Archives for December 2014

Dabbling in Watercolor

Getting ready for an evening of Wine and Watercolor at the Bemis Art School I decided to use pages of vintage sheet music for the substrate.  I happened upon these amazing books of music at a Friends of the Library book sale.  Deciding this was the perfect opportunity to use these pages and not knowing exactly how the watercolor would work, I gave it a try.  DSC_0625

I removed a page and trimmed the right edge to make it symmetrical.  The pulp of this paper is incredible, smooth yet substantive.  Printed in the 1930’s by Charles Scribner’s Sons, the hardbound books themselves are gems for art journals, and removing pages moves me one step closer toward re-purposing these treasures.

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What better image for the new year than a butterfly!  New beginnings, even in the heart of winter, says butterfly to me.  Besides we could use a little springtime muse since it is a whopping 6 degrees outside today.  I had this sketch of a butterfly but decided to tweak it a bit for the image to be used on the sheet music, a few more curves on the wings, more whimsical and this is what I came up with…..

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I drew the image in pencil, using the music staff as guidelines.  Then painted around the image with Reeves watercolors.  The sheet music worked beautifully and took the watercolors without buckling.  Usually I paint with oils or acrylics so this was a NEW experience.  A little water, a lot of color, simple really, yet fun and satisfying.

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Here are my tools, an inexpensive brush and affordable watercolors from the craft store.  The star of the show is the sheet music.  If you are a paper junkie like me, keep your eyes open at estate sales for book bound music, you will not be disappointed and there are a myriad of uses for it; collage, journaling, or a stand alone piece like this butterfly.  Looking forward to teaching this technique at Wine and Watercolors and glad I found a way to use my vintage pages of music!

New Beginnings

As the new year approaches, it is a good time for reflection and anticipation.  I love to write down my goals for the new year because having them in writing keeps me focused.  Otherwise I find myself floundering in a sea of ideas without any purpose.   Here is to the list and NEW BEGINNINGS!!!!

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In 2015 my focus is going to be on using supplies and ephemera I already have on hand.  So many times a paint color, an image, a special button or clasp, texture tool or book of ideas finds its way into my studio only to be stashed away in a bin for future use.  Well, the future is here and I plan on using up what I’ve got!  Hopefully this will push me in new directions, out of my comfort zone, into the place where….the magic happens.  This powerful concept of movement, from working on a journal page, to a canvas or even creating layers on a three dimensional object is a bit scary.  I have been camped out in art journaling for several years now.  In 2014 I created a couple of pieces for “Pikes Peak Busts”, an art show for increasing breast cancer awareness and raising funds for a local research foundation.  Both pieces SOLD, so thankful, and the process pushed me into a magical place…out of my comfort zone.  Looking for more of this in 2015, movement….from the journal page to canvas and beyond.