Sunday, September 19, 2010

Whimsical Hand Decorated Journal

The most recent project of mine is decorating a blank journal that my mom got for four dollars at Big Lots.
I was trying to decide how to decorate it at first, and then I came to the decision to paint it with lime green acrylics, and then add black gems.
The process was fun, and the results were satisfying. It reminds me of something out of a fairytale.

I went through several sketches before making a final decision of which design I liked best. And I chose the very last one that I drew as my main idea. After that I traced the book's size and drew a full design on that.
The next step I took was Taping the design on the book and pressing in the lines with an embossing tool. This resulted in a pressed design on the books cover so I had guide lines of where to paint.
In order to get the desired color of green for my paint I mixed together a metallic green and bright metallic gold with just a bit of apple green acrylic from a smaller tube. This mix resulted in a metallic lime green tone that I wanted.
Once the painting process was complete, I added black gems and it was officially finished.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Collage supply fedish and organization of my vast collection

Awhile back I got in the mood to organize my vast collection and assortments of collage supplies. First thing I did was go digging through my plastic bin that stays stashed under my bed, and began pulling all the saved magazine and flier papers out. By the end of my digging and laying out of papers it looked like a whirl wind had come through and scattered paper all over my bed covers.
I found an old accordion folder that I saved specifically for this purpose. I was glad it had letters labeled on its tabs so I could put different pictures in different categories.
The thing ended up being so heavy, I might say about ten pounds or so. But it actually did make life a lot easier for navigating my supplies.

And as for my more favored collage papers, I saved them in the prettier' artsy looking accordion folder.
I love this folder for it's femininity and pastely softness.

The other useful way to store my already cut out collage supplies is in a black school folder. My sister suggested plastic zipper pockets so that I could keep my papers in categories and have them at my fingertips when I need them.
With this technique of organizing collage papers it makes it allot easier to travel with your supplies. Also you can open the loops and take the pockets out for easier rummaging.
And my paper collection doesn't end there, I still have plenty filling the container kept under my bed. From years of Lego magazines to wallpapers and decorative tissue paper, even old calenders. As you can see to the right, it's my full bin that I had cleaned out and organized, and yet it still seems full to the brim with papers.
This article I decide to do for fun, and to show you my paper fedish of collage supplies. And no worries, I plan to use them up some day........hopefully.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Flow the Wind Fairy

This is Flow the wind fairy. She doesn't have wings, but rather she flies by levitation and her giant green dress helps her glide through the sky.
Again this picture was done on Open Canvas and I used the burn affect to make certain areas of the picture darker.
This was also a scribbler, but it was actually relatively simple and the whole thing kinda just popped up as soon as I scribbled.
Her hair came out a bit strange since it's not as flowy as I hoped it would be, but I guess her being a fairy tail creature makes it fine.
Adding the highlights to her hair was kinda fun. It came out looking like water in a way.
since her skin was a pale blue tone I added blue blush rather than pink. And again I loved adding the shine to her big pretty eyes.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Silly Swan

My silly swan is yet again another scribbler.
First I spotted the beak and head, and then I saw the rest including the water.
I used light gray fir the outlining of feathers except at the neck where I felt pink seemed to work nicely.
Then I added the shiny blue eye and some pink spots to add girlyness.
Then I added the swirly green vines to add interest.
The placement of the moon may be in a strange spot, but I saw it in part of the scribble so I left it where it was.
I also am happy about how the water turned out. It actually looks like it's lit up by moonlight to me. That technique would be allot harder if I were trying it with actual media rather then digital programing.
Well I'm glad that the swan came out cute.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lovely Poodle

My Lovely Poodle picture is also a scribbler.
I actually discovered the full thing, and then just erased some stuff and added a nose along with extra details.
At first I couldn't figure out how to do the fur, but then I colored it a cream color and used the finger smudge affect to make it appear fluffy. Later though my brother said in order to make poodle fur you just need to draw curls. I thought about that and then went ahead and added whiter curls over the fluffy cream fur I had already added.
It came out quite nicely in my opinion. And the way I knew how poodle fur was supposed to look is because my friend Olivia has a pet poodle, the big kind that's all fluffy.
The last thing I added were the hearts in the background. I thought the background looked sorta empty and plain, so I added the heart to match with the collar. And then looking at all the hearts and the cute look of the dog, I decide to name her Lovely Poodle.

Friday, July 30, 2010

A very different Alice

I did this one on the same day that I also did the butterfly.
At first this peculiar Alice that I found in a scribble was going to be something else like an Asian looking doll or an allian, which was actually the first thing I saw. But once I began working on her and I drew the hair I started seeing this strange stylized Alice in Wonderland.
This normally isn't my style of drawing, but since it was a scribble it kinda just came out this way and I went with it.
The part I like doing most was her hair and eyes. I especially like making the eyes nice and sparkly.
Doing the background was pretty simple. All I had to do was draw lines and then fill in the checkers to make that checkered floor look. Then just a touch a gray on each black block to make in have a glossy look.
The other part I had fun with was adding the makeup. And I found out that using the water marker tool in Open Canvas works great when it comes to adding blush that's not too bright yet still noticeable.
One other thing about this art style is that I seem to draw things more in this style when I'm sad. Not that when I did Alice and the butterfly it was only a day after I had said good bye to my close friend Olivia.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Scribble art

A certain art form I discovered long ago was scribble art, as I call it.
I used to do it on the old simple paint program when I was younger, but now that I've picked back up the nack of doing scriblers I use the Open canvas program.
Scribblers are quite simple, you just scribble all over a page and then look for a picture in it. Then once you erase the excess lines and add more to it, you get a scribbler picture.
This one is of a butterfly. It's kind of a creepy butterfly according to my one friend, but in my eyes it's kinda cute.
I also have other art forms besides scribblers, such as artistic journal pages, sketches, and drawings that include clothes design, robots, and other things as well.
This blog is for showing the art I've done and I may add new pictures when I make them.
So for anyone who likes art work and silliness, enjoy.