Aspen Tree Collage Tutorial

I have been making a ton of these paintings lately, ever since I saw something similar on Facebook. It's a compilation of collage techniques, a lot of stenciling, and mark making. I had a few people ask how I do this so I thought I would do a quick little tutorial. This piece was done on a 6″ x 9″ piece of birch plywood, but you can do this on paper or canvas or whatever you like. The first thing I did was gesso the entire piece because I like to use Gellatos for my first layer but you can use acrylics or whatever you have on hand.

So, lay down some color for the background and glue on some collage pieces. I used an old book page and some washi tape. I used Golden's regular gel medium to glue them down.

Next I just added some color with Dylusion brand spray.

Start putting down some color using stencils, acrylic paint, and a makeup sponge.

Keep going, just add lots of layers. I added yellow flowers, magenta dots, and then pushed it all back with a light layer of white. The white was put on using a big open stencil.

Then added some hearts.

Now get out a pen or two and make some marks. This would make a really pretty piece just like this!

Here's the key to the whole thing. The Aspen Tree 12″x12″ stencil from Crafter's Workshop. Lay it down so it will give you the maximum number of trees. If it doesn't fit just put the top edge of the stencil at the top of your work. You can add more paint at the bottom of the tree trunks if needed when you're done with the stencil.
Tape the stencil down with blue painter's tape and start sponging black paint on. The stencil is actually a mask so you are filling in the negative space.

If you want to add a moon, use something round to trace around with white paint. Just paint over the background, not the trees.

Fill it in with white paint and use a tiny paintbrush to fix any branches that might have been covered with the black paint. Refer to the stencil to see where they go.

That's it! Please do not copy this tutorial or sell it for profit. You may link to it all you like though. Enjoy!

 

Continuing on

Our little doll club met here at my house this month but I forgot to take any pictures. Everyone decided that my studio was way more inspirational than the library so we are going to meet here next month also. We are working on a Sherry Goshon doll, I probably should have picked a less complicated pattern though. Oh well, too late now.

I am also still working through the Lifebook lessons at a snail's pace. This piece was made combining two lessons, it was a lot of fun and I liked it enough to frame it and take it to work.


 

29 Faces challenge

Thought I would share my favorite faces from this challenge. This was the first time I did this challenge and it was a lot of fun. The idea was to draw a face every day in February. Because I was out of town a lot I didn't manage to do a face every day but I did at least half the month. It was a really good practice for making doll faces. Not all my faces came out really well, some were absolutely horrible and I actually shared those over on Facebook. I'm not going to put them here because I don't want to be reminded of them, LOL. So here they are.

 

 

 

Painting is hard!

Just another Lifebook lesson. I signed up for this year too even though I did less than a dozen of last year's lessons. I will have them for when I retire, lol. This isn't quite finished and I am finding it very difficult.

 

Plush fun – Tooth Fairy Pillow

My grandson, Z, asked me to make him a tooth fairy pillow the week or so ago and I completely forgot about it. Bad grandma. He called yesterday to remind me about it since he has three loose teeth. His room is decorated in minion fashion so I made him a tooth fairy pillow to match. In the past I had the two pocket in the front, in the mouth, but really have not been in love with it. Decided to just make a pocket on the back and be done with it. He is going to love it!

Minion tooth pillow

Tooooo cute!

 

So much fun to make!

 

Paint over Collage

Having fun with my Lifebook 2015 classes. This is a paint over collage technique taught by Tamara Laporte. It is ingenious! I may never try drawing faces again. Just kidding. I bet there is a way to do this on a cloth doll, especially if it is flat faced. Something to think about!

 

More LifeBook

You know I haven't made a doll in nearly two years now.. Not sure why not. I I still sew on occasion although it's usually a knitting bag for me or a gift. I am still creative but my creativity has moved in a different direction. I always have something on my knitting needles now. That started about 9 or 10 years ago just because it was something I was wanted to learn. It turned into my community. I have a weekly knitting group that I attend since the doll group died. I am also really enjoying all the mixed-media work i am doing. I think to myself oh, I should make a doll out of this, but I never do. Maybe someday. In the meantime I am just enjoying myself.

This piece was taught by Patty Ballard in the LIFEBOOK course.

 

 

 

Don’t let it get you down

It's always something! I developed trigger thumb in my right hand recently and had to have surgery to fix it. Doesn't it just figure that I would get new art supplies in the mail when I can't use them. Grrrr. I decided to try to draw anyhow. No use of my thumb but since this was drawn really loosely I thought I could do it! And I did! Really happy with this. It's a bonus lesson from lifebook 2015. I'm behind in class now but hopefully I'll catch up soon. So here's my 'Affirmation Feather' (and my lovely bandage).

 

Life Book 2015 and Doll Club

Happy New Year! My gift to myself for 2015 is a year long art journaling class called LIFE BOOK 2015. There is a different teacher each week so it should be quite the learning experience. I was really excited to see that the first lesson was a whimsical creature. The lesson was titled The Beacon of Light and this is my little girl.

I think she would make a great little doll.
Last month one of the girls who was in my old doll club got in touch with me because she wants to try to revive our doll club. We got together for coffee and decided to have a winter only club that meets the second Saturday of the month at a coffee shop. We are going to use Facebook to organize and share information. Wish us luck!

 

Mixed media canvas

Nothing like last minute presents! As if I didn't have enough knitting to finish now I'm painting. I signed up for an online class with Kate Crane called Journal Soup 2. I really like how she does her backgrounds. Quite fun. I have to admit I was surprised at how different painting and marking on canvas is rather than paper. This is for a co-worker whose favorite color is, no surprise, pink!