Sunday, August 21, 2011

Yay, I just invented my own technique!

Sometimes I like to do outlines in my paintings. Black outlines. But they never come out like I want them to. They're either not black enough, not thin enough, or too even, or they look too 'thought out' instead of 'casually hand drawn'.

So today I grabbed a bottle of alcohol ink that I had (in a color that I almost NEVER use anyway) and I emptied it out. Then, I put black acrylic paint inside. And that was my "brush"!

The difference was amazing! 

Look at a flower done with a regular brush:

Now with my new tool:

There are blobs of paint everywhere, the petals are different from one another, the thickness of the lines is uneven (meaning: awesome!) and there are parts that don't have any paint at all - one of those "happy accidents" that make the flower look more natural. I love it!

Have you ever come up with a cool technique that made you happy? Share!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I, too, am taking flight

It occurred to me that I might have never mentioned here one of the firsts - if not THE first - artist that inspired me to start painting: Kelly Rae Roberts (I'm sure she doesn't need an introduction, but you can visit her blog by clicking on her name).

I discovered Kelly Rae awhile back, bought a couple of her prints, bookmarked her website and started following her blog. Then I bought her book. And, on October of 2010, I created my first "Kelly-Rae-inspired" collage/painted box. That's how I started painting.

My next project was another box, made out of a recycled 'flexible straws' box. Also Kelly Rae inspired, but I had also just bought a Green Craft Magazine, so I was all about reusing, reducing, recycling!

Then, I finally had the courage to work on another surface - not a box - and call it 'a painting'.
Again, I was all about Kelly Rae's tricks and tips. I bought all kinds of materials that she recommended!

Now, almost a year later, I'm listening to Kelly Rae's advices again. This time, I'm taking her e-course: Flying Lessons. It just started this week and, so far, I like it! I'm really hopeful that this course will make a real difference for me, make me see things differently, make me believe that it can happen for me too.

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Are you a believer? ;-)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Boy painting

So one day I ask my husband "when are you gonna take one of my paintings to hang in your office at work?". And he said that all we had to do was choose one and he would love to take it. So we started looking at the paintings and he was like "no, this one has flowers, too girly", "that one too", etc. Apparently, none of my paintings are "boyish" enough.

So I decided to paint him a "boy" painting.

Not girly, yes?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Girl painting

I had no idea how this painting was gonna turn out when I first started it.

At first I was trying to limit the number of colors I was going to use...

...but that didn't work, so I added a "couple" more.

And then - who knew? - it became a girl!

For the green "grass", I mixed acrylic with gel medium, so I got a thicker layer. Then I started scribbling in it.

And a close up of the girl.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

PS: by the way, I finally got my books and, so far, love them!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Embracing the pink...all the way!

Today is my little girl's 3rd birthday. She is, in her own words, a "big girl".
And what a girl she is! An adorable, charming, deliciously cute princess. Really!
I know I'm partial, but I swear, to meet her is to love her!

Three years ago..............................................................and now.
And only fun in between.

Before I had a daughter I never thought I would be so into this, but now, let me tell you: let the Princesses dresses, tea parties and Disney movies' soundtracks come! We're ready! And we love everything pink!

Happy Birthday, my sweet sweet girl!
I love you,