So what happens when I get into my studio regularly?
1. I'm way happier, calmer, and happier (yes, I know)
2. The house stays a mess
3. I don't care about the mess
and most importantly...
4. ART GETS MADE!!
We need more of my art in our house, so I decided to do a painting for our den. I grabbed this 12 x 36 inch canvas and went to town!
I wish the photos would show the colors better. It's mostly this gorgeous grey/green with copper and verdigris blue accents. It has a soft metallic luster that's not too shimmery... it's just right. And of course it has... what?.... LOTS of texture!
So just for fun... because I love seeing other artist's processes... here are photos I took with my phone during the process.
Just ignore my feet ;-)
I started by gluing a bunch of papers down. The main paper I used is from a vintage CHEMISTRY book.
I don't remember what my original plan was, but I thought the paper would still show through. Hmmm... maybe next time.
I added layers of paint and stamping and liked it, but I started covering it anyway... that's just how I roll ;-)
I recently found a bunch of my old faux finish products hiding out in our garage and decided to start using them before they go bad. They are BEAUTIFUL (and expensive) products by a company called Faux Effects. I started by troweling their product Lusterstone (the light color in the photo above) through a stencil, then onto the rest of the canvas.
Then I started adding a darker color (made by mixing Metallic Silver Palette Deco with a few darker colors to make this gorgeous metallic grey/green), and troweled it through a honeycomb stencil. I then troweled more of this mix onto the rest of the canvas. I dipped a wet rag into this mix and rubbed a thin coat of it over the whole canvas to tone down the contrast (below). I also added touches of a verdigris blue color.
The final touch was adding the copper stenciling (Lusterstone mixed with copper).
Voila! A great art piece for our den made with products I had just laying around.
While I was working on this I started another small canvas using these products... and guess what? When it's done I'm going to have a lil' giveaway. Just sayin ;-)
So stick around!