I made the front page of our wonderful local newspaper.
I did an art demo day at my good friend's adorable boutique Confetti Designs yesterday.
FIRST time for me.. to do art in public. I made up my mind prior to doing it..
just do it. Don't worry about what any one would think.. just DO IT.
It was easy and FUN! And I think people enjoyed seeing me sitting in my corner arting away!
This is really a biggie for me by the way.. I have always felt really uncomfortable doing art with someone watching. Well, I guess I finally conquered that yesterday!!!! YIPPEEEE!
Here's how I prepped for my demo...
I copied a bunch of color prints from my art journals to have a stash to
collage with. I also brought an old dictionary to pull pages out of.. and I brought my cheap watercolor set
(shown in the paper photo above) because I didn't want to lug my acrylics. A small squeeze bottle
of mat medium and a few paper plates. and a travel blow dryer completed my stash. Oh.. I also brought two pair of scissors.. one regular and one crimping.. though of course, I tore a lot. And a set of alphabet stamps with black stamp pad and a four sided design stamp too plus a roll of paper towels and a bottle of water.
What I discovered while I was working yesterday, is after coloring the dictionary paper with watercolor, blowing it dry quickly with a little travel blow dryer, and then a light coat of mat medium over the watercolor which then quickly sealed the paint so I could continue working without smearing the watercolor. It worked perfectly! Collaging then using my favorite pencil to outline and texture elements.. was really a fun process. I liked using my own art to pull images from rather than a magazine.. making my collage a lot more personal! I was collaging on scrap cuts of wood from my neighborhood's cabinet shop (free) that I had prepainted for these demos. By the late afternoon, I had done 3 of these and the last one I had to resort to using cardboard with dictionary paper collaged on to create one more design.
This morning I scanned one of the collages from yesterday and in photoshop did a bit more designing and added the words for a new design for Lunar Designs!
To finish off the original art boards, I spray paint them with Krylon's Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze.
I spray it on thick and it gives it a really deep glaze.. a "bright, glass-like coating" as the can says.
Plus it dries in minutes.. which I love.
It's snowing today.. off and on.
Just a typical SPRING thing here in our mountains.
Which makes me bury into my work and just avoid looking outdoors!
ta for now!