Joy & Love Mantra: Strumpet Stencils Walk-Through

Strumpet Stencils Design Team

Strumpet Stencils Used:

 

The Strumpet Stencil design team is doing a fun project this summer – round robin journals! Woo! I received Nolwenn’s lovely journal a couple of weeks ago and decided to use it for this month’s walk-through. Nolwenn had already stenciled some awesome backgrounds onto her journal pages and I wanted to keep the shape theme. She used the mini moley triangle stencil as you can see in the first image below and I plonked my pencil drawing over top.

I used watercolors for the next step because I wanted Nolwenn’s background art to show through the skin and hair tones so it was just a light wash here. To give the face depth, I used Copic markers over top for the shadows and highlights. Any regular markers will be fine because they’re not super opaque for the most part over top of acrylics.

Strumpet Stencils JOY art walk-through

 

To create the background, I used a watered down acrylic wash in pink and yellow so Nolwenn’s background could still peek out from behind. Once I added the crop circle stencil, I used another light pink wash over top to blend it in with the background. Washi tape on top! I love that stuff. And a few more mini moley stencils with the crosses or plus signs – however you see it.

I used Posca Paint Pens for the lettering. I seriously LOVE these pens. They’re pretty brilliant and will paint over top of most surfaces. They’re fabulous for painting over acrylics. I also used the Posca Paint Pens for the facial outlines and the little circles I added to the background. I sprayed with a fixative and then used regular ink pens for facial features.

Strumpet Stencils JOY art walk-through

Nowenn’s journal theme was Mantras and I don’t really have one. But I do like these words a lot.

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Empathy Monsters with real feelings

Empathy Monsters Art

I’m still on the Life Book 2017 thing! Surprisingly, since usually after about 3 or 4 weeks of a workshop, I move on to something else. Above are a set of empathy monsters meant to be sent to a swap partner to give them positive messages. It’s a cute idea. I made one for myself and one was sent to Texas. I haven’t received mine yet but I’m looking forward to it! Life Book is filled with lots of art therapy type of lessons and to be honest, I’m beginning to find it a bit overwhelming. I’m more of a “show me the technique” type of learner than I am a “feelings” type of learner though I can see why the program is so appealing for so many. It’s very positive. I just like the nitty gritty.  How do you like to learn? Are you art therapy or art techniques or both? Or something else?

Below is art from my sketchbook, a challenge from my 11 year old daughter. She asked if I could draw a lazy, fat cat with a t-shirt on and the t-shirt had to have cat puns on it. Challenge met!

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The cat's meow!

The Great Rebellion: Bunny Rising

Ok…. so I don’t know what my bunny page is about really. It started as a doodle in my sketchbook and I thought, “Ohhhh! Cool! I’ll paint that.” And when I was done the painting, I wondered what the heck I had just painted. But I am happy to have painted rebel bunnies and weird bird humans. It’s something to cross off of the “Things to Paint List.”  Unlike the Great Bunny Rebellion, I really did have a plan in mind for the lady below holding her head. She’s based on a prompt from Journal52 (Off With Their Head!). I’d like to think that if my head was ever removed, I’d blow out puffy clouds of goldfish and butterflies.

Happy weekend everyone 🙂

ArtTrader Magazine will be back!

A happy announcement — after a much needed break, we’re bringing back ArtTrader Magazine! The new issue will be available on the ArtTrader website on January 1, 2014. We’ll be back to quarterly issues again next year.  If you’re new to ArtTrader Mag, it’s an online magazine in PDF format that focuses on the mail art world with tutorials, galleries and how to guides on all sorts of art techniques and objects.

Issues are free for downloading and reading. Issues 1 through to 20 are all available here:  http://www.arttradermag.com/magazine/ Happy reading and arting! We won’t be hosting online workshops again but many of the people involved in writing for ArtTrader Mag will be creating their own workshops and we’ll let you know all about them in the zine.

Expect the ArtTrader website to be updated over the next week with news about the upcoming issues. I’ll be back writing as will Sarah Trumpp and Ann Pierson D’Angelo of Wonderstrange. And Andrea Melione (aka EraserQueen Studios) will be back too!