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New Mixed Media Work….loving Text

Well, I can’t seem to stay out of the studio and this is my newest piece…..I’m so cubist and these circles just screamed at me so I had to listen….hope you enjoy…

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Happy New Year! Follow Along Beveled Canvas Project Part IV: Filling In the Squares and Choosing your colors

Hello again and I hope everyone is having a happy last day of 2011 and ready for 2012!

The next portion of this tutorial is the bulk of filling in the canvas but is also the easiest and the hardest at the same time.  This is where you choose your colors and how they are going to compliment your sketched out composition.  There are Three parts to this.

  1. taping and painting in

  2. spraying (optional)

  3. going over your textured areas again with oil pastels before moving on to the final step and details

So step 1.  filling in your pre-sketched out composition with colors.  Now I had intended some brighter colors but I found these great testers at Home Depot for $.50 each in pastels and I fell in love with them.  So I decided to go with softer colors for the main areas and then in the last step I’ll bring in brighter colors for pop and detail as you’ll see in the next post.   I tape off areas using painters tape and then paint the areas.  BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART is WIPING THE PAINT AS YOU GO WITH PAPER TOWELS TO LET THE PAPERS AND PHOTOS YOU’VE PUT UNDERNEATH SHOW THROUGH.  If you don’t wipe as you go you lose your under layer and a lot of character.  See below.  Please forgive the lighting I was working by my window in the middle of the day and the glare was terrible.

  • Tips: use a soft touch on your tape to avoid tearing under papers
  • be careful of drips, but to be honest the occasional drip of color here and there can be a nice touch

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Step 2.  Choose certain blocks to spray watered down paint or India Ink or even Tea on.  I have watered down white paint in a travel size hairspray container and I used it on my purple blocks.  Have fun with this but don’t go overboard, it should be used sparingly!

 Step 3.  To finalize this section I take oil pastels that are darker than the paint and rub it on my textured areas to create a “Pop” and get it ready for the next and final step.




 So Here we are at the end of the fourth tutorial and this is where the piece is standing.  Remember we have one more very important tutorial to finish up the piece and you’ll be amazed at how such a simple step finishes off the piece so so nicely.

Remember if you Like this post or want to share it please do so below but most of all I would love to see pictures of your work if you are following along to share with our friends that also read this blog, so send them in!!!!  Don’t forget to visit me on Facebook and Like Hummingbird Studios Page and follow us on Twitter OR sign up for our newsletter to your right.  You’ll get a free transfer technique and Monthly updates  and tutorials from Hummingbird Studios.   As Always Peace and Light from Hummingbird Studios and a Phenomenal New Year!

Follow Along Beveled Project Part III My Favorite New Technique

Hi!  I hope you’re enjoying following along with this project.  I’m enjoying it and can’t wait to see how it turns out.  I’ve done two others with this technique and I’m so in love.  I hope you love it too, it’s easy, fun, a little messy and CHEAP, all the makings of a great technique.

1.  First you’ll need just chalk pastels and some gesso to go over the dried molding paste or heavy gel you used for texture to begin with in Step ONE.


2.  After your molding paste or heavy gel texture has dried take the pastels and rub them over the texture.   This can be quite messy so work from the top down so the powder from the pastels doesn’t mix with that of the sections below.

Rub Pastel over texture                                          Texture with pastel

3.  At this point you’ll take gesso on a brush and brush gently over the pastelled texture leaving some dark areas and some lighter areas, even some full gesso strokes with no color.  It adds interest.  Then after the gesso is on you can rub the pastel on the texture again to get some darker areas on again leaving you with various values from white to dark.  You’ll have to clean off your pastel to get the wet gesso off, but it doesn’t damage the pastel.

4.  Here are how my three textured areas turned out after the gesso and pastel.

                    Note the darker and lighter areas where I didn’t fully mix in the gesso with the pastel and let it mingle allowing the full value of colors show through.  This is enhanced when you go over the wet pastel with the fresh pastel to push in extra dark.  Like I said, just wipe off  your pastel with paper towels (keep them for future use) and you’re good to go!

So right now we have what is looking like a mess, and the fun part is that it IS a mess, but as we move forward on our next steps we will remember our original sketched out composition (don’t ever lose that) and decide on colors to go over our ephemera, and using other techniques we will bring that orignal composition together into a fun fun piece. 

I hope you’re enjoying following along and If you have ANY questions about the steps just click on my Contact page or leave a comment even better and I’ll answer it for everyone.

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.  Peace and Light…..WK


Follow Along Beveled Project Part II

Well, I’m sure everyone is  busy with Christmas and all the Holidays that come up around this time so Happy Holidays to all, no matter what you are celebrating.  So I’ve been slow in getting out the next step in this project but school is officially out now and I’m hoping the next two weeks will  involve sleeping and painting….ahhh, heaven.

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So the next step in the beveled project is very easy and I’ll be on in the next day or so with the next step which is a blast and has become a staple of mine, but you’ll have to wait for that one.

Today we are adding ephemera of any kind with heavy gel paste.  I use dictionary pages, pictures, asian papers and basically anything I want to be seen underneath the paint.  I love text showing through so I use a lot of text.  You can use pictures or anything you like….

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As you can see I’ve let the papers go over the side onto the beveled area and I’ve “collaged” the papers inside the original lines I drew keeping my original composition.

Like I said the next step is really fun, so stay tuned and until then grab all your fun pages and start tearing or cutting and collaging into your orignal sketched composition.  Have fun!!

So I’ll see you soon with the next step and as always, comment, share or like the post if you do indeed “like” it.  Don’t forget to visit Hummingbird Studios on Facebook and Like our page there.  I would love to keep up with you and be able to visit.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays….peace and light….WK

We Can’t Help It!!

Is she really adding stripes? YES!!! Why?  I don’t know!!…..Do you ever have a feeling as an artist or a buyer that you have no control over what you do as an artist or like as an art lover?  It’s just there or it’s not and you can’t explain why. When someone asks you as an art lover “What do you like”, I most often answer, “I’ll know it when I see it.”

So for all those art lovers out there who can’t “help” what they like….just a little secret….we artists can’t “help” what we paint!  I may not be speaking for all the artist’s of the world but when I’m in my studio it’s this bubble of feeling like you can’t make a mistake because every drop of paint or encaustic or paper or any medium you use to create your work WILL without your consent END UP EXACTLY WHERE IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE.  I feel possessed almost and my husband will ask me, What’s it going to look like?, What are you going for here?” and I can’t answer him most often except to say…”he*% if I know!”  I’m just along for the ride!

And the ride is so exhilarating that you can’t breathe sometimes and you step back to look at your work and you think “where the He*% did that come from” or “Did I do that?”  “I couldn’t possibly have done that, I’m not that talented”, but there it is on the canvas and I love it.  Not another soul on the planet may love it, but I do and it came from a place inside me from which I do not know and that alone creates a sacredness about the piece that makes it ok if someone else doesn’t like it.  They don’t have to. The process was sacred to me.

So here we are with my latest piece and my first outdoor show (I’m used to indoor comforts) in one month and this piece literally came from nowhere in a matter of days.  It is very similar to my familiar style but there where some moments here and there, like the stripes and some free-handed painting that just happened and felt so familiar that I wanted to share with you all.

Artists, let your muse do the work for you today and art lovers, love what you love without feeling it necessary to explain why.  We like what we like and it’s all for the same reason….WE CAN’T HELP LOVING IT AND WE CAN’T HELP PAINTING IT!

As always, love and light  WK

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What my kids added to my work!!

Last post I showed you two pieces I did for our school walls.  I gave this challenge to a group of my 8th graders and look what that had to come back at me with!!  They are so good!!  This will make a nice installation and I can’t wait to see the other smaller installation they are working on.

First two panels I made….


Panels my students have added!! The two brown and one red are theirs and the white mine….

I think they might be showing me up!!  I’m so proud of them.  These installations have a lot of promise. And it comes from 13 and 14 year olds.  A great reminder of why I teach and don’t just work as a solitary artist.

Peace and Light…..WK

Why do I feel like I’m in Kindergarten again? And More ways to save at Home Depot!

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First Squares themes in my work, then triangles and now I’ve move up to the elusive CIRCLE…. This was sosoooooo much fun!  The brown is a paint Sample from Home Depot, Martha Stuart Collection called Potting soil and now I know why…they texture feels just like rough dirt when paint smoothly or with a knife, I used both methods.  it cost me 5$ at Home Depot and will last forever, so check out the paint sample section that people use to “try out” paints on their walls to see if they like it or not, and DON’T forget to look at the remnant bin where all the “mistakes” go and you can get a gallon of paint for $5!!

So here’s my newest “work” which I hate to call my pieces “Work” because I have so much fun doing them!!  This one was a blast.  Think I might play with circles for awhile…..just like the good old days in the sand box….”dirt” paint and all!!

                                                                         This piece for sale at Art Span and prints available at Red Bubble

As always if you Like this piece click “LIKE”, if you want to comment…great, but most of all…say it with me…..HAVE FUN AND CREATE (and get a good bargain when you can)!!!  I’m all about the fun of the hunt and the lower the price tage the better and the better the secret “location” is….even better because that means I can share it with you!!  So Have fun and don’t go broke doing it!! Peace and Light  WK

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