Deconstruct mode

Let me take you on my journey, the process of creating this mixed media family portrait (caricature)   I began by using recycled material, in this case I used a composite board that was part of a frame, it is the base in which I build upon…

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Lately I have been experimenting with cut paper, and other materials to mix up my creations, thanks to my participation in the 100 artworks challenge,

Using my composite board as base, and a beach theme, my background consists of various patterns, colors and shapes. My art drug of choice Mod  Podge (matte medium and glossy) to adhere the paper to the board and also coat everything when completed.

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After the background is in place, rough sketches were made for the  portrait rendering.  Played around with the cut sketches to figure out my placement and size. When satisfied with the look, I transferred the drawing onto watercolor paper (Canson cold press 140lbs) painted with (Rowney) Watercolor and black marker was used to render the portraits.

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When the watercolor portraits were completed, I cut out each person to adhere individually to the board. Some finishing touches were added, cut paper birds, surf board and use of metallic marker. Final step, coating the entire board with matte medium Mod Podge including a coat of a glossy finish for the surf board and just the ocean area.

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The finished product

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Where the wind will take me

It felt like I was adrift at sea too long, encountered many storms along the way, but the journey has been a thrill. The weather has changed, now my course is set,  I will hang on for a bit longer and enjoy the view.

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My illustrated life set up-  Background: acrylic on canvas. Small sailboat and my mini me: watercolor, pen on paper

Blocks tumble

The process of cleaning and organizing my art space helped to unearth inspiration from previously created drawings. The dust cleared and the wheels began to turn, and the urge to work on multiple projects began. My creative blocks tumbled and crumbled in an instant…. I envision more cleaning in my future!

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Reused material and art: Cardboard cover of book, pen sketch, puffed paint, clear matte medium and a bit of dust!

The page is my friend

I try to uphold to a morning routine by carving out time for myself before the hectic throws of the day. My commitment to writing three long hand pages (morning pages) began many years ago when I read the book, The Artist Way, by Julia Cameron. The routine of writing everyday clears the mind, relieves stress and allows you to tap into your well of creativity on a regular basis.  My writing this morning inspired this doodle.

My sketch book, pencil, pen on paper.

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