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Paintings and Drawings

mA – calligraphy.

More opportunities are coming up – glitzcraft has event booths booked for the summer! I went crazy at a Michael’s sale this weekend and stocked up on canvases, so it’s time to paint – ’cause like, it would be nice to have an art vendor booth with art actually in it. This is the process on my first painting in an experimental series of calligraphy (and otherwise hopefully marketable) oil paintings:

1. rainbowetic placement of color

2. chemical spray to splatter & drip said color (yes, just like the crayons)

3. cool faraway shot after more spraying and blending

4. added some definition to the lettering and swirlyness

 

I’m planning on a few more, probably with less colors (not everyone enjoys decorating in rainbows as much as I) as well as a couple of miniatures and some multi-panel pieces. Stay tuned!

xoxo|z

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I Made “Crayon Art.”

I follow DIY and art blogs religiously. I love looking at design trends and ideas, especially with recycled materials. Lately, I’ve noticed quite a few artists dabbling in “crayon art,” which consists of melting an assortment of arranged crayons on canvas. In their blog posts, these projects were described as “fun” and “easy” and “quick” and “kid-friendly.” What they neglected to include were words like “messy” and “tedious” and “teeth-grinding.” Let me walk you through the pain behind the rainbow.

1. You have to peel like 100 crayons. By hand.

Crayons are something like 90% wax with some food coloring [not a real fact] so the paper that surrounds them likes to stick. Luckily, I found that cutting along the paper with an exacto knife speeds up the process….but still, you are left picking off stubborn bits of paper from a pile of crayons. If you haven’t given up and/or cried by this point, I think it’s safe to see this project through to the end.

 

2. Glue guns are evil.

After all the crayons were peeled, I arranged them in rainbowetic [scientific term] on my canvas. Then I had to glue them down, one at a time. This would be fine, except glue guns leave strings…everywhere. And it’s best to pick them off if you don’t want them getting tangled in your artwork.
You’ve been warned.

 

3. “I’m melting….melting….” [the Wizard of Oz witch voice really helps at this point]

Time to start melting! I propped up my canvas and aimed a hair dryer at mid-crayon level.
Mind you, I have a cheapo hair dryer since I don’t use one on my hair much, so I had little
control of the air and like, which direction it went and stuff. Fortunately, it created some cool criss-cross action where the colors overlapped. It also got some splattered crayon on the wall, so if you ever try this consider doing it outside or tacking up paper. [Side note: dried waxy crayon comes off of most things easily, yay]

 

All done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Okay, I admit…I kind of love this. Though I’m not sure I’ll be doing it again anytime soon…unless maybe you paid me. *wink

xoxo|z

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A Midsummer’s Night

colored my previous sketch for this week’s IF word, “midsummer night.” I missed scribbling with prisma pencils!

 

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Lovebird Sketch

A sketch for my (hopefully) next painting:

lovebird_sketch

 

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“Strong”

strong

Sometimes we don’t know our own strength…and sometimes, it’s because we don’t have any.

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“Impatience”

I wasn’t patient enough to make a new piece this week, so here’s one that summarizes it for me…
leg
running away, somewhat unfinished, and not knowing what’s next.
Can’t WAIT for next week’s word!!! :)

xoxo

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“Modify”

IF this week has prompted a very important grammar lesson:
An adjective modifies a noun, as seen in the illustration below.
(And an adverb modifies a verb, boys and girls.)
For more information, please watch the schoolhouse rock song here.

modify1

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“Idle”

Illustration Friday this week was “idle,” and while images ranging from long, idyllic summer naps to deathly stiff boredom floated through my head, the saying “idle hands are the devil’s tools” seemed to click the most – not to mention Idle Hands is one of my favorite Bad Movies ever :)
Plus I got to sketch with my lithograph crayons, which have been “idly” collecting dust in their hiatus…

idle

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“Hollow”

hollow

Suzie Lee was in a jumble-
Her tummy often made a rumble
To voice complaints of being hollow;
It begged Suzie for food to swallow.
So when Suzie skipped an ice cream cone
Her tummy made its anger known.

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“Craving”

cravecupcake

…what are YOU craving tonight?

xoxo