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Great Photoshop Painting Video

 

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This time lapse tutorial is a nifty overview of digital painting such as using Photoshop or a similar program. It is both relaxing and hypnotic. Enjoy!

 

Revisiting the Painted Wax Paper Technique

April 7, 2016 2 comments

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I previously wrote instructions on how to paint on wax paper which is a sort of like faking reverse glass painting. I repeated the prior project on wood scraps (above) and the results were much better because I put in a detailed background and used a new media. The outlines in the original version  were Sharpie marker, which I now avoid because the ink is unstable. A fine black Molotow acrylic paint pen was used in the new art above, and it worked very well!

I compared the Molotow acrylic paint pen to the Liquitex brand. The flow of the paint was better and the nib more precise on the Molotow brand. If any lines were too thin or not solid enough, I let the paint dry and redrew the section of line that I needed to repair. Wax paper gets soft when wet and can wrinkle then tear if it gets too wet, so it helps to work with very dry paint. This time I also skipped the step of crumpling the wax paper for a more aged look. Wrinkles occur naturally but I did not add to them and make the art look more distressed in either piece shown here.

The artwork below I placed the wax paper painting over a collage for added depth. A process I have yet to try would be to do multiple layers of painted wax paper, maybe even with collage elements between the layers in addition to the paint. The trapeze artist mixed media art started as a collage on particle board (recycled food packaging box like, a cereal box). I did have to press the dry artwork for a few days to flatten it nicely. Since Modge Podge or  other decoupage glue is very wet, the substrate you work one has to be very solid and not warp if it gets wet.

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How to print leaves onto quilting fabric

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This baby quilt is a project where I combined printmaking skills with hand quilting. Leaves make a nice pattern. Better yet, leaves are free! This is an easy process that you can do in an afternoon.

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ACen 2015 Cosplay Photos

October 7, 2015 Leave a comment
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I have no idea… but amazing!!

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I’ve finally gotten around to editing my photos from Anime Central 2015. They are just snapshots from my crappy pocket camera. I need to get with the times, because the higher end smartphones take wayyy better pictures. Alas, I spent all my money at the convention. Enjoy!

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Categories: Chicago, Fun Stuff, Photography

East Meets West: Matisse Manga

August 30, 2015 2 comments

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This concept should probably have a question mark: Matisse Manga? I love the Modernist drawing style where simplification was a focus. Matisse had his sweeping line for a face shape and the eyebrow / nose combination that Picasso swiped plenty of times. Add some really kawaii Manga eyes and the style just clicks, at least for me it does.

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Free Back to School Tool

August 12, 2015 2 comments

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Back to school season is upon us again, you can tell by the merchandise displays in the big box stores. Use this free poster for your upcoming art class, especially if it is a college studio class. Hang one in your locker or student lounge as needed. Pass them out to classmates and see if anyone actually picks the first choice. No one had for my survey attempts: sea eels FTW big time.

Originally blogged 9-11-2010

Categories: Fun Stuff, Rant

How to Brush Paint Bamboo with Ink

July 31, 2015 2 comments
I made a batch of paper that came out thick, with a rough surface but soft and fibrous. It just loves to soak up ink like a paper towel.

I made a batch of paper that came out thick, with a rough surface but soft and fibrous. It just loves to soak up ink like a paper towel.

Painting bamboo with ink in the Chinese brush painting / Japanese sumi-e style is really relaxing. Trying to create my own bamboo art gave me an even bigger appreciation for the masterful works of Asian artists. I have some oddball hand-made paper that I created that needs to be used up. What I made is too soft for drawing and not strong enough for many paper crafts; so the brush paintings will be sent out as mail art. The bare minimum you need to get started is paper, a brush and ink. I like grinding an ink stick on the stone because it is also relaxing. If you feel bored or stressed out, give this a try. I have collected two videos and some scans from Japanese Ink-Painting:Lessons in Suiboku Technique by Ryukyu Saito [Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1959] so you can get started right away.

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Categories: Fun Stuff, Mail Art, Painting
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