October 15, 2014

Art and Soul - Big Fat Art with Jane Davies


Back again to recap my last class with Jane Davies - I was looking forward to this class the most! The name says it all... "Big Fat Art".  I have been doing scrapbooking, card making, and art journaling for so long that I have trouble working in a size any larger than 12x12, so this class sounded perfect for me.

In today's class, we worked with 18x24 paper, which for some artists is still *small*, but for me it was *HUGE* !  We learned a bunch of different techniques for getting started... first up was just using different drawing implements (graphite, pencil, marker, paint pen, straight paint, crayon, etc.) to get LINES down on the paper, and then painted over some of them with white paint.  

Please realize... NONE of the art in this post is finished, it is all very much in process.  

Then we chose one of those pieces, and focused on adding SHAPE... 

And then, we did a speed painting exercise... LOVE this.  We put out three colors of paint on a palette, plus a big blob of white.  Then... the scary part... we had 75 seconds to cover a sheet of 18x24 paper TOTALLY with paint.  YIKES!  Scary, but FUN!  We did that two or three times.  Here are some of the results, with a few more steps added on top.

And lastly, we tried yet another technique, which is one of my go-to-favorites anyway... scraped paint, but on a BIG FAT ART scale.  Here are three starts.  

Jane's classes really pushed me in very good ways.  I have to say I was *exhausted* by the end of the last class.  Barely had the energy to go to dinner.  We were all in bed before 10:00 that night.  If you have an interest in abstract art and have the chance to take a class with Jane... DO it.  

October 14, 2014

Art and Soul Recap - More Jane Davies

Hello again...

Today I'm recapping my recent weekend at Art and Soul in Virginia Beach.  Yesterday I shared some pix from my first class with Jane Davies.  Today I'll talk about the second class I took with Jane, called "Art Therapy for Your Inner Critic" - OH BOY do I ever have an inner critic!  I think we all do. 

This class was designed to help you identify ways to work *with* your inner critic rather than try to silence her (or him) altogether, which, let's face it, is never gonna happen.  I used one of my pieces in a similar way to the Post Card class... I cut it up into four pieces (that wasn't part of the assignment... I just felt like I wanted to... so I did).  

In today's class, the goal was not to make anything finished or pretty.  It was all about different techniques to push through a block.  Try working with colors you *don't* like, and then add a few that you *do* like on the same piece.  Then do the opposite... start with colors you *do* like, and then add some colors you *don't* like... it's amazing how, in each case, the piece comes together in unexpected ways. 

If you have a section that you just hate... try covering it up with white paint, then lifting some to create a veil, or scratching through the white paint with graphite or the end of a paint brush, or a water color crayon to create a new pattern, then lift.  If you follow Jane's blog, then I'm sure you have seen that she uses these techniques repeatedly in her work, so I don't feel bad sharing them with you.

I don't feel that any of these pieces are done - they all need some more work.  But it's great to know you can get a piece to a point where you can see more needs to be done, and have an arsenal of techniques to push it to a new place.  After all, it's just paper and paint... if you don't like where it goes, cover it up and add more.  

One of my favorite exercises in this class was called "speed painting" - but I'll talk more about that tomorrow.  It's a great way to get a piece started.

Again, I was able to find ways to use many of my stamps in these projects.  I love that they work for card making as well as art journaling or abstract art!  

I'll be back again tomorrow with Jane-Day 3.

~ ellen.

October 13, 2014

Art and Soul Recap - Jane Davies Post Card Class

Hi everyone,

Last weekend I went to Art and Soul in Virginia Beach with my friend Patti Parrish and her friend Gail.  We signed up for classes almost a *year* ago, so when the time finally arrived, we were both super excited.  I signed up for 3 classes with Jane Davies, and then a 2-day class with Donna Watson.  Today I'll recap my first class with Jane.

Jane first caught my eye with her Postcard Project, so of course I had to sign up for "The Art of the Postcard".  The goal with this project was to create one sheet of paper, 8 x 12, that had four distinctly different quadrants, but had an overall cohesive composition.  Definitely a challenge.

We learned about making marks with different drawing implements and tools, and some tips on how to approach the "different-ness" if that makes sense.  Here is my completed composition, and then the four post cards individually.

We were "allowed" to make a few marks after cutting the post cards that would make them even more different, but I didn't have time for that part.  I would consider this first post card to be "done", although I may add a thin white line with a gel pen overlapping the black line going across the page.

I would also consider this one done.

This one needs a little more work...  More marks to make.

And I think this one needs a *little* more work... something horizontal across the whole card... lines? paint? pattern? collage?  Time will tell...

I used several of my stamps on these projects - some have stamping, and some have collage tissue paper made with the stamps.  I love how versatile they are at giving texture/pattern to any piece.

I'll be back tomorrow to recap more Jane stuff. See you then!

~ ellen.

October 11, 2014

PaperArtsy Ledger Journal Page - GIVEAWAY!


Today I'll be sharing a page from my ledger art journal on the PaperArtsy blog using my Eclectica stamps.  We'll do an ombre background, lots of stamping of course, and create some beautiful scraped paint flowers.  Come on over to the PaperArtsy blog HERE to see the details...  but before you leave...

Leave a comment here by Monday, October 13th at 12:00 Noon Eastern time US / 5:00 pm UK time to win my new petals and circles stamp set.

Have a great day!

~ ellen.