I started a new painting class today with a friend. The teacher/artist is Tracy Marshall, and I was thrilled to find a weekly class so close by. It only took 20 minutes to get there from my house. Check out her cool artwork at www.artbytjm.com
Here is the image I used as an inspiration.
Here is the result of my first 2 hour class. I will work on the bear next week.
I recently joined the Hands and Heart ning group, and there is such a wealth of good information, tutorials, art discussion groups and just good people over there. I encourage you to go check it out here if you are interested in mixed media art.
One of the groups on the site is Artful Recycling. There's been a lot of good discussion about how to recycle materials such as cardboard, old cassette tapes, coasters, etc. by turning these things into art. I love the fact that this is a "green" way to create as well as the challenge aspect of stretching the imagination to figure out how to incorporate various materials into my art. Also, I find this to be extremely thrifty because cutting a piece of cardboard out of a trash box is a whole lot cheaper than buying a new canvas.
I wanted to share some photos of the pieces I've done using materials that were destined for the trash can. These are all on cardboard from old cereal boxes, etc. and they are all approximately 4"x12" (ish). Some of the other materials I used include old phone book pages, scraps of scrapbook paper that I dug out of my art room trash can, candy wrappers, old styrofoam which was used to give embellishments some dimension, acrylic paint (of course), old maps, and various embellishments I've had lying around for a while. I hope to keep creating these so that I can have enough to use for trades for next year's Art and Soul in Virginia.
After doing these for a while you start to look at your trash in a whole new light. My Husband has even started asking, "Is this trash or is this art supplies?" before He throws anything away. LOL!!!
I recently posted a gripe about how I was having problems replying to comments on my own blog. That was so very frustrating for me, and I did an internet search to see if anyone else was having the same problems and might have a fix.
I found a wonderful post that detailed how to fix the problem. I followed these steps, and my comment issues are fixed. Yay!!!!!! I wanted to post this link in case any of you were having similar issues.
I have not yet used this technique, but I wanted to share the link since it looks like a very cool technique. The folks at Craft Test Dummies have posted a video to share a way to use the Cricut machine to cut polymer clay. It looks fairly simple and yet a really novel way to combine two crafty items that I wouldn't have thought to put together. I hope to try this out, and I want to use the cut items to embellish mixed media pieces or to use in art journaling.
I have an inner child with a very loud voice. I am still learning and improving in my artistic skill. I enjoy whimsical and gothic art because it makes me smile. I enjoy connecting with other artists to gain inspiration.