended one of my mixed media workshops for the first time in 2017...........
 Welcome to the world of creating art and beautifying your soul through the artistic process!

Friday, November 4, 2016

" Christmas in the Country" 2016

Rose Petals Past, discover our handpainted vintage styled Artwork
at " Christmas In the Country" Gatton Qld
Sat 5th November

Sunday, September 11, 2016

"Covering" a Mixed Media Tutorial

I have wanted to paint this canvas for ages! I love the imagery of heartfelt words, brave courageous statements of vulnerable hearts being covered by the wings of peace and protection. Be free to express who you are and how you feel.
Psalm 91 v 4
"He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings"

Step 1. Print out laser copies of your favourite quotes,
 poems and sayings, adhere them to your canvas
 using #Decopage Matte Medium 
When dry add a thin layer of Gesso over your words.

Step 2. Using a graphite pencil , draw in your wing shape,
 Basecoat your wings in a neutral Grey. I have used #Americana DECOR Chalky Finish in the colour Yesteryear.
 Next add shadows in Burnt Umber.

Step 3. Using the graphite pencil, outline the paper quotes in the background,
 add water on a brush to smudge around the corners.
 Start to paint in your feathers individually,
 first with Warm White, then highlight with Titanium White.

Step 4. Block in your rose and leaf shapes, add shading and highlighting layers.

Step 5. Finish painting in your roses using an angle brush, 
 wash some diluted pink around the roses and a hint on the wings,
 add a touch of Paynes Grey for shading around the outer edges of some feathers.

Step 6. Using Modelling paste and a palette knife, apply texture through various stencils into the edges of canvas. Allow to dry. Using the grey basecoat colour add some shadow to the edges of canvas using a small foam roller.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Workshop Wednesday Transformation of Cardboard Folders

 This is my version of a makeover for Cardboard Folders for the office.
 Start with plain folders. I found these at Kmart for $2 each. Bargain!

Glue some music paper or other collage paper to the front of folder,
 I have used #Decopage Matte Medium
Choose a stencil and apply design repeatedly over the front and side of folder using Gesso and a makeup sponge. The Gesso will act as a resist for our project.
Choose another stencil and apply texture paste through stencil, leave to dry. I used a Stencil Girl floral mask on this folder.
Next  choose at least three/four spray ink colours.
 I have used a combination of Dylusion Sprays and Kaisercraft Sprays.

Keep spraying over your design in different colours, adding water with a spray bottle, allowing some colours to run into each other.
 Keep the middle section fairly clear for where your inspirational words will be placed later on.

If you wish to lighten the intensity of the colours
 just roll over your texture with a roll of paper towel.
 As the ink dries and sinks into the texture the colours will lighten slightly. 
See what a difference a little spray of yellow can do!
To finish dampen a fan brush, dip it into Titanium White and splatter over
 the folder with random dots.
 When completely dry I have added some more texture leaves
 using # Decoart Media Crackle Paste.
Choose your saying, print it out and cut and paste into place using the matte medium.
 I have then given the whole folder a coat of matte medium for protection.

I can't stop making these! Great for presents for those organised people in your life or the ones that need a push to get organised!
For this folder I chose a different rose stencil, softer spray colours, more water  and more white speckles.