This may seem redundant if you're a newsletter subscriber, but I've been way too focused on business, work, chores and party planning to paint these days. I'm still living the normal life here, folks! But here are two interesting surfaces waiting for paint.
First up is this old canvas which I have already painted on - twice. Never satisfied, I recoated this one in a layer of gesso and a layer of absorbent ground. I doubt I will be able to fully obscure the teal mica underneath and I'm not sure if I should even try or just leave it?
Those buttons are stuck on there forever and they are very cool! But how how how do I work around them? I haven't even thought of an idea yet! There's a show coming up calling for art featuring the flora/fauna of the west coast which is pretty relevant to my interests. I have no idea which flora/fauna to choose.
Now here is an old window, gifted to me by a local friend. I'm not sure what I was thinking taking this home. It's too heavy to easily hang on a wall, and.... it's transparent glass. It would have to be a pretty nice, non-distracting wall! This window sat in the trunk of my car for nearly a month until I had to bring it in (after some despidering - ack), and two months later it still sits in my living room waiting for me to strip the old paint.
My cat Maggie loves it, though. She's attracted to shiny things and this window is delightfully shiny to her. I've caught her gazing into it on many occasions! But I haven't painted it yet so...
I really shouldn't be surprised that this paper I'm using warps like crazy and makes the backside of pages... not fun to work on. But I will push myself. In high school, I was lucky to get used sketchbooks with half of the pages torn out, and they were heavily warped from all of the watercolour I'd used. So much water that the surface of the paper was crumbly and the spine was falling off. I should be able to deal with this.
How awkward are these silly door sketches??
Here's the second watercolour art journal. I used both a matte and a gloss medium to finish this! A shiny, textured pool of blue against a quick pen sketch of some branches. This book is available here.
I haven't done art journals for a while, for two reasons:
A) They are not priced for profit as it is, but the price of the Stonehenge paper kept increasing
B) I only started making them to show at craft fairs and shipping causes a bit of sticker shock I think
So when I went on my adventure to make myself some kind of new journal, I purchased some watercolour sheets that were on sale because the texture of the paper was irresistable! It's Hunt Academic watercolour paper in a sort of a creamy colour. If I ever finish the new journal (more pages! Ack!), I'm taking either this one or the next one if they're still in shop!
Here's the new journal I'm going to be working in. Usually I just grab one off of my shelf but I wanted to experiment with a lighter weight of paper. This paper is a larger sized sheet which means the journal is an unusual size. 8 by 9 inches, I think.
I cant stop looking over at it, which is good, because there was some nice watercolour type paper on sale that might be fantastic for new shop journals. It's pretty hard to stick with the thinner paper experiment when the other paper looks like this:
Textured, creamy coloured paper. I might have to hoard one for next year.
On a recent 2-hour bike ride I collected a handful of broken twigs. Twigs + gloss medium + hot glue + paper flowers from the craft store makes a surprisingly cute "bouquet".
It's just beginning to blow over now, but illness was recently on everyone's mind as measles began to spread in our local communities. It wasn't the greatest time for us to come down with the common cold, either. I suppose this little painting was my reaction to the news.
"Transmission" is available in the shop at an affordable price. I also filmed its creation so be prepared for the video at the end of the week :3
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?