Blue Dogs

I’ve been experimenting with layers and mixed media lately, it’s messy and I am not sure I like the look. I had some fun over lunch the other day, getting back to basics making some blue and green dogs with Daler Rowney inks and water. I’ve included some before and after shots below, so you can see how they develop. I have so much fun making them!

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I usually fill the page with dogs and then wait for them to dry so I can outline with a Uni Posca or dip pen, and of course while I am waiting for them to dry I do a whole other page in another color.

Here’s a before and after. I like the crooked bumpy dogs best, they have a lot more character when it is time to outline.

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I did a whole page of light green too. Here is one little guy.

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A whole page of goofy puppies! I especially like the one in the lower right.

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New Art Supplies

New art supplies are fun and offer the promise of better art work, right? Just like buying new running shoes makes you run faster!

I’ve been experimenting trying to use more color and layers in my art.  I’ve been doing this because one of our class assignments is to try and find our own style. I feel like I mostly copy the look of Carla Sonhiem so I’ve been trying to do other things and find out what I prefer.

I like the look of all the colors and layers but when I draw something I tend to stick with simple lines and colors. Is it because I don’t know how to do the layers? am I too lazy to do all that work? or is my style more pen and ink? I guess I am still working on figuring that out.

Here are some attempts at using more color in my animals.

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I did this guy with my left hand and an eye dropper. I really liked him when he was just on the white background. Not sure I like him as much now.

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Using the fancy crayons and a little gesso. I thought the eyes turned out okay.

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Glad I got a picture of this guy. I tried to put a matte gel over top and the whole thing smeared. 

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Tried out a new pencil (Stabilo pencil) with my left hand on this guy. I like the pencil, it’s similar to a grease pencil but it can be activated by water. It goes on smooth and activates easily with water or gel. But see how boring the background is?

Glass on Glass

Spent a little time last night gluing glass. There are 15 rectangles in the door. I finished two last night and one this morning. I have the sniffles and meant to sleep in but Erik thought I forgot to set my alarm and was nice enough to wake me up at 5:30am. So since I couldn’t go back to sleep I made the best of the morning.

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I use a special glue for glass on glass mosaics. It is called MAC Glue. When I posted my pic to Instagram and saw the hashtag already existed, I was excited. Cool I thought, I can look through some nice artwork and see what other people are making, well #macglue is also a product for gluing on eyelashes!

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Only 12 more rectangles (6ish hours) to go and then it will be time to grout!

New Mosaic Project

Started a new mosaic project last night. Usually I do old windows and doors and they are just for decoration, but this time it is a real functioning door! This is going to be a fun project and look really sharp when it is returned to the owner’s house.

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Cutting glass and spreading out the colors.

Needless to say I feel a little pressure to get this done quickly, as the door keeps the dogs and cat in their special room while their adults are out of the house.

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My friend Linda is helping to cut glass, she recently learned how to do glass mosaic and I thought this would be good practice for her. (plus some extra help for me!)

We still have a little more glass to cut (the fast part) and then we need to start placing the pieces before we glue them.

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The time consuming part of arranging everything just so.