Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Soar ------ Don't Forget to Fly!

Still Working on my Birdcage  Canvases.
Love the images of what freedom means to different people.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"Birds Among Branches" Mixed Media Tutorial

"Birds Among Branches"
This project was created because one of my students wanted a Birdcage themed project to paint, this canvas is the result of that request! When I teach a workshop class I like to include as many different techniques as I can.........
Step 1. I know it is hard to see in the photo, BUT the first step is to use various stencils to create patterns around the outside of your canvas with Gesso, then brushing some through the middle of canvas. Allow to dry. Then add a few drops of acrylic ink.
 I have used brown, turquoise and pink ink.
Step 2. Use a baby wipe to spread the ink around, allow to dry, then wipe again to reveal the resist pattern. I have dropped some green Alcohol Ink through the middle.
Step 3. Using Texture Paste, apply your stenciled birdcage image using a pallet knife. Allow to dry. Draw in some loose branch placement using willow charcoal.
Step 4. Choose your napkin paper designs, tear out the flower images and adhere to canvas along your branch lines. I use Decopage Napkin Medium for this, but Modge Podge will work as well.
Step 5. Using a makeup sponge apply stenciled roses around your tissue images in various shades of pinks. Use as many different  rose shapes as you like.
Step 6. Using a round brush add branches in  brown , thin the paint a little before painting. Choose a leaf stencil and add leaves around design, choose a couple of different leaf colours for variation.
Step 7. Add stenciled detail of small swallows into the top of design around birdcage.
Step 8. To finish design, add a last layer of texture. I have used a small rose stencil and applied Irredescent Paste .
For added Scroll stencil and word stencils , I have used regular white Texture Paste.
 I have painted the edges of my canvas using Decoart Extreem Sheen Metallic Paint in Pink Tourmaline, this is also used as one of the rose colours.
Enjoy Creating your own version!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Painting Tutorial "What does your Heart say?"

I painted this canvas as an encouragement for my sister. I wanted to inspire her heart.
I love this project, I have used this idea over and over, with results always unique!
 Canvas is 30cm x 40 cm
Step 1. Trace and cut a large heart out of a piece of cardboard, then cover it with contact both sides.
Adhere the heart to canvas using double sided tape in a few places.
 I have not painted the background of my canvas, you of course can paint it any colour you like!
Choose acrylic paint colours  and various stencils to start.
Step 2. Overlay your different stencil patterns, working around your heart
 I use a dry  makeup foam wedge for this type of stenciling.
Step 3. More layers! Try to use a variety in your work, small patterns in the background and larger patterns for the feature around the heart.
Step 4. Using a palette knife, add some white texture paste through a stencil, I have chosen a scroll style.
Decide what your heart wants to "Say",
I stenciled these words inside my heart then added the dragonflies in and around the heart for detail.
 To finish I spayed a little blue, then aqua ink around the heart and with my sponge worked the colour into the background.
 I decide to define my heart by shading some Ultramarine blue around the inside of the heart using an angle brush. Finished!
I have added some photos below of some of my other "Heart" works.
 Enjoy, and create your own!

Friday, June 2, 2017

2017/18 Kaisercraft Design Team Application

Moroccan Rose Garden Canvas
"Think of all the Beauty still left around you and be Happy"
I am pleased to bring you a new romantic rose canvas design featuring the
"Lilac Whisper Collection" from Kaisercraft
When I first saw the collection my eye and imagination were drawn to the subtle Moroccan paper and tiny wooden shapes.
 I love Moroccan design but wanted to use the soft lilac colours and the imagery of a vintage flowery garden, using the Moroccan shapes like a  lattice backdrop.
 I hope you enjoy  and learn heaps from the process of this creation!
I will list all supplies at the end.  Here are the steps.............
Step 1. Using a palette knife spread Gesso over the Moroccan Lattice  and Blossom stencils.
Allow to dry. The Gesso will act as a resist for your next step!
Step 2. Spray KAISERmists over your canvas, spray a little water to activate and allow the inks to run through the stencil designs.
Step 3. Choose a Moroccan shape, cut it out to make a template then cut this shape out of your chosen Kaisercraft papers.
Decide where your main papers will be and draw in circles where your roses will be placed on the  canvas.
Step 4. Using a small palette knife, load with texture paste and form your rose shapes.
 Allow to dry.
Step 5. Glue down your paper shapes onto canvas using Kaisercraft Glaze Paste or Modge Podge, make sure you coat the top of your papers as well.

Step 6. Spray a little Blackberry KAISERmist onto a palette, using an Aqua brush place this colour into roses for depth. Kaisercraft Gold Gel Pen for centers.
 Use a small filbert paintbrush to paint in leaf shapes in Heritage Green, then highlight with Metallic Gold paint.
 I have used an Inktense Pencil in Indigo Blue to shadow the paper Moroccan shapes with the Aqua brush.
 Fill a needle tip squeeze bottle with Kaisercolour in White and outline leaves and Moroccan shapes.
Step 7. Finish the detail of your design, I have glued the paper sentiments and butterflies from the Lilac Whisper Collectables  to my canvas, outlining them in White. I love this saying from Anne Frank, I have visited her house in Amsterdam, which is now a museum , and just had to use it in this piece!
 I have used the Blossom stencil again with Texture Paste to enhance one Moroccan shape.
 Adhere your wooden  Moroccan shapes over some of the background lattice pattern.
 Rub over them with Metallic Gold.
You could stop here and hang your canvas, but I wanted more of a statement piece, So lets keep adding!
Step 8. Cut strips of paper to cover the sides of your canvas, use your stencils to add extra patterns to the sides, spay with KAISERmist in Blackberry to enhance the pattern. Glue into place.
Step 9. Using Kaisercraft Corregated Cardboard, cut to size for back of canvas, adhere some of your Moroccan shapes and embellish with pieces from the Lilac Whispers collectables pack. Glue this onto the back of canvas.
Step 10. I have hot glued a white ceramic rose knob to the top of my canvas.
 Intertwine your paper blooms by their wire stems, into a long garland and wrap them around the knob, trailing down your canvas design.
 Then I have drilled a small hole into the bottom of my canvas and screwed into place a flat based knob that makes my canvas able to stand.
Finished Canvas! Able to be displayed anywhere for a full 3D experience.
 I had a lot of fun creating this piece, I hope I have inspired you to get creating as well!
Materials Used:
Kaisercraft Glaze Paste, KAISERmists Iridescent Spray Ink in Olive, Blackberry, Wisteria and Pink.
Kiasercolour in White, Heritage Green and Metallic Gold. Lilac Whisper Collectables.
12" x 12'' Moroccan Lattice Stencil, Mini Designer Template "Blossom"
Mini Paper Blooms " Sage", Paper Blooms " Amethyst"
12"x12" Corrugated Cardboard, Kaisercraft Gel Pen Gold
Lilac Whispers Collection Papers:
P2345 Illusion, P2346 Opal, P2347 Mist, P2348 White Wood, P2349 Jade, P2350 Echo
Other Extras:
Gesso, Texture Paste, Needle Tip Bottle, Aqua Brush, Filbert Brush, Palette Knife,
 Inktense Pencil Indigo Blue

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!