Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Napkin Technique Continued

I am still working and playing with the napkin technique. I really like working with napkins. Although gluing them down without creases is a challenge I am NOT enjoying. I am finding that if you use colored pencils to bring out the background of the napkin it makes the overall art piece pop.

There is a challenge of finding napkins that are not full of children themes. I now have a huge stash of extra napkins and the stash is growing.

I am finding that even with the bright colored fun napkins I just cannot help but bring a bit of vintage. I guess I will always have to age shade, play with a piece until it has an old look.

I hope many of you are giving this technique a try it is fun and at time a challenge; but I guess that is the point of trying new techniques.

On a side note have any of you done any of Sarah Whitmire's prompts? Have any of you visited Michelle Wards blog? The reason I am asking is because I did the challenge of doing a prompt but twisted it to make it my own. I want to know if any of you have done this. What were your results?
I will post my results tomorrow or this evening. I know watch out two post in one day stop the presses. I am finding that when working on prompts there are those people that are done way before me and I just cannot help myself and have to take a peek. Then all I think about is how they interpreted the prompt instead of how I would. I am finding this to be both a difficulty but also a challenge. It is forcing me to get outside of not only my comfort zone but my box. Yes, I am one of those people that automatically colors inside the box. Knowing this, I try to push myself and get out of the box.
Are you a color inside the lines kind of person, or have you always lived outside of the box? Experiment challenge yourself see where you are. Let me know what you come up with if you have a minute; love to hear from you.

Monday, June 15, 2009

New techniques

This is a new technique I am playing with for a fat book swap. It is the use of napkins. It is described in the Jan/Feb edition of Paper Scissors Magazine. I am have a good time with this.

The napkin scene at least for me, dictates where my page will go. These two pages are of a beach scene. I have been in Lincoln City this last weekend and completed these while I was there. This technique is fun, but (is there not always a but) they easily tear and wrinkle. I am finding that it is helping me relax and not worry about those little imperfections. They make the over all page more mine, I think.

I would also like to say that the class I have taken from Pam Carriker has also become most invaluable. I am finding her idea of shading truly does make your pages come to life. Though I still have problems with getting my light source mixed up; over all, I have never been more thrilled with the progression of my work.

If you are looking to try a unique techique find some paper napkins and have some fun. If you have a minute drop a note telling me what you have created with napkins.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Art and life

I have been working on more art pieces. Not to mention enjoying the Spring weather. I love to create out on my deck where I can look at my lovely back yard. It has a water fall and it is almost always cool enough to enjoy. Even with our 100 + temps.

The pieces below were created as I enjoyed my little sanctuary. I have several other pieces in mind and cannot wait to get started. Funny how you can go forever without being moved when it comes to creating; then all of a sudden it comes in an avalanche.

I hope that you are enjoying the weather wherever you are. Find time to enjoy the outdoors. Though the economy and other things may be out of your control; if you can find time to get lost in your art you will find that no matter what is going on around you, you can find your own little piece of heaven. Create a world of your own making it can be as beautiful as you desire. Let your imagination go, follow it and see where it takes you. At least for a bit there are magical places that only you can go.