Mixed Media = Fun

When my opinions of art were formulated thing were still done in a very traditional manner.

Oils were oils, acrylics were acyclic, you only drew with graphite, charcoal or perhaps pen and ink—and by that I mean with a nib pen and a bottle of black Indian ink. There was also no such thing as color pencils for fine art. Not in South Africa at least.

These days thing are not so ridged and it took me a while to get used to the idea of “Mixed Media.”

Now? I absolutely love mixing media, and I have been experimenting.

My favorite is to use copic markers for base layer. Then to use my Polychromos color pencils for to deepen the color layers and create details that I wouldn’t be able to create with the Copics.

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This is one of my experiments: I used several different images of ball jointed dolls for basic reference. 

I’ve seen something similar done with watercolor paints and color pencils.

Another invaluable tool when doing this, especially for those dark lines, like eyelashes is a brush pen.

Mine is the Pentel pocket brush pen. I wish I could have as much control with all my brushes.

On the opposite end of that spectrum, is the white gel pen for hightlights.

The Signo broad is good for that.

The point I’m making in my normal rambling manner. Is that the possibilities are limitless. If you can think it, and the mediums will work together, then do it. You might be surprised what you can create with it.

 

Have a great Sunday,

Genevieve

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I’m looking for a full time studio Security guard… No not really.

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Okay, now that you all think I’ve utterly lost the plot. Let me explain my little joke.

About a year ago, my daughter who was turning sixteen at the time started showing an interest in Anime and more importantly in drawing it.

I’m no art snob. Art is art. (If they can call a blob of paint on a canvas art then anime is art too)

I feel as long as you are creating and loving what you are doing then you are an artist!  And naturally I was uber proud, my little girl is loving what her mommy loves. Art!

Anyway, I digress, Willo (pronounced Willow) started doing anime, but at first, she was tracing all her drawings.

Again, this didn’t bother me, because I’ve heard that tracing is a great way to teach your hand and eye to see things as they really are.

I wish someone had taught me that tidbit when I was learning. I spent many flopped drawings free-handing before I eventually got the hang of the hand eye thing.

Back to the story – Willo spent a while doing everything via tracing then she inherited a sketch book out my studio that was A3 (I don’t like working that big) and for some reason she decided she was ready to free-hand.

I was gob-smacked at the results.

Not only does she sketch at lightning speed, but her accuracy is astounding for someone who for all intents and purposes is a beginner!

And she’s a drawing fiend, she’s already nearly filled that sketch book and inherited another out my studio.

(And that was the important part of this rambling post. That Tracing is a great way to learn to draw)

She’s also claimed some of my cheaper art supplies, like my spectrum noir color pencils. I had all five sets, and although they are good for crafters, they are horrible for fine art. So Willo got those too. I’m happy to hand over the supplies I don’t use to encourage her to keep going.

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Now I’ll tell you why I need the security guard….

Willo needed black color pencil so I gave her my spare black polycromos.

Woops!

She discovered the difference between epic art supplies and mediocre art supplies.

To keep her from raiding my Polychromos drawers I gave her my set of 24 Drewent Drawing color pencils….

Oh boy… She’s hell on color pencils. She’s burning through them and eyeing the door to my studio with wicked intent.

And she’s complaining about the paper in the second sketch book.

*considers buying a lock for art supply cupboard*

 

Laughs…

Now do you see why I need a security guard?!?

 

Have a lovely Sunday, dear-ones

Genevieve

 

 

 

Oils, a hate and love story

Good Sunday My Sweets,

 

I have very fond memories of standing in my grandmother’s dining room and holding a hairdryer pointed at an oil painting I had to get done and hand in at art collage the next day.

I’m trying not to laugh because of how young and dumb I was but it goes without saying that patience was not one of my best things.

I was used to working in acrylic and I had no inkling of the real value of oils. We’d been told to use oils in the assignment but not HOW. (Ironically—hairdryer or not I got an A for that assignment.)

But I had decided I didn’t like oils and I never touched them again.

Until recently.

I’d been following a youtuber (HappyD Artist) who’s work I adore. She works in oils and I kept looking at her work and wondering if oils were really as bad as I remembered.

Perhaps I should try using them again and see what happened?

Another Youtuber (Lena Danya) gessos the pages of her sketchbook then works in her sketchbook with oils.

This, to me, is a brilliant idea. You can practice the medium in your sketchbook without having the pressure of a completed oil painting.

Watching Lena I learned to use a clean dry brush to blend between colors and this was intriguing as well.

So I got a set of low cost oils. I wasn’t going to buy the good stuff until I knew that my hate-affair with oils was well and truly over.

I got a bottle of Alkyd and some turps.

 

I chose to paint a character from the Evi Asher book series Eternals. One of my favorites. Poe, a vampire prince with more attitude and swagger than most.

 

I gessoed the page, transferred my drawing and set to work.

I was nervous at first but after reminding myself that it’s my sketchbook and not a wall piece, I relaxed and …

Oh. My. Giddy. Aunt!

I  LOVE oils. The blending is smooth and seamless (especially when using a little make-up brush as a mop brush)

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I’ve only done a few layers, mainly because I’m cautious about ended up with mud but I’m hooked.

I didn’t realize how much time I spent fighting acrylics to blend until I used oils.

I don’t think I’ll be going back to acrylic painting in a hurry.

*wink* time to buy the good stuff.

 

Have a glorious Sunday, my sweets.

 

I post regular updates of the WIP on my instagram, so if you want to see how the painting progresses just follow me. Genevievep23

Finally, Someone who gets the Good Stuff into the Country

Happy Sunday, Arts and Crafties.

 

You know how I’m always on the lookout for things that are hard to find in SA.

You know the frustration.

You’ve just watched an epic youtube vid where an equally epic (and let’s say American) youtuber has reviewed a new product and you just have to have it because the effects it can create are, well… epic.

With anticipation you head for Google and type the product in with the obligatory za or South Africa at the end. Holding your breath as Google lets you know where in SA you can buy it.

What do you get…

Nothing

Or The stupid site (not mentioning a name) that charges six to ten time what the product costs and somehow manages to stay up and running

Don’t worry Arfties (lookit I made ANOTHER new word)

I’ve found a site in South Africa that is pretty awesome with getting the things you struggle to find here.

Everything from Crafting and Paper Crafting to Art supplies.

The site stocks practically (if not) all the polyform clays and things like Prismacolor color pencils (I prefer polychromos but other prefer Prismacolor)

So If you want something and you know google is going to probably draw a fat blank, go directly to

http://www.stencil-art.co.za/

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See the co.za???? Can you hear the choirs of angels singing, Arfties?

I’ve been keeping this splendid secret for a while now and I can tell you I shop there at least every other month.

Just this last month they had 50% off on all their polyform clay.

Muwhahahaha, I got a lot of clay.

 

Enough messing around. If you are looking for great service, comparable prices and a wide range of hard to find items Stencil art is the place to go.

 

And no I’m not being paid for this post. Everything I’m saying is my own opinion.

Have a arfty Sunday.

Genevieve

Rust Remover

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a serious interest in art.

Art as in – drawing, painting, and most visual arts.

However, lately my love for the scratch of a pencil on drawing paper is rekindling.

There is only one problem with that.

All my years of learning and practice have gotten a fine patina of rust from lack of use.

So to the de-rusting (I don’t think that’s a word) we go.

 

I was—in my teens and early twenties—predominantly a graphite and acrylic artist. Those are the mediums I know well.

But what sparked my current interest is Lisa of Lachri fine art and her color pencil drawings.
(I always have to remind myself to say color pencils because we call them pencil crayons.)

This reawakening of interest has been a slow process so I’ve started collecting new tools for my trade.

Color pencils, acrylics, airbrushing supplies and lately (listen carefully and you’ll hear a choir of angels) copic markers.

I also got some sketch books. And in this post I’ll show you the results of starting to sand off all that rust.

This was my first drawing in my Canson XL Mix Media (the link is to the place I bought it, no I’m not affiliated with them.

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This was done using a mixture color pencils and copic marker.

 

My next sketchbook is a moleskine so I wanted to do something with the solid black cover. I found (a long time ago) an image of a werewolf I loved. So I contacted the artist on dA and asked his permission to recreate the werewolf on my sketchbook cover.

This was done using acrylic paint.

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The original piece was line art by TheHand on dA.

So it looks like the rust is coming off, but its a long process. Its taking me ten times as long to get anything done. Hopefully that will improve with time. (haha)

That Awkward Feeling When…

Hi Everyone,

 

Lately I’ve been very much into fine arts again. When I say lately you have to understand, as a child my first love was reading, my second was art.

But for many years I focused more on other crafts and projects, but now I find myself starting to collect supplies and wanting to draw and paint.

 

 

For the past few years I’ve slowly collected everything I need to do airbrushing and although I’ve tried a few color backgrounds I haven’t actually done anything that could be called “painting” with the airbrush.

My new project which is an underwater scene with a dolphin needed me to create a new background.

One of the last things I got was my duel action airbrush and a 50L air compressor.

It’s not one of those little cute art ones, because they are seriously overpriced, but rather the type of compressor that you’d find in a workshop. A work horse– something that costs half what an art compressor will cost (just because its targeted at artists) and last five times as long. That means its LOUD.

 

I have admit, I’m a chicken when it comes to anything “under pressure” I won’t even use the pressure cooker, (they scare me) and when my compressor switches on and off it scares the living crap out of me.

One time during today’s painting session I was filling my airbrush with paint as it switched on…

My face is covered in blue paint. *raises an eyebrow* Yes I’m jumpy with the thing.

My tattered nerves aside, it really works well.

 

But now we get to that awkward feeling. Yes. That awkward feeling when you are trying to work in a new medium and you realize you SUCK at it!

Its times like these when having learned patience comes in handy.

Because I know I suck at airbrushing

But I also know I won’t continue to suck at airbrushing. As I practice using the medium I will get better. I know I can’t get worse.

These are the first layers of the painting

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(ps: The Dolphin and bottom part are covered in frisket so it will be solid white once I peel the frisket off. )

And though I was originally going to do the dolphin and the coral in pencil colors I think I’m going to try and airbrush them as well. (the more I practice…)

I’m okay with making mistakes, I’ll learn from them and I’m determined to learn how to do this.

But tonight I plan on attacking my youtube app on my tablet and finding videos on.

-how to unclog your airbrush

-how to clean your airbrush

-Airbrushing 101.

 

Wish me luck!

 

 

 

 

Tips and Tricks Wednesday:Clean work

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Be sure – before starting any project that you have washed your hands. Especially with clay.

Especially with white clay:

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So wash your hands.

A good way to get off the extra oils is to use some hand sanitizer, it works well between colors if you’ve gotten them into your skin.

A good way to avoid getting color into you skin is to use hand lotion after you’ve washed your hands.