I know I’ve been gone for a while. Ok, fine. I’ve been gone for a year, but I’ve got something new for you.
Tada! This is a digital art piece. I had lots of fun with it. I have an idea for an new series, and no, I haven’t completely abandoned my previous idea. It’s just on the back burner for now. I’m not explaining the meanings of my paintings until the series is complete. You’ll have to wait for that. In the meantime, take your best guess, and anything you see in it, and put it in the comments below. I love hearing what other people see.
This was my first experiment using coffee and acrylic mediums. I think it came out decently enough for the first try. I didn’t like the gloss medium as much as I thought I would. I may try mixing both the gel and the gloss next time to see if I get more of what I was looking for. I’m also not sure if I like the gessoboard or not. It’s a very smooth surface with was nice for the first layer, but I found it difficult to work with for the top layers. I’ll have to try it again and see. I may need a canvas with more texture.
Anyway, I wanted this to be a little bit more of a looser painting and have something to do with Seattle. So, I thought of a cup spilling out into a cityscape of Seattle. My first wash wash really watery, and when the drips happened I kind of went with it. Seems to have added a nice little touch to it. Some of them went a little longer than I wanted, but oh well. It was a fun little practice piece, and I have some ideas for next time!
So I spent yesterday painting a 5×7 inktense painting of Megaman for my husband’s birthday. First, it was hard to do because of how small it was, but I wanted it that small so he could take it to work. It was difficult keeping myself out of the camera. My next problem was the paper, while the soft press I normally work with is great for how I paint, I didn’t allow for the smoothness and tiny detail that I wanted. If I was to do it over again, I would probably choose a hot press paper. Those of you who have followed me for any length of time know that this not something I typically paint so painting smooth shiny metal was an interesting experience. Overall I think it turned out pretty well.
Now for the issues of doing fan art. The general rule is that it’s ok as long as you’re not making money off it. You’re basically painting a copyrighted image that someone else created. Yes, you painted that one, but the original artist spent time creating the character. Some artists can be very protective of their work. Other brands will create a whole page for fan art of their work. So just be careful with it, and don’t sell any of it.
I’m not selling this one since it’s fan art and it’s for my husbands birthday, but you can enjoy the video of it. Sorry my hand takes up so much space. 🙂 The speed video is at the top and the full length video is available on my Patreon page.
Apparently, I forgot my blog post yesterday. Oops. Anyway, I’m here to tell you about my new coffee painting plans since what I’m currently doing isn’t working out so well. I do spray my paintings with a UV archival spray varnish by Golden, which does help, but they still fade. The coffee lasts longer than the tea. It’s because the acid in the coffee and tea reacts with the paper. So I changed my current paintings in my store to $2 and $5. That way you’re just paying for some of the supplies and shipping.
My next experiment will be using an acrylic binder and acrylic mediums on canvas and see what that does for the fading. I’ll still continue with the inktense, but I also miss the texture from oil painting. So maybe I can get it this way. I probably won’t sell any until I know how the fading issue turns out, but I’ll share the finished photos with you.
This paper was much easier to work on. I was able to get much more layers with this paper. I think I need to get a board that I can tape my work down to though. I actually found that I liked using the blocks right on the paper more that I did on my other pieces. I think having the stiffer brushes helped. I was able to get rid of the grit normally left over. They are a soft synthetic, but they’re still stiffer than my natural hair watercolor brushes.
Since I play the piano I enjoyed painting this piece. I actually love the black keys in this painting, which is funny since they’re not really perfect, but for some reason, they’re my favorite part of this painting.
This piece is now available here and the full slowed down version of the video is available here.
So I was excited to try out my new paper and decided to go with something simple. I was also excited to finally had a real camera instead of just using my camera phone and my laptop to record video and take photos. However, the quality was just awful. Believe it or not, my built-in camera on my laptop takes better video than my the digital camera I have that I finally found, and my my phone also takes better photos. *sigh*
Anyway, that was my frustration of the morning. Hopefully I’ll have video of my next painting for you. I love this guy’s little fluffy tail! This paper is very nice for getting wet into wet techniques. I’ll have to play around with that in my next painting.
I finished up this one this morning. I may be a little slow on things for a while right now because of all the Jewish holidays, but I’ll get out what I can. I wanted to do another mixed coffee and tea painting. I think I need a heavier weight paper. Hopefully once I figure out which paper I like from the samples Blick sent me, I can get some 300 lbs paper. Maybe that will work better for my initial washes. The 140 seems to work fine for watercolor, but not so much for doing washes in coffee and tea.
This one is now available here, and the full length video is available on my Patreon page.
Well, I’m still figuring out the inktense. I’m not sure I like my current paper for the inktense. Luckily I have some papers to test out from Blick. I thew in some gold and silver leafing just for fun. I’ll be busy with Rosh Hashana for a while. Those of you celebrating Rosh Hashana, Chag Sameach! This painting is now available here.
Well apparently I messed up on the scheduling of this post. Oops. I had a fussy baby, so doing a big project just wasn’t going to happen. Since I cut my paper, I’m left with a bunch of little strips of paper. So I decided to do a bookmark. I may do others on weeks that I just don’t have time for big projects. This took me all week, but I was a little occupied. 🙂
I don’t have a full painting for you since unfortunately I knocked my rinse water all over my painting. Such sadness. However I did have some video before it got ruined. So I thought I’d share a part of the video in real time so that you can see how slow my painting process is at certain points. Such is the nature of detailed painting.