Veiling With Acrylics Mini Tutorial

photo-12Every artist has their own unique process or technique for painting.  Mine is crazy.  I am serious.  Most of my paintings go through multiple stages and layers before finally landing at a good place to stop. I hesitate to say finished, because I don’t really know that they every really are.  My process mirrors my life. It is a continual cycle of change, learning, holding, experiencing and releasing.

One technique I use often in my process is veiling. I add a ghostly layer of paint over top of work that is already laid down to obscure it somewhat but not entirely.  I have had questions about veiling through my Facebook page. So I thought I would share a little tutorial on a couple of ways to veil with acrylics. Hope you enjoy it.  Would love to hear from you if you found it helpful.

Prayer Pouch Necklace Online Class

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I am super excited to invite you to join me for my first online class. I will be teaching my prayer pouch necklaces over at The Graceful Artist. The Graceful Artist is a new format for online classes that puts faith in Christ front and center. The environment offers students a place to learn and grow artistically while also sharing authentically about their faith. I am very pleased to be a part of this new venture. Elizabeth Johnson is our host for the event.

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My prayer pouches are designed to carry written prayers or verses so the wearer can keep them close by to meditate on. The pouches are made with painted canvas. I will teach you a variety of different techniques for getting interesting color and pattern onto your canvas. We will learn how to design and assemble all the pieces and stitch them by hand or machine. You do not need to have a sewing machine, as I will share a hand stitching method of construction in addition to machine stitching. I will also show you how to make your own necklace cord out of a variety of materials. We will cover some basic jewelry construction and wire wrapping to finish off the necklace.
The class opens May 15 and runs through July 11. The cost is $55. Our wonderful sponsor, Jerry’s Artarama is offering a 20% discount on supplies for the class to all registered students!
I hope you will join me. Have a look at some of the other class offerings. There is a great variety!

The Documented Life Project Week 8

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I have been playing along with The Documented Life Project since January. The project is the brainchild of five artists who are friends and decided to share their excitement about a method of arting up a Moleskine planner. The idea is to add a “tip-in” page to every week. The leaders give a challenge each week and the participants follow the instructions. The group has grown huge! The number of posts on the Facebook site are overwhelming to me. With my busy schedule, I fall behind on occasion, but I have been managing to catch up. I love looking at all the different interpretations artists have for each challenge. I have been able to stretch a bit myself.

I wanted to share my efforts on my week eight contribution (even though we are on week nine already) because I am excited about something new I am playing with.

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That there is a roll of stickers. They are long and narrow, 4″x13″. I found them at one of my absolute favorite places to discover wacky art supplies, the Scrap Exchange. They are a “creative reuse arts center in Durham, NC. It is basically a warehouse full of donated stuff. Much of it is manufacturing cast offs, or excess supplies from businesses. They have every kind of office supply, fabric, paper, plastic, frames…. On and on. I will have to do a post on that one day.

Anyhow, I found these rolls of stickers and thought ” those would be cool to art all over. Omygosh, I was so very right.
Of course, I had to collage on a couple of Spirograph doodles first.

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This is acrylic ink, and acrylic paint mixed with airbrush medium. Yum!

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Stamping and doodling and so forth.

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And I got carried away and forgot to take photos. This is actually a whole ‘nuther sticker. you can see I started with some stamping with a hand carved stamp, doodling with a pitt pen and went over that with acrylic inks too. I added fluid acrylic dots and moreairbrush acrylic all over.

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I added orange acrylic on my circles, a little doodling and teeny dots with Liquitex paint pens.

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Then I cut the sticker to fit, peeled it, and stuck it in.

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The challenge for week eight was too add a flap to your page. I was inspired this week by a wonderful adventure I took with my two kiddos. They are getting older and needing mommy much less. We used to take off on grand adventures together all the time. I wanted to recapture the magic, so we took off to Durham. I will spare you all the details, that may be yet another blog post. Suffice it to say, the trip was a huge success and mommy was thrilled.
So, I decided I would document the way that felt in an artful way. I added number stencils as my flaps. 1, 2, 3- for the three of us. I painted them with latex wall paint. I adore the sample bottles of Valspar colors for a couple bucks.

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I wrote “we belong together” on the stencil flaps because that is how I felt all day.

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I know I won’t always have them with me, but we three had a great time on our Friday adventure.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my process, and can get how utterly cool these stickers are. I will be playing with these much more!

Recycling Old Written Journals

I am a journaler. I do journal visually, but I find that nothing can compare to the stream of consciousness tumbling of stuff in my head out onto paper. Forgive me.
Most of my journaling is prayer. I try to start each day in conversation with God. Since I tend to be a little distractable, it does not really work for me to bow my head and pray silently to myself. Sometimes I speak my prayers out loud. Most often, I write them. The physicality of writing helps me keep my head where it is supposed to be instead of floating off into thinking about what to make for dinner, or how to handle an issue with one of the kids.

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I have kept my journals over the years, so I have a pretty good stack of them.

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I had the idea that I would read back through them at some point, but that just never happens. I thought I might alter them into visual journals, but for the most part, they are not sturdy enough to take it. So, I am ripping them to shreds…. To use in my artwork of course. I created a couple of pieces on canvas using ripped bits from my old journal notebooks in the background collage. Then I sketched and painted and stitched, and viola

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On a side note, as I was ripping into one particular journal, I found an entry I made just prior to going to Ethiopia to meet my daughter for the first time.  I read it to her, and have set it aside for her. She will have it as a remembrance of how much we loved her before we even met her.