Fall For Canada #LoveFallArt

Hello, hello all my crafty and creative visitors!

Today I am bring you something that is pretty cool!

In July Cinnamon Cooney and some of her creative friends came up with the idea of creating a more cohesive and supportive bond between the creators of creative YouTube content. They brainstormed this beautiful project called the “Creative Arts Collaboration”.

CAC Logo 2015On YouTube 300+ artists come together to post thematic projects under the same hashtag. In July it was #LoveSummerArt, in August it was #pawgustart, and in September we are posting under #LoveFallArt. For each of these hashtags (#) you can find extensive playlists of all the videos published under it. On Facebook she created a group were we could go to ask questions, to mentor each other and  be supportive of each others creativity. On Pinterest she created a board where we can all post our videos so that they can be found in one place!

Make sure that once you finish reading this that you check out those hashtags!

So, now, lets talk about this months theme of “autumn”.

I had the opportunity to create absolutely anything I wanted as long as it fit, in some way, under the #lovefallart banner. I had a month to come up with something but nothing ever flowed into place. So here I was on the first posting day, seeing all these fabulous artist posting up their fabulous art and I had NOTHING to offer. I felt retched. So I took myself for a walk around the park across the street from my house.

One of the first things I noticed was the amount of color that was everywhere! Bright yellows and ochres, browns, blues, greens, deep purples, and reds. All kinds of lush textures, spiky spruce trees, long spines on the pine trees, big fat cones, fuzzy white leaves, smooth dark purple ones. There were sticky things and fragrant things. Shiny leaves and dull. Looking around me I realized that I had plenty of inspiration all around me, I just had to come out of the basement!

As I walked I put things that made me happy into my jacket pockets and then, once I was home, took them all out see what had inspired me today. I had red cotone aster leaves and yellow leaves from an ash tree. I had the tops of long blades of grass and the blueish tip of Colorado blue spruce tree. I had the green and purple varigated leaves of the lilac tree in my front yard and the dark purplish black leaves from a Schubert chokecherry tree. And just to top things off I added in a fragrant deep purple pansy!

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This plethera of color pushed me to run with it, and I did! I used book pages, lace a burlap to create the base structure of what I was envisioning. I then covered it all with gesso, and covered it again with layers of paint.

 

 

 

 

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I added depth by stamping in black ink with several stamps and then added multi colored leaves for a 3D piece. Now, I know that I am biased, but I think that it is beautiful, rich in color and so tempting to touch.

As this project was coming to completion I decided to go hunting through my Pinterest board of quotes to see which one would work best on this piece. This is when I came across George Eliot. I had never known before that she was a woman, and I knew that I would be interested in reading her books. So I went searching through my husbands book collection as I was certain that he had studied her book titled “Middlemarch” while in university. It wasn’t there, so I asked him about it only to discover that he had recently completed a library purge and no longer had the one I was looking for. I guess I will have to go to the public library or else find it for my kobo so that I can read it anywhere!

 

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Here is the finished piece:

 

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Come watch the video of how I created this piece by clicking here:

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-Lizzie

 

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First Ever Mixed Media Canvas

September 9, 2014

Soooo…

I am developing a great love affair with mixed media!

Not only does it make me feel good, it also looks fabulous! I am not just tooting my own horn either! I have been having other REAL human beings letting me know that they like my work! This makes me so pleased that I had tears in my eyes yesterday! Strange yes?

So I have been thinking about this need to cry over people liking what I do, and have been analyzing it inside and out. In the past I have made a lot of things for other people and while most people like my work they don’t actually use their words to tell me that. So I have to watch and see. I have had people leave gifts, that I have spent upwards of 10 hours crafting, on the coffee table as they leave to go home. I have had people tell me that things are too nice to take home, scrapbook pages that people would rather leave at my house, or cards left on the table, crocheted queen sized blankets given to the dog or hidden in the bottom of a closet. In my years of crafting for others I have discovered that I need to be mindful of WHO I craft for.

I recently hit a place in my creative growth where I discovered that of all the beautiful things I have made over the years, I really have not done anything for me. To make me happy to make me feel loved. So I decided that it was time to change that! The first thing I made all for myself was my very first mixed media canvas! Something I can look at any time I want and it will make me smile each and every time! You can find the video on Youtube here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN5mMBEYpro

I made that canvas in the beginning of January 2014 and I have been working on my art ever since!

I am really enjoying this journey, it makes me feel happy, complete, and valuable.

Thank-you for joining me!

-Lizzie

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Curtain Call

November 11, 2014

This morning I am posting a new video on my YouTube channel. It is called “Curtain Call” as well!

This video is my longest one yet. It took me about 10 hours to build this canvas and so I had that much running time of video footage to wade through as well. The problem was that I made so many embellishments for this piece that there wasn’t a whole lot that I was able to cut from the stream. So after chopping what I could, speeding it up to 5x or 10x faster, I still managed to produce an almost 45 minute video.

This was one of those pieces that was inspired by an individual and as I “shopped my stash” I kept finding things that that person would just love. I would find elements, die cuts, scraps, papers, colours, inks, embellishments of all kinds and I ended up with a stack of “love” that was about 2 feet tall! From there I had to sift though to find a common theme. I ended up discovering 2 themes. One was rich colours, the other was show biz. So I purged the pile down to something I could work with and off I flew.

I used all kinds of products in this canvas. The base is a prepped canvas board, that I sprayed with “Mister Huey’s color mists” in shades of red. Then I use Tim Holtz Distress paints across the top of the board in tea dye, antique linen, tattered rose, and milled lavender. Put the canvas on edge and sprayed it with water, allowing the paint to drip and run all the way to the bottom edge. I dried that with my heat gun so that the color variations would stay, rather than blend together, and then added a heavy layer of antiqued bronze distress paint. I sprayed that with water and because it is a heavier metallic paint it didn’t carry as much of the pigment away with the drips. I once again dried that with my heat gun and set it aside for when I was ready to adhere all my other elements to the page.

The rest of this piece will be talked about in the video, so please feel welcome to pop over there with this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h78kOazFmVk

Here is “Curtain Call”

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Thanks for visiting!

-Lizzie

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Bird On The Wind

September 9th, 2014

Here is my most recent mixed media canvas. As I created this piece I had a lot of moments of love/hate. I finished off loving it but it was definitely a challenge to get to “finish”. I learned a lot about water based products, about walking away for a moment, and about persevering even when you want to toss it in the trash. Being artistic is not always an easy thing to do. Some days you just have to go digging for your “mojo” and hopefully everything will work out.

This is the first piece that I ever created in true mixed media style. Most of my other works up to this point had some sort of pre-fabricated image that helped me to determine what colours I wanted to use, what the back ground needed or what the focal points would be. This s my first “true” Lizzie creation.

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Here is the video link to the YouTube tutorial of how I made this canvas:

As always, thank-you for stopping by!

-Lizzie

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