My inspiration for this project came from one of my favorite crafting magazines and websites — Cloth Paper Scissors. In this blog post (http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blog/perfect-mothers-day-art-project/), the author writes about a process called “negative painting.” With this technique, you start with a colorful background and then use a solid color to paint around the objects you want to show rather than by painting the objects itself.
I began with dark colors — blue, purple, and magenta — and worked on two canvases at a time.
I continued adding additional colors,
lightening it up as I went along. I applied paint mainly with a paint brush, but my hands and fingers also got involved!
Once I was happy with the background colors, I began adding other marks. I stamped circles and added lines with paint and the edge of a credit card.
I used stamps and stamp pads to add more details. My final touch was to use my Gelly Roll pens to add lines, squiggles, and writing (any words I could think of) all over the board.
Next week, I’ll show you the crap I ended up with as I completed the negative painting!
Several weeks ago, I blogged about a mixed media picture I had made for a 30th birthday celebration (https://crapsmanship.com/2017/06/16/mixed-media-bike-pic/). Subsequently for my girlfriends’ Crafts & Cocktails meeting, we did mixed media art at my house. I gave each lady an 11 x 17 sheet of mixed media paper, and I opened up all my crafts crap for use. We had water colors, acrylics, stamps, washi tape, stencils, scrapbook paper, and more. Read the rest of this entry
My pseudo-nephew Hank turned 30 this month, and I wanted to create a special picture for him, despite my limited talent as an artist. Hank is a bicyclist, and I thought a bike wheel with 30 spokes should be my inspiration. Read the rest of this entry
A week or so ago, I shared with you the pictures I’ve worked on for my sister Robin’s new mid-century modern home. (See the post at this link: crapsmanship.com/2015/08/17/mid-century-modern-art-diy/) . I gave Robin some choices about the design she wanted. (Frankly, I asked her to tell me if she really wanted the pictures at all). She assented to accept the pictures, complete with mid-century modern design elements, as seen in the photo above. I had to completely re-do the picture on the right due to my previous crapsmanship, using Sharpies to add the designs. While these vases aren’t museum-worthy, or maybe not even wall-worthy, I’ll let Robin make the call actually hanging them in her house. Robin, I’ll bring them next week when I visit Laurie Loo.
My sister Robin just built the cutest 800 square-foot house you’ve ever seen! With one bedroom, a living room, bathroom, kitchen, and lots of storage, the house is perfect for Robin and her husband Roger. They’ve decorated it with white walls and pops of bright colors in a mid-century modern theme. She has one blank wall to the left of her couch, and I offered to make some art for that spot. Robin (wisely–she knows my penchant for crapsmanship) said I was welcome to make something, but she couldn’t guarantee that she would hang it.
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