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Lillian

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Reply #45 on: February 19, 2012, 02:04:21 AM
I'm retired!  Still, where does the time go?   :confused:

I intended to get at mixing those colors this morning but other things took priority.  Before I knew it, it was lunchtime, then other chores to do.  I put myself into high gear and did what I had to do.

Then I started the watercolor painting from Lesson 6.  The afternoon flew by!  Why does it take me 3 times longer than it takes Dennis??? 

At least I'm caught up in one area of my life.  Lesson 7 tomorrow, then I'll be behind again!   :2funny:
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Reply #46 on: February 19, 2012, 06:50:23 AM
I hear you!  Everything seems to take longer now :2funny:
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Reply #47 on: March 10, 2012, 01:37:34 AM
 :wave:  Hi folks,

I'm still working on the rooster and hens mixed media project I'm doing for my Monday morning classes at the college.  (Reference photos are posted previously on this thread).

I intended to post photos of my progress but just haven't gotten to it yet.

I'm progressing in small steps and it's taking a lot of thought and planning.  This is my first mixed media project, so I'm learning about all the new products available in acrylics media.  I'm having a lot of fun with it.  I bought three books from Amazon and I was amazed that they arrived at my door within a couple of days. 

Of course, I've invested in some of the products, had to in order to go forward with my project.  I test out my ideas on 4 x 4 inch canvases before placing or painting things on my paintings.

I used the self adhesive paper backed vinyl/book covering like Nolan used as a mask in his realistic rose oil painting tutorial to mask out the rooster and chickens.

The lady who sat beside me last Monday morning, said she does lots of mixed media.  She was trying oils for the first time. 

Anyway, she said it is possible to transfer an photocopy or laser copy image to this book covering.  The paper on the back of the image after adhered to the vinyl, has to be soaked and removed by rubbing with fingers.

I tried it on a small color picture from my laser printer and I'm quite impressed.

I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience doing this and if you have any suggestions or tips.

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Reply #48 on: March 11, 2012, 09:13:53 PM
Here is my progress with my mixed media Hens, Rooster, Chicks project I'm doing for my classes at the college.

The assignment is to do a series of paintings.  I was inspired by the hens and roosters we saw on our morning walk when we visited Holland in 2009.  They were bright, colorful and shiny in the bright sun and they came running out to us as though to be showing off.

Three canvases, the first 12" x 12" for the hens, the second, 9" x 12" for the inside of the chicken coop with chicks and window looking outside where there will be 3 chickens pecking in the yard, the third canvas for the rooster.

I'm learning a lot about the various acrylic products available for special effects.

I textured the barn and roof with a mix of matte acrylic gel medium, pumice paste and paint.  It's difficult to see in the photo, but I ran a nylon brush across the wet mix to make it look like barn boards.

I painted the window screens on the barn with acrylic iridescent silver, fine.

I've been on the lookout for things in the stores, everywhere I go, that could be used in this project.

I came across a nylon bath sponge in the drug store that I thought would work for the chicken wire fence.  When opened, it is a long tub and curly.  I cut a piece off and ironed it on the lowest setting and cut it out in the appropriate pieces for the fencing.  I had made templates of the fence areas which helped.  The bath sponge is very flexible, slippery, stretchy and hard to work with but with a little time and patience, I managed to place it on the canvas using thinned gel medium and covered it with acrylic gloss gel.  The fence posts are of silver ribbon I had in my sewing box.

Next I'm working on the trees.  I'm painting them on watercolor paper and cutting out samples before I paint on the canvas, or I may attach these to the canvas.  Decisions, decisions.  :-\

I'm considering doing a photo transfer of the hens and rooster as suggested by an experienced mixed media artist in my paint class.  She is going to bring me a sample of one she has done and then I'll maybe experiment.  More decisions.   :-\   :confused:

Of course, all detail will be the last to do.

If anyone here is interested in or had experience with mixed media, I'm open for suggestions.

My daughter wants me to give this to her to hang in her kitchen.

« Last Edit: March 11, 2012, 09:40:19 PM by Lillian »
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Reply #49 on: March 11, 2012, 11:09:23 PM
Lillian this is starting to look great.  I am really impressed with the chicken wire fence  O0 can't wait to see more of this project :painting: :gl:
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Reply #50 on: March 12, 2012, 02:25:08 AM
Really looking forward to seeing this finished, Lillian.  It's looking  good! O0
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Reply #51 on: March 12, 2012, 07:38:45 AM
Lillian... it is looking awesome so far! :clap: :clap: :clap:  Can't wait to see the next WIP...  Love the 'stuff' you used to create texture... like the nylon brush and so on... mmm another idea to add to my collection  :whistle: ...never thought of using that. Simply wonderful  :yippee:
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Reply #52 on: March 12, 2012, 11:43:27 AM
Thanks Sapphirelynn, C., and Leana.   :)

Leana, re the nylon brush, hee, hee!  I don't imagine you would get your hands on one like mine but it worked well.  It's the end of an old typewriter eraser.  (Now my age is definitely showing!)  I've had it in my belongings for years.  I think the kids fooled with the nylon bristles and it's all raggedy.  I should take a photo and show you.  Anyway, the bristles are long and all bent.  I could take a photo if you like, you might find something similar.

I'm looking forward to the class this morning.  I can't wait to see the photo transfer my classmate has done using MacTac.  I'll let you know more later.

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Reply #53 on: March 12, 2012, 06:26:57 PM
 :heeha: Lillian... I would love to see a photo of your nylon brush... and here I thought its a scrubbing brush with nylon bristles  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: 

I am really so glad that you are having so much fun with the classes... absolutely super  :yippee:
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Reply #54 on: March 12, 2012, 08:09:44 PM
looking good so far O0


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Reply #55 on: March 12, 2012, 10:28:31 PM
 :wave:

I had great fun in the class today.  It's interesting to see what the others are doing and I'm learning from them. 

Just one other lady is doing a mixed media project.  She used gesso on the lower portion of her canvas and poured sand over it, then she's painting it to make a wall where two kids, boy and girl are standing with their backs facing us, colorful clothing, the girl's blouse being the focal point.  They are looking through an 'stucco' archway done with gesso and a pallet knife.  She's doing nice work, interesting technique.

The instructor is quite impressed with my project so far.

I didn't accomplish much as far as progressing in my project.  The lady who sits next to me brought three books on image transfer for mixed media and lent them to me for the week.  I've already read through two of them in the class.  ...just can't get enough of it, so much fun!  I'll probably have to break down and order them, loads of great information.

There are several ways to transfer an image and I plan to experiment before applying it to my work.  I'll post more later. 

In a way it seems like cheating.   :2funny:  I'm thinking, "Shouldn't I be  :painting: those birds???" :confused:  :)  Please don't tell Nolan if I cheat.   :-X

Whatever image transfer I choose, I will apply it to all 3 canvases.

Leana, I will post a pic of the old typewriter eraser with the ragged nylon brush.   :)  ...just not today  The old
girl's run outta steam!   :yawn:

Nolan,  :thankyou:  You're always so encouraging.   :)



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Reply #56 on: March 13, 2012, 10:25:45 AM
Wow.... Lillian you are a whirlwind!  ;D  I would like to interject that you are not 'that' old....I had plenty of those old typewriter erasers myself!  ;D  Come on old girl, I'll warm the milk!  >:D   :2funny:
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Reply #57 on: March 13, 2012, 11:37:29 AM
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Reply #58 on: March 13, 2012, 01:55:11 PM
Wow Lillian  :heeha: really sounds like you are having a fabulous time in the mixed media class.  I am really  :envy: ... even the grass looks pale to me  :whistle:  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

If I am not mistaken... correct me if I am wrong... the typewriter eraser is a round/wheel like eraser with a hole in the middle...lthen has a plastic bar that fits into the hole in the center of the eraser and the bristles on the end (hope my explanation makes sense)... I used to use the too moons ago.  So Lillian, you are definitely not that old  ;D...
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Reply #59 on: March 13, 2012, 02:10:54 PM
Here's the photo of the old typewriter eraser brush that I used to create texture for barn boards.

This will look funny coming in on the main gallery.   :2funny:

Of course I had to go online and order the 3 books my friend lent me.  I just have to have all this great information in my hands.   :)
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