Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Lotus Blossoms

 Lotus Blossoms, 12x12x 3/4", acrylic paint, collage, ink, graphite, sealed with acrylic varnish. For this piece I decided to get back to drawing, using inspiration from some pictures I saved on Pinterest. I'm getting itchy to garden...already! I made a pencil line drawing of the lotus, painted over it with matte medium and then painted in the color. After it dried, I cut out the image with an art knife and glued it to the yellow green painted canvas. Then I painted in the background shapes, branches and blobs of whatever. As most of my work is non-representational I wanted to keep away from exact representation, and include more of a design-y approach. 
 Here you can see the edge of the cut out paper piece. Why did I do it this way? Well,  I didn't have a plan. I just thought I would try this out on the canvas, maybe cover it up partially or cut it up later and rearrange it. But that didn't happen, and this did. Sometimes you are just in the zone and must keep going until you find out where you end up. 

 Continuing to draw, I added ink details as the final layer.  $150, free shipping. Email me.

And I finished another knit...I love the pullover style of this pattern.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Painted Collage #2

 Painted Collage #2. 12" x 12" by 3/4", collage on heavy acrylic gel textured canvas, stamping, stencil, ink, crayon.
I am setting a parameter for myself on these new pieces. Beginning with a thick texture and painted base color, I'm choosing one piece of pretty painted paper and letting that lead me to the color scheme for the piece. 

Here's are two close ups of the paper and texture, with layering of stamping and drawing. This is an example of things I was NEVER encouraged to do in art school. So wonderful to be able to do it now with impunity. Ha! 
 Here it is shot in a brief moment of sunshine. $110, free shipping. Email me.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Pastel Collage Painting

 A few weeks ago I painted a few 12" canvas panels with gel medium, a thickened paste, to add texture over the even weave of the canvas. Then I added some pastel acrylic paint as a base color, figuring I would negate the pure whiteness and give myself a jumping off point. And then I put it away and forgot about it. When I made painted and printed papers for note cards, I cut off the excess pieces and saved them for collage. This square was one of those pieces. Works great with that back ground, no?

 And here's where it went from there. I added a few more printed papers, some stamping and ink drawing and a bit more paint.
  Some of the textures shown here.

Pastel Collage painting, 12x12x3/4", acrylic and papers on stretched canvas panel. $100+$7 shipping. Email Me.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Busy Busy

Lots of good things have been going on here at Chez Johnson...I have hired a housecleaner, since my knees can't get to the dirt in corners, and what a huge difference she has made!!! The first time she came she cleaned the floors, staircase baseboards, vacuumed the mountains of doggie fur everywhere, and made the kitchen sparkle. It was such a relief to have this done. We kept the house clean for a whole week, and on her second visit she cleaned the sunroom (no more dead flies!!) and upstairs bathroom. 

 O how lovely to have a clean baseline again, after the annis horribilis is over. Dave health has improved so much that I have the mental space to actually think about making this place our home. I haven't hung artwork or quilts in the year we've been here. Not like me at all.

So I made a collage to celebrate!
Dotty Collage. 12" square mounted on watercolor paper, mounted on stretched canvas 3/4" deep. Gelli printed papers, stamping, drawing, ink, pencil, stencils. Sealed with gloss medium.
 I love to draw into the collage after it is assembled. Layers of detail inviting a closer look. $100 + 7 shipping. Email me.
Finished vest and half of the finished pullover for Joan in Missouri. Part of the knitting that is getting done of late.
And some beads got strung!
Triangle, Squares and Balls with Gold $20 SOLD

Triangles in Gold and White $20

Folded Pendant and earrings set $20

Donuts in white and gold with folded bead $20

Folded circles with crystal beads and disc earrings, $20
Red Knots...I think I'll keep these.

Free shipping for all the jewelry. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Paper Crafts

 Over the weekend I made a bunch of small envelopes with matching note cards and thought it would be nice to have little containers for them. OK! 

 Starting with watercolor paper and some sequin waste to use as stencils, I painted, or printed the paper. Then I scored it and cut the corner sections on the diagonal, gluing them to the sides. Quick and fun.

 Some of the collaged cards I made. These are larger, about 6x4.5", with coordinating envelopes.

So what else can I make with these painted papers?
What about a big paper quilt? 12x12" mounted on drawing paper. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cards and Collages

 I spent the day painting, gelli printing and stamping, starting with 9x12" papers, and cutting a 6.5" for the envelope and a strip 4x9" for the notecard, and keeping the leftover cuts for collage. There was considerable trimming to fit the cards inside the envelopes, but eventually I got a rhythm going and  finished 28 sets.  Envelope behind the notecard. Little and cute.

 The goal after the card sets were made was to use up the yummy leftover scraps for collage. These are larger and cut to fit already made envelopes which I have been saving. They also got the paint treatment. The scraps were collaged onto quality weight papers, then stamped and ink details were added. This is my fave thing to do!

 I have clear cello envelopes to house the card and envelope and will put them together as gifts for future birthday girls at Knit Wit.s

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


 I have a few thank you notes to write and discovered I am fresh out of note cards. Not to worry, I have painted papers and can make my own.
Starting with a really cleaned up studio, meaning nothing on the table at all, I got out my papers and cut squares 6.5" and began folding. Then I cut more paper for the notes and folded those in half. A little glue and I was off to the races.

These papers were made with my Gelli printing plates and some homemade stamps. The paper is just 'cheap drawing' papers and crafty acrylic paints.
Now I have used up the best pieces in my collection. What to do now? MAKE MORE!
Here's a video from Jane Davies that shows all the fun things that can be done with the gelli plate. I need a chicken...