Monday, 10 July 2017

Summer Vibes

Hi all!
We're starting this new week with a stunning new artwork from Kasia.
She's sharing her creative tricks, a step by step video and... a story of how she dared to try something new in her art and encouraging you to do the same - always worth it! ;)

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In my today's post I'd like to share a new layout of mine - I felt llike creating something with a fresh, energetic summer mood.
The picture I used is a photo taken in my hometown. This is one of my favorite themes and I think it works really great in both - modern and vintage styles.
Some time ago I got a gelli plate. If you don't know it, it's a piece of something resembling gelatin and it is used for monoprinting. You can get some really spectacular effects using this tool.

I've had it for quite a while but somehow all this time I was afraid to use it... ;) But when new Impasto Paints fell into my hands, I knew it was THAT moment!

I mixed three colors - Azure, Cobalt and Snow White - and created the background for my composition. Thick Impast Paints seem perfect for this technique.

You will be able to watch how I did it in my video below - you will see that it is very easy and the effect is very interesting, although slightly unpredictable.
The white dots were added at the very end with acrylic ink.
In this project I also wanted to show you how I create depth in my artworks on paper.
My works are always very dimensional, with built-up layers of chipboards, piece of papers etc.

Basically, all you have to do is to separate each layer with small pieces of cardboard and then your work will immediately gain this unique 3D quality that makes it look so much more interesting.
Important note: I want you to keep in mind that the background is... well... just the background. ;)
When I teach classes I often observe students who get very attached to certain pretty splashes or interesting paint effects organizing their composition around them. This is not always a good idea as very often the final effect may turn out unbalanced.

So don't be afraid to cover your favorite splash or stamp. You can always add some more at the very end, after creating your focal point.
Here's my step by step video, I hope you will enjoy it and feel the Summer Vibe. ;)
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below - I will be happy to help.

I hope you will feel encouraged by my art adventure today and in your next project feel brave to try to use something that scares you. :)

Dare to experiment, try out a new tool or technique - if you have fun and learn to enjoy the process, I'm sure the effects will be wonderful. :)

Happy creating!

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Chris Lally said...

A welcome learning experience! What a beautiful result!!
Thank you.

Carol w said... watching you build and create interest. Just lovely!

Susanne said...

Lovely project! Love the colours and the layering!

selena said...

magnifique, merci pour la video!

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