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Mixed Media Canvas, WIP Hope

I don’t know why I keep putting off blogging, but I just haven’t been feeling the vibe lately. I used to blog all of the time and felt nervous when I missed a day. Perhaps it has something to do with my overall less anxious lifestyle I’ve been leading. Anyways, to kick my procrastination in the butt here is a little mixed media canvas I worked on today.

1I’ve had this canvas board laying around with pink and turquoise paint on it but no real idea of what to do next. So today I was sitting in my studio trying to figure out what I would work on today and I pulled it out. The first thing I did was to add some molding paste through a Christy Tomlinson stencil (one of my all time favorite stencils).

2Then I added some yellow and orange drippage to the top and a magenta glaze to the bottom. This really made the canvas look wonderfully colorful. Add a few random stamp marks and rub-ons for texture and BAM, the background was done. Now I needed a focal point. Nothing felt right until I thought of my word for this year: hope. I grabbed my biggest letter stencils (cheap cardboard ones from the hardware store) and laid out the letters.

2013-07-16 15.55.15Added the opposite letters first so I wouldn’t smudge any molding paste and dried it.

2013-07-16 16.05.02Hmm… now how do I make the letters blend in more? Add some teal ink to the raised bits? Not quite enough….

2013-07-16 16.31.06Glazed the letters yellow and added a deeper green ink to the edges. Add some graphite for shading. Voila!

Is it finished? I’m not sure. In person the color are beautiful, but it is a bit bland. I’ll post a hi-resolution photo when I feel it’s done. I just can’t figure out what it needs yet…. For now it is a pretty reminder of my word of the year. Have hope!

(And there you go. A blog post! Wooohooo! That wasn’t sooo hard. If you are reading this, could you please say hi in the comments? Just so I know if anyone is out there.)

 

 

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Let it be known that I plan to start blogging again very soon!

November’s Wisdom Gathering Morsels

November 14th Journal Page Everything I worked on in the month of November for the AEDM project can be found here on my Flickr. It was a big challenge to try to get art in every day, especially when my brother came to town and I had no alone time to work. But I’m really proud of every piece of art I made in November and it was really quite fun to do. I also had a really good Thanksgiving. The only downside to this time of the year is my energy level, it plummets. I ended up watching twelve movies! I don’t think I’ve done that all year. Anyways, winter is a time to slow down and your natural rhythms change up so I suppose it’s only natural that I become a bit of a bear in hibernation for the next few months. I can’t wait for spring!

Fun Thing Of The Month: Art Every Day Month.

Lessons I Learned: Do not stuff yourself several days in a row. It’s bad for you and makes my stomach hurt.

Books I Read:

  1. Craved by Stephanie Nelson
  2. Miss Minimalist by Francine Jay
  3. Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

Movies I Watched:

  1. Season of The Witch
  2. Cruel Intentions
  3. X-Men: First Class
  4. X-Men: Wolverine
  5. 8MM
  6. The High Cost of Living (so ridiculously sad!)
  7. Love
  8. Thirst
  9. The Crow
  10. The Sorcerers Apprentice
  11. Hellboy
  12. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Goals for November:
  1. Celebrate Thanksgiving. (Gotta have some fun/easy goals!)
  2. Do Art Every Day Month (AEDM) project. This is the big one!
  3. Plan out Christmas budget/gift ideas. (continuing to work on this one in December)
Goals for December:
  1. Try not to go insane because of the holidays.
  2. Be generous.
  3. Do art every week. (Don’t quit now, you’re on a roll!)
  4. Celebrate a peaceful Christmas.
  5. Be thankful.
  6. Eat well and gentle.
  7. Prep time for 2012!

Thanks for stopping by this month! One more and I’ll have completed a whole year of these (I think…)!