Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WOYWW and Painting Class

Another Wednesday and we're hopping around the world to have a peek at everybody's desk, thanks to Julia of Stamping Ground. It is fun to see what people are working on and find a lot of inspiration and make some friends as well (I especially like that part).

I'm thinking of making some Halloween cards since Halloween is my very favorite holiday. However, I'm a bit uninspired at the moment, and to get me started I printed out the images of a few cards I made a few years ago and sold very successfully in the scrapbook store I was working at. I still have some of these little ATC-sized cards/images that I would love to use.


Perhaps some of you remember the mixed media painting I was working on last Wednesday. I finished it over the weekend and I'm quite happy with it. It's a little bit different from what I usually do. I really enjoyed creating it, especially the trees were a lot of fun. The little flowers are actually some cut up ribbon, and then I just added glitter to the center of them. So easy! Of course there had to be a little cat somewhere in the painting - can you see it? This morning I put it in my Etsy shop (not the cat, but the painting - with the cat!).


Last Friday I started a mixed media painting class through our local college (the community ed department) and I L-O-V-E it! The instructor is a wonderful, talented artist who started out with precision watercolor and now does mixed media - no more precision! It's messy and lots of fun. There are one man and about 10-15 women in the class, and I really like the cameradie among us. The class lasts for three hours - three hours that just fly by. One of the things we did was using a candle to draw on drawing paper with it; then wet the paper and crinkle it up and unwrapping it again; start painting with either watercolor or watered down acrylics, using different techniques that she (the instructor) had shown us. The wax of the candle serves as a resistant, as you can see here - I did the swirls with the candle. It's a super easy and fun technique. We will build our mixed media painting with all the little paintings we do right now. I can't wait for the next class. The entire class will be for six weeks - and we all have already agreed that this is way too short.

24 comments:

Sarah said...

lots of creative fun on show. The canvas turned out perfect - great colours, love the bold colors and lines! Atcs can be made into make great cards so go for it!
Thanks for the peek! Sarah (at 11)

Diana said...

Love your colors...so pretty!

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh how lovely - we did wax resist in my watercolour class last week but we didnt crumple the paper - will have to try that! Love the picture although had to look closely to see the cat and then there she was right in the middle! doh. Thanks for sharing.

Helen said...

Oh, wow, yes those trees are fantastic! Love your new background too, and the class sounds such fun.

jude said...

Love your painting !Im sure your halloween mojo will return soon!
Have fab wedensday and a creative week .Pop by as i have candy on offer until 26th
hugs Judex9

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Your house painting is very cute - hope it sells well! You sound as if you had a great time at the class, it's good to just experiment and have fun! Think we don't do that often enough sometimes.
Hugs, LLJ xx

Neet said...

Your latest class sounds fun and what a fab result with the techniques taught. So lovely and sunny.
Great to see the mixed media picture completed and you have every right to be so pleased with it. Great work.
Thanks for sharing, Hugs, Neet (unbelievable I am #1 this week)

Chantal said...

how did you ever get in contact with this painting style I wonder?

okienurse said...

love the card printout! The mixed media painting is fantastic and you should be happy with it! It looks like it was fun to create! Thanks for sharing. Vickie

see you there! said...

I like your new piece and the background paper you created in the class is great. I'll bet that you enjoy every single minute of that class.

Darla

butlersabroad said...

Lovely projects Carola, so bright and colourful.... took me ages to find the cat though!! The class sounds like a lot of fun.

Hugs
Brenda 67

Maery Rose said...

It's so energizing to take a class like the one you are taking. I like the candle effect. I've done painting with various watercolors, covering it with plastic wrap, and then blow drying it, which makes some cool effects too. I looked at your other work on Etsy and really like the Journal with the cat on it!

SueH said...

Love the bright colours of your picture Carola, it’s really bright and cheery.
Your class sounds fun too. I can remember drawing with wax crayons when I was at school and painting over the top of it. Little did I know then that I would still be playing with crafts stuff in my 50’s.
I never have any call to make Halloween cards so have only ever made one in the past but you’re look really fun.

Happy Crafting!
Sue
X

Elizabeth said...

I think I must have been a deprived child because I never did anything like this with candles at school and it looks such fun too. Your completed painting is gorgeous too - love the cat at the door. Hope you have a great week. Elizabeth x #75

The Crafty Elf said...

Beautiful work and so creative! Your colours are stunning! Not a big Halloween fan but that is probably because I worked for so many years in a Christmas store and we always began the beginning of August. There was never any time for Halloween! Thank you for sharing your desk with me today and have a great week!

Shoshi said...

What a wonderful colourful WOYWW post this week! Although I'm no fan of Halloween, I think your colours are simply gorgeous. The mixed media class sounds such fun - one day I want to go on one of Kim Thittichai's courses - if you don't know her work, Google her - she's awesome. Hoping my hubby's giving me her book for Christmas!

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, that candle technique looks like so much fun. I must mention it to my artist brother who has a budding artist daughter (10 this month) and a son who loves to have fun (8 next month).

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

La Vie Quotidienne said...

My goodness you have so many great art projects going on! It all looks like so much fun. The wax resist is georgous!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I like the look of that paper with the candle wax on it! I think I'd like to try that. And your house collage is really cute! You could make a whole neighborhood!

Shoshi said...

Hi, me again. Thanks for the comment on my blog, and I'm so glad you like my stuff this week - esp. the Clementine photo!

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Great idea to print older cards for new inspiration. I like the once you've made. Love the mixed media painting. I want to give it a try for myself too, but I think I'm not brave enough :-D Great post and thanks for visiting my place.
Bye, Franka

Sally H said...

Hope you have a great time on your course. LOVE that paper you created

Craftgirl said...

Well I enjoyed my stop off on your blog. Love the bright piece you made at the mixed media art class. I bet is is so much fun.
Have a great weekend
Carol

Julia Dunnit said...

Gosh Carola, your house canvas is lovely - does it has Patsy at Heartworks influence...just as lovely use of colour. I bet that class is a blast, the was thing is so effective, it's like batik, but so much easier!