Try a New Technique: Masking Tape Painting

This is a fun technique I discovered on Pinterest. First, I covered the cardstock with slightly wrinkled masking tape.

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Then I painted over the masking tape with plum acrylic paint.

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I embellished the piece with this elephant I made separately using a stencil for the pattern. I love the interest created by the texture. Fun and easy technique.

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Piece by Piece: Behind the Scenes of “Guardian of Dreams”

I’m miserably ill with a chest cold that keeps me coughinh all night, so I though I’d share some behind the scenes views of a piece I created a few days ago.

First, I created the background by using the scraping method. I dotted the top edge of the paper with various colors of acrylic paint and dragged it down using a piece of corrugated cardboard (which created the striated effect).

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Then I used a stencil to create some birch tree trunks with white acrylic paint.

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I cut out the trees and colored on top with oil pastels.

piece-by-piece-2I used baby oil and my fingertip to blend the oil pastel over the trunks.

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I used another stencil to  trace out a fox and cut it out of cardstock.

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I used the same oil pastel and baby oil method to color the fox.

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Finally, I glued all of the elements to the background and stamped the leaves on the trees using a round sponge brush and acrylic paint. Voila!

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“All Love Can Be” and Dreamscapes

Meh. Blah. Blah. Blah.  It has just been one of those days where nothing I tried to create turned out the way I wanted it to. I started feeling ho-hum about my attempts at “art” and this blog and wallowed in self pity for a bit. But then I put my big girl panties on again and reminded myself that even if no one reads my posts or appreciates my creations, that was not the point when I started this journey. I started to bring more creativity back into my life as a form of therapy, a path out of (or perhaps through) the darkness of the mind. And baby, I’ve come a long way from where I started over a month ago. I have created something every day, no matter how I have felt. I’ve found that creativity only brings out more creative energy. It isn’t something you run out of. It is something that keeps growing.

These works are dreamlike in nature and I though “All Love Can Be” would be an appropriate song to accompany these creations. So listen and view, if you feel inclined to do so.

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“Dream Forest” Materials: cardstock, stencil, acrylic paint

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“Dream Birds” Materials: stencils, cardstock, acrylic paint

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“Dreamscape” Materials: stencil, cardstock, acrylic paint

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“Dream Guardian” Materials: cardstock, stencil, oil pastels, baby oil, acylic paint

All Love Can Be Lyrics

I will watch you in the darkness
Show you love will see you through
When the bad dreams wake you crying
I’ll show you all love can do
All love can do

I will watch through the night
Hold you in my arms
Give you dreams where no one will be
I will watch through the dark
Till the morning comes

For the lights will take you
Through the night to see
All love, showing us all love can be

I will guard you with my bright wings
Stay till your heart learns to see
All love can be

Written by Will Jennings, James Horner • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Try a New Technique Tuesday

During the past month of my “art therapy” journey, I’ve discovered a passion for making background papers for future collage projects. I’m actually thinking about doing a blog giveaway of some of my background papers for one lucky winner to use on their craft projects. Would you be interested? Let me know.

Pinterest has enabled me to try a variety of new techniques. This is probably my favorite one so far.

One of the easiest and fastest ways to create a background is to simply squirt some paint onto your page then move it around with an old credit card or key card. With this technique your paint will dry super quick, you waste little to no paint, and it creates a neat printmaking effect! Scrape the paint up and down, then scrape side to side, letting the colors mix slightly.

©Kristal Norton – Read more at: http://kristalnorton.com/art-journaling-101-background-techniques

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Here is one example of a background I made using this technique. I added circles by stamping with a soda bottle cap,

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Here is another one with bubble wrap stamping on top.

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This one probably shows how you can blend color the best. The circles are bottle cap stamped.

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I embellished the circles with some buttons for this one. The lighter areas are actually silver, but the color doesn’t photograph very well. 

The verdict on this technique? Awesome and satisfying! Dare I say it? Craftgasmic! I had almost as much fun as this lady. Hahaha!!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Eye Candy

I could have ranted on the ridiculousness of Valentine’s Day, or about how I hate the unnecessary pressure it puts on relationships, or about how lonely it can be. But I drank myself into  a nice little buzz and decided to make some Valentines instead. Win-win for both of us, dear reader.

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Materials: Bubble wrap, acrylic paint, tissue paper, cardstock

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Materials: toilet paper roll (yep haha), acrylic paint, cardstock, tissue paper

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Materials: cardstock, tissue paper, hand embellishments, acrylic paint

My Early Days of Drawing and Some Party Animals

I wish I had some of my drawings from the early days pictured here. Judging from the expressions on my face, I was deep in concentration and did not want to be disturbed. Some things never change.

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And now for some more recent work…

 

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Materials: pencil, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, acrylic paint, Washi tape, paint marker

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Materials: watercolor pencil, cardstock, ribbon bow, paint marker

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Materials: watercolor pencil, Washi tape, foam embellishment, acrylic paint, cardstock

 

Furry Friend Friday

I’ve been practicing drawing some more animals and wanted to share Mr. Fox and this gentlemanly bunny with you. I’ve been experimenting with a variety of media. Happy Furry Friend Friday!

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Materials: acrylic paint: colored pencil, crayon, soft pastel, pencil, patterned paper

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Materials: patterned paper, colored pencil, pencil, ribbon bow embellishment, crayon, soft pastel

Self Portraits

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Materials: photo printed on cardstock, acrylic paints, buttons, puzzle pieces, flower embellishment, buttons

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(from 2007)Materials: cardstock cutouts, googly eyes, arrow embellishment

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Materials: glasses embellishment, patterned paper

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Materials: acrylic paint, patterned paper, chipboard shape, glasses embellishment, bow embellishment

 

Watercolor Tape Resist with a Twist

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“Frozen Hearts” photo (c) Sofia Smith 2017

More snow overnight. We have a real winter wonderland in our back yard.

Another fun watercolor technique I tried recently is the tape resist. The idea is to use masking tape or painter’s tape to block off areas where you do not wish the paint to stick. When you remove the tape, the blocked areas remain white (or whatever color paper you are using). I decided to do something a little different. I used this collection of Washi tape (make sure to use Michael’s coupon to reduce the price 40-50%) to block off sections on a 4X6 inch piece of cardstock. Instead of peeling back the tape to reveal white space, I kept the tape on for a different effect because the pattern on is designed to look like watercolor painting.

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Materials: Washi tape, watercolors, cardstock

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Materials: Washi tape, watercolors, cardstock

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Materials: Washi tape, watercolors, cardstock

Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream

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“Icicles” photo (c) Sofia Smith 2017

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“Heart of Ice” photo (c) Sofia Smith 2017

A garland of dripping icicles lines the edge of the roof. Snow and ice shimmer in silver frost on branches. It is a wintry day indeed. I ventured outside for a few photographs, but am happy that I don’t have trek further in this icy weather.

It is the perfect day to stay in pajamas and create some marbled paper.With shaving cream! What? Yep. A friend of mine shared this fascinating technique with me and I had to experiment. Sounds strange, but it works and it is fun. A note of caution: make sure you like the scent of the shaving cream because it will linger in the air and embed itself in the paper. I used both food coloring and watercolors.

And here are my results…

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