Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mono-prints, and sketchbook work

I have still been working on my studio spaces through Whimsical Workspaces which can be found here:  It has been good to get cleaned up and organized.

I have also been making some art.  I am still working on my fabric mono-prints, more cuffs, another background and my owl that I showed earlier this month.

First the background.  I layered gesso on a piece of water color fabric thickly and then doodled into it.  When that was dry I painted some water colors over it letting some of them drip.  I will be adding more to this piece soon.  Hopefully it will turn out to be something nice.

Next are the mono-prints that I am working on.  I am adding color the the white spaces.  Some of them I like better than others, but after adding more paint and stitching I hope that they look better.

Here is the little owl that I have been working on in my sketchbook.  I added paint and some words to this page.  I am not completely happy with the way he turned out, but I know that practicing will improve my skills, so I keep trying.  At least the process is fun even though I wish that my skills were up to what I want them at.  

I have been reading a couple of books that have me itching to try some new techniques.  The first one is: Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art by Diane Maurer-Mathison.  The second one is Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista.  They both have a lot of great information and I want to try some of the techniques that I am reading about.  If only there were more hours in the day.

Happy Creating!


JessiVille said...

Hi Janelle, I know your backgrounds will morph into beautiful pieces. I have to say that Traci's book Collage Unleashed was my favorite "happy" book that I carried everywhere with me for years! I've tried allot of things from her book and I still watch her DVD Retro Rags when I need inspiration. Enjoy!
Jessi xox

Sesenarts said...

Are you using gel plates for your monoprints? they look like they are going to turn into some great items! And your owl is extra cute! Julie

Janelle said...

I am using a gel plate to make my mono-prints.

Joanna said...

Firstly your paintings are beautiful & yay, I love owls :) Secondly, you're sooo sweet! I'm glad you were able to enter the giveaway (I hope you win :D)

xo Joanna

Kristin said...

More hours! No kidding, right?! Love your colorful pieces here - and your owl is so sweet! I love the sentiment below too - come on an adventure with me . . . perfect! xoxo

Ella said...

oooh, I love the color; I'm amazed at how they look at different angles.
oooh, I need that class, lol

Sounds like you are on to some great techniques! I love owls, so hoot, cute! :D

joanna said...

your owl is so cute, Janelle!! it's great to see how your work is progressing with the monoprints :)