It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Helen Walton

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Just can't seem to leave the yupo alone.
This one was initially painted with Createx gold and quinocredone gold.  I smushed
a dry cleaning bag around on it to get some good texture, left it for about five minutes and 
pulled the bag off.  When all was dry, I gave it a coat of matte medium.
Then I mixed up some alizarin crimson water color and a tad bit of cobalt blue
and used a large brush to cover the entire sheet.  I got some interesting bubbles this time.
I traced my giraffe onto the dry red surface and began the lift using a small scrub brush
and water.  I love, love, love watching the subject emerge.
As you can see, I have left the most tedious, detailed part for last...
not a good idea!
Remember him?  He was done on plain white yupo with the same water color wash.
This color wash was crimson and orange sort of mixed on the surface.
And this will be an elephant if I can ever settle on the elephant sketch I want to use.
I used grey acrylic craft paint, silver and fuchsia Createx and smushed it
with crumpled up wax paper to get the texture I wanted.
I am thinking I will use a dark, dark purple for the watercolor wash.

That's what is sitting on my desk.  What about you??
Happy PPF
and here comes February!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A peek in my Journal

I am making more of an effort this year to put something, anything in my art journal
on a regular basis.

The white clean pages always seem to stop me dead in my tracks so I have decided
to start each year with...the year.

And then there was a lousy, boring day at work so out came the journal

I sketched it out and already felt better thinking that when I got home I would
have fun coloring it in.  The growly mood lifted.

When in a quandary about just what you want to put on the paper,
the word of the year is always fun to do and a gentle reminder of what that word was!

If all else fails, my little four legged boss is a ready, willing. able subject.

So-o-o-o-o, I have NO excuse!  More journal work this year.

Happy PPF

Friday, January 10, 2014

Water color lift on acrylic

This is another one of the "dumps" using Createx acrylic paint as the base
on yupo paper.
Then I covered it all with antwerp blue water color.
I traced my fish on the blue and then lifted the watercolor revealing
the colorful dump.

This is the original before the watercolor.
Great fun!  I love doing lifts.
Happy PPF!