Some of you may remember one of my Shades of Grey workshops. They were conducted way before the books and movie of that title came out and I very much prefer my take on it;-)
Here’s a little workshop video I did for Strathmore Artist Papers a few years ago.I return to this simple palette again and again, it’s my favorite and exploring the tonal values in this way is such a good exercise for creating faces.
There are several projects in my new book, Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker, that deal with exploring tonal values in the face and while the projects are meant to be fun, there’s also a lot to learn each time you explore the lights and darks of the face, or any object. A simple sketch is one way, but when you start to add in various media such as Conte Crayon, charcoal, acrylics, oil pastels and more you get an even more intense experience as you blend and create shades of grey.
I went back through my artwork and journals to pull 50 Shades of Grey in faces spanning the last several years. It’s always fun to take a look back and see how your artwork had evolved and what things still draw you that you continue to explore. I encourage you to take a look back at your work and reflect on what things still appeal to you as you go forward~
Wow! 2015 is off to a roaring start!!! The first week was a flurry of getting ready to head to CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) in Anaheim, CA. I taught a workshop there and it was really cool to see several of my mixed media friends teaching as well. Almost like teaching at a retreat only bigger classes and a whole different audience.
Traci Bautista, me, Mary Beth Shaw and Seth Apter, partners in crime! It’s so great to have good friends that back each other up when doing these types of events. We helped in each others classes, ate together walked the floor together, signed books and DVD’s together and pretty much were joined at the hip lol.
Mary Beth, Seth and I asked to have our classes back to back so we could each assist the others in their workshops. It was a long day but so much more fun when shared with friends like this!
At the end of the day I was rewarded with the advance copies of my book being overnighted by my publisher to the hotel!!!
The really cool thing was that last year at CHA is when I talked to Tonia Jenny (editor) about North Light publishing this book. I’d been working on it for about a year before that and really wanted to find a good fit in a publisher. I’m so thrilled with how they have handled this book and the amount of input I was able to give. It was awesome to get to see the first copy, hot off the press, with Tonia present!
The next day it was book/DVD signings for us and walking the floor with some meetings thrown in between. I did a little demoing with the signing alongside Mary Beth.
Those of you that follow me on Facebook or Instagram know that I love to knit in my spare time, it’s a great way to relax! It was very thrilling to be signing the same day as Vicki Howell from Knitting Daily TV.
After a whirlwind couple of days, I’m now home and things haven’t slowed down! The first journal spread is from the Documented Life Project I’ve decided to join in for the year. It’s a really great thing if you want to keep on track with your art journaling and there’s a huge following with a great community of artists.
I also gifted myself with a workshop from Gillian Cox. I never get a chance to take classes and I really want to explore my work in new ways so I signed up and have started her online course, Unearth Gather Create. I believe the class is full but you can click on the link to see what classes she has available.
I hope your year is off to a great start and that you’re finding time to do what you love!
These stencils reflect on personal struggles of the past year and will add powerful imagery to your art journaling and other mixed media work.
Here is a stepped out look at creating a journal spread with one of my new stencils
This page started off on a partially stenciled background using my Acrylic Inks and a copy of a sketch adhered with Mixed Media Adhesive, to give a nice matte finish to the page. Then I traced the stencil design with a Pitt Artist Pen. Using a small sponge dauber I applied Liquid Frisket through the stencil. Let it dry. The Liquid Frisket will mask off the stencil design to preserve the colors underneath.
I adhered more imagery using Mixed Media Adhesive and chose my color palette for the page. I’m using my Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics in the following analogous color palette, Turquoise, Rain, Olive, Celedon and using a complementary color to Turquoise, Mustard Seed.
Because I’ve masked off the stencil design I can freely paint over the top of it with layers of color.
Using a Liquid Frisket removal tool, I can easily pull off the masking to reveal the page underneath.
I love how it went slightly outside the lines of the stencil design. This gives more interest to the page.
Here are some more pages done using my new stencils
And here they are, the twelve winners from my Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!!! All you have to do to claim your prize is to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!!!
Congratulations and thank you all so much for the lovely comments! If you didn’t win there is still time to order before Christmas:-)
To celebrate the season of giving as well as the earlier than expected release of my new book I’m going to give away signed copies of all three of my books as well as some artist quality prints of some of the artwork from my new book!!! This will be the biggest giveaway this year!!! A total of SIX BOOKS and SIX ART PRINTS (8×10 Somerset Velvet Giclee Art Prints) to TWELVE LUCKY WINNERS!!! That’s TWELVE chances to win for The Twelve Days of Christmas Giving!!!
All you have to do is leave a comment! Already have one or more of my books, well consider paying it forward and giving your copy away to a friend or on a blog post if you win!! Pass the giving along. The copies of my newest book, Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker will be shipped as soon as my advance copies get here around the end of January. You’ll be the first to get your hands on a copy!!
The drawing for winners will be done on Monday, December 15th and announced on my blog in a new post so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won! Please be sure to include a way to contact you in your comment as well.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all~
I have some awesome BIG NEWS to share with you! My new book, Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker has had it’s release date moved up and will be in-house at the North Light Shop on January 20th!!! And it’s now on sale there!!! That’s two months earlier than the original release date!!! I’m beyond excited!!! Oh and more good news is that it’s on SALE today at the North Light Shop-HALF OFF the cover price!!!!
The book is a nice fat 160 pages, they upped the page count to include even more instruction and eye candy. It would make a great Christmas present, just saying:-)
And if you’ve already ordered it from Amazon you’ll be getting it way earlier than the original release date, likely the first part of february rather than late March!!!