I documented my progress. Monday night I created design layout, printed ephemera and painted edges.
Tuesday morning I picked scrapbook papers and decopauged the layers on all three canvases.
The next step will be to fussy cut each figure in white cardstock along with any clothes made from patterned papers.
After these have a chance to dry over night, I will be able to paint in details using Faber Castell Pitt Artist markers. The india ink allows me to continue to add layers of modge podge and paper if needed.
Wednesday 1 hour and 1 canvas finished.
Thursday about an hour and half to paint the fireman.
Friday 1 hour to finish painting girl on final canvas
I have finished all three canvases and now it is time to get stock up on more canvases. My next project was printed at the same time as these 3 but I wanted an 11 x 14 canvas. So off to Micheals with my coupon I go! Now go and create!
Maybe it is the teacher side of me that likes to plan. One of the things I like to do to save time or make my time on pinterest and other websites researching more valuable is save any images to my dropbox or photo gallery on my phone. Most of my searches for ideas and free ephemera is done on my phone now day especially while I am waiting some where.
Once I have a collection that I think I plan on usung soon I sit down with my laptop and save the images in a blank Word document. This allows me to print all the images at one time when I am ready to create.
Before I print; however, I go through my paper stash finding background papers and stickers I want to use for several projects. I usually plan about 4 to 6 canvases. I place all the papers and images printed in an empty, clear 12 x 12 scrapbook page insert.
I tend to paint the outside edges of my canvases and stop about 2 inches inside the perimeter before I begin decopauging the background papers.
I often do a dry test and take a photo of my layout as a reference. Occasionally, I assembly line the canvases painting the edges, then gluing all the initial background layer. While these dry, I can cut my subjects and find any ephemera I want to add.
Finally, I focus on the finishing details switching between canvases while layers dry.
This has help me create enough canvases to fill out my inventory and participate in local art shows with less pressure. Whether you use any of these tips to create multiple canvases or just streamline your creative process, I hope you create art!
I organized and printed for 3 to 4 smaller canvases and a larger canvas. I layed out three that will all have painted red edges. Tomorrow these will all three come together very quickly.
I love the aspect of mixed media that gives you the freedom to explore and break rules or use products in unconventional ways but I tend to avoid breaking principles of design and composition.
Placement of focal points and leading the eye through the canvas are important in creating successful artwork. I usually feature one main subject and follow the rule of thirds that many landscape artist use; however, I am working to divide my canvas into thirds vertically. I like to place my focal point on the 1/3 line leaving two-thirds of the canvas on the other side. I also tend to put my quote in one of the four hotspots. Where the imaginary 1/3 lines intersect.
A balance of weight is achieved insuring a more interesting layout. I also try to be aware of how colors or patterns create visual weight.
Finally, I tend to make sure I use an odd number of ephemeral pieces. Three and five are typically my tendency.
There are many sources that discuss these principles in greater detail and probably with more accuracy. Take a moment a study some of your favorite artist's works or pieces that you have created. Even magazine ads are a great source for design lessons.
Once I pick my ephemera, I look for dominate colors in the ephemera. color challenged? For the ephemera displayed in this article, I would use blends of pink and cream then pop in the green as my accent color.
Try picking two colors that blend together then crossing the color wheel to get your accent color that pops. be sure to keep values and hues similar. you can take any photo and use a program that converts it to paint colors. I use Chip It from Sherwin Williams. Another trick is check out the quilting section to pick up a color wheel.
When I first collected most of my scrapbook paper stash, I was doing traditional 12 x 12 layouts. As I discovered mixed media she art concepts, I soon discovered 6 x 6 paper pads and that size could make a difference.
Many of the 6 x 6 paper pads use a smaller scaled down print. This can really help if you are either working on a smaller canvas size or if you are using the print like I do to create fabric or clothing. You do need to check out the pads because there are some companies that just cut down the original 12 x 12 size into four sheets.
Another paper tip is look for scrapbook paper at some of your discount stores. I have recently purchased most my new paper pads from TJ Maxx. This is where I got my first gelatos and Faber-Castell Artist markers. Ross, Tuesday Morning and Big Lots are other places that I have found great items like chip board letters or sticker. Don't forget garage sales, junk stores and flea markets are great places to find old patterns and books. I was able to purchase a set of children encyclopedias for only five dollars...wonderful text for collaging backgrounds.
You can see the difference in scale betwwen the plaids and florals. This is a sneek peek of my next color palette but not sure yet what she will be wearing...rain maybe in the forcast with that beautiful plaid and bright yellow