Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Here are my pieces once I removed them. Now you need to wait again - a couple of hours - until they are completely dry. You can turn them over to help dry them out from the other side as well. Make sure they are totally dry before you continue. If there are seams that aren't glued down or small bubbles, don't worry about it (you can see some in the flower).
Time for the Mod Podge and another beverage - tea this time. Now that your pieces are completely dry, paint them with Mod Podge to seal them (you did wash the glue out of your paintbrush, right?). Once the front is done, and dry, flip them over and paint the back. Let dry.
Now we are ready to paint!!! Use your favorite acrylics to paint your pieces. For these I used Golden Fluid Acrylics, Setacolor Transparent Acrylics, and Lumiere. You can use whatever you like. It's your art!
Once the paint has dried, cut out your images. For more complicated images (like the fish) it is helpful to refer to the actual stamp for the details. You can glue these, or stitch them. You can seal them with varnish if you'd like. You may want to paint the edges. If any of the layers are trying to separate, just dab some glue in there. They did NOT respond well when I subjected them to a heat gun, but go ahead and experiment.
Below is a detail of the fish: I painted it using red and yellow directly on the fish, so that they combined to varying shades of orange (rather than one solid color). When it dried, I rubbed gold and turquoise lumiere on it to bring out the details. I just LOVE the way this stamp works with this technique.
If you give it a try, be sure to let me know!!!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I love my peonies!
Later in summer as the heat sets in ...
This Canna Lily is fantastic - yellow and orange, and at times streaked with dark red!
This is the same plant as it begins to bloom - it's about 4 feet tall right now
Here's a new leaf poking through on my banana palm!
Thes are the seed pods that form on my Japanese Snowbell tree after it flowers in May. It was one of the first things we planted when we moved here 15 years ago, and it is still one of my favorites.
I hope you enjoyed your visit!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
You can create your own Jackson Pollack-style work of art! Although I can't figure out how to save the image, so maybe it is just for play, but it is fun and good stress relief. You will start out automatically with balck - move your mouse around the page, when you want to change colors, just click! Have fun!
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
I need to learn how to photograph art! This one is framed behind glass, so I had to shoot from an angle to avoid the glare and reflection. Of course it looks better in person! But I really love this piece. I made the background out of dryer sheets - similar to "jewel" but obviously a different color scheme. I was having a hard time deciding what to put on top, so I started stenciling and stamping with my paints - ok, now I hated it! So I set it aside for a while. I hadn't played with Tyvek in a while, so I finally decided to paint some up. I stamped some words on it, and stitched it to the dryer sheet base. Then I blasted it with a heat gun. I added assorted beads to some of the squares and framed it up. Success! I'm really pleased with this piece.