Monthly Archives: February 2014

New From Studio Tangie: February Collection Add Ons and Quickity Split

Just when you think the month is over, Tangie brings us some new excitement.

Art Journal Caravan 2014 {The February ’14 Collection} Grunge Lace By Tangie

Art Journal Caravan 2014 {The February ’14 Collection} Flora Papers By Tangie

Art Journal Caravan 2014 {The February ’14 Collection} Scatters & Splatters By Tangie

Quickity Split {Delightful Collection} By Tangie

Get your grunge on and play with these new grungy kits and papers!

Author Bill

AJC Highlights of Week 7

A day late, my apologies.  Ever have one of those head aches where you just can’t function?  I had all sorts of grand plans for yesterday and nothing got done thanks to a show stopping head ache.  It’s still lingering this morning but at least it’s at bay.  I’ve got some really fantastic pages to show you, so let’s get right to them, shall we?

Here are my picks for week 7:

Picasso in Thought Only by ciatate

 

Pablo Picasso by tamie

 

Landscape With Brown Squirrels by amyduncan

 

AJC 2014 Picasso Inspiration by PatsFanGran

 

Quiet Nature by lorridiane

 

AJC Week 7 Vital -Klee by glendamulac

 

Color my spring by CarolW

 

Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights. Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration. Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.

Soliloquy by Studio Tangie!

Share your special message in a soliloquy!

so·lil·o·quy

noun

1. an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, esp. by a character in a play.

Soliloquy By Tangie

What will you say in your soliloquy?

Author Bill

Making Print Blocks Lessons 1-3

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Hello fellow Art Travelers!

Oh it has been a long time since we last spoke…I have had the sad notebook computer repair tale going on for far too long.  The repair quote was two weeks, I gave it 6 before my trip, and now I’m home and it is 13 weeks later without the repair done!  Hence, three posts in one today!  I hope nothing on the blog melts from all these photos.

Just in case you are wondering…yes, my beautiful and perfect grandson, Danny the third, is now almost 5 months old.  Ok, one photo for the Grandma over here and then onto printing blocks:

This is Jessica and the baby taken on Maui and for all you photographers out there, an exercise in closing down curtains in mid-day, bouncing the light off a reflector (white pillowcase at the condo) into the mirror to get the lovely catchlights in Mom’s eyes.

Art Travels with Rain for Tangie Baxter's blogOk, one more:  This is a black and white conversion I did for a class exercise

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And on to the topic at hand:  Making Printing Blocks

I love to print with fabric paints, thickened dyes, or acrylics on various papers and fabrics.  I also enjoy making rubbings on top of the print blocks, then flooding with ink, watercolor, or pencil for an entirely different look.  Tangie has a wonderful batch of print blocks for sale that I adore, and use often.  These lessons will give you some ideas on how to design and make your own.  In the future, I will give you all some of my favorite block cuttings tips and tricks, and also explore the various art media I like to print with.  So for now…on to some design considerations!

I tend to explore themes, using art and design, then on to stitch or some of type of mixed media interpretation.  For example, here is a 2 page spread of collaged photographs on star and cross motifs:

Art Travels with Rain for Tangie Baxter's blog I will often make collages of my own or found photographic images when exploring a theme, or trying out a color scheme, then I will doodle, draw, trace, or otherwise check out shapes I am attracted to.

Here’s an example of one of my sketchbooks:

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Once I identify a shape, I will trace or photocopy the motif, and add black marker to darken if necessary.

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I will also use the enlarge/reduce function on the copier to explore scale:Art Travels with Rain for Tangie Baxter's blog

 

Now the fun really starts!  I sometimes can identify a smaller component of the shape that tickles my design eye right off, other times I will fold and cut or divide and cut and just see what I can get.  I will also occasionally use a small open frame to isolate shapes within the “mother” shape.

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Once I find a shape I like, I will play around with various patterns:  linear, half-drop, etc., and make new shapes with the one component, all with photocopies.

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I will also go back to my sketchbook drawings for further pattern ideas:Art Travels with Rain for Tangie Baxter's blog

 

Here are a few pages of acrylic paint and thickened dye prints using the blocks I made from the designs above:

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Below is an image of one of my big sketchbooks showing some of the tracing and photocopies attached to the pages with the original inspirational photograph…it might be a long time before I ever make a stencil or print block, but all the design work is done and safe in the sketchbook.

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I will often trace in pencil and then start removing lines to simplify the design for a print block:

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Some drawings before I cut the block, mostly to know what to remove vs. leave, the positive printing raised surface vs. the negative space.

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And here are some images of the above blocks in action.

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I will often take an animal or reptile or other living creature that is highly patterned or textured and extract line patterns in my sketchbook as a design exercise for stencils and print blocks.  Here are some examples of snake skin and peacocks:

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Once I cut the block, I will make a black on white paper print for my block inventory…it is easier for me to visualize if I see it printed on paper, rather than in the reverse on the block.

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that was a pretty messy example!

Here are a couple of images using the blocks into molding paste, tar gel, or other raised gel medium over a painted and printed surface:

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Finally, in my design sketchbook, I do keep a record of bits of printing, along with the fabrics, paints, papers, or whatever I used.  Here is an image of one of my City and Guilds documentation spreads with these blocks:

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Until next time, I hope you find some time to make some art!

take care,

Rain

AJC Highlights of Week 6

Wow!  I’m overwhelmed by all the talent in the gallery.  You all are making some really amazing art.  I love it!  If you’re in need of some inspiration here’s you’re go to link- GALLERY.

Here are my picks for week 6:

Pages for my AJC14 Book bymoodeebeth

 

Van Gogh Quote by smgrimm

 

the gift by ulla420

 

Fairy Woods by ciatate

 

Earth Feet Hair by zippycat

 

Easy Does It by sbpoet

 

Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights. Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration. Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.

Tangie Is Repeating Herself Again!

Sorry! I had that wrong. Tangie said, “Repeat after me” using seamless styles.

Repeat After Me No. 13 PU/CU By Tangie

Repeat After Me No. 14 PU/CU By Tangie

Repeat After Me No. 15 PU/CU By Tangie

Repeat After Me No. 16 PU/CU By Tangie

Repeat After Me No. 17 PU/CU By Tangie

Repeat After Me No. 18 PU/CU

Enjoy using these seamless styles to add even more interest to your digital elements!

Author Bill

AJC Highlights of Week 5

Hello my dearies!  I hope you’re excited for some new inspiration!!  I know I’m ready to show you.  Please note, this is only a very, very small sample of what’s in the gallery, so be sure to hope over there and check it all out.

Here are my picks for week 5:

Quiet AJC 2014 by Lunasea237

 

L’Hiver (Winter) by sugarbushfarm

 

Itinerary 2 – Soothe by JanN

 

AJC14_Letter by snowdropz

 

Explore by profolly

 

AJC 2014 #4 Bright by Artgirl

 

Angel Arrows by smgrimm

 

Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights. Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration. Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.

AJC Highlights of Week 4

HelloooO!!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that you’re starting your week off with some creative time. Finding time to make art has become a must in my life. It has definitely put my mind in a sweeter place. Absolutely worth every minute of it!

Here are my picks for week 4:

Remain Insane by ciatate

 

Soothe by MilesandMemories

 

Soon by aertre

 

Week4_Bright by erimmer

 

AJC2014_-_Week_2_-_State_of_Peace by Lesa

 

Itinerary 4 Bright by Pinewoodtoo

 

Bright and Sunny Days by jkatymary

 

Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights. Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration. Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.

The February 2014 Collection of the Art Journal Caravan is here!

Are you inspired by the art masters like Vincent Van Gogh and Odilon Redon? Do you love grunge? Then you’ll love this February 2014 Collection!

Art Journal Caravan 2014 {The February ’14 Collection} By Tangie

As always, this collection is so huge and so beautiful that you will want to visit the store page to see everything included. Just click on the link above to be taken there.

Author Bill

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