A bit of sad art and a joker

Gremlins

I’ve been on a real mixed media path these past few weeks. There’s something about digging out all of the art supplies in the house, spreading them around the art table and then diving in. It’s a good feeling, even when you’re making sad art. This one is called Gremlins for those ugly or sad feelings we all get sometimes. I’ve had a blue few weeks for various reasons and sometimes it helps to paint it out. I don’t usually want to talk about things so this is my therapy. That and a good Mr. Rogers documentary. I went to see Won’t You be My Neighbor last week and it was brilliant. I grew up on Mr. Rogers and loved the man as a young kid. Of course I thought he was super hokey the older I got and I didn’t realize how incredibly cool he actually was until I was much older – an adult. The documentary was wonderful and I think everyone in the audience cried a little at the end. I know I did. Well worth seeing this super feel-good movie.

Below are a couple of artist trading cards made for a trading partner on Instagram. I seriously disliked Suicide Squad, the movie, but I always liked Harley Quinn. She’s so fun to draw! Not sure what she sees in the Joker though. These ones were made in marker and inks on Bristol board.

 

Harley Quinn & Joker

 

I filmed an art walk through today! WOO! My first video in years. I used to teach online art workshops a few moons ago but it’s been a long time. I’m so rusty and awkward. I’ll have the video edited to add to a new website section soon.

 

Can I get an eyeroll?

Can I get an eyeroll?

As you may have noticed, I’ve been busy changing things up on my website! Yay for more color! I’d love to focus more on my mixed media art and less on my watercolor graphic sets so an overhaul was much needed. I’ll still be creating and selling my sets on all of the main graphic designer sites but I’m going to focus mainly on my own art here on the blog. And add some videos too! I used to offer online workshops many years ago through Art Trader Magazine so I’m definitely going to be rusty but I’m looking forward to putting up some video tutorials and walk-throughs occasionally.

My husband, the zombie
Above is a new pen and ink mixed media piece. I am seriously loving the pen and ink these days! Especially mixing it all up with watercolors, washi tape, stencils and acrylics. These are the sort of things that get an art supply junkie really going! One day I will have to share photos of my washi tape collection. Or maybe not. It could be embarrassing.

In just one short month and a half, we will he heading off to a comic convention and I need a costume or two. At left is my husband and he makes a really good zombie so I was thinking of zombie family for the three of us (my daughter is joining us). But that’s sort of more Halloweeny I think. Ideally I’d like to make a father / daughter costume set. Last year my hubby was old Luke Skywalker and my daughter was Rey. This year they thought of being Odin and Loki. Any suggestions?

 

Happy weekend! I would normally be watching the World Cup but I wanted a Belgium and England final. Boo.

 

Art for Sale – Portraits in pen and ink!

A pretty Frida

I’ve been so in love with pen and ink recently. I’ve been on an absolute binge of art making with my microns, paint pens and some watercolors. I love to draw portraits in pen and I love a ton of colour so it’s a fun mix for me. I have about 20 or 30 of these portraits available (humans and animals) and will be getting them up on my websites over the next week or two. If you’re interested in the original or a print of either of these pieces, send me a note!

Is anyone else sweltering in this heat? I’m hoping tomorrow brings some relief for all of us. I know  a heat wave has hit much of North America and Europe too. I melt in humidity. My default is a cool autumn and spring, LOL. But I have been having a great time up at the cottage. There is cool water to dip into, boats to tour around in and cold wines to drink. These little things make everything good again.

 

A fancy cat

 

Gelli plated journal art

I’m happy! I’m working on a round robin journal with some of my art friends. I love doing these – collecting cool art from fellow artists around the world, all in one pretty canvas wrapped mini journal. I just sent mine off to the US and can’t wait to see it back again after it travels all over North America and the UK. Should be interesting. I did a spread in my own journal before sending it off using cool stencils from Strumpet Stencils again. And there’s a walk through for this one if you’re interested: Take no Shit walk-through.

It’s been a busy week for me. I’ve been working on tons of paintings and drawings to put up for sale. I don’t have any scanned to show yet but they’ll start popping up next week and will be added for sale here, with prints too!

Happy weekend and art making 🙂

 

Gelli Plating Madness

Gelli Journal Pages

I spent last Saturday afternoon making gelli plate journal pages with a friend. Wine was involved which made things even more fun. But it was quite the workout! I work in my loft which is the third floor of the house so the air conditioning never makes it up here. It was over 30 degrees and we had the fan out but it was a sweaty business with all of the rolling and pushing and painting. Who knew that art was exercise too!? These pages were made for a round robin journal I’m participating in with some art friends. I’ll show it off once it returns home to me.

Blue faces with found poetry

Above are a set of found poetry ATCs on their way to a new home across the ocean. I love found poetry. My found poems are usually ridiculous and rude. It can be so silly and fun though these ones were a bit more serious. You never know a stranger’s sense of humor so best to keep it banal and light. These are watercolor and marker on some sort of weird paper I found in my drawer. It was almost like linen. Very strange to work on.

Happy weekend to everyone! I hope yours is warm and fun 🙂

Crystal Hearts & Cool Stencils

Crystal Heart Bleeding

I’ve been making stencil and background art lately and it’s been great fun! I even broke out the gelli plate last weekend! Quite the work out making gelli prints, lol. Anyway, above is a piece made using Strumpet Stencils’ Crystal Heart stencil. I think this stencil is one of my faves. I love a good crystal. Ok… I know it’s a little dark and weird but I like weird. If you’re interested, there is a full tutorial and walk-through over on the Strumpet Stencils blog. This one is for sale too. If you’re interested, send me a note!

REBEL

 

What do you do with a Guy Fawkes stencil? You become an art rebel of course. My Rebel poster features the Strumpet Stencil Guy Fawkes stencil as well as some of the symbol stencils. And again, there’s a full tutorial and pictorial walk-through on the stencil blog. I always loved V for Vendetta so this stencil made me super happy. I’ll be using this one in more artwork for sure!

 

A deadly butterfly, with hat.

A dead(ly) butterfly

This is my first project as part of the Strumpet Stencils design team! And it was a fun one. I’ve had the ribs stencil from Sarah for a while now and I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it. I know that sounds ridiculous  because ribs are ribs! But I didn’t want to do a regular skeleton / some sort of human zombie. And then it came to me – a pretty captured skeletor butterfly! I know, right? Exactly the sort of thing that pops into your mind when you see human ribs! I really do love pretty things and tons of colour as most of my regular blog visitors know but I also love things with a lot of weird, dark too. I think skeletor butterfly fits in there as good combo of both.

Here are a series of WIPs of the entire projects. I won’t rehash the tutorial here since it’s all available over at Strumpet Stencils for those who are interested in the full walk through. And if you want to purchase any of Sarah’s stencils, use this code (STRUMPETSAL) for a discount in her Etsy store.

 

Skeletor Butterfly, a work in progress

 

We still have tons of snow here – big piles of it. It’s really sad. I can’t even cry anymore. It is what it is. But I was happy to see that we’re breaking into the double digits this weekend and that brings me great joy! I’m hoping for some sun too, just a bit will make me happy. I know I’m getting greedy here but it’s been a very looooooooooooooong winter.

I’m off to the pub tonight. Happy weekend everyone!

 

Want to win some Strumpet Stencils?

Box me up!

I joined a design team! WOO! My friend, Sarah Trumpp, makes the most amazing and edgy stencils for art journalers and creatives.  I’ll have a couple of tutorial style blog posts on her website each month featuring her super cool stencils. Want to win some amazing Strumpet Stencils? YES you do!   TO ENTER, Leave a comment on the blog post in this link. If you share my post on Facebook, leave another comment (and friend me while you’re there!). Tweet it out? Leave another comment. Like the Strumpet Stencil’s facebook page? ONE MOAR COMMENT! And while we’re here, if you’d like a coupon for Strumpet Stencils (Sarah is super cool like that), use this coupon code (STRUMPETSAL) for 15% off at the Strumpet Stencils Etsy store.

These are so pretty!

Strumpet Stencils

The mixed media artwork at the top of the post is actually from 2012! I pull this one out every now and then when I have too much going on in my head. That’s what today feels like. Hopefully the weekend is calm and WARM! Happy weekend to all of my art friends!

 

 

Gimme a Rock Protest Art

Gimme a Rock

Gimme a rock was painted a couple of weeks back, the day of the student marches in the US. I love those kids, standing up to the government and they have my full support. The painting is an allegory obviously (David and Goliath). I’m definitely not advocating people start throwing rocks but I sure do appreciate these “powerless” youngsters standing up to the NRA and their government with a peaceful protest. I hope they keep at it. I’m not a fan of guns under any circumstances, even hunting. And I cannot fathom being scared to go to school because someone might shoot me. I have a very hard time trying to understand why anyone is allowed to purchase an AR-15 assault rifle.

On a happier note, below is a batch of Artist Trading Cards I’ve made over the past couple of weeks. Lots of different themes and a wee bit of Esthetic Blood. That is seriously one of the swap themes. Many of us love a romantic vampire!

And on an even happier note, I saw things sprouting in my garden today! I think some tulips are on the rise and this makes me ridiculously happy. Hope your weekend is happy. 🙂

 

Artist Trading Cards

 

 

Zombie Marie Antoinette

I haven’t been very artistically productive this past week or two. I know the amount of images in this post say otherwise but it’s honestly been a hard slog to be creative. I think I am feeling the depressing effects of a too long winter. I feel a bit zapped of energy and creativity. I did head outside today though and went on a nice and long Pokemon walk (am I the last person still playing?). It was sunny but holy cold wind! Ouch! I am so ready to see something green growing in my garden. Hope the weather in your area is treating you well.

I like zombies and I like Marie Antoinette and lucky for me, others want to collect art like this so I get to make it! It’s always fun to create zombified beauties. The bloody beauty above is done in acrylic paint over top a book page. And below are some of the drawing practice sketches I did over the past couple of days. It’s been a while since I sat down and just sketched and it felt good to do a bit of mindless drawing without having to come up with concepts and ideas. I’m going to continue on tomorrow. Practice always makes me feel better.

 

Life Drawings in Pen

 

And finally, a set of portrait ATCs for a swap on IllustratedATCs.com. Some of the portraits are personal but I’m sure you might recognize one or two others. These are all marker or coloured pencils. I love to use them when I have time since they seem to take ages for me!

 

Portrait ATCs

 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! And sunny, warm days.