Sunday, December 7, 2014

More Color Wheel Designs

 This is one of my journals that I made to carry art materials. I always find the color wheel as more than a tool but is a element of design.
This a  page from another journal, heavy weight water color paper and Golden Fluid acrylics
 
Book cover made from canvas with acrylic paint and sharpies.


A portrait using the color wheel as inspiration. Everything is mixed media with layers of paint, collage and drawing materials.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Make your own Pocket Color Wheel

 I purchased a bag of tags at a second hand store, I think they are retail tags or something, I like the text on them. I like to make different kinds of color wheels or use the color wheel as a design element. This one is pocket color wheel.
 I started with the primary colors that I use when I paint, magenta, primary yellow and cyan blue. Then mixed and painted the primary, secondary and tertiary colors onto the tags. You can see more of the color wheel information in my book.
 I then painted tints of each color on a sheet of sticky dots. I then applied the dots to each of the colors.
To create the wheel all you have to do is attach all the tags together with a paper brad. Make sure to arrange the tags in the correct order of the color wheel.
You can move the tags around to try out different color combinations.

Don't throw away the paper plate palette after you are done with your wheel. I blended the colors and then wiped some of the color off with a baby wipe. I will use this plate for collage.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Paint Brush Cover

Don't throw away those old crusty paint brushes. I painted and stamped this old paint brush and attached it to one of my journals. The journal is a project I do quite often, I take apart old hard bound books and recover them with my painted canvas. I added the pages with a pamphlet stitch and colored and waxed thread. You can find this project in my book. Very simple and easy to do.
 
 I attached the brush after I covered the front with a little bit of heavy black thread and some gorilla glue, then I added the inside cover canvas to cover up the tied treads.
                                                                               inside back cover
inside front cover

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Customized Red Paint Brushes!

 I taught a painted paper class of techniques from my book and I gave all my students a customized paint brush. I have always collected red paint brushes, then I decided to create my own cool red brushes... I purchased a case of chip paint brushes, wrapped painters tape around the metal and spray painted them red. Then I use rubber stamps to add a word or a quote and tie a piece of twine to the bottom. I use these inexpensive paint brushes when I make my painted paper and canvas, I like the texture it creates on the surface of the substrate.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Thought Collection Journal

 I made this book from a visual dictionary I got at a second hand store. The spinner on the forehead spins. I bound the book with metal grommets and rings. All the hardware is Tim Holtz.

                                                                   This is the original book
 I  used hand held metal punches with a hammer to punch the holes through the thick cover.
                                                              Inside of the journal.
Detail of the cover, I added lots of layers with paint and collage. This will be my everyday work book for art ideas.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Coptic Stitch Book



This a small journal I made using the Coptic stitch. I have been trying to figure this out from looking at book instructions. But finally realized I needed to see someone do it. I found a great tutorial on YouTube, the site was from Sealemon. I used a page from an old science book for the front and back cover.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

More Rocks

 
Some more of my rock collection.