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Those Wonderful Mishaps

While I was working on Tamara‘s Winter Soul Flakes girl I had used the golden brand gel medium to glue the paper pieces to my background. So when I went to use the neo color crayons over top as she did, mine just does NOT want to keep the color, it was acting like a relief instead and was ickkk. lol

Soooo, I tried to put gesso over those bits and wound up with a very muddy background. Which I was not really happy with.

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So after asking advice from some of Tam’s other fans and still not being sure what to do, I did a test with 3 different adhesives. Decoupage Matte – Golden Matte Medium – Liquitex Matte Gel. As you can see in the attached photo, they first two still show the glue line when the watercolor crayon is used. However, the Liquitex Does not, it also holds the color better.

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Now this in itself did NOT solve my entire dilemma lol Why? Because I already adhered my pieces and my background is NOT what I want. lol Sooooo  I decided to go ahead and gesso over the background.

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This however in itself would not be enough because it will put me right back at having a surface that is not going to absorb enough to use the water based crayons I wish to use. Soooooooooooo ( lol ) After having covered the back with the gesso, I have also added 3 thin coats of Golden’s Absorbent Grounds.

Once this one completed I again added NEW scraps of paper using the “Liquitex Matter Gel” this time. From there I continued on and was able to finally finish my girl and am quite pleased with the results. Especially having been thinking I was about to ruin her completely.

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So thanks to a wonderful mishap, I learned a few tricks and valuable lessons! It’s ok to be frustrated when the mishaps happen but don’t give up! This is further proof that everything can be fixed, sometimes we just need some trials and error’s.

Hugs & Love – Ranae’

 

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Mad Hatter Day

Does your art sometimes turn into a series without you meaning for it to?  Do themes just happen or are you one who plans them out?

I started out working on a new project that revolves around Alice in Wonderland. Unfortunately, I am unable to proceed further than my preliminary sketch due to having to work out some kinks with the background material I want for her. So in the mean time I began to look for something else to do.

I don’t usually have a list of what I want to do next and in this case my mind was blank. I only knew I wanted to paint.

I have a great friend, Savannah, who has her grandma’s tea recipe tacked up on my fridge and as I went to get something to drink I looked at it and there began my inspiration. She loves tea so I decided to paint her a whimsical teapot. It was a lot of fun to paint and I definitely want to do more of these.

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When I was finished with it, once again I turned to my friends. While chatting with them I just asked them to name me a few of their favorite things. One of my friends, Nicole, said bunnies. And so this lil bunny was born. She was an ornery bunny and as usual I almost gave up on her as she went through her ugly stage, but I pressed through and I rather like her now. Not too bad for my first ever acrylic animal.

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Still running into trouble with my background and having to wait now for delivery of the material I designed, I once again was looking for something to paint.

My friend Michelle and I have been talking about holding some of our own paint classes at some point and were chatting about what things we could paint in those classes. Being a lover of hat’s I told her I wanted to try a whimsical top hat.  And so this hat was created.

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Now look back at the various items I wound up painting over the past couple of weeks… do you see the theme?

It was completely unintentional but I wound up painting items that can be found relating to the one thing I “truly” wanted to be working on, which was my Alice in Wonderland!

Funny how things interweave isn’t it? “Curiouser and Curiouser!”

How about you? Do you find yourself working in themes without intent to do so? Perhaps it’s just a certain color palette you keep using unintentionally. It may even be thicker than normal line strokes or an embellishment you suddenly realize you put into many of your art works.

I would very much love to hear from each of you regarding your experience with such.

Hugs & Love Ranae’

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Strange Inspiration Processes

Today I find myself wondering about those strange inspiration processes I go through to get to where I want my piece to be. A sweet friend of mine, Michelle, and I were talking this morning about where I get my inspiration from. That is a very hard question for me to answer but I answered the best I could. “I get my inspiration from life.” To which she so appropriately replied, “Playing inspires you. – Nature.”

I agreed she is correct. Yes I am very inspired by nature, I am inspired by oddities, by children, by animals, by other artists, by simplicity, by colors.. and the list goes on and on. However in reality there is no “One” certain thing that inspires me and I find that often times my inspiration simply comes from “playing”. Letting my inner child come out and just be silly and have fun.

So with that I thought I would share with you my process thus far today.

I woke up today and decided I wanted to design another Sugar Skull Girl. So I started off with just the basic face. Nothing Fancy just a simple sketch that I could build from.

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So with my basic sketch created I then scan it to my computer, this way I can make multiple copies and try various things until I am happy with my result. It helps to take some of the fear away, because I know I will still have my original also.

Then I play… and play… 

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and play some more! YAHHH

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I tend to draw this and that, then take a new sheet and do it again. Often I will play with adding to this base face for hours, not even realizing how much time has passed. Just letting myself have fun and not really thinking too much about it all.

Perhaps I will grab some old fashioned crayola’s and color this section, or maybe I will use simple bic pens. Stop for a coffee and a bit of dancing to the music or giggling at my pups then back to the art play.

I may cut one section out and lay it on top of another, to see how I like it or perhaps I will scribble some hair to get an idea of what she could look like. Or maybe I will cut out some hair shapes from card stock or use old frames I have and lay them on the face in various positions.

Many of the trial runs will be very scribbled and very few clean lines. ( I love my erasers!) Now keep in mind none of these are meant to be a part of my finished project, they are simply my way of letting my creative process have some fun until I find what I really like. Before you know it my typically organized studio desk will begin to look something like this…

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But messy or not I know this much. At the end of the day even if I do not like the results I came up with, I had a great day and a lot of fun. Not only that but as I look back on things the majority of “techniques” I now love to use came about from one or another of my “Play Session”.

So please don’t get so caught up in your end result’s that you forget to have fun. Let your inner child come out to play, you just may be very surprised at how very creative he/she is. Just  letting your mind roam until you feel that inspirational ah hah!!!

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Hugs & Love – Ranae’

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Current WIP

I am so excited to be able to finally share with everyone, that I decided to show you what I am currently working on. This piece is Mixed Media and was inspired by tutorials I had taken by the talented Megan K. Suarez. If you have not checked out her tutorials and works, I highly recommend that you stop by. She takes you step by step from the drawing process all the way through to the final steps and is very easy to follow along with. She also used various mediums, including Copic Markers and Acrylics. I will post links to her site and Facebook at the end of this message.

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Mine is being done using the following supplies:

  • Copy paper for original sketch
  • Mechanical Pencil & Eraser
  • Saral Wax Free Transfer Paper
  • Arches Grain Satin Hot Pressed 140 lb Watercolor Paper
  • Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Paints
  • Golden Fluid Acrylics
  • Golden Fluid Interference Acrylic
  • Copic Liner Pen
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Paper
  • Golden Gel Medium
  • Simply Simmons Acrylic Brushes

In the future I hope to do some step by steps for you on some of my projects, and eventually some YouTube videos. In the meantime I wanted to at least share what I am using.

 

I am in love with Sugar Skulls, they are so much fun to create and have that whimsical side that really moves me. It will be interesting to see how my version of them develops over time.

This piece does not have a name, so if you have a suggestion let me know. I would love to hear your input and ideas.

Be sure to check out Megan’s site and Facebook Page, I have them listed below. In the meantime, “Keep Art in Your Heart” Hugs & Love – Ranae’

Megans Site – Click Here

Megans Facebook – Click Here

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Art Begins in the Heart

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So I finally have my site up and ready for launch, and I am so excited! I hope everyone will bare with me as I begin this new journey. It is my intention to not only show my own journey in the world of Art, but to also encourage and help others as I move forward.

Some may notice the name of my site url is Silver Thread Studio. This is actually my Company LLC name. The name came about with help from my dear friend Joanne Fink. As I was out to dinner with her one night I told her I was having a lot of trouble coming up with a name for my business. After fading off that topic I began to share some things in my life with her. I told her that through all the hard things I had to go through I always looked for ways to hold onto that silver thread of hope. I explained that for me the silver thread represented my mother always telling me to keep my chin up. Mom and my favorite saying was always I love you to the Moon and back, so in my mind the silver thread was a moon beam. When I would have hard times I would search for that silver moon beam thread. I could always find it somewhere, a smile from a stranger, a patch of red in a drab setting, a child giggling or maybe just a small ray of sunlight peeking in through my dark room.

As I told Joanne about this she stopped me and told me there is the name for your company. Silver Thread Studio. And I must of beamed as bright as my silver thread as I knew that was a perfect name for my business.

That said it is my business name and not my trade name. *giggles* So it won’t be seen as often. As you noted the name of my Site is Ranae’ – Art Begins in the Heart. Art always starts with passion, and of course passion starts in our hearts, wishes and dreams. So come join me on this journey into the depths of your own hearts and let’s have some fun learning and creating.

Remember there is NO such thing as bad art, mistakes, ugly art etc. Every creation has value and beauty and mistakes are nothing more than new opportunities to try something in a different way.

Thank you for joining me here.

Hugs & Love – Ranae’