I'm thrilled to announce that I have a new series of watercolor artwork now available on Wheatpaste.com.
I've added some new prints to my shop! These would make a great Mother's Day gift! Use code MOTHERSDAY for free shipping!
Here are some new designs I made this week, inspired by autumn. These would feel so cozy as pillows don't you think?
I am super excited for the release of my fabric collection Sunnyside for Windham Fabrics and to celebrate, I'd love to show you how to make your own fabric sun with it! This is a really fun project to try on the weekend if you want something eye-catching for your wall! This would also look great in a nursery, making a perfect baby shower gift.
What you'll need:
- Sunnyside Fabric from Windham
- 12 inch ruler
- Mod Podge Matte Glue
- 20 in. x 20 in. Canvas
- Blue acrylic paint
- White acrylic paint
- 1 flat paint scraper or a piece of cardboard
- 1 white square of felt
- 1 Paintbrush
- 1 Small Foam Brush
- Spray bottle
- Paper Plate or other surface for gluing
- Drop cloth to protect the floor
Place your canvas on a drop cloth and begin creating your sky background by adding some blue paint. Pour the paint directly onto your canvas, then smooth it out with a scraper tool, piece of cardboard or a plastic knife. Spread the paint around adding texture. Using some water and a foam brush continue spreading the paint around on the canvas until you have covered the entire canvas. If you want, spray a bit of water on it when you are done and let the water soak into the paint, leaving splatter marks for added interest. Let it dry.
While your blue background is drying, take your fabric and flip it over. On the back side of the fabric, take a 12 inch rule and draw two straight lines angling out slightly to create your first sun ray. Cut them out one by one into about 12 inch strips. Feel free to vary the widths of the rays for added interest.
Optional: Take a break from cutting your sun rays to add a layer of white paint over your blue background after it's dry. Pour some white paint directly onto the canvas. Spread the white paint with your scraper vertically and horizontally to create a cloud texture over the blue sky. Spray some more water to give it texture. Let this dry and continue cutting out your sun rays.
Once you are done cutting your sun rays, take a CD and draw a circle around the yellow fabric for the sun center. Take a white piece of felt and draw a circle around that too. Cut out your sun centers.
Once your canvas is dry, take your sun rays and begin to place them on the canvas. Arrange them however you like. I like to alternate warm and cool colors to give it variety. Once you're happy with the layout, remove the sun and set it aside for later.
Using Mod Podge Matte glue, an old paintbrush and a tray or paper plate, begin to glue the rays one by one. Lift up one ray at a time. Add some glue to the canvas and place the ray onto the glue. Add some glue over the top of the ray and smooth out the fabric with your brush. Repeat for each ray all the way around your canvas.
Once all of your rays have dried, add the white felt circle to the center of your canvas. Add glue beneath it, place the felt onto the glue then add more glue over the top. Now add your fabric sun center to the top of the glued felt. Once dry, add more glue to the top of the sun center. Now your canvas is almost ready!
Continue glueing the rays around the edges of the canvas to the back of the canvas. Once it's all dry, your sun is ready to hang! Don't forget to sign and date it on the back.
I'm thrilled to announce that I have partnered with GreenBoxArt, a leader in contemporary room decor for those who wish to make a statement with their walls. All of their wall art is printed in the US. Their canvases are hand-stretched and easy to hang with pre-installed hangers. Their giclee prints are printed with 100% archival paper and inks. Framing options are also available. My Painted Poppy and Painted Zinnia are now selling exclusively through the GreenBoxArt website. They are currently offering free shipping through Sept. 22. Please check it out!
This month I participated in The Global Talent Search where hundreds of talented artists competed to win representation by Lilla Rogers. The assignment had us drawing inspiration from terrariums. I explored colors, lines, shapes, textures, compositions etc. I have piles and piles of drawings and paint textures. Here you can see my process for creating:
I did not submit any of these pieces as the final. I just wanted to keep playing with color, compositions and drawings to see where it would take me. I really love the process of creating and often will get caught up in a rabbit hole of exploration. I just love the possibilities of what something could be. And to say "this is it" is so hard, especially for a Libra like me! Without feedback from the outside world, it really comes down to what I would pick for myself. The decisions was weighing on me all week. In order to decide, I had to really think about what my usual style is, and what kinds of techniques I normally like to use. The final piece I submitted was this:
The reason I chose this piece over the others was because:
a) I really love these colors!
b) It feels like me.
c) I love to draw with dipping pens. All of these drawings were spontaneously created out of joy after completing the above versions!
d) At some point it feels really good to just commit to a piece and say "Yes this IS it!"
So after happily clicking on the submit button, I came crashing down from the decision and turned my computer into the Apple store for a minor repair. What a relief to turn things in and take a breather!
HA! I'm an artist, I don't take breathers. :-) I promptly came home from dinner and took all of my waning post-GTS energy and POURED it into these peaceful watercolors... of... you guessed it! TERRARIUMS. Whatever the outcome will be from GTS, I am happy I participated and it really just confirmed the things I already know: I love to create, I love to draw, I love color and of course I love to paint.