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Our focus in this upcoming class will be a Mandala design, a circular radial pattern. However there are so many possibilities with pierced and 3D cut paper. The artist can cut the paper and layer several together in a “recessed” design where the image is indented or recedes from the surface level. Or the artist […]

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Cut and pierced paper designs are a way of adding dimension to your art work. There can be patterns of cut flaps to give a 3-D effect, while seeing the layers and colors underneath. Sharp blades and careful cutting techniques can reveal delicate and intricate details in the final image. The artist is limited only […]

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Stretching my own watercolor skills, I worked with a few new techniques to further advance the finished look of my paintings. For this Hibiscus I painted in sections,  using wet on wet to start, and then adding layers of color as each section dried.  I masked the tiny dots of yellow pollen and the stamen […]

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For her sweet 16 birthday Ashley wanted a Justin Bieber theme for her and her friends’ art party experience. Portraits are difficult for most people, but a TEEN IDOL would be a real challenge for me to come up with. Inspired by the celebrity Pop Art prints of Andy Warhol, the girls started with a […]

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As children we entertained fantasies of becoming an actor, musician, dancer, or an artist. But somewhere along the way of “growing up”… we stopped. Being creative can be scary in a world that values logic over imagination. Perhaps it is now time to take a few steps to reclaim our dreams. Its never to late […]

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Once you’ve mastered the basic acrylic painting techniques, hard edge, blending, and overpainting, it’s time to add more skills to your tool box. Using stencils and masking can add interesting patterns and textures to a painting. Anything that has holes through it can be used  as a stencil. In my example below I found some […]

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“Monochromatic” is one of 9 commonly used color schemes. The word Monochromatic literally means “mono = one, chrome = color”. It is a color scheme using only one color. You create color differences when you add black and white to that one color (black and white are not colors). This was a favorite  painting technique […]

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Trees are so symbolic of life.  They put down deep roots for stability, a thick trunk to weather the storms, and shed the old to have space for new growth. These new painters learned and demonstrated first of basic acrylic painting techniques to manifest their impression of our tree. Each resulted in a colorful, expressive abstraction. […]

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Because of the viscosity of the paint, these two simple techniques lend themselves perfectly to acrylic painting.  Acrylic paint is pigment mixed with acrylic polymer emulsion. This keeps the colors from bleeding into each other, so creating  a “hard edge”, or clean line between shapes is quite easy… with a steady hand. The paint is […]

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I’ve just become fascinated by eco dying fabric and the handmade papers we’ve been creating.   Eco dying is the use of natural plants and garden litters to  dye and leave stenciled prints behind on the fabric and paper. I’ve been experimenting with different plants, simmering or steaming in a pot of water, with or without […]

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