Monday, July 16, 2018

embellished slides

When it come to summer, I pretty much wear slides all the time! They are comfy and so easy to slip on and off. And while I love a simple pair of shoes, I also LOVE embellishing my shoes with drawings (obviously)! And this summer I couldn't resist transforming a pair of faux leather slide sandals into something unique!

For a project like this- something that will get a lot of wear, I like to use an oil based paint pen- my favorite is a Sharpie. In my experience, the oil based pens work really well on faux leather or plastic.

My goal was to cover the entire surface with a white flower pattern.



The result is a super creative pair of $12 shoes that are totally unique!





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

scribble journal

I don't know about you guys but I love to scribble! There is something really freeing about dropping pressure, expectations and the need for art to look like art. Scribbling is also a great way to express yourself and release emotion. Lately I've been keeping a journal just for scribbles- a place to simply mess around for five minutes a day. Here is a peek inside my scribble journal and a handful of ideas to get you started scribbling.
Hold you pen in the opposite hand.
Layer different materials.
Close your eyes and scribble.
Focus on an emotion, memory or experience while you scribble.
Fill all that space.
Hold more than one pen in your hand.
Try using different materials and supplies.
Try using a different speed, pressure for those scribbles.
Scribble in one direction.
Blast your favorite music while scribbling.
Limit your time to 5-10 minutes. 




Sunday, July 08, 2018

24 hour FLASH SALE! mixed media bundle

Hey friends! I've got another 24 hour FLASH SALE happening! I've bundled four mixed media themed classes together for major cost savings! If you are interested in learning all kinds of unique mixed media techniques, this is the deal for you! Head on over to the shop HERE for more details or to register!

Offer expires July 9th at 10pm PST


BUNDLE INCLUDES:

SUPPLY HACK:
Supplies are a big part of my creative process but I don't like to spend lots of money on them. Over time I have figured out all kinds of ways to cut corners, create on a budget and use everyday things in my art. In this class, I am sharing my favorite tips, techniques and secrets for hacking your supplies and pushing them as far as they can go!

PHOTO PLAY:
I love taking photos! Even more, I love finding unique ways to alter and transform those photos! In this class we will be using printed photographs as the backdrop for layering, painting, journaling and mixed media techniques. I will be sharing some of my favorite tips and tricks for turning pictures into a mixed media art!

CUT AND CREATE:
I don't know about you but when it comes to the creative process I have ALL KINDS of creative experiments, demo pages, color swatches, half filled pages, mistakes and test surfaces. In this class we will be using up all those "toss away" pages and giving them new life! We explore shapes and abstraction through cutting and ripping up all that paper. Then we will transform those bits and pieces of color into unique collaged surfaces.

RESIST IT:
In this class we are going to dive into all kinds resist techniques! From a wax resist to using vaseline, soap, glue, paint, masking fluid and more I will be sharing some really creative ways to use everyday materials to create resists on a paper, canvas and fabric.








Thursday, July 05, 2018

around these parts
















You can see more of life around these parts over on Instagram where I document and share a more personal look into our life. You can follow me HERE for a peek into our daily happenings.





Monday, July 02, 2018

my must have supplies

I love using different supplies at different price points and I will pretty much try anything but I have a handful of really versatile supplies these days that I must have on hand at all times! 


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

creating with Jules: paper mache leopard


I love paper mache. You don’t need expensive or fancy equipment and you can basically make any shape you like by simply building up out of wire, glue and paper.

I was doing some paper mache one day when looking for my masking tape, but realized my two girls had once again taken it from my studio and used it all up on a game they were playing. (Apparently it makes great plaster casts for their toys in a game of hospitals.) So, I just started using tissue paper and I loved the texture it gave. It gave a more delicate surface finish than the thick masking tape, so this is what I use now. Out of frustration came a new discovery!

I have made a leopard for this tutorial. I love the shape of leopards, and their contrasting black spots make for a fun sculpture.


You will need:

-Wire in two gauges. Thicker wire that’s easy to bend but holds it’s shape well, and thin garden wire for tying.
-Tissue paper
-PVA glue
-Acrylic paints
-Black pencil
-Gesso
-Acrylic sealer
-Pliers, paint brushes

First, I studied the shape of a leopard. Their tails are quite long and they get thicker at the tip. They have small heads and ears, long bodies and legs, with rounded feet. They also have short necks, but my leopard didn’t end up with a short neck!

Don’t worry about getting proportions too correct, as a naive quality to this project will make it all the more charming.

First, cut your thicker wire using the measurements in the diagram, and use the thinner wire to tie it all together. Copy the shape of the wire when making the bends in the body and the legs.


Mix a bit of water into some PVA glue to make it more fluid, and brush or dip strips of tissue paper into the mix and start building up some form by wrapping the paper around the structure. I like to dip my fingers intro the glue, slop it onto the paper and scrunch it up to build up thicker parts where needed.

Keep building using my finished photos as your guide. Where you have used scrunched tissue paper, paste some flat tissue paper over the top to smooth it out. Finally add two to three layers of tissue paper over the top. I like to paste using a brush onto the paper first, stick it on, then brush more glue over the top.

Your sculpture won't be hard, but it will have a soft leathery feel to it when done. Leave to dry for around 24 hours.

Coat with gesso, and when that’s dry paint with light orange. I added some extra pale orange to the tummy, the feet, the nose area, and the tip of the tail.


I then used a black pencil to draw in the face details and the spots, and I then went over these with black paint. Add stripes to the feet for toes.

Finish with a coat of acrylic gloss sealer, and you’re done







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