Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2013 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I am so thankful to still have my parents around. They are doing well in their new home, and I got to visit them last week. While there my Mom and I were stamping and I tried to show her a technique, but she didn’t have the suplly I needed. So we improvised, and it worked! I wanted to show her the trick of stamping on tissue paper and then using gel medium or the like to adhere it over patterned paper, so that the paper underneath showed through. My Mom didn;t have much in the way of acrylic mediums, but she had Scotch Glue, the kind that dries clear. I know some folks swear by Elmers for all things creative, so I decided to give it a try, and it worked fine!

I stamped the Turkey in black on white tissue paper. Then I took a piece of card stock that we had printed using the Gelli Arts printing plate, and I painted some glue on top. I laid the stamped tissue down on top, and smoothed it a bit. The glue dried clear and the monoprinted showed through the tissue. Then I watercolored on top, and Voila! Thanksgiving Turkey print!!

Thanks Mom! and thanks Dad for putting up with all the creativity talk ;-).

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Thanksgiving Turkey stamp

Stencil Acrylic Skin 1

November 21, 2013 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted a video in a while, and I just found a bunch of video clips that I had done over the summer. So, I decided to try to put some of the pieces together into a few videos to show how I play with paint and the Ranger craft sheet. This video is one of the ones where I used a stencil, gesso, and acrylic paint to make a skin. I hope you enjoy it!

Marbled Leaves in Photoshop

November 1, 2013 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I had planned on doing something for Halloween, but got sidetracked on a number of other things. One of these side projects was creating a pattern using the leaves from last weeks post. I got it done, decided it needed to become a stencil, and while working on the stencil, found images that I wanted to turn into stamps, and started down that path. Long story short, it was like the children’s book- “If you give a Moose a Muffin”- where I finally circled back to the original project of the leaves, but that left me with no time for a Halloween project. So, that will need to be put on hold until next year ;-)

In my leaves experiment, I was working with a Gelli Arts print in Photoshop¬†to add some color to my leaves. I also had another print that I was using to try to give the illusion of water, so it would look like the leaves were floating on a pond. In my mind, I wanted to make the leaves look as if they were swirling around on the water. So I used a filter from the Filter Gallery (Distort-Wave). I was on the wrong layer and instead of rippling the water, it rippled the layer that I was using to color the leaves. I loved the way it turned out, although it wasn’t what I had planned originally.¬†It looked like marbling.

Here was the print I started with for the leaf color:

Gelli Art Print Abstract

And here is the way the leaves turned out. On the right, image I added a light effect to look like there was sun shining on the center of the leaf pool.

Marbled Leaves

Try one of the distort filters and see what you can come up with!