Marbled Paper Testing with Amazing Results

I have been doing paper marbling for years but came across this most amazing new marbling product that works on so many different substrates. With this amazing product I have marbled frames, a helmet, planters and even pink flamingos. The product is made by a company called Marabu and the product is called Easy Marble, and boy is it EASY!

My favorite thing to marble is paper, why? Because I am a self proclaimed paper nerd, that’s why. I set my tray of water out with all the different colors of Marabu Easy Marble along with multiple types of paper. I used Strathmore Artigan which is black. I used Strathmore Drawing Paper, Strathmore Printmaking paper, Strathmore Charcoal Paper, Strathmore Mixed Media Cards, some watercolor paper, Yupo Paper and generic handmade papers. I had so much fun trying all the different types of paper. Below are the results, some better than others.

 

The papers below are Strathmore Black Artigan with Gold, Silver, Green, white and light blue Marabu marbling products. I really love how they turned out and can’t wait to do more.

This next round of images is from Strathmore Printmaking Papers. I am really happy how these turned out. I used color as well as silver metallic marbling ink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the images below, I used generic handmade paper cards as well as Strathmore Mixed Media Cards. What a fun thing to make hand marbled cards to send to your friends and family. I love getting and giving letters and what better way than to make and or decorate cards. I used bright colors and some metallics, I think they turned out pretty neat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this set of images I used charcoal paper, mixed media and drawing paper. These were my least favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also wanted to try using kraft paper, I had up-cycled some thin cardboard from my job and thought it could be cool when marbled. I really love how it turned out! I’d like to do more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are the images of the handmade papers. They turned out cool and you can see the really neat texture of these cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had one sheet of Yupo paper because it’s very expensive, I only wanted to use 1 sheet and see how it turned out before I used more. It’s very bright and luminous. I really love it!

 

 

 

 

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New World – What I want from my Art

I have been thinking about a whole new world that I would love to live in, one that doesn’t have any anti-anything agendas. I think we can do more, say more, make more statements about what we want in our world through art.

My goal these days isn’t sweet lovely art but art that really says & means something to me. When I was in art school, I created art with meaning, art that said something, art that meant something to me. Somehow over the years, I lost track of my spirit, drive and emotions behind creating art. I fell into the trap of creating art and selling it for selling it sake. I don’t want to do that anymore.

I want to create art from my soul and my heart. What moves me, when I think about things is women, how we are treated. Separate and not equal. The other thing that really moves me is our planet and what’s becoming of our world as we know it. I want to FEEL when I work on my art and I want people around me to feel & see what is important to me too. I really want to make a statement and use my talents to speak to what moves me.

I have made a few mixed media pieces lately and feel very strongly about them. I have them here below; enjoy them (or not) but share them with those you feel would benefit from seeing them.

Group Show in Pinole at the Pinole Artisans Gallery

My encaustics are up in a group show in Pinole at the Pinole Artisans Gallery.

The show will be up through November 20th – just in time to buy your loved ones a holiday gift.

I am showing Mono-prints, a large Diptych along with smaller textural encaustic paintings.

I also have all my hand made books, journals, address books for sale as well.

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Stop by the Gallery anytime to say Hello to all the lovely artists here.

Pinole Artisans Galley

Pinole Vista Shopping Center

1360 Fitzgerald Avenue

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm & Sundays 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Selling on Esty & Goodsmiths

I have been wanting to get a website together but feel very overwhelmed by the whole prospect. I am very smart when it comes to many things but haven’t put a website together before. I think I can do it but feel scared so in the meantime I have put all my art on Esty and Goodsmiths on line stores.

I have done pretty ok during the first year, selling a few things here and there but not great. I was beginning to wonder if it was really worth all the trouble. This past year I participated in 6 different shows and sold quite a bit of my art and was beginning to think about putting my own website together and taking my stuff off of Etsy and Goodsmiths. Lately my paintings, handmade books, journals, photo albums and address book sales are taking off. I have sold quite a few things on Etsy – including selling to a woman who lives in Spain. I think it’s pretty cool to send my paintings overseas.

I keep thinking I want to get my own website together but I wonder how much exposure I will get by promoting my site myself. I know that I have the potential to have a much larger audience on Etsy (not so much Goodsmiths because it’s not as well known) than from my own website but eventually I will get over my fears, sit down and act on what I have wanted for awhile. I know that there are many sites out there to help me with my website, I just have to find the right one.

I will let you all know when I have a website and will link it to this blog. I just want to share with you the painting I have sold this past week that will be heading out to Spain on Tuesday.

Je t'aime Paris

Shop for the Holidays while Supporting Local Artists

Participation in a local Holiday Sale in Point Richmond, California, will be fun, exciting and impactful. Whether you’ll be shopping for the holidays, getting out and seeing some great art or just spending some quality time with your loved ones – what ever reason you have for coming to the Arts of Point Richmond Holiday Sale, YOU can make a difference.

Shopping locally and supporting artists has more of an impact on lives than shopping at Target, Walmart or any of the big box stores. Make a commitment to help the people in your area before making the fat cats fatter. Isn’t that what the holidays are about? What a wonderful way to support your local artists and get your holiday shopping done all in one fell swoop.

There will be all different types of art being offered by talented artists – myself included.  The participating artists will be selling their cards, stationery, jewelry, metal work, ceramics;  I will be selling my handmade books, stationery and a few Encaustic Paintings.

Arts of Point Richmond Holiday Show is on Saturday, December 8, 2012. It will be held at the Point Richmond Community Center, 139 Washington Street, Point Richmond, California. The hours of the show will be from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. It’s FREE, and there will be coffee, hot spiced cider and cookies.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Selling my ART at Mulford Gardens Art & Music Festival

I am very proud to announce that I will have a 10’x10′ area with 3 tables, a tent and loads of art for sale at Mulford Gardens Art & Music Festival on September 29th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Entrance is FREE and there will be some really fantastic musical bands – awesome food and really amazing ART!

My friend Karyn Crisis will be bringing some prints of her paintings to sell also  – so come early so you don’t miss out! Her stuff is so wonderful; you’d be very lucky to be able to pick up one of her giclée prints at this festival.

Here are some of the items I will have for sale – I have made the exclusively for this festival. If you can’t make it to the festival, what I have (if anything) left over will be for sale in my etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/RavensNestArt.

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Preparing for Shows – September & October

My last post I talked about thinking like an artist. Well, I have been living the life of an artist which includes NOT being on the computer, that is why it’s been awhile since my last post. I have been trying to get my art out there into the world. I have applied to be in a book, I applied for a juried encaustic show in New Mexico. I should hear back from both of them by the middle of September.  I am feeling pretty good and no matter what happens, whether I get in the book or in the show it will be okay. I am trying, I am working to become a true artist and I feel my art is good enough for all those things and more! I know it’s just a matter of time before other people know it.

Recently I was asked to participate in an art walk put on by Urban Solutions SF, a non-profit organization here in San Francisco. I will be participating September 28th  as well as October. It is very exciting because it will be 2 blocks of art with live music and art at every turn. The Central Market area of San Francisco is an up and coming art mecca and I am proud to be a part of the new growth. I am really looking forward to have a show with all my art and talk to the people in the neighborhood. I want to do what ever it takes to put myself and my art out into the world.

I will also be participating in the Mulford Gardens Art & Music Festival, September 29, 2012. It is located in San Leandro, California and will be from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. I have been making a lot of handmade note cards,  handmade journals and handmade address books for this festival.  I will be selling a lot of other goodies that I have put together for this show along with all my art.

Here is a slide show of some of the stationery sets and handmade journals I will be selling at this festival. I hope you all come out, it should be quite fun.

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Thinking Like an Artist

I had a friend of mine tell me the other day that she is starting to think like an artist. WOW! What a great feeling to be able to connect what you are doing in your life to how you are feeling on the inside. I have decided that all my free time is going to be dedicated to making my insides and my outsides match!

I spent a few weekends working on my artist statement and my CV. It took a lot of revisions and reworking but and a very patient friend (the same friend as previously mentioned) helped me with the editing. I am very thankful to her and her help.  I feel really good about my artist statement and think it’s time. It’s time to let the world see what I have been up to and show them that I am indeed an artist and they would do well to pay attention to me. I feel so much happiness and joy when I am creating my work that I have a hard time staying inside my body. I move around like a little kid who has to go to the bathroom. I get all wiggly and can hardly sit still. I am going back to my meditation classes this week which should help ground me. The Saraha Kadampa Buddhist Temple really brings peace to my life, my mind and my world. I am very excited to be able to find a place nearby that I can get to once a week. The Dalai Lama said, “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness”.

Bringing kindness to myself and others is one of the ways that I help bring the balance in my life. The balance of myself (inside and outside), balance of life vs. work vs. art vs. friends.

I am going to do it, I am going to start thinking like an artist and put my art out there in the world. I just sent an application in to be in a book. It’s called Embracing Encaustic, by Linda Womack. I think it is very fitting that as I am embracing my life as an artist I am embracing a book that is embracing encaustic art.

New Paintings – 50 in 6 months for Open Studio

A few weeks ago I blogged about how I wanted to try to complete 50 paintings in 6 months. Well, I have been a busy beaver here in NorCal.

I have been preparing for Open Studio in October and wanted to have at least 50 paintings by then. I am coming along pretty well; I have been doing between 2 and 5 per week. When I posted my blog a few weeks ago I had completed 32 encaustic paintings. Some of those were small 2.5″ x 3.5″ but paintings non the less and worth counting in my opinion. Since my post a few weeks ago I have begun and completed 15 new paintings.

On a sad note, I was trying to get into Fort Mason’s Open Studio and was contacted by them with their pricing and I feel very depressed because I have been priced out of Fort Mason’s Open Studio. They want $23 an hour for 12 hours MINIMUM on Saturday and 10 hours on Sunday. That is $506 dollars plus $175 cleaning fee and a $10 sign fee. So it will cost $700 for the whole weekend. I just feel like crying – with NO guarantee. I know my paintings are good but I can’t afford to put out that kind of money. I could share the space with someone but all the artist’s I know don’t even have $350 dollars to spare. I am not sure what kind of artist’s can afford that kind of money. If they have it, they probably have their own studio; I know it’s a great space but seriously….$700!

If you would like to see what else I have been up to you can go to my Etsy Store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RavensNestArt

I am going to have to come up with another plan for Open Studio. I will find another place AND I will have at least 50 paintings. I have to think positive, I know things are going to happen for me.

Here are the new paintings I have completed in the past 2 weeks! 14 new ones – yeah I said it right – 14! Check ’em out!

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I Love My Studio!

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I feel so grateful to have a studio space in the back yard of my home. I know so many artists who work in their small studios, bedrooms, kitchens and apartments. For me to be able to come home from work and fix myself a drink and walk out to my back yard and into my studio is truly a blessing.  It’s all there for me, all the things I need to be creative. I have been really forcing my self to focus and spend more time in my studio, I have a goal of 50 paintings in 6 months. This week it really paid off. I felt so good; the creative juices were flowing I completed 9 encaustic paintings and 1 acrylic painting. It felt so great to complete so much work, something I had been trying to do.

I wanted to really focus this week and try a bunch of new things. I wanted to get more texture into my work as well as keeping areas really smooth. One of the things I really love about Encaustic Paintings are how they look like glass from the side when they are really smooth. I wanted to try to incorporate smoothness and texture together so I did a lot of little paintings to see what worked and what didn’t – and yes, I did count those into my 9 finished pieces.

I also found that I really like the way my paintings look with frames. I have some painting that I covered with wax on the top and the sides which is cool also but having a frame on a picture is something else altogether.

All in all I had a really wonderful week. I feel that I really accomplished a lot, I completed work that I had previously started. I started and finished a few paintings and I got back into the swing of painting with acrylic paint. Next stop, finish a painting I started a while ago that is an oil painting.

I love my life, my home, my work and most of all my partner! LIFE IS GOOD!

Check out my work at http://www.etsy.com/shop/RavensNestArt