Sunday, January 31, 2016

Studio Sunday Watercolor Play

It is scary how fast life goes flying by!  I lost all of last weekend due to an intense but fast moving head cold then I immediately began prepping for a colonoscopy LOL.  I worked all day yesterday finalizing the article I am writing for one of the Interweave magazines and today I've got some intense designing I need to work on.  I was inspired to try this idea that I had been thinking about with watercolor paints and I think it came out pretty cool.


First of all, that ugly mess in the middle is supposed to be rocks and grass but I haven't defined anything yet with my Pitt Pen LOL.  I used a stencil of a tree that I drew and added lots of paint brush leaves in a few tones of green to create all the leaves.  I had to add some sky. 



I think I will call this my "Save the Planet" painting (half joking).  I love the look of the watercolor leaves and the canopy created as I added more leaves.



This was a fun idea which I will probably continue to work on when I have more time.


For now, back to work and Happy February everyone!!!

Margaret

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Studio Sunday and Stuff in the Works

Last weekend I was in Anaheim, California attending the annual CHA tradeshow with Barbara from Joggles.com.  This was either the third or fourth time I've been able to attend with Barbara and we always return with tons of inspiration and lots of new ideas!  This year the weather was much more pleasant with temps ranging in the 50's to 60's.  I guess I had just missed a strong hail storm before I flew in which made me really happy!  If you follow me on Facebook, you have already seen this photo of me with Danielle Donaldson!  I was soooo excited to meet her in person as I am loving watercolors now because of her inspiration!


Later I ran into Danielle again at the Interweave/FW booth where I was meeting one of the editors I am working with on a current article I am writing for one of the magazines (more details soon).  Thankfully, I received a more formal introduction so Danielle didn't think I was stalking her LOL!!  

Barbara threatened to pretend she didn't know me when I again did a little "fan-basing" when I ran into Christine Adolph at the Prima booth!!!!  I literally turn into a 15-year-old (I'm 48) when I meet artists who have totally inspired me!  Christine's work had been featured in the Stampington magazines years ago and I always connected with her designs and they really inspired my earlier artwork and even today's.  Barbara is bringing in Christine's foiling products which I can't wait to get my hands on!  Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture with Christine but I received the sweetest email from her which I will cherish forever!  LOL



I was loving this new line of products at the Prima booth called IOD (forget what it stands for) but they had beautiful designs on large stamps and large rubber rollers for applying to walls and fabric.  They also have these sensational silicone molds to create all of those cool scroll designs for attaching to wooden frames and other projects!  It's a little hard to see the detail below but above you can see the curtain was painted using one of the large rollers and large stamps were applied under the chandelier.  So detailed and sooooo distressed!!!!  Luv Luv Luv it!


So of course we always return with tons of inspiration and new ideas.  After meeting the amazing Susan Lenart Kasmer and super talented and sweet Jen Cushman, we've got some ideas to explore using ICE RESIN and jewelry elements.  We were able to get into a workshop that Jen was teaching on the basics and can't wait to get to work.


I see lots of fibers and stitch as another component of these ideas!  I'm super excited to be working on stamp designs and more stencils with Joggles.com some of which will play into this work so stay tuned!!!  Barbara has her laser running and the options are endless!!!


I also ran into Seth Apter who was demo-ing his newest rubber stamp line and chatted with Dina Wakely as she was demo-ing in the Ranger booth.  She has new paint colors to add to her current line with Ranger.  Everywhere you turn, there are beautiful products, artwork and tons of inspiration.  Next year, the CHA tradeshow will be in Phoenix, Arizona and later in January which will make a lot of people happy since the current show dates fall immediately after Christmas and all the preparation that goes into exhibiting keeps all the artists and exhibitors busy throughout December.


So what is in the works?  Stamps, stencils, an article for Interweave on my Medallion Master Template stencils and more art!  I plan on doing more videos but haven't had the chance yet.  I have received a few requests and I will follow-up as soon as I can!

Have a super creative weekend and see you next week!

Margaret

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Studio Sunday and Dahlia Flower Stencil

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year!  I went out on New Year's Eve for the first time in probably 20 years!  Still home before midnight LOL


After spending a super-creative day with Barbara from Joggles.com, I woke this morning at 4:30 and couldn't stop thinking about building and cutting this 11" Dahlia stencil.  By the time I got out of bed around 8:00, I knew exactly how I wanted to create it and got it designed and cut within an hour.


I'm still working with the same watercolors that are currently in my palette and I need to mix up some new ones but this combination is so soft and soothing.  I was given a sample of the Peerless watercolors which contain explosive color and you can see that intensity in the magenta.  I love those!!!



Of course I am loving the watercolor effects with the stencils and I'm hooked so you will see a lot more of this technique for sure.  Sometimes I cut stencils on heavy card stock instead of acetate and this one is on black card stock because it was the only 12" size I had but you can see the flower design very clearly.


It was fun to dream up and even more fun to use!!!  I've got to direct my creative juices to a project that I am working on that I can't wait to share with you!!!  Soon!!!!

Have a super creative Sunday and ease yourself in to 2016!!

Margaret

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Studio Sunday and Beautiful Messes

Time in the studio is so limited these days and I can't wait to get back to a normal schedule with lots of time to play.  Five days til Christmas and my studio looks like Santa's workshop!  I played fast and messy last night with my watercolor paints and stencils again and created some beautiful messes.  I love the colors and the soft subtle blending when layering the applications and I really want to create some fabrics with this look, in the future.







Have a fantastic weekend and carve out a little studio time for yourself!!!!

Margaret

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Studio Sunday - Watercolor Pages and News

Happy Sunday!  The sun is not shining today and the remnants of dead oak leaves on the tree outside my window lends to a dreary scene but there is plenty of color and light in my studio!  I sat down with my coffee and watercolor journal and messed around a little which is always a good way to start the day.


A while back I had made a bunch of little decorative envelopes (for some reason that sounded good at the time).  I've got all those little pieces to use and I kind of like how they are their own little framed pieces.  


Add a little screen-printed deli paper which is so beautifully transparent so that my watercolor stenciling with one of my Jess collection stencils is still revealed in the background.  I added the words with watercolor and a flat head brush then outlined in with a Pitt Pen.


The color on the envelope was made with Dylusions Sprays and pops out nicely on top of the watercolor.  Just enough...

I'm super excited about some news I got this week that I have been approved to develop an article in a fairly new magazine by the Interweave/FW Media group using my Medallion Master Template stencils!!  I can't let the cat out of the bag just yet but will share details in the future!

I hope everyone is ready for the holidays and don't forget to squeeze in that studio time for yourself!!

Margaret

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Studio Sunday and Watercolor Wings

This time of year is extra busy and stressful right now with projects at work and shopping!  Whew!  The days are flying by and I haven't been able to sneak in creative time but I woke up early this morning wanting to do something in my watercolor journal.


I had a great phone call catching up with a close friend of mine Saturday night and all I could think about after that were spiritual thoughts and open questions about why certain things happen in our lives and if we have the ability to change the course of our lives to prevent certain outcomes.  Yep, sometimes I go deep :) LOL  So this morning I searched for my drawing of an angel wing that I had done a couple of years ago.  A little manipulation in Illustrator and I cut my stencil on my Sizzix eclips2.


This is the perfect image to use the watercolors with.  I controlled the application so it wasn't too diluted because I wanted enough detail, slightly more than suggestive.  I used my XS Pitt Pen to go in and create sketchy outlines.  I may try another version with more detail on top of the watercolor and experiment with the amount of water on my brush.


I am loving using larger brushes with the watercolor.  They cover a larger area more quickly and you can still control the amount of water your apply.  Click here to see the types of brushes I am using for applying watercolor through my stencils.

Back to shopping on-line and hopefully more watercolor play!  Have a super creative weekend and keep on creating!

Margaret


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Studio Sunday and Watercolor Journaling

It feels like snow here today.  With temps in the 30's, the weather has started to feel more like winter is coming.  Time to tidy up the garage so I can pull my car in at night and think about Black Friday and shopping since Thanksgiving is coming up quick!  I found this awesome recipe on Pinterest for "One-Pot Autumn Herb Roasted Chicken with Butter Toasted Wild Rice" that might just be the replacement for turkey!  Check out the link if you are interested.  You have to scroll way down to get the actual recipe.

This week I've just been playing in my watercolor journals.  I cut a stencil on my Sizzix eclips2 that had over 1,700 tiny circles on it the size of the registration marks on my Medallion Master Templates and I have been "dotting" everything!  I love this instant texture stencil!

 
The other thing I've been playing with is painting ghost words.  Using a flat head brush, it's easy to get lettering onto the page.  Some words are brighter than others but I love using the lightest grey to sort of camouflage the writing so it doesn't stand out as much.  On the page below, you can see the grey words at the very bottom. 
 
 
The next step will be to pull out my Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering book, by Lisa Engelbrecht, and see if I can have a little more fun with the lettering. (We miss you Lisa!)
 
 
I'm just having fun exploring the layering of the watercolors and, of course, adding dots!  This is inspiring me to create some other fun stencil designs that I'm thinking I might offer as downloadable files on Etsy for people to use with their cutting machines or to hand-cut.  More on that coming soon.

 
Dots Dots Dots

 
 
I haven't decided what I want to make as a focal point on this page yet but I am loving the colors and the autumn/winter feel.

 
I hope you are all spending Thanksgiving with friends and family and good luck with the food preparations! 
 
Margaret
 


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Studio Sunday and Watercolor Stenciling

In following-up to my watercolor play that was inspired by Danielle Donaldson, I've gone crazy stenciling with watercolors!  I've created 2 journals so far and I'm having a blast experimenting with different brushes, new color palettes and layering. 

 
I started using Dylusions Ink Sprays and applying them through my stencils.  The colors were super vibrant as you can see on the covers above, but I got totally aggravated when I was rewetting the page and the ink would reactivate.  I wanted the color to stay and not change as I built layers so I switched to straight watercolors.  I layered the top of the Dylusion pages with Mod Podge to seal them and they made great covers.

 
I let loose with the watercolors and blended almost everything with Paynes Grey which I LOVE!  I used all my stencils including those that I haven't put up for sale commercially and I've got lots of ideas for new ones for this process.  You can find all of my stencils at Joggles.com under both the Joggles brand line and my own brand.  I have used a few from my StencilGirlProduct stencils as well.  Let me know if you have questions.

 
What I thought was a great technique was being able to lay the stencil over the dry watercolors afterwards to be able to pencil in some of the lines instead of drawing freehand (because I'm lazy).  You've probably seen me use this stencil below a million times (first as a thermofax screen and now as a stencil).  I was able to achieve the watercolor effect where the colors run together and create that essence of an image and then used my Pitt Pen to work the lines in.

 
One of my all time favorite stencil designs is my Sunflower stencil from the Joggles line.  The look I achieved here is exactly what I had hoped to.  By controlling the amount of water and type of brush used you can easily enhance or restrain the results you get from this technique.  I'll share more soon!

 
Below, you can see how much clearer the results are from the print above.  I absolutely love the natural tones as well as the purples and pinks and they grey brings all the colors together.

 
I want to create another journal using a limited palette like this.

 
Of course the Shooting Stars stencil made its way into the mix and it carried with it previously sprayed Dylusions Inks which added a nice little extra pop!

 
The cover was really what got me started because I loved the mess!

 
Dylusions on the left and watercolor on the right.



 
There is something so beautiful about watercolor stripes, not to mention the ability to create a coordinated page spread.  I'm sure I will be making more of these!

 
Tiny dots like the ones that are cut on my Medallion Master Templates are cool little details and I definitely want to build a full stencil design like that!

 
I am in love with the watercolor technique with stencils!  Whether you are going for a clear image or a nice wet and messy one, you can have it all!



 
Have a fantastic weekend and keep on creating!
 
Margaret