Category: Mixed Media

Acrylic Pouring Materials

Fluid Acrylic Art: A new obsession and a process video

I fully admit that a few things I’ve started have fallen by the wayside. I will probably never finish the 52CafeCards Challenge and I’m totally okay with that – to be honest, it was starting to bore me. I also started a 100Days Challenge in which I intended to do 100 macro watercolor videos on Instagram. I had it all planned out and scheduled when my camera and lens decided to stop cooperating altogether. It seems the universe and my intentions never seem to align for social media challenges.

I did have a super fun time doing a full calligraphy alphabet video series on Instagram. I have been meaning to bring that whole series to Youtube as well, and will let this serve as a reminder for me to do that later.

Now, I must talk about the thing that is taking up all of my time and energy (when not focused on commissions/other business-related things) .. Fluid acrylics.

I learned all about fluid acrylics and acrylic pouring on Youtube after coming across a video of the process on Instagram. I fell in love. Watercolors are usually my thing as I love the organic nature of the medium, how it can be controlled yet so unexpected. When you can make acrylic paint do the same thing, it’s just as fun!

I’ve been testing at a very small scale with materials I have on-hand and finally put together a little video to show my process. When I say small, I mean small! I’m working on 1/4 in thick foam core triangles that are no longer than maybe two inches on one side.

I really like working on this scale for now but am looking forward to seeing where this experimentation takes me. I’ve also done some 3×3 and 4×4 inch squares, which you can see over on Instagram.

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CutCardStock Design Team Projects 4 & 5 – Cards for Mom and Dad

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

The fourth project is a black glitter paper and vibrant watercolor card using a sea salt technique that creates interesting texture. It also features a hand-lettered greeting.

The fifth project featured here is a Father’s Day card, using Basis card stock, a score board, and mini ink cubes to create a DIY wood texture for a masculine style.

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CutCardStock Design Team Project 3 – Die Cut Brush Calligraphy Canvas Art

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

The third project is a piece of encouraging wall art, using glitter card stock to cut out custom brush calligraphy using a Silhouette Portrait machine.

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#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 6 – Folk

The #52CafeCards Challenge by Marta of Maremi Small Art (Facebook group page is where most of the action happens) continues!

“Folk” as a prompt could have gone a lot of different ways, but my mind immediately went towards music. American folk art takes many different forms but the song that kept coming into my mind over and over again was Brendan Benson’s “Folk Singer.” He is a local musician and I have been a fan for a long time, so I think these lyrics are just buried in my brain.

I restricted my palette to black and white, mostly sticking to using acrylic paint to add value when needed. I really wanted to add texture, but I wanted specifically to add raised music notes, so I made my own stencil with my Silhouette Portrait and a scrap piece of acetate. I’m so glad I ended up getting a Silhouette – the ability to create any stencil or die cut I want means endless possibilities.

This was a rather simple little card but I was glad to get it done. I’m running a little behind, but am looking forward to catching up on the rest of the prompts. They’re not going anywhere, I’ll get to them soon!

In the meantime I hope you are following us on Instagram – I’ve been posting lots of brush calligraphy, working through an entire alphabet of modern calligraphy. Hope to see you there!

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Mixed Media “Word” Series Part 2 – “Chaos” – Video

Continuing this series with the word “chaos” for inspiration feels about right when considering the state of the world at the moment. I just sort of went with it.

I had grabbed this hardcover book about the cinema at a used book store for a dollar – the spine was coming away so I gutted it with the intent to make a new journal. That part is in process, but the gutted part I saved for such projects as these.

I knew I wanted to submit this piece to a local show and mostly wanted to focus on making it look and feel cohesive. I experimented with layering mediums that I don’t normally layer and some happy accidents occurred along the way.

For those interested, I promise to update if/when this or any of my other pieces make it into a local exhibition. I have been working on some other things behind the scenes..!


 

 

To shop some of the items used while making this mixed media piece, check the links below:

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#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 5 – Eclipse

The #52CafeCards Challenge by Marta of Maremi Small Art (Facebook group page is where most of the action happens) continues!

For “eclipse” I wanted to focus on some watercolor techniques but really had no idea how it would all come together. Lots of the time when it comes to layering, it’s all about seeing how things build up and going from there. So I started with a book page, covered it in gesso so that the colors would lift if I needed them to, and went for it.

You can see from the video that not every step of the process turned out how I wanted. I definitely will be utilizing these techniques in different ways for future projects, but I really love how building up the layers creates such texture to the final result.

I contemplated removing more of the paint through the stencil, but decided against it. Once I got the black eclipse on there and outlined in white, I was happy with how it came together.

Coming up next will be the prompt “folk” – and hopefully some other videos on the horizon soon!


 

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#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 4 – Dragonfly

The #52CafeCards Challenge by Marta of Maremi Small Art (Facebook group page is where most of the action happens) continues!

The “dragonfly” prompt immediately made me thing of summer. Or when I used to float in the pool at my grandmother’s house in Florida and a dragonfly would buzz right into my hair. I see them skimming across water on a loop in my mind.

I had a bunch of cheesecloth on hand and thought it would be great to create a base texture. Gesso sticks it on and simultaneously primes the surface for the opaque watercolor.

I wanted the dragonflies to have lots of dimension so I embossed them twice. I considered going back over and over again but didn’t want to overdo it. I may experiment again soon with techniques that involves building embossing powder onto itself.

This card came together quite quickly, as all of these are tending to. I especially enjoy that I am sticking to a typewriter title for all of them that says something simple. As some are flat and some are more 3D, it is nice to have a unifying design aspect to them.

“E” for Eclipse is up next, and soon, as I am catching up all at once after a bit of a break. The video just has to be edited. Then will come “Folk” – which I have no idea what I’ll do with, but I immediately think about music?


 

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#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 3 – Coffee

The #52CafeCards Challenge by Marta of Maremi Small Art (Facebook group page is where most of the action happens) continues!

“Coffee” is next, and this one is rather special to me, as I am quite passionate about it. Not only do I love the taste and admire the art of making a good coffee beverage, but it’s part of my job and has been ever since I was a teenager.

I started as a barista when I was 16 and stopped at 19 when I was in school and pursuing design internships at marketing firms. For a long time I left the coffee world and never thought I would return.

Now, as I’ve been making an effort to build my own legacy, I also found the process (working from home) to be rather solitary .. and an itch to get back behind the espresso bar ensued.

On a whim, I got right back to it on a part time basis and I’m so glad I did. I can’t drink much caffeine anymore because it does horrible things for my anxiety levels, but decaf is a wonderful thing – and it tastes so delicious!

So being that coffee is part of how I make a living and has been for a lot of my life, I knew I had to go hard and use a super-concentrated batch of coffee as “paint” in my crafting.

I tried a bunch of random techniques involving layering and building up texture with masking tape, which turned out to be a lot of fun. I really love how mixed media lends itself to happy accidents. I was so worried for a moment when at one point I thought I ruined my project, only to find out it was totally fixable. I’m really learning a lot with these tiny cards!

Can’t wait to see what the letter “D” will bring for next week’s challenge. I hope you’ll stick around to find out with me!


 

To shop some of the items used while making this piece, check the links below:

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#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 2 – Bubbles

The #52CafeCards Challenge by Marta of Maremi Small Art (Facebook group page is where most of the action happens) continues!

We are technically on week 3, but I have been playing catch up as I had a late start. I’m squeezing this one in and am hoping to do the third this weekend before the 4th theme is released.

So far the weekly themes have been “art” and and now “bubbles.” I enjoy how simple these themes are. There are no rules, aside from the size requirements.

I had made a stencil with my silhouette portrait digital die cutting machine as soon as I got it for Christmas and I’m so glad I did. I also had a cheap pack of acetate to use for just these purposes and it was rather difficult to figure out the cut settings, but absolutely worth it. I can tell I’m going to get a lot of use out of this three-size circle stencil and I’m anxious to cut more.

I used a bunch of techniques on this card and none of it was planned. I knew I wanted to use the paper I had kept to recycle and that was about it. Along the way I thought embossing with gold and lace stamps might be fun, especially to see the bubbles coming up as if from begin the gold design. So I played with that.

The title “let them pop” came from my brain as a way of saying “let things be.” None of the bubbles themselves are illustrated as popping – but all bubbles some day will pop. That inevitability is almost reassuring. Just as this process of miniature card-making has become.

Stay tuned for the next installment as well as more updates to the shop, coming soon!


 

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#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 1 – Art

In an effort to continue to flex my mixed media muscles I’ve decided to partake in an art challenge and host it on the Pigmentology blog/YT channel in an effort to keep myself accountable. Not only does this process of filming myself as I work tend to be quite helpful to me (I love looking back on things and seeing how my processes change), but I love watching others make things, and I’d love to be able to contribute to the community of makers and crafters of Youtube.

The #52CafeCards Challenge was started by Marta of Maremi Small Art on her Facebook group page. The idea is to start with a pack of playing cards (you don’t have to, but I happened to have a pack lying around that I never use) and each week transform one into a tiny work of art.

So far the weekly themes have been “art” and “bubbles.” I’ve only got “art” done so far.

I am really interested in using this as another opportunity to NOT THINK. Which has so far been really helpful.

Because my background is so immersed in digital design, I am very used to planning out every aspect of what I do before I do it. When it comes to this kind of work, I can decide on a few elements and possibilities, but really let the moment direct me as I go. Intuition takes over when I’m not totally sure and that is where the best magic happens.

When I’m done, I think perhaps I may bind all the cards together into a tiny book. We will see!