Monday, March 7, 2011

Backgrounds on Paper and Cloth

I decided to take a Mixed Media with Paper and Cloth online class with Jane LaFazio, one of our Sketchbook Challenge bloggers. She is a fabulous fiber artist, and artist extrordinaire, and offers online classes through Joggles, one of my favorite mixed media supply retailers. For our first lesson, we are making backgrounds on paper and cloth (these ones are on muslin), using gesso, maybe texturing it, and then acrylic paint. Here are just a few of mine:

I applied gesso, then created texture using a knitting needle, scribbling lines in it. Once that was very dry, I Played With Paint!! Transparent turquoises and blues, and opaque Baltic Green; then I stamped the little white dots.

This one is done the same way, using a different color palette. I LOVE this muslin thing!This one is similar, though I let the first Paint Playground dry before adding some of the transparent colors: quinacridone gold and nickel-azo yellow.
I have no idea where these will go. Jane demonstrated a stencil technique as well in the first lesson, but I may wait to use that later in the process. Thanks for visiting!

10 comments:

  1. I love theis idea of playing with different mediums. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What great backgrounds for some inspiring art!

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  3. Beautiful backgrounds - so far I haven't played with fabric, but it will come, I know. I'm making backgrounds at the moment, mainly on canvas, and I LOVE it!!!

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  4. These are so beautiful! I haven't used fabric to make backgrounds but I'd love to try. Thanks for sharing.

    ~ Sara

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  5. I like this muslin thing, too! Looking good.

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  6. Wonderful to have such a collection of backgrounds! These are delightful, and perhaps I'll recognise them in later works.

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  7. Awesome yummy colour mixes! What will this become, keep us posted!? :-)

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  8. I will definitely post the pieces that come out of these backgrounds! Thanks for your interest. My fear is that backgrounds can look so yummy that I don't want to "wreck" them. I feel so loose and free making a "background", but it gets harder as each piece develops. Stay tuned!

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  9. love your work. I too love playing with and on muslin cloth too. Will be great to see what you do next. lynda
    http://tryingtocreatearteveryday.blogspot.com

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