Abstract painting in the Hobonichi

Hobonichi planner books and paint…

Nothing makes me happier than good, strong well-behaved paper. And for a mix of journaling art styles, which include calligraphy ink work occasionally, I find the Hobonichi can really take a lot of my abuse.

Several layers of acrylic paint? No problem for my Techo.

Second contemporary painting in the Sea Glass series

I finished up this second mixed media contemporary abstract this morning. My current inspiration comes from tide pools and sea glass.

These are artworks on paper using various materials, including acrylics, crayons and pencil. Each piece features colors of the sea and unique, linear abstract drawn motifs.

Living in Florida provides ocean inspiration and an appreciation for seaside hues.

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Contemporary mixed media series

Abstract Seaside Treasures

Happy New Year everyone!

I am really excited about 2018, because I’m focusing on creating larger, contemporary works in addition to the mini paintings and smaller works that I have been doing for several years now.

This is one of the new mixed media contemporary abstracts created with acrylics, crayons, and pencil on heavy paper (14 x 11 inches) using bold colors and floating, linear imagery. It is the first painting in my Tide Pool and Sea Glass theme this quarter. The loose, layered style is one of my favorite methods of developing a painting. Each layer works together to give the viewer both color and linear movement experiences.

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Studio 318 New Art Journal Cards in the shop!

More of my sketchbook images to use in your planners!

Thank you Instagram and Facebook friends who have ordered new art cards this past week. I am so grateful for the enthusiasm you have for these tiny works of art. I can’t wait to see how you use them in your art journals and planners. I currently have 5 different series of art journal cards, or “tip-ins” available in my Etsy shop.

They are professionally printed on 80# glossy (front only) card stock. The colors are very rich–I’m very pleased with the quality, and I’m also ecstatic that I do not have to print them here at the studio. Ya know… painters just wanna paint! Professional printers are a blessing to one-woman shops. 😉

Have a great week everyone!

Finished art journal pages with plastic bag printing elements. #printmaking #mixedmedia #artjournaling

 Playing with a zip lock bag and acrylic paints to leave impressions in my art journal. These are the 2 finished pages… plasticbagprinting1

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Today’s Gelli Plate Art #monoprinting #gelliarts #printmaking #abstract #followart

"Inkblot"
“Inkblot”

 

Today’s Gelli Plate print was created with various craft and artist acrylic colors and some of my homemade masks. I cut out a bunch of freeform stencils from old file folders to use in the layering paint process. The fossil looking on the left top area was actually created with a hot glue gun–melted glue drawn onto a scrap piece of cardboard and allowed to dry. It’s a great impression stamp, and although I’ve made several glue stamp plates, this design seems to be one of my favorites. The center image was an actual leaf from one of my garden specimens (an added bonus to living in Florida–year round nature specimens!). Although it didn’t pick up the veins, I liked the resulting bold silhouette. The black inkblot section was created by fingerpainting with my gloved finger so as to have a more free-form color block instead of rolling it smooth with a brayer.

After a printing session, the best part is sitting in the family room sorting through the art prints of the day. As usual, they get a few added embellishments with colored pencils and any other mark making tools that are within reach–apparently I cannot help myself–always interested in the details that I can place into the layers . I’m looking forward to tonight’s creation.