Pillows

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Well a couple of weeks back I made some pillows on Zazzle using my artwork. They came yesterday and I have to say I’m extremely happy with them!!

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So you know how it goes, you post it on Facebook because that’s where all the fun is happening lol.

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Several people messaged me and asked on my post if they were going to be available to purchase and to be honest I’d not even thought about doing that,

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I just wanted some new pillows for home and thought it would be fun to have some arty ones,

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but I listened and went ahead and opened up a shop and listed my pillows there. I hope you’ll check my  SHOP out:-)

My Favorite Paint Tools

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite tools that I use my Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics and Acrylic Inks with.

First off, when using a new paint for the first time, I always like to do a a color wheel and or swatch test. This allows me to see the color full strength and what it looks like washed out.

Here is a color wheel and swatch test for my Acrylic Inks, using a Montana Marker.
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I love these markers! They come in a variety of marker tips and you can get them empty to refill yourself. I’ve yet to have one dry up on me using my Acrylic Inks! You do have to remember to cap them though because as with any marker it would dry up left uncapped. They also have a mixing ball in them perfect for mixing the heavy pigment load in these inks with the binders.

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These are Mini Misters by Ranger and I love them with my Acrylic Inks as well. I especially love that you can get these nifty ‘stadium seating’ type caddies for them that hold all of my colors in them. I bought an extra caddy for my Montana Markers (above) too! This keeps them on my work table with easy access.

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I’m using my Stencil Girl Color Wheel Stencil and I always have a little Pocket Color Wheel guide around to help with mixing and color combinations.

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The porcelain palette has 12 wells that can hold each of my colors of Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics. It’s important to have a palette with wells for them as they are very fluid.

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Most of you that have taken past workshops from me or read my books know how I love to use Bingo Daubers with paint in them. I’ve been doing this since I taught pre school 20 years ago! These daubers are from Rock Art and are by far my favorite ones. They never clog up with my paints and believe me they have been put through major testing in workshops! For several years I mixed my own paints with the recipe I share in my book Creating Art at the Speed of Life, and it’s so excited to have my new paints available that were based off of that recipe and in my custom color palette. I spent several weeks mixing colors to get just the right ones to use in my line. My biggest goal was that the paint colors played well together and these really do.

DSC02138For those who’ve taken my workshops this past year and had a chance to play with these paints and inks first hand, you know that my go to color is Mustard Seed. It honestly goes with every other color on my palette! So if you’re looking to try out my line I would suggest getting one or two of your favorite colors and Mustard Seed. This will give you some gorgeous color play.

These journal page backgrounds were done on hot press watercolor paper prepped with gesso, using Stencil Girl stencils and my inks.

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From upper left to right:

Nightfall-Mustard Seed

Turquoise-Mustard Seed

Rain-Mustard Seed

Turquoise-Mustard Seed-Golden Rod

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Royal Purple-Mustard Seed

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Magenta-Poppy-Mustard Seed

 

New Stencil Designs!

Color Wheel Stencils are here!

Have you ever been working on a project and thought, I wish I had _____________? Well that is how my new line of stencils was born!

I was working on samples for workshops and drawing color wheels for the umpteenth time and I thought I really wish I had a stencil of these, not only are they handy for working out color palettes, they are such beautiful design elements to use in art journals and other projects. So after a talk with Mary Beth Shaw from Stencil Girl Products I went to work on some and now they are ready to go!

Just click on any of the stencil images and they will take you right to Stencil Girls website

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Complementary 6 x 6

Here are some journal pages that I used the stencils on. I had a wonderful opportunity to share take them ( and a whole host of new designs) for a test drive with my students at Art Is You…Nashville this past weekend. I will be sharing more new designs in my line over the next few weeks.

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Hue Tint Tone Shade 6 x 6

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Hue Tint Tone Shade Outline 6 x 6

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Primary Secondary Tertiary 6 x 6

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Simple Color Wheels 9 x 12

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Try Something New

Today has been one of those busy summer days, spent getting packed to go on another adventure! I’ll be leaving Friday to spend 5 Days teaching in sunny CA and I’m looking forward to spending time with my art buddies, Lisa Bebi and Renee Richetts.

During my packing however, I picked up the last issue of Cloth Paper Scissors to add to my stash of airplane reading material. As I flipped through it Serena Barton’s Workshop article again caught my eye-this was something I wanted to try. I had the good fortune to meet Serena at Art & Soul via Lesley Riley and we are going to be roomies for Art Unraveled in August and I love her work!

What I loved about this article is that Serena didn’t use any pencil-no sketching-just paint to paper, building shadows and highlights and eventually adding details with a brush.

I worked off an image on the art info cards I had made up. I liked the idea of turning this statue like face into a real person. I practiced looking at the little image I was modeling my painting after more than at what I was doing on the paper and as I was only doing this on a piece of paper I really wasn’t worried with how it would turn out. It’s just for practice.

So following Serena’s tutorial I spent about a half hour working in little spurts between packing. I tried to work fast and step away to look at if from a distance. I really wasn’t concerned about the outcome, just wanted to play with the process.

I liked the process, it’s different from how I usually work. I learned some things I can incorporate into the way I already paint and most of all I found just a little time to create art today.

 

A Place to Bark

Renee Troy has asked several artists to contribute to an amazing fundraising effort for A Place to Bark. The book featured is full of amazing artwork honoring the special place animals have in our lives. To see a slide-show of the complete book, visit Renee’s blog. If you would like to bid on the book, and support Bernie Berlin’s rescue effort, please visit the eBay listing.
Many thanks to  Renee for all of her hard work in putting this book together and for asking me to be a part of it. Here is my page, even though cats don’t bark they have added so much joy to my life.

BOGO for BLOGGERS!!!

I recently closed my print shop on etsy. It was a hard decision as it was my original shop and had over 1000 hearts and 300 positive feedback. But I’m trying to move away from ‘The Bag Lady’ and it had to be done. I don’t want to have to list the prints I have left as my art is moving in a different direction and I’m on to new adventures. So, for this weekend only I’m having a BLOGGER SALE EVENT! 30% off the entire shop of original artwork, and A FREE PRINT WITH MATT for every piece purchased! The print will be of my choosing but all are 8×10 professional photo prints that I have a printing company do for me. Each will come backed by archival chipboard, matted and in a protective sleeve. The 30% discount will be reimbursed via PayPal after the order is placed, just check out as normal and I will do the rest.

When you go to pay for your purchase type the word ‘BLOGGER’ into the comment section so I’ll know you came by way of my blog. Feel free to spread the word, I don’t have many originals left. The sale will last until Sunday, after that I will be closing the shop for a few days to revamp it and list some new work. Several of the items in the shop have been featured in magazines so you may recognize them.

Thank you as always for your continued friendship and support of my work, it’s greatly appreciated!

When Inspiration Strikes

Last night I woke up in the wee hours. I had this image in my mind and thankfully my journal was on the nightstand, so I sketched it out and fell back asleep. When I woke up this morning I saw it first thing and couldn’t wait to transfer it to canvas. Now mind you, I had a list of ‘must do’ things today, but I could not put off painting this and as soon as the kids were out the door I was in my studio in my jammies. Usually I get dressed and do a few household things first, but not today!


It was exhilarating! I’ve been so immersed in projects that I was surprised by the need to paint this. I was glad to know my muse was still with me.

This is only the second time I’ve painted a male face. I saw it in my dreams, in a sketch form. I knew exactly how I was going to do it.


I also knew whose face it was. It’s the face that I know almost as well as I know my own. The face of my best friend and today marks 11 years since he asked me to marry him.