Wonder31 #16: Architecture

Wonder31 #16: Architecture

So I have decided that I am going to do all of the Wonder31s even if it takes a few months! I'm finding it infinitely challenging [in a good way] to have a prompt for my mind to ponder. You know all about procrastination, right? Hence the delay in creating what may seem to be a fairly simple response to this prompt in the form of a cuddly little 3x5" index card. And yes, it's curved because it's warped and I didn't have a chance to press it flat under some heavy duty Harry Potter books.

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Paint a Gouache Grid

Paint a Gouache Grid

Here's a really lovely way to paint a grid, and you can make the little boxes as perfectly square or as wonkily rectangular as you wish. The tape mask provides crisp edges when removed, which leaves you space to write or doodle or just enjoy that vast white space. You might also cut up these little abstracts, leaving an elegant white border, and use them as collage fodder or teeny tiny canvases for your doodles or self-portraits. The limit is your imagination, of course!

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Tutorial: Bold Patterns with Magic Markers

Tutorial: Bold Patterns with Magic Markers

Don't you think it's time for a little creative diversion? Over the past few years, I've filmed a bunch of videos that I posted at Vimeo and in the midst of backing up my movie files, I'm finding the gems and posting them to YouTube. This is a fun one from 2014 about designing bold patterns that make use of positive and negative space.

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Beauty {Blue}: White Lettering

Beauty {Blue}: White Lettering

Hand-lettering on a dark mixed media background, especially one layered with collage or acrylics, is especially challenging. But a white pen comes to the rescue! In the video, I wrote with two different white pens on the background of Golden heavy body acrylics, {i.e. black, payne's gray, teal etc.} so at first glance it's a mysterious almost-black. I reserved some space at the top left for writing and that's where I added a quote. The words at the center margin were just squeezed in, not planned. And of course there are words on some of the papers... 

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Paradise: Using a Large Stencil to Create an Art Journal Background

Paradise: Using a Large Stencil to Create an Art Journal Background

In this video, I create an abstract, textured background using a large floral stencil. I use the stencil several times to add texture and layering, and I even tear the paper to add a bit of distress and destruction! A peek into what can happen when creating an art journal page, when you let the page flow without planning ahead.

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Wonder31 #14: Lyrics

Wonder31 #14: Lyrics

So I hope that by sharing the art that I'm doing, it will drive YOU to have a brighter day and take that extra step to to drizzle a little extra bit of creativity into whatever work you choose to do!

Let's make a deal!!! I'll keep posting art----> and you'll keep doing art? Tell me what kind of work you are doing, it helps me know that you are reading. Otherwise I start imagining otherwise:)

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