Sunday, October 9, 2011

Studio Sunday

I'm posting kind of late today because I was really, really busy.  Hubby took off early on a motorcycle ride and I got up early and broke out the paints and screens.  I painted a lot on paper and I screen printed a lot on paper and fabric but I don't have much to show for it.  But, the ideas are flowing which is a good thing! 

The countdown begins for the GIVEAWAY!!!  Leave your comments before
midnight on Saturday, October 15th to be eligible!!!
I'm so totally excited, I can't wait!!!

Yesterday, I had created two screens to use, once again using the same doodle imagery as in my last post, and I love the way these borders came out!  Just another example of creating personal imagery.


I did re-visit some painted fabric that I used on my patchwork placemats that were featured in the 101 Patchwork Projects publication earlier this year.  I had photographed the center parts of the placemats with the hand painting and manipulated it in Photoshop Elements 7 and I love the soft and graceful lines of the brushes I made.


And here is a layered image where I have changed the opacity and shades.  It makes me think of beautiful bed sheets and big euro-sized throw pillows in white linen with big chunky aqua-colored trim.



This is a different variation of imagery that you can begin with to create from. I think I'm going to have to make a Thermofax screen or two using those brushes.  The lines are so choppy and uneven and very painterly like. 

While painting today I discovered how well the Adirondack Color Washes work with gesso.  Most of the time when I have used them, I have sprayed them directly onto the paper using masks or stencils.  On the watercolor paper that I painted today, I sprayed the color washes while I was applying gesso (all with my fingers, by the way) and I found a brand new palette to use.  A lot lighter than I have gone in the past but it is a good thing because I've been trying to tone my colors down.  Because you are mixing the color washes into the gesso, you have more control over their final shades.  When you spray the color washes directly onto paper, as soon as you add paint or water, the inks are re-activated.  This works in some cases and in others, it just causes frustration.  I used Eggplant and Wild Plum with gesso on this background.



(Oh, is that yet another image created from a doodle?????) 

Check back mid-week and you might see even more!!!

5 comments:

Terri Stegmiller said...

I love love love that swirly leafy design in aqua!!!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

All I can say is that I think I am in love with your designs! These are very appealing, and beautiful.

Sequana said...

I keep seeing faces in your doodle designs? Do you too?

HollyM said...

I love the place mats--they are also my favorite colors.
The computer designs continue to very intriguing.

Margaret Applin said...

Sequana, did you leave a post on the giveaway posting? I didn't see your name on that one. Make sure you post there before Saturday at midnight!