While the paint dries, go make yourself a mug of coffee or tea - it's COLD outside!
YOUR TIP and TECHNIQUE FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY, 18, 2011
PAINT WITH YOUR FINGERS!That's right - your fingers! Remember using finger paints as a child? Why not let you inner child come out and play as an adult! It's easy, and freeing, and will give your pages a new look.
YOUR TIP and TECHNIQUE FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY, 11, 2011
SAVE THOSE CONTAINERS!
Don't spend your precious dollars on containers used in creating your art. "Freebies" are at your disposal and you need look no further than your kitchen!
My favorite vessel for holding water is my plastic Folger's coffee container. It holds a lot of water (about 32 oz) and I can wash my brushes and dilute my paint for a very long time before I have to change the water. It also has a hand grip built in that makes carrying a cinch!
My favorites are the pudding cups because they're deep. These are great for mixing a large portion of custom color, and if you need to keep it for the next day or two, the paint can be placed in a Ziploc baggie until you're ready to use it again.
My favorite storage container of all are the containers that hold ready-to-eat greens like lettuce and spinach. I store my craft acrylics upside down in them. It makes it easy to see the colors and the paint keeps nicely. I also use the containers for storing tubes of artist acrylics. Having extra containers makes it easy to group tubes of paint that I'm using for a particular painting so I don't have to search or remember exactly which colors I used. Best of all, these containers stack neatly on top of each other!
So look at your empty food containers with a fresh eye. What products do you purchase regularly that have the potential to house some of your precious art materials?
YOUR TIP and TECHNIQUE FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2011
TRY A DIFFERENT JOURNAL!
I began my art journaling using Composition Notebooks, but changing my journal to a mixed media notebook has been inspiring!
The Composition Notebooks were instrumental in my commitment to journal daily and they were great for their availability, inexpensive cost and sturdy binding. The fact that they were so inexpensive helped me to overcome the "fear of ruining it".
I began using a 9" x 12" Canson Mixed Media notebook back in October. I wanted to use a slightly larger and unlined notebook for the "21 Secrets" workshop. I'm so glad I tried a different journal! Although the mixed media notebook is only slightly larger than the Composition Notebook, it's made a huge difference in the freedom I feel when I journal. The pages are sturdy and take my abusive, heavy hand as I apply paint and mediums. The pages also stand up nicely to additives such as Heavy Body Gesso.
My journaling style has changed dramatically since I changed my journal. I'm experimenting more, and I think you'll experiment more when YOU try a different journal!