Friday, 25 October 2013

How-To Friday's - Painting a Doily

I found this video on painting lace by Sherie Tengbergen. It involves taking a paper doily and painting a mask through the holes, then painting the doily. It’s an OK technique.

I was taught when painting a doily to paint the holes – in effect negative painting. I will show you what I mean. This is my first attempt at creating a video so be nice with your comments while at the same time, being honest. I need all the constructive criticism that I can get
The painting that I am using is in an earlier post.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Possible Fund Raiser

Do any of you do mind mapping of your ideas? I do, it helps me get everything out of my head and down on paper.
Here is a mind map of something I am currently working on.  
I am a big believer in supporting the Canadian Cancer Society and have been thinking of ways to help raise some funds. Check out our TeamMike Facebook page as well as my TeamMike Etsy store.
We have raised $34,668 since we formed as a team in 2010.

Anyway, I wanted an idea that would generate income on a fairly steady basis and incorporate my art. I know some of you may offer home painting parties and I thought this might be a way to go.
Painting parties
  • Supplied – Acrylic paint, canvas, brushes, water containers, palettes, knives, instructions; sample of painting to be done.
  • Cost – $20.00/person, minimum 5 people, maximum 20 people
  • 10% of the profits going to the Canadian Cancer Society
  • Paintings – to be developed
  • Collaborative painting – everyone gets a small piece of a bigger painting to be assembled after all are completed – if for a bridal shower, finished painting could go to the bride.

What is your opinion on this? Do you have any suggestions or comments on how to make this work? I would appreciate your thoughts – the good, the bad and yes, the ugly (I can take it). I will do another post to share my progress on this project.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Out of my Comfort Zone

Yesterday, I told my sister that I was going to work on my blog all day. I had run out of scheduled posts and the ones I was posting lately were getting shorter and boring. The type you would post just for the sake of posting something.

I decided to do a post on using doilies in your painting (in a still life for example). I found one that was quite nice using a technique I was not familiar with but I couldn’t find one using the technique that I use.

So I decided to make my own video. This would be a first for me and outside of my comfort zone. I set up a simple still life and put my little camera on a little tripod and started painting. I found that I can’t talk (intelligently) and paint at the same time. Plus my technique – while is easy – isn’t fast. I soon realized that it would be a pretty boring video, so I stopped recording while I continued to paint. I finished the painting this morning. Today, I will load the video to my computer and see if I can actually load it to this blog. If I can you may just see it in one of my How-To Friday’s postings.
This is my set up and my finished painting.

Friday, 18 October 2013

How-To Friday's - Fun and Studious

I have two videos for you today. One is just for fun (a technique) and the other is more studious. Both are excellent.

Hope you enjoy Lian Quan Zhen’s technique in creating grasses. This is a preview of a DVD.

Bob Davies shows the Value of a TotalSketch.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Watercolor Unleashed – A Book Review

I borrowed this book from the library and found it to be very interesting. The painting depicted on the cover drew my attention. I love the fresh colours used.
Watercolor Unleashed – New directions for traditional painting techniques is written by Julie Gilbert Pollard. There are 6 chapters plus the Introduction and information on materials. The first chapter The Essentials covers the basics – drawing and composition, value sketches, dark against light, colour theory, positive and negative shapes and paint consistency. Ms. Pollard expands on these essentials in Drawing and Composing your Painting where she discusses the value of sketching. She works through Asymmetrical Composition and Assessing the Final Painting in this chapter’s demo. Color Theory and Negative painting are the subjects of Chapters 3 and 4. Spice up Watercolor with Acrylics is my favourite chapter. In this chapter (5) she explains how she uses fluid acrylics to lock in the darks. The effect is beautiful. This is the technique I will be experimenting with. 
Ms. Pollard uses excellent demos to show the various techniques.

Watercolor Unleashed
New directions for traditional painting techniques
Julie Gilbert Pollard, Copyright 2013
Published by North Light Books
ISBN 978-1-4403-2088-0
CDN $25.99 (US $24.99)

Friday, 11 October 2013

How-To Friday's - Wax Resist

Today I wanted to talk about using wax or crayons as a resist. It’s a great technique to reserve the white of the paper when using the clear wax. When using crayons you can get some vibrant colours in your painting. You definitely need to plan your painting out and know where you want to place the wax. Once you have put the wax on the paper, it is there to stay.

I thought I had found a video that, by the title, fit my criteria. Sad to say, it did not. The artist was using Misket and kept calling it wax – these are not the same thing. In addition to referring to the Misket as a wax resist, the artist dried it using a hair dryer. NEVER do this; you run the risk of bonding it to your paper.

I did find a demo using wax on Yupo paper. I have not tried this paper yet, but I do believe it would be a little harder to work with as I don’t think it absorbs the paint in the same manner as watercolour paper. Regardless, the demo is a good one.

It is presented by Yevgenia Watts; Bell Peppers.

Here is also a good tutorial on the wax and crayon.

This is one of my paintings I did using crayons.

Friday, 4 October 2013

How-To Friday's - Creating Texture with Salt

Today’s demo is provided by Bob Davies. WatercolourFoundation Course - Using Salt. This video is excellent. You can use this technique to create a background for other paintings or incorporate them in different elements of a painting.

Hazel Soan's Watercolour Textures. This is a trailer for a course. She shows other textures that are very easy to use.
The trick to using salt is like everything else in watercolour – timing. You can’t put the salt on when the paper is too wet or too dry. Practice the timing and change up the type of salt you use. Don't forget to chart it!