Tuesday, May 26, 2020

stencil and stamp with ferns


I have a soft spot in my heart for the wild ferns in Oregon. Did you know that The Pacific Northwest is home to about 40 different species of ferns and it seems everywhere you turn you are able to find these gorgeous green beauties. Every spring and summer our yard pops with ferns and I can't resist using them in my creative projects. Today I thought it would be fun to show you how I stencil and stamp with ferns in a variety of different ways. Swipe left to see a bunch of examples!



I have to first say that creating with nature is about discovery and engaging with your materials! Forget about perfection and things looking refined- instead challenge yourself to let go expectations and HAVE FUN!



I love to stamp with ferns. I will load them up with paint just like you would with a stamp. Then I press it onto my surface to get an imprint. I like to layer these imprints all over my surface to create a messy and organic surface design.



I also love to use ferns as a stencil. I use Dylusions Ink Spray or Marabu Acrylic Spray for projects like this but I don't always have spray on hand so I like to fill a mister with very saturated watercolor water or even ink. Pretty much any kind of fluid paint can be used to fill a mister.




There is not right or wrong way for this process! I like to arrange my ferns all over the surface and I enjoy getting creative with where I place everything and then I spray lightly over the top.





Using ferns as stamps and stencils on paper and canvas are one of my favorite ways to create colorful backgrounds.





I also like to use the same concept on fabric and I will use fabric paint and dye (I love Jacquard dyes) with the same stencil and stamping process on fabric.





This is a fun way to create one of kind fabric or scraps of fabric for sewing projects. For me, I enjoy using expressive free motion stitching to create patchwork art quilts or placemats. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

coffee filter mandala


I love using recycled materials in my art and today I thought it would be fun to show you how I used recycled coffee filters in my art journal as a layer in my mandala drawings.

Materials-

  • I like to use a cheap $1 composition notebook for a lot of my art journal experiments but any type of art journal or sketchpad will work.
  • Used coffee filters- rinse and dry
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Micron pen size 8
  • White Uniball Signo pen
  • Marabu art spray
  • Cheap matte acrylic paint

If you are looking for more ways to use recycled materials in your art journal, check out The Recycler’s Journal online class.












Monday, May 18, 2020

inspiration is everywhere

One of the most important thing I’ve learned about inspiration is that you don’t need to travel far and wide, you don’t need money or beautiful things- inspiration is everywhere, from the cracks in the sidewalk to the clouds in the sky to weeds growing in your back yard. Don’t ever get fooled into thinking your world needs to be perfect or fancy or fabulous in order to be inspired. So often what we need is right in front of, we just need to tune into to our everyday life.













Monday, May 11, 2020

tips for painting a pattern wall

I thought it be fun to share a peek into my process and a few tips for painting pattern on a wall! 




This wall was one that I painted for my Paint Your World class and the cool thing about this project is that I only used white house paint (and a little bit of black acrylic paint for accents). While it took me around 6 hours and was lots of work, the supplies and process were so simple but the results are super dynamic! 


This space was the cutest little beach cottage that belongs to one of my customers Lisa. It is a really cute home just a few block from the ocean. The space is small and and quaint with a living room, kitchen and bathroom down stairs and a loft master bedroom. The entire house is decorated in lots of white, white washed wood and natural wood so we decided to keep the mural light and airy- no wild and crazy color! The fun thing about the layout is that you can see the master bedroom wall when you walk in the front door so the mural is a big focal point.  After an initial visit and meeting, I knew right away that the wall would be perfect for what I call "wall doodles". I took photos of the space, went home and got to work on a basic plan.

What I came up with was covering the wall in mandalas. I knew that painting them in white against grey would give the look and feel of lace. Even though it would be a busy pattern, the light color would keep it subtle. After some sketching I used one of the photos I had taken of the space and I altered it with some of my existing drawings.


Below I have a few tips for anyone wanting to try this in your own space. And if you are looking for more in depth process and tutorials, I have an entire online class Paint Your World dedicated to painting a space in different ways!


TIPS:



When it comes to painting a wall full of pattern, I like to work off the top of my head go totally free hand. But you can also really plan things out, draw them out in pencil or you can take it a step further and use a projector to get that design just right. I like to come up with a basic idea and then work off the top of my head.


For this wall, the only thing that I did before painting was draw a circle to help start each of my mandala designs. Some of those circles I drew free hand while others I used a paper plate just to get the center of my mandala set up and then I build off of that circle with my designs. Having a circle to work within helps keep my designs fairly balanced when I paint mandala pattern.


When I am working on more of a pattern approach, I almost always start at one side of the wall- sometimes it is left side, sometimes it is the right side. I find that it helps to begin on one side of my surface and then build those designs out and across that surface.



Creating a pattern from your drawings or doodles on a wall is truly the same process as working on paper or canvas- just on a larger scale! Begin with a design, add another one next to it, fill the space, repeat over and over again until the entire surface is filled.

Layer, stack and squish those designs together. This will instantly create the visual appearance of pattern.




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