Posts Tagged ‘painting’

Another mehndi hand, this one the classic eye in the palm. Stencil is from Balzar Designs by The Crafter’s Workshop. The stencil has six hand designs on it in this size, and the same designs are available reduced on a separate stencil. Paper foundation to canvas board, Golden Light Modeling Paste thru the stencil to give the image height and texture, then painted with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints. The stitching lines are these awesome little pre-inked stamps called Sew Stamper from We R Memory Keepers that you run along the image where you want the line to appear. They have about half a dozen stitch styles, are easy to use and really give this project a “crazy quilt” vibe. Words were rubber stamped with Staz-On ink, my favorite. I am not affiliated with any of these companies, these are my “go-to” supplies at the moment and I just want to share the info.

Bird totem is a 16×20 stretched canvas onto which I expressively painted with my fingers. The fun of this technique is laying paint down with multi-colors going and mixing them in hand and then seeing what the patterns and shapes turn out to be. This one is an owl or even parrot like bird because of the shortish beak and squat body shape. Charcoal outlining helps define the shapes once I identifiy them, and for random mark making. This technique, which began as a student request in one of my classes this past year, is rapidly becoming one of my favorite ways to work. I love the freedom and the squishy feeling of the paint. If you don’ t like what you did, or don’t see any special pattern or shape,  you simply go over it again until you do. Easy peasy. Try it! Paper or canvas works great. Brown paper bags would even be cool.

Yes, I know it’s supposed to be “a bird in the hand”. It’s Monday a.m. at Chez Getz and life continues in the new normal. There are many more locks on the door today than Saturday and by this evening a contract will be signed for bells, whistles and buttons and that will be another new normal. But all is well, all is well, all is surely well.

This piece is on a new surface for me, an 8×8 hardwood board. I picked this up at Whim So Doodle in St. Pete recently and wondered what it would be like to use, especially compared to my standby, stretched canvas. There are differences, one obvious one is the hardness and inflexibility of the wood compared to canvas, the other in surface texture. I did like the board for stenciling as there was no “give”, which can be a minor problem on stretched canvas during stenciling. Not enough to keep me from doing it but there was more stencil control and a finer image. This image is from The Crafter’s Workshop from Balzar Designs. I pushed Golden’s Light Modeling Paste through the stencil then used Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio Paints over top of the paste when it dried. The rough paisleys are Americana Writer which is an acrylic dimensional paint. The background is paper painted with Claudine’s Studio paints. I swiped white tempera paint all over the board when everything had dried, then sandpapered a lot of the white off to reveal various surfaces previously worked. Then I painted the folk art bird,  which is a cross between an old German fraktur design and a more traditional Indian folk bird. I had trouble with this piece, there are about 6 previously worked designs under this one. I think it was the newness (and preciousness) of the board which is more expensive than my usual 12×12 canvas, but even with all that, I do like the surface and would definitely use this product again.

Get it, digit-al! Wow, is that bad. But this stencil from Crafters Workshop is not, it is detailed and makes a great image. Some of the lustrous quality of this canvas is lost because the scanner can’t pick up metallic well, but it was painted in part with Lumiere metallic paints on a paper background. Pointilism is also in metallic copper-y gold. If I can find something cool in the way of a 3-D object that adds to this piece I will, but for now it is finished.

This is a 16×20 stretched canvas with a close up of the focal point. The painting was done expressively using only my hand, although the rest of the body does come into play occasionally, like to stand up! After painting, I noticed the figure on the left and outlined it in charcoal. That was yesterday. Then today, I noticed the figure on the right and outlined it in charcoal as well. The rest of the painting has different textures and colors. This type of painting is very freeing and is the direct opposite of the work of the past several weeks, detailed faces which take much more control, and a paintbrush. I like to work this way in series, as once you get paint all over the hand it is a shame to waste it. More to come this week.

Here is a pretty strawberry blonde with a special affinity for dragonflies. She speaks to them softly as they zoom around the pond and the garden. I used a stencil from Balzar Designs by Crafter’s Workshop to rough in the features, acrylic paint, a paper background and charcoal doodles to finish the canvas off. Stenciling is a great way to get your face proportions correct and you can do any kind of eye, nose or mouth you want to use. It removes the need to be good at drawing facial features, the paint does most of the work for you.

A canvas produced in my same process as described previously in various posts. This time I experimented with a different eye style and I like the strength they gave the face, plus a strong jaw line helped as well. There are a couple charcoal outlined butterflies that began life as paint splotches and a stamped tag. I found I like making the skin tones like a greyscale photo when the background colors are very rich, I like the contrast.

Along  came a spider and sat down  beside her but didn’t frighten her one little bit. This girl was completed like the other in the series, face basics from Crafters Workshop Balzar Designs stencil, acrylics, paper foundation, stamped and tagged. She’s a creature of the twilight for sure.

Yesterday while I was working on a couple canvases the surprise of the day was that I wasn’t working on a girly after all, it was a boy! I couldn’t figure out for the longest time while that girl wouldn’t come out right. No moss on me! Pretty much the same process as the others, paper foundation, acrylics, face basics stenciled with Balzar Design template from the Crafters Workshop, which picked my work up to feature on their blog. Exciting! These stencils are very versatile. Finished up with a journaled tag and charcoal mark making and outlining. He’s not  perfect, but who is?

I was doing my process as usual and minding my own business when I finished up the portrait and stood back and saw this magnificent bear on top of the blue circle which I swear I didn’t put there! Well, I guess I did…immediately I knew it was the dancing bear on the moon. This is a 12″ canvas, paper layer, acrylic paint, face basics from a stencil by Blazer Designs manufactured by the Crafters Workshop, found tag, journaling and charcoal. Perhaps my favorite of the latest pieces, it’s hard to say. They each have their own personality but you gotta love a dancing bear on the moon.