Monday, 27 July 2015

Doodling at breakfast

I seriously don't have enough time. So wish I had 48 hours in a day!!!! I try to make as much time as possible to make art. Sometimes, I have to share time with other activities during the day, such as during breakfast today. 



I found this ZIG writer pen I purchased honestly 5 or 6 years ago. It is double-sided, brown color and with permanent ink. I never though I would use it much, but all of a sudden started sketching with it and absolutely loved it! I can't believe that after all this time the ink is till fresh and it feels like drawing with a brand new pen. I have to admit, the quality is AWESOME! I started drawing on top of previously made sketch (another breakfast doodle).



Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Primitive Portraits - Meet ARMELLA

This is Armella, a little girl who LOVES painting and playing with color!







Cutting your own FOAM STAMPS

This fun stamp is made with fun foam. I like to use the one with adhesive backing. But if you cannot fin it, the regular kind will work just fine. just use some glue to adhere your design onto another piece of foam for support.




Gelli printing art



Fun night (or two) with printing on gelli plate. Gosh, if you have color that you would like to try or even the ones that are leftovers and you were looking forward to finish up, here's a great project for you.

I also used quite a few hand cut out stencils. Just plane cardboard paper used for the stencils. I can
t believe that these ended up so great looking. I think I will use lots of them for the paintings as backgrounds, some will probably be used for digital artwork. Try it, you will love it!












Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Createx Airbrush acrylic color - MAGENTAS

Speaking of MAGENTA acrylic paint colors: I love having a few to choose from. I actually just recently discovered a  lovely fluid paint color - Createx (designed for Airbrush). I found it in Curry's Art Store. Createx have a gorgeous selection of MAGENTAS, very nice and fluid - awesome to use with a liner brush. (I have a painting coming up with a sketch done in liner brush and Createx airbrush color, so stay tuned!)

This paint is very thin and fluid and someone might get frustrated with it, you just need to know when to use it and how to use it. It is great for sketching the outlines of your subject before applying paint -this paint is a bit similar to GOLDEN flow paint (which is a lot more money). I bought a 2 oz bottle for $2.00 on sale and the quality is great!



Another way to use this nice paint - is by GLAZING. Here's the sample of a Gelli print I made and to emphasize the flower I used the Fluorescent Magenta in the background. It is super thin and bright! The beauty of the thin paint like that is that you don't need to dilute it with water (it is already liquid) and the color is not weak like some acrylics get when you add water.

Making Color Swatches book

Keeping a swatch book of colors that you like and constantly use is always a good idea. I actually realize that it is very helpful especially if you are like me - like mixing your own colors. Here's a photo of the grays that I am working on. I wanted to make sure that I have at least two grays in my palette - cool and warm. I was able to find a cool gray in the store (I liked the Amsterdam Acrylic Neutral Gray color), but the warm gray - not really. Considering that I actually wanted a "fancy warm gray" - a lavender gray. See below here, on the photo you can see my progress of achieving this very nice lavender gray color. 

Well, whatever it is, i know that next time, when I run out I will be able to re-create this beautiful color, because I keep a record of it in my swatch book. Cool hey!

 





Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Drawing in a Cook Book

I found this wonderful Cook book in my local book store in a Bargain Book section. It has such lovely paper! I probably looked so weird to other customers because I actually had to open a bunch of books and feel the paper - I was looking for something that could take a lot of "beating" because I wanted to use it for mixed media! You would be surprised how many books are out there waiting to be used for fun projects, like this! I am very happy with my find.

The illustration I started with is done with lots of soft pastels, some gesso and water soluble crayons (Neocolor II). I had to periodically blot the paper with a slightly damp rag to calm the pastel dust down a bit.



Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Armella on Instagram

I am now on Instagram! Please visit:

https://instagram.com/armellartpages/


Picasso like Watercolor illustration - Dreaming

on Arches Cold Press Water color paper


INSTAGRAM:
https://instagram.com/p/5HRR3OFO15/?taken-by=armellartpages

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Snowy Owl


Available on Etsy:


Watercolor paper 140 lbs, 9 x 12

Black and White theme with neutral lavender grey tones.