Mixed Media Canvas

I’ve been working on several canvases – completed different layers and then leaving them for a few days to progress on to further layers.
I decided to take some macro photographs of the surface as I rather like the texture of all the layers and the different paints, gel mediums and oil sticks have made their own textures against the original texture of the canvas itself.

This is one image – I plan to work on some more (I have several) but as I’ve edited a lot of images today (see my other blog…click here) I now need to get some sleep as it’s 1am!

 

Mixed Media Canvas & Macro Photography
Mixed Media Canvas & Macro Photography

 

Mixed Media Canvas with Issues

I’ve always been slightly scared of painting on canvases… actually I’ve spent most of my life fearing the white page like a lot of people do.

When I was a kid my family would rip up or throw away anything I drew, painted or made, so I guess I got the ‘message’ that it is wrong/bad to create, make and draw etc. yet I still keep coming back to it.

I bought some canvases last year and they have been sat doing nothing the whole time like a lot of my art supplies (I’m practically a collector of modelling, drawing, painting, diy tools … comes in handy when you do finally decide to make something though :-D)

I decided to actually try to do something with the canvases that didn’t involve using them as a photo backdrop to my jewellery product photos…

 

I will scan these properly soon (once the protective layer has fully dried) but here’s some mobile phone pics for now.

Blue Mixed Media Canvas
Blue Mixed Media Canvas
Close-up of Blue Mixed Media Canvas
Close-up of Blue Mixed Media Canvas
Blue Mixed Media Canvas
Blue Mixed Media Canvas

I really like the close ups so I will do a very detailed scan and create some prints from those.

 

 

These was the canvas sat with the others last week (mentioned in an earlier post)

Painted Canvases
Painted Canvases

 

I forgot to scan the canvas before I applied the oil colours on top… dammit!

it’s hard to see in these mobile phone pics (sorry… it’s an old iPhone) but the background is in layers of white and blue with thick gel medium between … all applied with palette knives then another thick layer of gel medium on top (that stuff is actually quite expensive if you use it like I do!!!) which gives the top layer of oil sticks a ‘lift’ … I would like to try that effect again.

Close up of one of the canvases... like this one the most!
Close up of one of the canvases… like this one the most!

 

I’ve spent such a long time listening and reading about creative business as I’m technically a small creative business owner… errr… but mostly I just work freelance for my old company scanning/cleaning/data researching photos… (which runs out soon… eek!) I do occasionally sell prints of my photographic work but I want to move into illustration and designs which is proving difficult… apparently people are not aloud to have several interests (I see them all similar though?!) so I have to keep it all separate… urgh… it’s causing me conflict and confusion… most of my ideas blend the two or at least elements cross into each other.

One thing they all mention in creative business is about connections with others. I’ve always known that most things in life are about who you know which is difficult as I’ve always been the stranger … moved constantly as a child and never know how to get people to do anything as I always think people can choose for themselves and, if they don’t want to do something then it’s fine… this is not a good thing as it means I do everything myself and then others expect me to look after them too … anyway back to what I was discussing… connections, bridges between people and their needs and desires… some can be blood lines other times it’s not but there is some kind of family/familiar bond/place between them or at least an emotional response, like attraction, hierarchy, a need to be more than they actually are … maybe even avoiding seeing themselves as they are.

This canvas started as just a need to get over a fear and I think it’s actually ended up showing another route that I’m suppose to take… make more connections despite the inner scars… (ok, I’ve been following/watching a fair few spiritual tutorials/ meditations as well so it’s all combined!!).

So I declare this canvas to be about connections, building bridges with trepidation & deep scars!

I will have to think about an actual title.

(Anyone else seeing boobs & errr menstral err issues!?!? well, I did want something fairly primitive in emotion)

MATS Bootcamp June 2014

Last Monday we were asked to doodle nautical type icons… think bottle in a ship.

I as always, have to run off and go overboard (‘scuse the pun) and got stuck in one idea.. yes, I did other doodles but Nautical is done so much it’s not easy to be original and I really wanted to see my little drunk Octopus character come to life (before he drowned!!).

This little guy is drowning his sorrows before he drowns!

Octopus sketch
Octopus sketch

initial vector lines started… didn’t like the tentacles or eyes at all…

initial illustrator paths
initial illustrator paths

so I started the illustrator part again…

Octopus in Illustrator (mobile pic)
Octopus in Illustrator (mobile pic)

 

I then transferred the vector forms separately to photoshop for textures and colours.

not sure what happened to the umbrella… looks terrible.

also still have to do the startled starfish who I think will be in the crows-nest rather than the boat front… I’ve change my mind on this impromptu figurehead stance!

I’m also debating as to whether he has a jumper… yellow, knitted and stripy… hmmm…

Octopus in boat illustration
WIP – still have yet to do the actual sea waves… and startled starfish!

Today we received news that our nautical doodles to be laid out as wall art… and distressed wood type base?
I know how to transfer photos to other surfaces so I might actually try adding my final design (not the above illustration though) to a piece of wood – I’ve actually just painted backgrounds on canvases but those are for other ideas.

It’s a shame the bottom left small square canvas got ruined… I needed to change my ink as it wasn’t saturated enough to transfer… I print onto tracing paper which helps keep the ink wet then onto a gel medium base on the canvas… also if you have used gold ink for the base I recommend adding a clear gesso or layer of gel medium to that to stop it peeling off… oh well, all in the name of experimenting (I’m not that experienced at mixed media)

Painted Canvases
Painted Canvases

(mobile phone pic)

Close up of one of the canvases...  like this one the most!
Close up of one of the canvases… like this one the most! (mobile phone pic)

Threadless Tesla Pup T-shirt

I put my little Pup on Threadless… so if you feel like voting then please be my guest 😀

just click on the pic below and click on 4 or 5… if you want to click on 1 or 2 then errrr… don’t!

Tesla Pups Threadless T-shirt
Tesla Pups Threadless T-shirt

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