Thursday, August 13, 2015

Collage Faces Play Date

 Had a play date recently for me and three artsy pals to create Andrea deMeng-style collage faces.  i purchased a stack on black oblong canvases at Michael's for cheap - and thought this was the perfect project for them.  
I took a workshop with Andrea last year at Art is You Petaluma.  The idea was to simplify the art by not collaging the background.  the idea was that with the black background - you could get some pretty dramatic results with just a few collage elements and perhaps some stencils.
 This is how i started - a face from a magazine, hi Kate! and some other things that caught my eye.  Andrea called this "rehearsing your collage".
 There were 4 of us working on my small dining room table - but the 12 x 24" canvases all fit!
 It was also my friend K's birthday - so we made her a cute card with a blinged-out tiara.
We ate lunch on our laps around my big ottoman. 
i covered all bases, serving a gluten free organic, free range meal that all could enjoy.

 K and her tiara.
 K and her cake.
 So back to work... or play!  I added a background of stencilled medallions with a nice metallic blue paint. 
 Here is S's work in progress.
 Here is K's fabulous background with a stenciled 3-d textured border.
 Here is S's background - using a collage of napkins.
 And here is the background of Z's - with some of the same napkins plus a few with poppies!  See how working on the black canvas easily gives you a dramatic base to work from.  
it is like you cannot go wrong!  who knew?
Due to a mishap with melting crayons, our dear friend Z was not able to continue with her collage.  But i'll be sure to update the blog when she is done!
 Here is S's collage further along.  She took a mandala calendar image and sliced and diced it into small pieces and arranged them so artfully.
 Here we can see where K was headed - her he-model was being painted to look like a king wearing a velvet robe, coming through some grand doors.
 Here are the pretty roses that K brought me - they lasted almost 3 weeks!
 In my workshop, Andrea had suggested we avoid the cliche of a Carmen Miranda style headdress with flowers and fruit.  But i could not resist!  I love me some pretty flowers - and of course i needed some birds.
I painted over the face quite a bit to try and get the shading right.  It would have been fine to leave it as it was, with the original image, but i wanted to get some practice with painting faces.

Thanks to my gal pals for a lovely artful day!

Thanks again to Andrea for the inspiration!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mason Jar Luminary

I had the pleasure of attending another one of Cathe Holden's workshops 
at her inspiration- filled barn studio in Petaluma, CA.  
The project was a mason jar luminary with a paper house, mossy base, vintage collage elements and a wire and pearl bird's nest.
Here are the class samples.
And some samples of the bird's nests.  SOO cute!
Here is a picture of our kits - Cathe is so precise and generous with the materials - everything we need is included - you don't have to bring so much as a pair of scissors.  
As a graphic designer, she designed some the collage elements to print on 
vintage sticker paper!
Here is the house template all cut out.  I learned how to make these cute houses at Cathe's house luminary workshop last Christmas, you can see HERE.
Here are my bird's nests.  
I found them a little bit messy, but they are so easy to make and look adorable!
Here's the lady herself!
Here is my luminary project completed... from all sides:

Here are some of the other student's work in progress:

Here is a shot of the whole glass gleefully holding up their creations:
Thanks Cathe for another fun filled visit to your magical studio!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Painting on Plaster Play Date

 We had a great time creating water colour paintings on plaster coated fabric, inspired by the work of Kate Thompson and her Fractured Angelics.  Our craft buddy K set us up for another great creative play date.  Here's how i got started.....
 K printed out some images on printer paper using a laser printer (not ink jet).
 She had prepared dozens of pieces of fabric, burlap and lace by coating them with either Venetian plaster or joint compound.  a coat of gesso to seal the front and back.
 Apply some matte medium to the plaster and to the image - and lay face down.  smooth all the bumps.
 Let dry thoroughly.  I drew a few flowers on the side with a pencil.
 Spritz with water and start peeling off the paper backing.  keep adding water with your fingers and roll the little bits of paper until they are all off.  You will be left with the image - transferred onto your plaster.
 In some places you can see i scraped too much and took off the gesso (white) showing the plaster (cream) underneath.  no matter, i plan to paint it anyway!
 The image on top (my favorite) was perfect and soft and lovely.  but i kept adding and taking away and ruined the eyes.  We were painting with water colour paints and a bit of white gouache.
 more work in progress.
Here is my finished result!  darker than the original, but still quite nice.
 K set us up with a flat screen to watch videos while we worked!
 And of course prepared a delicious, beautiful and nutritious luncheon.
 Here was my second attempt.  I used a copy of a vintage image - here in the rolling the paper stage.
 The image was too small on the fringed burlap.  k had pressed some lace into the plaster for more texture.
 I painted the background blue and added a trellis.
 and here she is - complete with a dress made from an actual doily (applied to the base with some joint compound) and a cute little bird.
 Here is a piece that Z was working on.  
She plans to add some berries and leaves as a headress.
 Another work in progress - a vintage image with some stencilling done with plaster for a raised texture.
 Look at this cutie - she'll look great when colourized.
 Speaking of colour - wow - look at K's angels!
Later K added some texture using a wing stencil.
 And another with brilliant tones.
This one was just image transferred, a more modern day example.  
can't wait to see how this turns out once some colour is applied!
Thanks K for another fabulous play date.  Missed our crafty buddies D and S.  We can always do this again - it was so much fun!  And thanks again to Kate for the inspiration.