Join Michelle as she experiments with cutting out paper pieces and making a picture against a black background. To follow along you will need this things:
I decided to try painting again but this time with watercolor. First I sketched out my image in pencil. Because the last face I drew looks so creepy I decided to draw a different face rememberinng to space my eyes better.
Then I just start painting with my watercolor paints. I tried to paint lightest to darkest but that makes things a bit more difficult for me. With acrylic paint I don't really plan what I am going to paint as much but with watercolor I really have to think about what colors I am going to use and where before I start. It really makes me think differently when painting.
After I had the painting the way I wanted it I went back over my lines with a fine point black pen. I like how this technique looks.
I spent part of yesterday painting. The other day I ran across a painting by Sunny Carvalho where she painted a background and then drew an image over it. She then painted over the area not contained within the lines of her images. Very cool. With all of my paints out I thought I would give this technique a try.
I didn't trace the images, just looked at them and then drew them the best I could. My face doesn't look much like Suzi's. The eyes are too close together. I also added the mushrooms. I figured the bird needed something to sit on. Here is where I veered away from what Sunny did. I started to paint over the background but then found myself painting over the background in the images too! I realized that leaving the background inside of something like a flower was cool but leaving it inside a face wasn't as cool for me. So I painted over that too.
At this point I decided my girl looked too old. So I decided to "fix" it. The last photo shows the last changes but I am not sure if it is any better, just different. It's a learning process. A fun learning process.
In this episode we experiment with drawing and painting with oil pastels, acrylic paint, and water.
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As you follow along with this episode you may find the music a bit annoying because there is a lot of it! Just hit the mute button. As you watch the show you will see that there are just a few simple steps in this project.
1. Draw a grid
2. Sketch a face with pencil
3. Color face with oil pastels
4. Paint picture by adding liquid to picture (use your paint and water)
If you would like to learn how to draw a face check out some of the online classes taught by Suzi Blu. They are well worth the price! Also, I highly recommend the book, Unfurling by Misty Mawn. I used one of her creative prompts as a starting point for this project.
My mom came over yesterday so that we could work on some of the projects/ideas from the latest issue of Somerset Studio. We ended up working through two projects in the May/Jun 2011 issue of the magazine instead. We started with the bird drawing exercise on page 30. I wasn't too sure about doing this one, but I actually really enoyed it and found myself wanted to draw more birds later.
In the instructions it suggest to use ink pads for color. We tried. It didn't work so well for us (probably because we used wc paper) so I broke out the water soluble oil pastels. Much better.
After spending time on the birds we moved on to the Lively Layers workshop on page 99. I thought I would really enjoy this one but it didn't hold up to my expectations. I could have been that I was so excited about the bird results that anything after that would have fallen short. I kind of think that I have developed enough of my own style that it is getting harder for my to follow the step by step directions of someone else without feeling like what I am working on is a bit off. In the end though, I was please with my background. Now I need to make something with it!
Some may say it is too early for Christmas decorations but it is never too early to try a new craft technique even if the project is Christmas related. In this episode Michelle revisits her "Peace on Earth" holiday decoration project with a new technique. Using large strips of craft paper she creates paper flowers which then frame the saying.
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I promise I am still here. Actually, I have recorded two shows and am in the process of editing them. I have to try and squeeze it in in between running my daughter to volleyball practices and training for another off-road sprint triathlon.
In the meantime, take a look at the scrapbook paper I have listed on Etsy. This is all brand new paper from my craft store that I moved into my home studio. I desperately need to move the paper out to make room for more storage space.
In this long overdue show, Michelle shows you how to create a journal using a simple folded paper technique and a simple pamphlet stitch. To follow along gather up your supplies.
For the eight installment of our Twelve Days of Christmas series, Michelle shows you how to make potato stamps which are perfect for creating one-of-a-kind gift wrapping.
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This is the first video in our Twelve Days of Christmas series where we feature craft projects for Christmas decor and gifts. This episode shows how to make a cute paper stocking banner.
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If you don't want to draw your stocking you can download the stocking template.