A Few Hours Later

Itaya Art:

I love reading about other artists and their creative processes. This post about how one artist created these mixed media journal pages is very inspirational to me! Beautiful work. :)

Originally posted on reclinerart:

I took a sheet of Black Canson Mi Tientes and tore it down following Teesha Moore’s 16 page journal instructions. You can google it – if I link it the video shows up and I don’t like that.

I monoprinted both sides of each sheet (3 sheets make up the 16 pages with flaps also counting as a page. I will do further printing on some later this week when I’m with my friends in the city.

I will also do more stamping. The white marks below are some preliminary marks made with fun foam stamps and acrylic paint. The blue circles are made with the end of a cork I found while walking.

At the same time I cleaned my brayer off on blank journal spreads in my small Moleskine.

After awhile I started monoprinting directly on the spreads by actually putting the open book facedown on the Gel…

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First Night Design | Wings over the World

Itaya Art:

Sarah Vernon at First Night Design is one of my favorite artists. In this post, she shares her technique for achieving the lovely layered effect she gets for her artwork.

Originally posted on First Night Design:

The pleasure of creation is infinite and Wings over the World was immensely enjoyable to do.

Using Photoshop, I began with a coastal scene from Unsplash.com, a good site for free images.

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I overlaid this with another Unsplash photograph of seagulls, which I set to the ‘Hard Light’ blend mode.

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I followed with a texture from 2 Lil’ Owls in ‘Multiply’ mode at 82%.

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The next stage was selecting only the seagulls from that photograph and making these into a separate layer to go over the texture. This I put in ‘Multiply’ mode at 61%.

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The final touch was a Kim Klassen texture in ‘Colour Burn’ mode.

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The resulting image is below. I’m rather fond of it. I hope you are too.

Wings over the World © Sarah VernonWings over the World © Sarah Vernon. Available on cards, posters and wrapped canvas.

Available at the following galleries:
Redbubble
Crated
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art…

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“The world is so huge that people are always getting lost in it”

Itaya Art:

I love it when an artist captures amazing worlds and dimensions still unexplored in something so humble and lovely as the dandelion. You must visit MooreZart and see more of his magical artwork!

Originally posted on Moorezart:

“The world is so huge that people are always getting lost in it. There are too many ideas and things and people, too many directions to go. I was starting to believe that the reason it matters to care passionately about something is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size. It makes the world seem not huge and empty but full of possibility.”

– Susan Orlean

dandy 99 3 72 res Radiant Dandy – Original Art and Fine Art Prints – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2014

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A quiet, humble citizen of my garden reminds me of the words of Susan Orlean – which in turn caused this new image to happen!

Should I include this in my next Moorezart art calendar?

Tell me, what is your answer? – Douglas

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You have enough to start

Itaya Art:

This article could have been written with the artist pointing her finger directly at me! Love her advice, “It doesn’t matter how slow you are, as long as you don’t stop.” Well said.

Originally posted on Celandine Art Talk:

You know that old joke? A traveler lost in the Scottish countryside stops a local farmer and asks him which way to Aberdeen, and the farmer replies “Och, if I were going to Aberdeen,I wouldna start from here”. 

We feel that way a lot in life. I don’t think it’s only artists – anyone who has far-reaching goals has at some point thought to themselves, ‘if I wanted to get to that level of achievement, I wouldn’t start from here.’ The gap between your current position and your ultimate goal seems so big, you feel there have got to be some more intermediate steps between your messy reality and you actually starting to work towards your ideal.

But there aren’t.

Every time you tell yourself ‘I’ll start working on this seriously as soon as I……’, you are procrastinating. You don’t need a studio. You don’t need better pens…

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Beginning the day with a magical hummingbird

Itaya Art:

I love the way that Janet Weight Reed starts her creative day by painting a watercolor of one of her magical hummingbirds! Who needs to start the day out listening to nerve wracking news anyways. :)

Originally posted on My Life as an Artist (2):

It is important for me to have rhythm and structure in my life.      These two elements allow me the freedom to create.    I have also learned that the way I begin my day is vital.

Image I used to listen to the BBC news first thing, and realised that it was 99% negative and designed to ignite fear and anxiety in the listener.

ImageI now listen to soothing music for the first hour or two while either writing or doing a warm up watercolour.

ImageToday I start with painting a gentle magical hummingbird.     I have used hummingbird imagery in my paintings for over thirty years.    They symbolise for me the unseen magic in our world.

ImageI am using watercolour paper with a neutral ground which I applied some time ago.    Remember when working from a ground…it is important to…

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