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Lillian

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Reply #60 on: March 13, 2012, 02:12:33 PM
No Leana, I'm not old but I do feel my age sometimes.   ::)
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Reply #61 on: March 13, 2012, 02:14:44 PM
Ahh yes, I do recognize it  O0 ... just goes to show what can all be used for texture  :yippee:

I am totally not surprised that you decided to order all three books  :D ... once the art bug has bitten...there is no letting go or going back...  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: ...
Leana

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Reply #62 on: March 13, 2012, 02:33:51 PM
You're so right, Leana.  I'm  :smitten:

Now to finish reading my unread  posts and crack open the books.   :)

Hubby is out for his usual coffee, read the paper, and socialize morning.  I always give him some errand to run while he's out so he feels he's useful.   :2funny:  He's going to the hardware store and will bring me a nice clear vinyl sheet to put over my dining room table so I can work on my project there.

My artwork is spreading through the house.  I have a basket with drawing materials ready to start the Let's Draw course in one corner of the dining room and next to the dining room is the living room where, in another corner, I'm set up to hopefully spend a day getting caught up with the watercolor exercises.  The den is disorganized but pretty workable, just not enough room to do all the mixed media work.

The house is clean, just a little disarray.
Ask me if I care!  The answer's NO!  I'm having fun.   :2funny: 

I may be getting older but I'm feeling like a kid again.  :yippee:
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Reply #63 on: March 13, 2012, 06:15:50 PM
we only get OLD when we stop learning :dance: this is not going to happen to us here on PB
Linda


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Reply #64 on: March 14, 2012, 11:12:05 AM
I may be getting older but I'm feeling like a kid again.  :yippee:
There's the key Lillian.... You're only as old as you feel.  O0
That's why we can do this ..   :nana:  ..  and ..  :goofy: .. and ..  :attacked:
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Cheers, Val

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Reply #65 on: March 14, 2012, 03:13:05 PM
Talking about Mixed Media  :confused:

Would Sand Art belong in this category?  :confused:


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Lillian

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Reply #66 on: March 14, 2012, 03:23:24 PM
What a delightful video Maria!  Fanciful and magical!  Very entertaining :) 

I have seen one similar to this.  No, the application of sand I was referring to is permanent.

Today, I'm carrying on from where I left off yesterday, working on the photo transfers of the birds. 

There are various ways this can be done.  I'm experimenting and  :think: :think: :think: about which way I might go with it.   :-\   :confused: 
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Reply #67 on: March 14, 2012, 04:54:49 PM
Lillian,
The longer I live, the more I am fascinated by the infinite forms or art I never dreamed of  :clap: :clap:

I am looking forward to your completed work  :) I am sure it will be of the same quality as your previous pieces  O0

Maria  :painting:


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Reply #68 on: March 19, 2012, 09:05:13 PM
Here's the progress I've made on my mixed media project.  It's a long story!  I hope I'm not boring anyone.

I had another fun day at the college this morning.  The instructor said she liked what I was doing.  She's quite encouraging.  I was going to change something, maybe put a small windmill in the background to depict Holland, but she gave me a long lecture in a light hearted manner, saying I should stick to my preliminary sketch as our first instinct is always best.  She convinced me that it would be better left out.  She's quite encouraging but I'm not learning a lot from her about mixed media.  I'm getting my info. from books that I've bought and one of the ladies who is in the class. 

I suppose I should post my preliminary sketch.  Our instructor insists on doing a sketch and we have to keep a journal of everything we are doing along the way.  I'm having fun with that too.

Leana, are you the only one here who does mixed media?

This is all new to me but I'm learning lots and having fun with it.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Nolan might come up with for us.

Nolan, Dennis, anyone, if you have any advice or tips, I'm open for suggestions.


Anyway, I worked hard a couple of days last week, doing photo transfers of my birds.  There are many, many more ways to do photo transfers than what I've described here.  Some methods require the image to be flipped, but not this one.

I took these photos on a pleasant morning walk when we toured Holland in 2009.  What a great way to preserve a  pleasant memory!

Last Monday, I purchased self adhesive book covering on a roll at two different dollar stores in town.  One had a glossy plastic, the other was 'frosted'.  I tried the photo transfers on each kind.

I layed the sticky side of the plastic over the enlarged photo copy.   Then I burnished it like crazy  :sweat:  The ink from the photo copy absorbs into the plastic when this is done.  The frosted one has a slight bit of texture, so I worked harder on it to be sure of getting a good result.  This can be done with the round side of a spoon or anything solid and smooth.  I used the hard handle of my kitchen scissors.

When I was sure I had done all I could do to get that ink into the plastic, I soaked the transfer in a pan of water for about a minute to soften the paper on the back and proceeded to roll off the wet paper.  This was quite a long process.  I would re-wet the back with a spray bottle of water and roll more paper off and repeat the steps until all the paper was removed, leaving only the plastic film with the photo embeded into the plastic.  If all the paper is not removed, the transfer will be cloudy rather than clear.

One lady asked me today why I didn't just glue the photo copy of the birds on the paper!!!  That's not me!  I wanted to do a photo transfer for heaven's sake!

Then, when these were done and dry, I laid the glossy ones on my 12" x 12" canvases to see if I liked it, then laid the frosted ones, which had a matte finish.  I decided I liked the matte finish better, so I went ahead and trimmed the photo transfers to fit into the spaces, around the fence and the chicken coop.  Then I glued them to the canvas with clear self-leveling gel.

The trees are just done on watercolor paper just to give me an idea of what I might do.  They are hinged on the canvas with masking tape.

Today, I mixed greens (acrylic paint) into light moulding paste and with a pallet knife, made textured grass on the foreground of the large canvases.  I had done a test of this on a 4"x4" canvas board to see if it would adhere to the photo transfer and it does, so I can go ahead and bring it up over the photo transfer so it doesn't look pasted on.  Now I can put in  more detail, darks and lights over it with acrylic paint.  This light moulding paste can also be made wet and it will absorb thinned acrylic paint and the color will disperse, similar to watercolor painting.  More fun!

The barnboards inside the chicken coop on the 9" x 9" canvas are the same as the outside, only a different color but containing some of the same color of paint as on the outside of the coop.  It is a mix of Regular Gel Matte, pumice paste and paint, applied with a pallet knife, then I drew vertical lines through it with a stilus and textured it with the nylon bristles of the old typewriter eraser.  I had this done last week and did nothing more on it in class today.  The lower part of this canvas will have chicks and there will be 3 hens pecking in the yard outside.

These were my daughters chicks, photos for inspiration when I do chicks inside the coop which may not be a photo transfer,  :-\
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Reply #69 on: March 20, 2012, 08:49:07 AM
Lillian  :heeha: ...its looking fabulous so far  :clap: :clap: :clap:.   :thankyou: for posting the WIP and what you did to get the transfers as well as other mediums used for texture... = awesome.  Not sure if I am the only artist (besides Dennis/Nolan) here that has done some mixed media... it's great fun though... I am really glad you are having so much fun with it.  :yippee:
Leana

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Reply #70 on: March 20, 2012, 11:42:39 AM
Thanks Leana,

This has to be finished over the next 4 weeks.  Each week flies by on my and I have lots more to do.

I'm looking forward to Nolan's oil painting class today and of course I can't miss Dennis' watercolor classes.

I'm packing in so much art knowledge and inspiration, more than I ever imagined!   :yippee:
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Reply #71 on: March 20, 2012, 01:24:17 PM
Lillian, your work is looking great!  :clap: Can't wait for the next update! O0
Christina


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Reply #72 on: March 21, 2012, 05:21:10 AM
great job Lillian, looks like you are having fun...looking forward to the finish..I will have to give photo transfer a go one of these days, I'll wait till you are done then you can give us all advice..
Linda


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Reply #73 on: March 21, 2012, 06:59:36 AM
Mixed media is great fun  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #74 on: March 21, 2012, 01:31:33 PM
Yes it is fun Dennis!   :)

Yesterday I worked on painting the grass on the large canvases.  I had already put light molding paste tinted with greens on the foregrounds with a pallet knife.  I've been putting in the darks in the dips and the lights on the tops with various shades of greens.  I tried to incorporate the shadow of the rooster.  It took a lot of time.

The teaching that Nolan gave on color mixing has really helped a lot.   :yippee:

My only regret with this is that it's keeping me away from doing the Paintbasket exercises.   :(

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