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A long ramble and 3D printing. YAY

Hi All of you Creatives.

For the last while, over a year, I have been getting to know my first love, Art, all over again and I’ve discovered a love for watercolors I never thought I’d have. I used to look down my nose at watercolors thinking that they were more meant for kids than real artists.

Hurmph…. I’ve come to discover how wrong I was. I adore watercolors I have a huge palette I’ve put together for my paintings. But I’ll tell you all about that another day. For now I want to talk about tiny.

 

One of my favorite artist is Stephanie Law. She works in watercolors and she has a tiny little pallet that I adore. She has a YouTube channel so if you are curious go have a look, you can see her palette in just about every one of her videos.

When I saw it I wanted one of those pallets and I wanted one bad. But I came to discover that they are porcelain and 3D printed then fired, with the result it would cost me the equivilent of R1000 to buy one and have it shipped here to South Africa.

I’m the first one to “waste” money on art supplies, but that amount of money on a 3 inch circular pallet — No, even I couldn’t justify that.

So I started looking for alternatives.

I tried making one in clay and it was a bit of a disaster. My poor Hubby felt so sorry for me that he told me that one of his friends had a new toy.

The friend in question had gotten a 3D printer. And hes said I gave him an idea of what I wanted he’d print it up for me and charge me.

Woot! I gave him drawings and basic sizes and he kept his word and created my little pallet.

ONE Added the book so you have an idea of the size.

This little guy is 10cm across.

Now, this one is made of plastic and the Hubs’ friend is going to make me a lid to keep the dust off the paint too.

I bought an inexpensive set of watercolor tubes (all my watercolors so far are pans) and I filled it in the way I wanted to

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As you can see there is still lots of space for more colors. And whats more I can order more palettes and it costs me WAY less than what the porcelain ones would.

If you are interested in getting a pallet leave me a comment and I’ll get hold of and we can see if I could order more and send it off.

for now I’m happy.

I plan on replacing the cheep paints with my beloved Schminke and Daniel Smith as I save money and buy the tubes. But this little pallet will come in so handy when I’m working at my desk.

Well that’s it for today. What a mission to focus on writing when the boys are in the middle of a war on the PlayStation and apparently, at this moment, defusing game bombs.

Gabriel to Andre “Come on a and defuse it. If it blows up while I’m holding it I’m going to be upset.” ROFL!!!!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Hugs and Love

Genevieve

 

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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

Fairy Wing Experiments

Morning Crafties,

A week or so ago I made some fairy wings using a printed transparency and glossy accents. They came out gorgeous.

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Then yesterday I made another set, this time adding some micro marbles and some sequins. The markers I used were water based, because I don’t have any green permanent ones. And the effect it gave once I put on the Glossy accents was like a marbled look.

I quiet liked the effect.

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So I thought I’d take it one step further and experiment a bit with other possible “gloss” mediums.

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  1. I colored in a wing set in purples. (Alcohol Markers)
  2. Right top with I put Acrylic Gel medium right out the bottle with a brush
  3. Right bottom wing is Acrylic Gel medium mixed with water and applied with a squeeze bottle.
  4. left bottom is Ponel white wood glue. It dries clear
  5. left top is cold glue, also white when applied but dries clear.

This was done about three hours ago and as you can see it hasn’t dried yet. So if it does work in the end its going to be a loooong drying time.

The Acrylic Gel out the bottle doesn’t give enough dimension

The Acrylic Gel mixed with water is too prone to air bubbles and looses a lot of dimension as it dries.

Both the Ponel and the cold glue have kept their dimension but the Ponel seems to be lifting the permanent marker up and neither one is close to dry yes.

I will post an update when they eventually dry, but to my mind glossy accents gives the best effect, unless you can get your hands on some diamond glaze.

Update: Another couple of hours later and the Acrylic gel looks terrible and the white glues are still not dry.

Happy Crafting,

Genevieve