Discovering Art Deco patterns and using them in your art journal

You may be wondering why I’m talking about the Art Deco movement in a series that focuses on art techniques. Art deco, after all, was more about architecture and interiors. This immensely popular movement, which gained prominence in the 1920s and 1930s, was influenced by many different styles, including

the bold geometric forms of Cubism; the bright colors of Fauvism and the updated craftsmanship of the furniture of the eras of Louis Philippe and Louis XVI; as well as by the exotic styles of China and Japan, India, Persia, ancient Egypt and Maya art. – Source: Wikipedia

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Collage: a quick and dirty primer

Most of us have created a collage at some point or the other – most commonly as teens, when we pasted fun photographs of friends and family on some chart paper, or put together a vision board with some images and text. But collage can be so much more than that!

Getting started with collage: supplies

Gather together images, newspaper and magazine clippings, painted and handmade paper, ribbon, thread, photographs, and anything else that can be glued onto a page or canvas board and you have the makings of a collage.Continue reading

Brush primer: choose the right brushes for your art projects

Brushes are one of the most essential supplies in an artist’s toolbox. Given the wide variety of brushes – both in terms of shapes and bristles – it’s also very confusing when it comes to choosing the right brush for your use.

But before we start, let me just state that this brush primer is geared towards acrylics. There are a vast variety of brushes available for oil paints, watercolours and encaustics that are beyond the scope of this article.

When it comes to brushes, the options can be overwhelming – synthetic bristles or natural bristles, hog hair or pony hair, white bristles or yellow (and what’s the difference), what sizes, what shapes, when will you use one over the other. The options are truly overwhelming! So let’s take them all up one at a time.Continue reading

Abstract art: the what and how with a timelapse video

When I was divorced from my artist soul, I would look at abstracts and scoff “Even a child can paint abstracts.” And while I still think it’s true for certain styles of abstraction, I’m irresistibly drawn to the world of figurative and lyrical abstracts and more intuitive painting styles.

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Hilma af Klint, Svanen (The Swan), No. 17, Group IX, Series SUW, October 1914-March 1915. This abstract work was never exhibited during Klint’s lifetime.

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April A to Z 2017: The Artists Toolbox

I’m doing it again – participating in the Blogging From A To Z Challenge, that is! Last year’s experience was exhilarating, and I’m eager to do take it up again this year.

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All through the month of April, I’m going to introduce you to the tools, mediums and supplies that are the staples of an art journaling artist, as well as introduce you to some styles and techniques that you can incorporate into your work.

Here’s what you can look forward to next month:

A run-down of the basic tools that you need in your toolbox – paper, brushes, scrapers, found objects and the like.

A close look at the supplies (geared towards art journaling) that you need in your studio, as well as an introduction to various acrylic mediums. This will be invaluable for anyone wanting to start an art journal and wondering what materials they would need to get started.

An introduction to various art movements and techniques that will help you to get started on your artist’s journey.

I do hope you will join me on this month-long journey, and that it will inspire you to pick up paints and paper and dive into this exciting hobby!

 

Magic making: Creating my first oracle card deck

Last year, I had a dream: to create my very own oracle card deck.

I did some research and tried brainstorming a few ideas, but I was getting nowhere. There were too many ideas knocking around in my head…too many elements I was trying to put into one deck. I couldn’t narrow down on a theme or a structure and I would change my mind almost every day! So, I put it on the back burner and forgot all about it.

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The first four cards for my first oracle card deck!

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#PocketFullOfArt: Approach this work with devotion

This simple, small little spread took me three days to finish, largely due to the lack of time.

I’ve been using my daily Tarot pulls as inspiration to create a small spread in my tiny art journal {almost} every day. The goal was to finish a page a day; however, I’ve come to realize that isn’t always possible, even though I am working small. And that’s OK.

The biggest point of the Pocket Full of Art initiative is to create some art everyday, in the pockets of time that we have available to us. To come each day to the table, open to the possibilities and the emotions. To express ourselves with paint and paper, or origami folds, or with a cross-stitch or any other form of art. Continue reading

#PocketFullOfArt: A daily art challenge with a twist

Challenges seem to have become a thing around here – after the Mindful Break and Kindle Thy Spark, this is my most ambitious yet – a daily art challenge! But first:

Why a daily art challenge?

Because my one small regret from last year is that I did not make enough time for art, especially in the second half of the year. Moving to a self-hosted blog and all the tiny little tweaks I had to make to it ate up a lot of my time and attention. Setting up an online Tarot reading business took up another chunk of energy. And then there was all the time I spent dreaming about blogging and fun new ideas – like the two Instagram challenges mentioned above. No wonder that my art table felt a bit neglected!  Continue reading

On my art table: Soulful surrender

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There’s a current of magic that flows through our life.

I’m not talking about the Harry Potter kind of magic. I’m talking about the magic that shows up in our life – through synchronicity. Which is simply being in the right place at the right time, meeting the right people at the right time, hearing a message or a piece of music at the right time.

It’s not necessarily earth shattering magic.

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#MicroblogMondays: The birth of a painting

Before I started on my art journey, I often wondered how artists came up with ideas for their paintings. What sort of research did they do? What techniques did they study? How did they prepare for a session? I never found any satisfactory answers – or maybe I didn’t look hard enough. So I thought I’d share my process for brainstorming and researching ideas and techniques for a canvas that I’m about to start.

The birth of a painting

In the middle of busy work loads and hectic commitments, I’ve been squeezing in some reading time. My Pocket feed is filled with articles on color theory and symbolism, color meanings and associations, the meaning and significance of color in different cultures, color color, and more color.Continue reading