Wishing all of you a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
I hope to do more blogging about my art process next year and I am really looking forward to creating, teaching, and collaborating in the new year! I am hopeful I will be able to teach some art workshops in person next year as well as share my art in-person. I have missed that in-person human connection! 🙂
This is a sweet painting named “STAR.” She reflects my feelings of simple hope that I have for the new year. I created her for a Holiday challenge on IG the first week of December and I wanted to share her with all of you.
I hope you are finding safe and fun ways to celebrate this holiday season. We are having a very quiet Christmas and New Years. I am so looking forward to 20201! As I am sure many of you are, too! 🙂
Happy Holidays and I wish you a wonderful, creative, day filled with JOY, Janell
I have been working on this large 6 foot painting for the past few months. I am still far from finishing it, but I thought I would share a few photo’s of my process and how this painting is progressing.
The canvas was so large, it wouldn’t fit on my easel, so I hung it on the wall. I put paper behind the painting to protect my wall as I am a very messy artist! 🙂
I am now blocking in all the little fairies and sprites that the fairy is protecting under her cape.
I went back and re-worked some of the background and trees.
An angled view…
The little ones are starting to look like fairies and sprites! 🙂 I am enjoying creating all of their little faces and personalities.
I still have a lot more to paint. My goal is to finish by the end of the year. That gives me about two more months. I have been working on smaller paintings while I am creating this one, and will probably continue with that schedule.
I hope you are enjoying this fall weather and have a Happy Halloween!
Have a wonderful, creative, and joyful day, Janell
A trip to Oregon, a touch of the flu and then, jury duty. Whew! What a couple of wild weeks. It’s great to be back home and hopefully back to my regular weekly blog posts. I am looking forward to teaching a book charm workshop this Saturday at one of our local libraries. It has been fun creating examples for the class, and I thought I would share my creative process.
The supplies are pretty simple and you probably have them lying around the house: card stock, art paper, clear stickers (you can use modge podge if you don’t have stickers,) wire, beads, charms, embroidery floss and white glue.
For the fairy book, I shrunk a picture of one of my paintings and created the cover in Photoshop. The “Reading is My Super Power” cover is just text over a colored background. I printed them out on some thick card stock paper and then “laminated” them with a clear label to make them more durable. The books are 1″ x 1 1/4″. I used some nice thick white art paper folded in half for the inside pages. Six pages fit inside each book.
I nestled a piece of wire with loops at both ends under the pages before I glued them into the book. Then I attached wire wrapped little charms and beads to the looped ends. On the fairy book, I wrapped some pink embroidery floss around the book and added a couple of beads and knots at the end to dangle.
I am thinking of making them into necklaces by adding a jump ring and hanging them from a chain or ribbon. They are pretty darn cute! And of course, I LOVE the fairy book. 🙂
I am looking forward to catching up on everyone’s blog posts this week. I hope you have been well and are enjoying life.
Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell