Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Fun and Fast Art Project


The recipe:


  • Journal with watercolor crayon on watercolor paper (overlap the writing so it can't be read)
  • With a permanent marker, draw a face (without lifting pen off paper) over the journaling
  • Activate areas of the drawing with water
Voila!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Inspiration from a People magazine photo!


Thank you to the professional photographer who took a photograph of Ian McKellen that appeared in the July 27, 2015 issue of People magazine!  I used it as a source image for a painting done this weekend.  Even though there were some challenges, I'm quite pleased for my first painting of a man's face.  I also used white pen to create chin/facial whiskers (and the hair), left the primary areas of the face in complementary colors rather than tamping them down into more neutral ones, and used gesso and Neo Color watercolor crayons for the background.

This post also linked to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Life Book - Week 33

The week's lesson was on expressive arts collage.  I've done two today.  The first is the Live Fully piece followed by the Lucid Dream piece.  They were very easy to do though auditioning the placement of images is good to do before glueing them down.



This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link: www.willowing.org.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


I've been waiting for my art swap partner to receive the original painting before posting a photo of it. She just received it earlier this week...so now for the reveal. This is the empathy monster I created for her...named Emma. My swap partner loves it and so do I...such fun!

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link: www.willowing.org.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Life Book 2017 - Week 28


Seems like anytime I think an art lesson is going to be easy...it's far from it.  This was another one of those kinds of lessons for me.  Part of the instruction was to draw a face on a separate piece of paper, cut it out and then apply it over wet, Gelato colors on watercolor paper with Matte Medium.  That just didn't work!  The Gelato colors bled through onto the paper face.  So, I traced the face on to Tracing Paper, cut it out, gesso'd over the old face and then glued the new one into place where the old one had been.  I really liked creating the flowers....and my white Molotow pen worked great for the line work (highly recommended)!.  I also liked using Washi tape to create the clothing stripes, and it works well.  Looks like something else may be needed, but I'm not sure what.


This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this 
link: 
www.willowing.org.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Journey - Creating Five Wall Art Quilts



The Journey - Five Art Quilt Creations from Cay Denise on Vimeo.

This video was done many years ago, though it visually shows the overall creative process from start to finish of five wall art quilts.

Thank you to instructors Jane Sassaman, Dena Dale Crain, and Pamela Allen plus the creator of a Fast Friday Fabric Challenge and instructor of a beginning silk painting class that were the genesis for the five pieces shown in this video!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A New Project


I used acrylic paint for the background, and lots of different kinds of markers for the rest of the doodling.