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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

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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)

Painting on Plastic

Hey all you Crafty folks,

 icecream dish

In my craft room I’m always looking for new storage ideas that aren’t going to mean I have to go out and buy special boxes and what-not. Especially and my small collection is growing bit by bit and I need more storage places in my craft room.

My family loves ice-cream, and in South Africa, we get them in 1L tubs. They are made out of sturdy plastic and I always wash and keep them for storing left-overs or food in.

The one thing I don’t like about them is that the labels aren’t paper on plastic but rather printed onto the tubs, and I don’t want them on there, so I’ve tried (without success) to paint over the labels using normal craft acrylic paints.

As many of you know, I’m a Pink-Fiend and I have the color all over my craft room. The tubs would be really gorgeous if I could paint over those labels in a pretty shade of pink.

But plastic seems to repel the paint. It starts to chip and flake as soon as it’s dry.

I found a way around that though.

I used my rough sanding block and I sanded the plastic dish. Giving the smooth surface some tooth and a place for the paint to stick to.

Then I used some pink black board paint and painted four layers. The paint isn’t very translucent but the labels on the dish are dark and I wanted to be sure they were covered.

By the time the paint dried (after the fourth layer) there was no sign of the labels and I now have somewhere to store my pretty serviettes I collect for art journaling.

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I’m sure this has been done or before in some or other tutorial. But I thought I’d share it here if you hadn’t seen it or tried it. It might come in useful.

Happy Crafting

Genevieve