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What happens when you take two acrylic paintings and merge them? Today I’m sharing a picture which is a digital blend of two of my recent mixed media backgrounds.

When two mixed media backgrounds collide

When two mixed media backgrounds collide

The first picture was

Mixed media background with stencilling.

Mixed media background with stencilling.

The second was

Mixed media distressed background Pinks & blues

Mixed media distressed background Pinks & blues

These were two of my favourite background paintings so I scanned them into the computer and then took them into Photoshop Elements and played with the opacity and this was the result. Play a bit more and you could add a photo in there somewhere too.

Hope you like it, think I’ll do more of these :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Pastel meets grunge! Check out the grime and layers to this piece. Another one to scan in to the computer for lots of options.

Paints used Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic. This will get some stamping and lettering added but at the moment I’m enjoying it just as it is.

Mixed media Background: Pink grunge!

Mixed media Background: Pink grunge!

Keep an eye out for this piece again in a digital mixed media mash up. Hope you like this one too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here’s what happens if you scan it your favourite acrylic backgrounds into a computer and merge them. Its so ethereal, I love it. This will have more done to it as I add some text or images to it. It looks almost pearlescent.

When two mixed media backgrounds collide

When two mixed media backgrounds collide

Have I show you these two backgrounds yet? This might turn into a massive tease if not but I promise to share my original art this came from. As ever Winsor & Newton Galeria paint was used for the original art.

Do tell me if you like it in your comments.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Green ATC background

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In today’s post I’d liek to share an ATC background I painted a while ago.

Green distressed ATC

Green distressed ATC

 
I haven’t decided yet what to stamp over it, its one of those that I painted, while playing with colours to see what worked together and now I can’t bear to stamp over it. DOH  My solution to such a dilema is to put it away for a while and return to it at a later date. The plan is by then I’ll just view it as a background and just go for it ;)
 
One tip if you like to throw colour around like this, make a note on the back of the card of the colours you used. The if you want to use that combination again you’ll know where to ‘find it’.
 
Hope you like it.
 
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon
 
Billie
 
 

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Aged Gold

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This is another in my series of throwing colour around and seeing what turns up. I love Cryla paint and the gold especially. Here is a piece I painted onto matt board, the kind of board that people use for picture framing ;)

Aged Gold Art

Aged Gold Art

This month’s Virtual Crafting Challenge is Paint. Go on give it a go, dig out the paints from the back of the cupboard and throw some colour around. Just paint em on, in what ever colours you fancy, like you did in primary school. Its much more fun and liberating when you stop trying to paint an image and just go with the flow of colours you like. You might not always end up with something that you want to show anyone, or put on your wall, but if you had a good time while creating YEY!!!!!

In a quote from Suzi Blu, repeat after me;

‘I give myself permission to create the worst art imaginable’.

GO on say it and mean it. I took Suzi’s advice and wrote that on the first page of a sketch book, and when doubts set in I read. ‘In this book I give myself permission to create the worst art imaginable.’ Do you know what happened? It took all the pressure off and I can honestly say there’s only one page in there that I don’t like, well that went ‘wrong’ and in fairness I learnt from that page, what didn’t work, so nothing has failed.

Put out some paper/ protect your work surface, get out a pile of paints and go for it, pretend you are 5 and have been let loose in the paint box. No rules, just fun. Play as messy (or not) as you like.

Then come and tell me how you got on, I’d love to hear your stories.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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To give people more of a chance to play along with The Virtual Crafting challenge, in case they are going away or have kids around The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for August 2011 continues the July theme of;

Paint

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the theme.

Colours

  • Try new colours or paint effects

Products

How about trying a different type of paint than you usually use, or adding a different paint into your projects?

  • Water colour
  • Acrylic
  • Oil
  • Iridescent paint
  • Metallic paint
  • Florescent or neon colours
  • Glass Paint
  • Ceramic Paint
  • Watercolour Pencils (its only the ‘holder’ that’s different, it’s still watercolour paint).
  • Water soluble wax crayons (its only the ‘holder’ that’s different, its still watercolour paint).

Surfaces

How about using your paint in a new way or on a different surface?

  • Paper
  • Card
  • Ceramic
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Fabric

Techniques

How about trying different techniques with your paints

  • Glass painting
  • Decorating a ceramic object, a mug or plate, perhaps a tile
  • There are lots of metal objects available to decorate.
  • How about painting on wood? There are lots of blanks available to ‘alter’
  • Mix your stamping and other types of craft with the paint
  • There are lots of fabric things to decorate and alter too. How about a t-shirt or shopping bag. Old jeans or jackets.
  • How about getting napkins and table mats and decorating those for the patio?
  • Decorating terracotta could really brighten up a dark area of the patio.

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share another ATC that I made after playing with my Daler Rowney System 3 acrylics.

Red Texture ATC

Red Texture ATC

This one has a dark base colour, some metallic and then ageing effects applied on top. It needs more work but I have left it as is at the moment. I’ll return to it again when I have more of a plan as to how I will use it.

On the back I made a note of what paints and colours I used, so I’d remember in case I want to develop this or remake a similar colour way. Do you do this too?

I really needed this months Virtual Crafting Challenge to give me the nudge to get the paints out and play, its been a lot of fun.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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