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Mixed Media Collage – Re-post

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I’ve been cleaning my studio this weekend… My gosh.. 2 large black garbage bags.  Why, tell me why do I need all this stuff?   Hmmm… anybody?   I haven’t touched most of it for 2 years.  Ok ok.. maybe 5.. I’m lying.. probably 7.  But that’s as far as I’m admitting to.   I got to the point when I walked in my studio, I felt surrounded by clutter and unfinished projects in bins.  That’s it… be brave and purge.  The stuff must go.. either trash it, donate it or sell it.  If I want to bring any new supplies in my studio then some must go. That’s my rule.  Stop spending the money for new supplies.. and use what you have.

I have about 100 magazines in total of Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Somerset Studio.  I’m purging them too.  They are worth a lot of money if you were to go buy back issues.  I’ll put them on Craig’s List and see if I can make a little cash on them.  If you’re interested, let me know.

So, never before seen footage, here is a quick shot of my studio. It’s an extra bedroom I took over.  I’m in the midst of the clean up.  I’m getting there.  God, that looks messy.   I need an organizer.. any volunteers?

In my cleaning, I came across one of my favorite pieces.

I thought I would RE-POST the blog where I showed the tutorial on how it developed.

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– Original Post –

I finally finished my latest canvas.   I started on a different path and ended somewhere else.  I like when that happens.  You begin a piece of art with different intentions and it takes a complete turn and you end up loving the result… in your happy place.

Here is how it started:

I took magazine clippings, map pieces, lace paper, scrap papers, doilies and glued them over the entire canvas.  Went in with a paint brush to cover up an white spots with cobalt teal fluid acrylic paint.  Then I gave it a wash with titan buff and water.  Let dry.  Then it sat around for a few weeks.

Here we go… first, let me say this is an 11×14 canvas.

I just started squaring off 4 sections with cobalt teal, raw sienna acrylics and dripped air brush paint on top.  Now, the cross lines and top right corner are made with “Wood Icing” by Mary Beth Shaw.   Mary Beth has a new mixed media book just out call “Flavor for Mixed Media”.  I just got it and it’s full of delicious art.. the culinary kind, too.  Right up my alley.  I felt a connection with Mary Beth, as we both seem to approach making food and art the same way.  I was lucky enough to be gifted a jar of this lovely ooey gooey paste (wood icing) by a friend (thanks, Raine!).

Continuing….

In the textured areas that I made with the wood icing, I painted with Golden quinacridone nickel azo gold acrylic paint and once dry, pushed in brown acrylic paint then wiped to reveal an antique look.  Went around edges with black portfolio oil pastel.  Pushed Golden Light Molding Paste through plastic doily tinted with cobalt teal.  I’m in love!

Bottom left: Fabric transfer on old dictionary page.. highlights, scrapings of paint with credit card.. lines, circles… what fun.

Here’s the final and details…

That was a great art journey for me.   I hope you enjoyed this re-post.  It’s always fun to go back.

Thank you for stopping by, as always.

Judy 

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Mixed Media Collage – “Serene Garden”

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Hello my little peeps….. Remember the canvas I started a few weeks ago?  Here’s some photos to remember:

I really tried to paint, I did, but I was just not happy. I was trying to get back in the creative zone after my hiatus… BUT… I wasn’t and it showed.. to me, anyway.

Here is is now………..  Total new canvas, right?  This measures 11″ x 14″.

Here are some details….

Molding paste and stencils… cut doily and embellishments as flower….

Molding paste painted with gold.  Glass bead gel on fern….

Brooch as flower, polymer clay leaves. Bird cut off of a bird seed bag.  White dots are Tulip fashion paint.

I got some rhinestones going on along with some Stickles Glitter Glue.

 

Corrugated cardboard, lace flowers on bottom of cardboard, music notes fabric (stained with paint and water), polymer clay face, stamped bird.

Black and white stripes on sides of canvas.. I love the whimsey look.

So, there you have it, my new mixed media canvas named by my daughter as soon as she saw it as.. “Serene Garden”.

If you ever have any questions about any of the techniques, just let me know. I would love to share it with you.

Thanks for stopping by.  Back soon with some culinary art.

Judy

In The Studio.. Coffee Filter Collage Art

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Ok.. where did we leave off?  Oh yes.. computer drama. Don’t remind me.  Let’s just get to arting around.

I”m getting in the studio as much as I can.. sneaking in here and there.  Today, I want to take you down the road of making used coffee filter collage papers.  You’ve heard me mention them before in this post.

I am a coffee drinker.. every day…so I started to save the filters. Once they had time to absorb the used coffee grinds, they are stained beautifully.  If you aren’t a coffee drinker, go buy yourself a cheap jar of instant coffee grounds and stain paper or even fabric which absorbs is like a sponge.  You can also use tea or even beets (see post I did here).

So, let’s begin, shall we…

(Oh, and a note before I start.. I”m trying to keep my pictures in a smaller format so that it won’t take forever to draw the picture for you.  Click on the picture to get a bit bigger shot.  Thanks.)

It starts with taking the filter with the coffee grinds still in in and laying it out on a plate, paper bag, plastic bag; you get the idea.  Let it dry – then wipe off the filters.  The plate on the right is after I’ve wiped the grinds off the filter.  The paper plate I used gets all coffee stained too and that can be cut up and used in your collages also.

I took the filter and did a wash of teal acrylic paint and water.  Let dry.  I love the contrast of the paint and the natural coffee stains.

  

I spread gel medium on one side, let dry then the other to make the filter a bit stronger.  Then I used “YES” glue to adhere my pieces. It’s not bad to work with; I wanted to give it a try. A little stiffer to spread.

   

So, I’m just taking whatever I have in my studio and start gluing to my filter.

This piece below is a coffee filter that I painted and glittered with many layers.. so I”m going to rip that up and use it. I just love my lace paper with the spiral. Yum.

Below, adding lace and tissue papers.  The tissue paper on the bottom was hand stamped with one of my tiny hand carved stamps.. so cute.

Adding fabric and painted doily.

Now, after I added some lace to the edge of the filter, I wanted to stain it.. so I used Distress Ink – Wild Honey.  I took the ink pad and rubbed it on my craft sheet (or you could use palette or freezer paper (shiny side) and spritz some water on it to create an ink liquid.  Then I just brushed it on the lace.  I dabbed a little of teal paint on it too.. cuz you know I’m a “teal” freak.

  

This fleur de lis was done with tissue casting.  Like paper casting, but I do it with tissues.  I’ve never tried the actual paper casting where they shred papers in a blender with liquids and smoosh those fibers into molds.   Little Miss Patience (me), has no time for that.   I found this site on paper casting with tissue paper and glue  just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about..

In the method I use, it’s layers of tissue (the kind you blow your nose with) and gel medium on a rubber stamp.. then I stained with inks, filled the image with glitter glue and dipped the edges in a little pool of Krylon Gold Leaf.

I tried to do a butterfly image transfer onto the filter, but it did not come out all the way.. so I drew an eye in the section that was empty.  I quite like it.

Here’s the final coffee filter collage:

Well, that was fun.

Wait.. I’m not done…  So, I had this little canvas, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2″, just hanging around.  I decided to paint/collage it and give it away.

Here’s how it came about….

 

I started by making my own spray paints using acrylic paints and water.. Sprayed the canvas using all the colors in different places and letting some colors drip.  I dipped a cap into red acrylic paint and stamped that on the canvas.  Cut out some old dictionary pages into circles.  Used oil pastels for shading around the circles.  Added my stripe border and stained it.

YOU WANT IT???  Leave a comment and tell a friend.  I’ll draw a winner by next weekend (US only please.. sorry).

Well, as you can see, I couldn’t contain myself  this week; especially since I was gone for two.  Hope you enjoyed the ride.

.. and as always THANK YOU for stopping by and checking things out.

Judy

Back and new stuff…

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You’re probably wondering, where the beejeezus is Judy.  She never writes, calls or sends flowers.  Sorry, I’m here.. been a long stretch, but I have updates.

Anyway, I had two weeks off from work and it was nirvana, I tell you.  But the funny thing was, I thought I was going to be up in the studio most of the time, but it never really worked out that way.  Three of us got the flu and that set me back a week, daughter home from college, cooking, gathering.. and on and on.  So, here I am almost 2 months later from starting my canvas….  Nuff of that…  moving on now…

So, last time, I left you with the latest canvas I started.  Click HERE to remember.

I took more still shots  of my work, but not every single step in my progress.  I got so caught up in the fun creative process.  But, I have a surprise for you at the end of this blog.

Here we go…

So, here is the progress about 3/4 the way through.

I made some flower stems from fabric that I loaded up with gel medium and let them dry.  Then ripped a lace-like tablecloth in a strip and diluted it with paint for the “grass” for the flowers.  You’ll see in a minute.

   

I forgot to mention that I cut a necklace chain for the stem of the bottom flower.  Bracelets for the ground of smaller flowers that were actually bobby pins.

Then I made my polymer clay leaves for the flowers.  I must say, stamping into clay is so fun.  In the center flower at the top of the canvas, I also stamped text into the leaves.  I am loving that look.   I may take a small portion of a larger rubber stamp and if I don’t particularly like the stamp anymore, I’ll cut the section off that I like.   A small detailed scissors is great to cutting around a clay stamped image.

To see my tutorial on how I make my “Buttons ‘n bellishments, GO HERE.  This shows you the button process, but can be used the same for embellishments.

Here are some final pictures, but at the end, I’ll take you through the process with a surprise.

On my wall….

.. and finally, what I have been working on all day… a short video of me going through my canvas.  A few corrections on words I noticed I should have fixed, but I had already done the video once before, so I kept it in. It’s just me talkin it up with you.   I hope you enjoy and would love some comments.

MixedMediaCanvas by Judy Shea 12112 from Judy Shea on Vimeo.

As always, thank you for stopping by and sharing this blog adventure with me.

Judy

Bigger is not necessarily better

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Huh?

I took on a challenge to start of large canvas measuring 24″ x 30″.  Not as easy as gluing, painting and collaging things on it like my other smaller works.  There are bigger spaces and I do the blank stare.  You know the look I”m talking about?  What the hell am I going to put in that big space?  Well, let me show you how it started and where I am with it now.

I gessoed the canvas then put on molding paste to get some texture on the surface.

I put a wash of quinacridone nickel azo gold paint then added Cobalt Teal in certain areas using Golden Fluid Acrylics.

So far so good, right?   Then I added some more texture with molding paste, stencils, doilies.

Then I added “Wood Icing” texture.

Here’s what the canvas looked like after the texture pastes.

Ok.. then I added two fleur di lis with molding paste, stained the wood icing and then I went on to painting the checkerboard and the fleur de lis…   Some parts I’m loving.. some.. eh.. not so much..

I am not liking the checkerboard… too overpowering.. so I”m going over it with a blue crackle paste.  I know, I know.. don’t worry.. it’ll be ok.

While the crackle paste was still wet, I ran a metal comb around in a cirle to give a spiral effect. Cool.

Here’s what the crackle paste looked like after it dried.  Love it.

Next up was to add some fabric to the canvas.  I used a caulking I bought at a dollar store a few years ago.  Works great.. strong bond.  I don’t stay with necessarily one product for adhesives.  I use gel medium, caulking and one of my favorites, “Weldbond“.

Let me stop here and tell you how much I changed on this canvas.  I got so engrossed into it that I didn’t take some pictures.  BUT… after I covered the checkerboard, I painted over the doily texture, then I put gold leaf on it.. then I put fabric over that.  Next, I painted over the wood icing, then I put fabric upholstery over the bottom half of that. I just was not liking where everything was falling.  I have a larger space towards the bottom that I’m not sure how that will flow.

So, here is the rest of the pix I took and then the last one is where is stands now.

Below, you can see I added more fabric and one of my coffee filter art pieces, and modeling cream by Viva Decor.

I pushed white acrylic paint into the crackle paste section then wiped it off.  The white sank into the cracks.  You can see the fabric to the bottom left and the roses on top.  Also in that area, I added an old paper doily piece that was ripped.

I also added cheese cloth to the large space on the bottom right and gold leaf.

See..this is what I mean.. bigger is not better, it’s a bit intimidating.  But, I am convinced that I will finish this and once I do, I’ll feel confident to tackle another one.

See what I mean about all the open space…. dun dun dun…. (insert scream here).

My plan is to get this done while I am on vacation from work.  I still have so much to do to it…collage papers, polymer clay…. I can’t wait to find out what I’ll do next.   I’ll blog my final pictures.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE !!!

Thanks for subscribing and stopping by.

Judy

Re-post – Gel Skin Art

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Here is a re-post of the “skins”, I made a while back.  Thought you would enjoy a 2nd go round on reading it and for the new subscribers and visitors.

The skin with the beads, is my favorite.  I’ve been tearing that up and using it in my work for about a year now. Here is an example of how I used it recently in my coffee filter art piece; see post here.

First up was Golden’s Self Leveling Clear Gel and the Clear Tar Gel.  I took a palette knife and spread a good amount on some freezer paper.. like frosting a cake.

I sprinkled some finer glitters and shiny things like colored micro beads, sequins or whatever I had.  The self leveling gel and the tar gel had the same results.  I think I will try mixing color into the gel to make it a solid color, then adding the pretty shiny things.  Adding snipped colorful fibers or fabrics would be an interesting effect, don’tchya think?  I’ve done it and it is.

Then I took fluid acrylics and dropped dots all over a sheet until it was crowded and ran a knitting needle around it making swirls and shapes.

I also took blobs of paints at the top of the freezer paper and spread them downward, but they came out too thin.  Not so great.  Using heavy body paints might work better.  But, still interesting and one of a kind.

Once they are dry, you can peel them off of the freezer paper.  Now what do you do with them?  How about adding them to a collage page, journal page or  cut into strips or chopped up to put into some dryer sheet collage art cloth… see my tutorial here on how to make it.

I haven’t been back up in the studio since before vacation.. sad.  I’ll get up there, get my creative juices flowing and be back with some fun stuff.

Thanks for stopping by?

Judy

Latest Work.. Mixed Media Canvas

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I’ve been cleaning my studio this weekend… My gosh.. 2 large black garbage bags.  Why, tell me why do I need all this stuff?   Hmmm… anybody?   I haven’t touched most of it for 2 years.  Ok ok.. maybe 5.. I’m lying.. probably 7.  But that’s as far as I’m admitting to.   I got to the point when I walked in my studio, I felt surrounded by clutter and unfinished projects in bins.  That’s it… be brave and purge.  The stuff must go.. either trash it, donate it or sell it.  If I want to bring any new supplies in my studio then some must go. That’s my rule.  Stop spending the money for new supplies.. and use what you have.

I have about 100 magazines in total of Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Somerset Studio.  I’m purging them too.  They are worth a lot of money if you were to go buy back issues.  I’ll put them on Craig’s List and see if I can make a little cash on them.  If you’re interested, let me know.

So, never before shown footage, here is a quick shot of my studio. It’s an extra bedroom I took over.  I’m in the midst of the clean up.  I’m getting there.  God, that looks messy.   I need an organizer.. any volunteers?

 

In my cleaning, I came across one of my favorite pieces that I will hang in the house, unless I sell it.

I thought I would RE-POST the blog where I showed the tutorial on how it came to be.

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– Original Post –

I finally finished my latest canvas.   I started on a different path and ended somewhere else.  I like when that happens.  You begin a piece of art with different intentions and it takes a complete turn and you end up loving the result… in your happy place.

Here is how it started:

I took magazine clippings, map pieces, lace paper, scrap papers, doilies and glued them over the entire canvas.  Went in with a paint brush to cover up an white spots with cobalt teal fluid acrylic paint.  Then I gave it a wash with titan buff and water.  Let dry.  Then it sat around for a few weeks.

Here we go… first, let me say this is an 11×14 canvas.

I just started squaring off 4 sections with cobalt teal, raw sienna acrylics and dripped air brush paint on top.  Now, the cross lines and top right corner are made with “Wood Icing” by Mary Beth Shaw.   Mary Beth has a new mixed media book just out call “Flavor for Mixed Media”.  I just got it and it’s full of delicious art.. the culinary kind, too.  Right up my alley.  I felt a connection with Mary Beth, as we both seem to approach making food and art the same way.  I was lucky enough to be gifted a jar of this lovely ooey gooey paste (wood icing) by a friend (thanks, Raine!).

Continuing….

In the textured areas that I made with the wood icing, I painted with Golden quinacridone nickel azo gold acrylic paint and once dry, pushed in brown acrylic paint then wiped to reveal an antique look.  Went around edges with black portfolio oil pastel.  Pushed Golden Light Molding Paste through plastic doily tinted with cobalt teal.  I’m in love!

Bottom left: Fabric transfer on old dictionary page.. highlights, scrapings of paint with credit card.. lines, circles… what fun.

Here’s the final and details…

That was a great art journey for me.   I hope you enjoyed this re-post.  It’s always fun to go back.

Thank you for stopping by, as always.

Judy