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Am I on a mixed media roll or in a rut?

If you’ve been following I’ve put out about five new pieces with a similar technique and I’m loving doing them.  My question is, am I on a roll or in a rut?  With each piece I play with color and various textures even adding herbs to my paints, which I LOVE!!!  But they all have a similar feel, I guess a collection you could say so when does it cease to be a “roll” and become a “rut”…..

Here’s my newest piece…..and I’m really enjoying the cohesive nature of my new collection but again I don’t want to get into a rut….although I’ve seen artists make millions doing the same thing over and over in slightly different ways, so which is it?  Roll or Rut???

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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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Browns and Blues won’t leave me alone!

Here’s a look at my newest piece.   I’m in love with browns always but now  browns and  blues can’t stay away from each other in my work.  They are like magnets.  So here’s my latest piece on my easel.  In this picture the different tones of browns and yellows I used didn’t show up as well as I would have liked so I will get an updated pic up soon.  I ranged from dark browns to light tan colors  but the pic on my iPhone didn’t quite catch it so I’m off to capture it with my “real” camera.  Who knew there was something an iPhone couldn’t do??? 🙂

Do you have colors that you “magnet” towards?  Colors that call to you?   Please share in the comment section if you do!

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Here’s a better pic of the above painting that really captures the tonal values of the browns used.

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Final Post for Beveled Art Tutorial….Completed Piece

Hey you!  For the final step in this project you’ll need black pastels such as these….

This is the easiest part of the process but also just brings the whole piece together.  You’ll take your black pastel and outline each block fairly thickly.  Then taking a clean dry brush you’ll blend in the black pastel with up and down movements until fully blended.  See Below

Here are some finished shots of the outlined blocks…..

                        

And the Final Product is Below along with a cropped version that I’ll use for prints.

I truly hoped you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and even if you don’t follow step by step, hopefully you’ve gotten some techniques that piqued your interest.  Again I would love to see pictures.   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 Happy New Year!

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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

 

Beveled Canvas Project: Follow along!!

Well, I got these amazing new canvases that are beveled on the edges….they are so cool as you can see here….so I’m starting a new piece on a large one and I’m going to try to document it stage by stage for you.  The first pic is of the plain canvas.

The next pic is of some lines I’ve very loosely sketched in to create sections for different textures and colors.  I think I’m going to try to go with some brighter colors for this one just for fun.  I very much stick to warmer colors and maybe I’ll play around with some brights this time.  Below you’ll see the general layout and some heavy molding gel that I’ve put in various textures.

 

 

Finally the last picture is of the corner showing the texture going off the beveled side. 

If you want to follow along you can use any canvas OR if you want these great beveled canvases check out Jerry’s Artorama for their very reasonable prices.  Or you can just use a regular canvas to follow along with the techniques I’ll be using.

So to recap

1.  Sketch out a general layout to section off your canvas into different squares and triangles, rectangles, anything you want really.  I stuck with squares and rectangles of various sizes for this piece.

2.  Use molding paste or a heavy bodied gel medium to cover various sections.   Then using different tools, stamps or even your hands give the paste texture.  Then leave to dry until we can begin again another day!

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Love and Light and Happy Holidays to you and yours.  WK

Clean Studio and Subscriber of the Month

 Hey you,   I just had to share pics of my CLEAN, I REPEAT CLEAN  and revamped studio!!!  Now this doesn’t happen often so enjoy while you can……

 

 

Subscriber of the month is getting some link love!!!    Primal Aspects are some great people and pretty talented too, so click on over and give them a look see.

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So today you’ve seen a clean studio and a new site and hopefully new friend.  Not bad for a day’s work.   As always, comment or Like me on Facebook and come see us at Winnsboro Fine Art Festival this weekend!!!!

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Sending out Peace and Light to YOU!!!  WK

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