Saturday, March 31, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
This is number 5 in the Lynne Perella Style series. I tried the "more layers" style of hers this time. I started with the same background as the others. I added one image and then covered it with a silhouette cutting from one of the images I used on another of the ATCs. I kept adding paint, pastels, punchinella used as a stencil (both positive and negative). Added a piece of spiral-top notebook paper; I then added another image and part of the silhouette from the same image. Again, more paint and pastels and stencilling of punchinella. I added a piece of old German text and added paint and some of my own writing on top of that. Some number stamps and decided to be done. I could have kept going and adding more and more layers. The choice is up to you!
I began by reviewing Lynne's 2 books and also looking at her website. I will clarify this tutorial with the note that I am an intuitive artist. In other words, I don't plan out my work first, I just go with the flow as I begin to work. Whatever strikes me as "right" as I am working is what I use and do.
MAKING THE BACKGROUND-I started the artistic process with a 12 x 16 Kilimanjaro 140# cold press watercolor block. This is a nice quality watercolor paper. I used the Paint Scraping technique that Traci Bautista describes in her book, Collage Unleashed. The paints I used were cheapy Craft Smart Acrylic paints that I got at Michael's for only 50 cents each. They had a lot of bright fun colors that I originally bought for my Funky Journal (swap in the Arttechniques group). After letting the paint dry, I then used some of the same paints and applied them to a rubber stamp and randomly stamped the page. I also stamped with a gold metallic paint, but it didn't show up real well. I then randomly sprayed the page with some of the brighter of the Color Mist sprays (from Outside the Margins). Using some assorted number stamps, I then inked the stamps with dye inks and added those in a random fashion. I had noticed on Lynne's website that she had slashes of pastels in some of her work, so I lastly added slashes of soft pastels to the page. I cut the page into ATC sized pieces and a larger piece to use as a page in my Funky Journal. There is a sample of this background piece below on my blog. Scroll down and you will see it.
MAKING THE "PASSAGES OF TIME" ATC- I printed out onto HP Premium paper some vintage images that (to me) looked like images Lynne would perhaps use. The images were from a Tuscan Rose image CD. Choosing one of the backgrounds and one of the images, I attached the image to the background using a glue stick. I have found that even if you sand the watercolor paper first, Xyron does not adhere to watercolor paper. I dribbled some yellow India Ink (Dr. Ph. Martin's) onto the image and background. With "Passages of Time" (scroll down the blog and you will see it), I used a stamp I had recently gotten from Stampers Anonymous ( an arrow design), and stamped in two different directions onto the ATC. I chose the arrow direction as going into the ATC's center. This was a deliberate design choice to lead the eye inward rather than off the edge of the ATC. I then stamped more numbers (Lynne seems to have a thing for letters and numbers). I added a butterfly half to the lower right-hand corner. I wanted to incorporate this image into the composition so I used the Color Mist Spray in Tahoe Turquoise and sprayed the butterfly and lower half of the woman's image. I then added some pastel markings in pink and green. The woman had a semi-wistful expression so I found the "inchie" of the little girl that I had left over from a previous swap and added that to the upper right-hand corner. I chose straight alignments for both the inchie and the butterfly as opposed to angling them. This was a matter of design choice. I wanted a stable rather than active look. Angling images gives a more active feel to a piece. At that point I thought I was done and posted it to my blog. When I looked at the ATC later, I noticed that the inchie looked "stuck on" and not really incorporated into the design. So I took the pink and green pastels and added them to the corner of the inchie. This brought it into the composition and I was finished. I named it "Passages of Time" because I felt that the little girl could have been the woman when she was younger, and butterflies represent a metamorphosis. Something in this woman's past changed her from the happy-go-lucky girl to the serious woman in the image. (I love to give a story to my pieces!)
"LOOKING UP" ATC-I decided to add more color to this image. I used pastel on "Looking Up" and although it kinda messed up on her face, I kept it anyway. I liked the look of the yellow "glow" by adding yellow pastel around the image's outline. I added a scrap piece of the background with some brads (in one of Lynne's books she had done a similar thing). This one is pretty simple in design. I named her "Looking Up" since she is and to me is in an attitude of prayer.
"SHE DREAMED OF PEACE" ATC- Added the image with gluestick again. I then "dry brushed" some blue acrylic paint onto the image and background. I added some pink pastel to her cheek. I added a yellowish-gold pastel outline to her image and smudged the line outward to give a "glow" appearance. I then tore a piece froma spiral notebook and added some paints to it to give her a "crown." I added the wording and she was finished. See the piece below to see why I named it what I did.
"HEART"S DESIRE" ATC- Added some dry brushed paint to the background and image and some drips and drabs of a magenta India ink (Dr. Ph. Martin's). I painted a few letter stamps and added those as well. You can see the "E" on the lower portion of the ATC. I sprayed Color Mists in pink and blue. I covered her face with my hand to keep it free from the spray. I added some number stamps with black dye ink. Lynne uses a lot of tags and strings in her work so I incorporated a small tag onto this piece. I painted it first and stamped it, painting the strings as well. I attached it to the ATC with a stapler, and spread the string around her head as a "frame" of sorts. I thought she still needed something, so I used a small heart punch on the tag and then put the heart onto her head. I liked how the yellow paint on her hair made the purple on the heart stand out (this is using complementary color theory). I named this one "Heart's Desire" because she has a wistful expression. Perhaps waiting for her love to come back to her.
I hope this tutorial gives you an idea of my working process. Again, it is unplanned and spontaneous. I attach a piece, and then think "what does it need" and do the next step.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
This is the third in the Lynne Perella-style series. After hearing how a young girl who came to the United States to study was beaten after she returned to her muslim country because she had become a Christian, this theme came to mind. This happened this year, 2007.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
This is a background page made to use in the Funky Journal Swap and to cut up into ATC size and further layer for arttechniquesatcs AOM for April; Lynne Perella-style ATCs. I began with some inexpensive bright color acrylic paints that i scraped on with the side of a credit card. I then used more paint to stamp some images. The metallic gold stampings don't really show up on the scan. Next came spritzes of Color mist sprays. I then used dye ink and stamped some numbers. Lastly I added some slashes with soft pastels. I love the cheery colors. Puts me in the mood for spring!
On the piece I have cut off to use in the funky journal, I used 4 harmonizing color misters to give some color to the inside of the signature.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
This is one attempt at trying to capture in watercolor a Salmon Parrot Tulip. They have such variety of color in each one. The tulip was opening as I painted, making it a challenge since the flower changed during the process. The painting is a bit stiff, but at least it got me painting.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
This series of postcards is different than others I have done. It is for an Antique-looking postcard swap. A few years ago at a flea market I bought an old ledger with German and Arabic newpaper articles (appear to be recipes), and old pattern instructions. I used some of the ledger pages as the background (German). I added some snippets of the old German newspaper found in the ledger. I then scanned some old German money from 1910 (from another source) and printed out small copies of it. Last embellishment is a German stamp, a little bit of distress ink (the page and paper already looked old) and a coat of gel medium. Simple arrangements, but fun to do. I wonder who owned this book- did they bring it with them when they fled Germany in WWII? I will never know. One of the reasons I love antique books is wondering about their previous owners and the lives they lived.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
The scan doesn't really do these charms justice, but here they are. I made these for the AAO charm swap. They are made with pieces of sea glass that have been wrapped in wire. I added some beads to the wire as I wrapped. Small jump rings were attached at the top of each charm.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Here is another double transparency ATC. The other is below this one. I used a vintage-design background paper. The woman's image has "Stream" and "Bottle" alcohol inks. The frame has "Wild Plum" and "Cranberry" inks. After they dried, I added a bit of the Pearl Mixatives to the frame transparency. I used 3D Crystal Lacquer on the corners to attach the woman to the base card, and then used 4 small round black brads to attach the frame to the rest of the card.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
For this ATC I used a Color Mists background with some vintage text. I lightly dabbed alcohol inks onto the back of the transparency since I wanted a light effect. I attached the transparency with 2 eyelets. The scan doesn't show the lovely shimmer the metallic Color Mists add to the background.