We're celebrating Put a Bird on It month with 12 hours of free projects, techniques, and eBooks featuring our feathered friends today.
Treat your mom (yourself, or a friend) this Mother's Day! Fill out her crafting WISH LIST with up to $50 worth of product from the Cloth Paper Scissors Shop.
My kids revel in April Fool's Day. They spend hours conjuring up devilishly creative ways to "get" their parents. (The best was a fake letter from Olivia's college of choice rescinding her acceptance. Or maybe that was the worst.) We've always told them they can do anything, as long as no one gets hurt and nothing gets damaged. The girls have stuck to that rule and we have had many April firsts full of laughs (and the occasional scream.)
One of the aesthetic pleasures of working with encaustic medium is the smooth, rich surface that seems to make the artwork glow. But that doesn't mean encaustic art has to be flat.
I'm intrigued by the postage stamp-sized antique cemetery down the
road from the barn. Not only are the headstones are beautifully chiseled
with letters and images, but the entire cemetery is enclosed with an
ornate wrought iron fence. From an artist's perspective, this little
plot is a feast of mark-making techniques and textures.
Making collage art seems simple. After all, schoolchildren do it all the time. But, making an original, well-designed piece of collage art takes more
than a session of cutting and pasting pictures from an old magazine
(though that is a lot of fun and very relaxing).
It's probably safe to say that the digital scanner vastly increased the possibilities for using and reusing your artwork. Scanning a two-dimensional piece so you can print it out over and over again as digital art—and even manipulate it in the computer first—allows you to use it in other ways to make all of your artwork your own.
In case you didn't notice, today is December 12, 2012, aka 12.12.12. Therefore, I feel obliged to offer you a dozen of something. How about 12 tips for collage art?
When you want to apply a drawing or painting to fabric and you don't have the resources to print your own fabric, what do you do? Use an image transfer technique.
So many of you commented on the encaustic blog posts last week, saying you were excited to try encaustic art or delve into it more. For myself, I was curious to try using natural elements and Pearl Ex powders from Jacquard.
Welcome to Day 4 of Encaustic Week! Today, with the help Michelle Belto's book Wax and Paper Workshop: Techniques for Combining Encaustic Paint and Handmade Paper, I'll show you how to add a transfer to your encaustic art.
I have loved the look of encaustic collage art for many years, but it wasn't until I watched Amy Stoner demonstrate how to create one that I was moved to make one of my own. She made it look so easy!
Once you do witness the magic of encaustic, you will not only want to use clear encaustic medium, you'll want to start playing with wax and colors, or encaustic paint.
What is encaustic? Encaustic comes from the Greek word enkaustikos, meaning "to burn." Encaustic art involves using melted beeswax or encaustic medium with or without pigment with other media and materials.