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More (Local) Street Art

Hello, hello! Oh its so good to be posting here again 😀 I’m kicking things off with some vibrant street art that has sprung up recently round my town. We (the town, not me personally) are trying to win something called City of Culture 2021. Its a *thing*, y’know, to raise the profile of large towns and cities across the UK. Hull have the honours at the moment for 2017, and we, amongst others are competing for 2021 (its every 4 years if you haven’t worked that out already…..!)

So, amongst other events, plans to brighten up the place are afoot. This includes things like festivals (food and beer, mostly), lights strung up across various dark lanes, flowers all over the place…..and of course, street art. (Lets not mention the council raising business rates for retail places and the amount of empty shops we have….nope)

jimmy hendrix

John Lennon

guitarist

singerguy

Now these were all down the same street, which is a street full of clubs and music venues – hence the common theme. Sadly I don’t know who the street artist is – I have seen him around hanging from various scaffolding (these paintings are HUGE!) so it didn’t seem appropriate to chat to him. If I catch up with him on ground level, I shall certainly credit him.

I do have lots more to show you but I will leave that for during the week. For now I’m trying to get a video set up, about planners and suchlike. 😀

 

 

 

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Last of the paint pouring

I think I’m pretty much done with paint pouring now. I like the effects I’m getting, but I refuse to move forward with the various mediums and stuff people use. I like to keep it simple – and mixing silicone with Floetrol, etc, just doesn’t appeal to me. Anyway, here are a couple I made using plain old poster paints. They look amazing when wet, but dry matt and muddy, so thats no good.

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Looks like oil or watercolour, huh?

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If only they stayed like that I would be a happy bunny! Ah well….oh and I did this too –  a paint poured vinyl record.

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The colours are more vibrant than on screen, and this is acrylic paint with water.

So I think I’ll go clean up now and move on to something else.

 

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Experimental Paint Pour on Foamcore

Yesterday I went looking for some cheap canvas and gesso. I came home with 5 sheets of Foamcore. I reasoned that I had saved money getting that for my painting pours – I had never used it before, so it would be interesting to say the least. This was A3 size. Acrylic and water.

It started out well…lovely detail shots here

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If only it would stay like that…hrrmph! Like all pours, things change, and this is how it dried out this morning.

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Its alright I suppose…..still some nice detailing mostly….but the beginning was much better. Also, being foamcore, it warped like mad, making the paint pool in the most annoying way!

But hey, its all about the learning. I wonder what else I can use…..

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Gosh its hot today!

Who would have thought Scotland could bask in such heat? I’d forgotten what the sunshine felt like! So glad to be in the house rather than outside – I’ve been painting this morning. Well, not actively painting with a brush, more just pouring paint around. here are some detail shots of the ones I like.

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One thing I’m learning about this technique, is that (apparently) the idea is to get cells appearing, which shows the colour underneath, but, I don’t like cells. I mean, this one is very pretty, and its still changing, but……I prefer the flowing and merging colours of a marble effect. Its personal preference, of course, but…..

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….I much prefer this look….the veiny patterns and random shapes, all soft and flowy.

Still, both are nice in their own way. I’m trying to get hold of some decent varnish or even resin (gulp) to coat the surface of them. I love the glassy look rather than matt, although I’m kind of worried about the chemical element of such things. Ah well…..onwards and upwards.

 

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Another Paint Pour Experiment

I know, another obsession brewing, heh! But look!

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I’m just showing two bits of the same painting here, because it changes all the time – but this is just acrylic paint and water on a canvas. I’m just loving the tiny detailed swirls. Its a small canvas 30 x 40cm, but the entire thing looks like marble. I’m looking forward to it drying so I can varnish it and bring out the colours.

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Back online and painting

Whoot! Hi everyone! Glad to be back – issues still ongoing, but lets not be moany. I hope you are all having a fine day.

Lemme show you something I have been working on – its poured painting. These shots are all different parts of the same painting.

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Remember when I tried the hairdryer paintings, and said I didn’t want to try acrylic poured painting because it involved chemicals and stuff? Well I got some good results just using water and paint.

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The thing with this technique is that it changes ALL the time – for example….this shot here no longer exists. It had morphed into something else by the time I had uploaded the picture.

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This is at the bottom of the picture and is beginning to dry. When the paint dries, it gets quite muted so I’m going to have to find a varnish that can bring back the vibrance and shine.

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Sewing on Wallpaper??

 

wallpaper sewing2Hello everyone! Perhaps my last post “Skippity Skip” was a tad premature……muscle aches, lethargy, and general flu like symptoms lasted for quite a few days, and today I finally feel a bit better…(she says cautiously)

Anyway…..sewing on wallpaper, whats that all about? Let me tell you then. I have acquired several wallpaper sample books from my lovely local decorating shop, and today I rifled through them wondering how to use them. I tried some collage, but no matter what glue I used, nothing would stick! So I came up with the idea of sewing the pieces on…..a bit bizarre, some might say.

But….there is much to learn with this technique!

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Not just the colours, but textures. Shapes and placement. PLUS, the thread colour and style of stitching – whether its part of the design element or not. These are just a couple of practice pieces, but I have more on the go.

Wallpaper structure is very sturdy and doesn’t crease or tear. It can be washed (obviously), and I’m finding it is very like working with textiles in a way. I’m loving this because it incorporates all creativeness in one! Such experimentation to be had. 🙂

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Skippity Skip!

Skip to my lou

Hello!!! I am no longer a snivelling pile of misery. I am now barking like a dog on 60 a day, sadly, but hey ho…..I am focused and alert and have a tad more energy than before. Hubby and I love to share our viruses with each other  are on the mend.

So! This morning I was all of a fuffle. All this energy and nowhere to direct it. I dyed fabric, thinking I would sew, then an hour later found myself making paper mache masks with the tiny styrofoam eggs I had left over from Easter. Then I made inkblots, one of which is above – very fitting I thought. Skipping along nicely!

We have switched to our Summer Diet earlier than usual – we usually begin in May, but since we clearly need some vitamin support, I’m doing it now. Its very simple and comprises of having fruit or veggie smoothies every alternate night instead of a main meal. It works out quite well – no point in stuffing ourselves with a heavy meal at the end of the day, keep it light and fruity!

Did anyone see that giraffe giving birth? I stumbled on it by accident as the tiny hooves were sticking out of her bottom (sorry, tmi) but I didn’t know the whole giraffe thing had gone viral!! Ah well.

Anyway, nice to be back. I missed you all – lets just give the place a bit of a dust and I’ll get the kettle on!

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Framing with or without….

Framed Decalco Painting

I put this decal painting of mine in a frame, just to see what it looks like. Then I took out the glass, and I much prefer the way it looks when there is no glass in the way. Its not conventional to have an un-glassed artwork in a frame, especially when its an original…..but y’know…I like it. And I’m not a conventional person, but….I was wondering if it lacks professionalism not have glass over it? I just think the colours “pop” more when its open like this. What do you think? Do you prefer to look at a painting with glass or no glass (naturally I couldn’t take a decent photo of it with glass on it, due to said reflection issues……)