The Elephant in the Room

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I got this elephant from the charity shop where I work as a volunteer (maybe I haven’t said before, but I have been there a month or so now just to keep me busy) and it was a simple white ceramic elephant. I jazzed it up with acrylic paint to make it a little bit funky. (The customers of the shop are so funny – I could write an entire blog about it in itself, but *privacy issues* y’know…..)

I also used the elephant as a way to get my creative “mojo” back on track since I lost it for a while. Its been a busy wee month here, although still no jobs are happening. (I kind of get fed up after a while when nobody even bothers to reply)

Hope all is well out there in blogland. 🙂 Now I have some focus, perhaps posting here will become a bit more frequent!

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One more

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So I finished the rest of the fluffy wool and made this little guy. 10 inches or thereabouts. Needle felted wool onto cotton. Going to move onto something else tomorrow because I think I have done enough jabbing for now, heh! Times-a-ticking, and there are so many other projects I want to get underway. See, this is why I can never develop a “style” as such, because I am always exploring and experimenting. Which is good, right? Art always changes and reforms into more art……but sometimes I feel like it would be nice to have a recognised *thing* going on. Then the serious moment passes and I’m all about the fun again 😀

 

Hurtling out of the Comfort Zone Again!

Well hello everyone! How are you all? Let me present my newest obsession…

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Geometric painting.

Now I’m not yet done with collage, oh no…..but I did want to try something a bit different. See, this is what I do….(for new followers) I get all interested in something, try it out for a while until I feel I have learned it, then I move on to something else. The collages were/are a joy but I still feel its not *my* work, y’know…from start to finish.

I wanted to get back to painting, and I was in the mood for bold bright colours, to brighten up this gloomy cold weather (and world mood, heh!) that seems to have descended upon us.

So, as I’m into abstracts, and normally I paint amorphous shapes, I thought I would practice some hard edge lines. Now, as this is my first one, its still got a way to go as far as the clean fine lines go, but its big, bold, and bright – the canvas is quite large (for me, anyway, 50 cm x 70 cm). It took two days, and now I understand why geometric artists don’t do circles. Circles are a killer to paint! Also I’m seeing now that the “horizon” could do with some levelling up….I can’t see that on the actual painting because I’m too close to it. But hey, I’m quite pleased with it for a first go.

Oh hello!

Yes, I know, its been so very long since I posted – over 20 days. I’m sorry. Have a collage

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Thing is, I have really been in a stuck place creatively speaking. My muse, Matilda,

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So I really didn’t know what to do with myself

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I played and painted, tried some collage – didn’t work. I don’t like playing with other peoples images really. I tried to make some of my own collage bits, didn’t work either.

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So then I fell back on my beloved Decalcomania. And wondered if I could enhance that somewhat. So I did a little balloon, because I adore balloons.

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So I’m back….. *waves to new followers*

Pouring paint experiments

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Hi!! How ARE you? Want to see what I’ve been doing recently? Well, come and have a seat and I will show you. Ok, so…..I have recently been looking at pouring paint videos on Youtube and the results are really pretty and so much fun to do. Thing is, you need a special medium to mix with the acrylic paint in order to make it flow (acrylic paint dries really fast). I don’t actually like mediums because they stink to high heaven and you really have to be careful not to get it on your skin. Plus its not something you can use with kids – well I wouldn’t anyway.

So, I thought I would use what I have already. I chose my bright colourful poster paints, that I was using for paper mache projects. I poured it onto canvas to see what would happen.

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Pros:-

I like the way the colour keeps itself clean and doesn’t blend immediately with the other colours.

I dried it with a hairdryer to quicken the process (because I’m impatient like that) and it took less than an hour.

Cons:-

It dries matte, which I don’t like as it shows the texture of the canvas through. It looks much better when its wet.

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When I did leave it alone to dry in its own good time (about two days), it develops air bubbles. Not a good look.

I have seen people simply diluting acrylic paint with water, but really, the amount of paint you need is ridiculous PLUS about 2/3 of it gets wasted down the plughole (bad eco vibes there), AND the loss of colour vibrancy, is just not my idea of fun at all. I do prefer the poster paint idea if I can get to loving the matte textured look and sitting drying it for nearly an hour. Hmmm, big ask. But anyway, it was fun and I’m glad I did it for the learning curve.