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Tuesday, June 27

Book Review: Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

Writing a book is a lot like having a child. You carry it with you in your mind for months, even years for some. You work on making it perfect, wondering if the world will love it as MUCH as you do. You wonder what they'll say about you, your creativity and the value of what is in between the front and back cover of your baby. There are so many excited and nervous emotions, to name a few; that come with writing a book.


When my dear friend Nathalie sent me a copy of her book to review, I remember the feelings of trepidation, anxiety, excitement just opening the box. From the moment I saw her cover art I was impressed. Just looking at the cover of her gorgeous book is a reward with an explosion of color and texture. A quick glance through brings intrigue and the feeling that I just can't wait to find a few moments to read, digest and ingest every single thing inside and then get to work creating something from her easy to follow instructions.

Nat has not only shared her precious heart in this book, but her tried and true techniques for creating gorgeous and colorful mixed media art. From the ultimate beginner to the advanced "professional" there is something for everyone to learn. Her unique process of inspiration and exploration brought something alive in me and made me want to create something different, colorful and beautiful while maintaining my own sense of style.

I decided to mix and match a few things and create something inspired from her beautiful book, Artful Adventures in Mixed Media.

Below I have cited each part of the book that inspired me, so you can see how my process evolved after reading her book.

Chapter 5: Texture Collage. I am a total vintage book, music sheet and tissue paper junkie so it's no surprise that this spoke to me for the base of my painting. I did try tearing the papers, but decided that I prefer cutting them because I prefer a clean edge. Instead of moving right into an image transfer, I added some gesso and transparent color to tone down the background and unify the design. It was pretty hard to let it sit and dry over night.


I was really inspired by the art on page 66 and 67 -- and decided that the blues and greens and a little pink would be a nice color palette to stick with. Because I wanted the next step to be the most prominent, I created the entire base painting before the image transfer.




I am truly inspired by nature, if you know my art at all -- and her chapter about Enjoying Nature's Beauty really spoke to me -- maybe I should have tried a cityscape, but since I live in the country flowers and greenery really ignite my creativity. I decided to create a digital collage from a photograph I had taken. Once it was printed, I had a photocopy made and set to adding it to my painting using a traditional gel medium image transfer.


I kept going back to the art on pages 66 and 67 -- and added some sgraffito techniques as well as some stamping with brown ink in the background.


To finish my fun painting, I splattered paints here and there, added some green to the foreground and added my little Maya Angelou quote. I feels finished -- and it really inspires me to want to create more pieces of art inspired by this amazing book. I hope you love it and find as as much inspiration from it as I have.

Thanks for dropping by today, have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, May 31

In the End: Creative Storytelling


Here we are at week 5 and our last post for the special presentation of the Whatevers Three! It's hard to believe a whole month has gone by and we've shared 5 fun pictures with you. I have really enjoyed my weekly mixed media pages and have been cooking up some fun ideas to use my stash of photos on.

You can read Vic's blog post for this photo by clicking here
You can read Nat's blog post for this photo by clicking here

Also, make you stop by the Whatevers Facebook Page, which you can find here. You can also share your project with us there, we love to see the story you create around the photo!

Here's the photo we used for this week: Women in a Truck!


Please note, we are sharing these photos with YOU for your PERSONAL use only -- we love and encourage you to share your work on social media with credit back to the Whatevers! These photos are not for classes or in any resale situation!

And here's my story for week 5:


In the end, Winston knew everything was gonna be ok.



THANK you so much for joining us on this fun remake of the Whatevers, make sure you like our Facebook pages, you never know what we're going to do next! 

Woohoo, it's my Friday -- or the end of my workweek! So excited to finish up my pack of @strathmoreart #watercolor cards this week and have a pop-up sale! #flowersofinstagram #drphmartinswatercolor #catherinescanlondesigns #catherinescanlon #watercolor #flowers


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Thursday, May 25

Creative Storytelling: Video #5

Today is the last installment of my Creative Storytelling project, I'm sharing the last video which is a fast forward of how I add color to my pages using watercolor paints.

Video 5: Watercolor fast forward:
Creative Storytelling with the Whatevers: Watercolor Fast Forward from Catherine Scanlon on Vimeo.

Thank you so much for joining me on this super fun project! 

Wednesday, May 24

Worlds Worst Pancake Flipper award goes to me! 😍 I hope they're good, they're gluten-free.


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Creative Storytelling: The Whatevers 3 Week 4


Here we are creeping into week #4 of our month long Whatevers Three! It's hard to believe there's just ONE week left. This has been so much fun to plan and scheme and get all painty and creative with my story.

The photo this week was one I found in an old album from my Grandmother, so I'm thinking these ladies were her friends or may be relatives of mine. The caption cracks me up, but is not uncommon for this group of family members -- they were always doing fun and cooky things. I love that.

You can read Vic's blog post for this photo by clicking here
You can read Nat's blog post for this photo by clicking here

Also, make sure to take a little visit the Whatevers Facebook Page here. You can also share your project with us there, we love to see the story you create around the photo!

Here's the photo we used for this week: The Water's Fine!


Please note, we are sharing these photos with YOU for your PERSONAL use only -- we love and encourage you to share your work on social media with credit back to the Whatevers! These photos are not for classes or in any resale situation!

And here's my story for week 4:


Winston always looked forward to summer visits with her cousin Hermione. According to Mother, they were getting to big to play in the laundry bucket.






Thanks for dropping by, and make sure you come back tomorrow for another lesson in my FREE Class, Creative Storytelling!

I did some new product testing at work last week and love the results! I need to spend more time playing with color creating things that I love and less time on things that don't make me happy! #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #painting #flowersofinstagram #prussianblue #breareese


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Wednesday, May 17

Creative Storytelling: Week #3: In the Garden with Mom


Here we are with week #3 of our month long Whatevers Three. This has been so much fun to plan and scheme and get all painty and creative with my story. The photo this week was my favorite so far, I think because I love sunflowers and this photo had so many possibilities!
Here's the photo we used for this week: In the Garden with Mom:


Please note, we are sharing these photos with YOU for your PERSONAL use only -- we love and encourage you to share your work on social media with credit back to the Whatevers! These photos are not for classes or in any resale situation!  

And here's my story for week 3:




Newton's mother was always surprised at how fast and tall he had grown. In just 4 years he towered over all the 11 year old neighbors. At this rate he would be a giant when he turned 18.


So that's my story for this week, be sure to come back tomorrow for the 3rd installment of my FREE Creative Storytelling class, and also drop by every Wednesday in May for another photo to be inspired by!

THANKS for dropping by, have a great week!

Thursday, May 11

Creative Storytelling: Video #3

Today I'm sharing the third of 5 videos for my Creative Storytelling project. The video I'm sharing shows you how I create a basic background using stencils, acrylic paint and more!

Video 3: Starting the background:
Creative Storytelling with the Whatevers: Adding Color with Acrylic Paint and Stencils from Catherine Scanlon on Vimeo.

Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful day! 

Wednesday, May 10

Creative Storytelling: The Whatevers Three: Distracted Dude


Here we are with week #2 of our month long Whatevers Three. This has been so much fun to plan and scheme and get all painty and creative with my story.
Here's the photo we used for this week: Distracted Dude:


Please note, we are sharing these photos with YOU for your PERSONAL use only -- we love and encourage you to share your work on social media with credit back to the Whatevers! These photos are not for classes or in any resale situation!  



No matter how hard he tried to forget, Newton would always remember his father being distracted by things in the distance. In every photo Mr. Whatever was looking off into the distance. He always wondered what made his father so distracted!


So that's my story for this week, be sure to come back tomorrow for the 2nd installment of my FREE Creative Storytelling class, and also drop by every Wednesday in May for another photo to be inspired by!

THANKS for dropping by, have a great week!

Thursday, May 4

Creative Storytelling: Video #2

Today I have another video to share with you, this one is about 20 minutes long and covers the History of the Whatevers, How to get started and tools I use when I work on this super fun project! 

Creative Storytelling with the Whatevers: History, Getting Started and Tools I love:
Creative Storytelling with the Whatevers: History, Getting Started and Tools I Love from Catherine Scanlon on Vimeo.

Thanks for dropping by, have a great day! 

Wednesday, May 3

Like and share for a chance to win ALL these amazing goodies! A custom painted (by me) tiny journal, one of my @adornit Coloring Books, a water brush, one of my #artgonewild stamps, a bottle of my favorite liquid watercolor from @drphmartins, a @tombowusa Dual Tip Marker and a few other fun things to create with. Tag a friend for an extra chance to win! It's a quick giveaway -- the Winner will be announced on Friyay, May 5th. 😍


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Creative Storytelling -- we're bringing back the Whatevers!


I have been so excited that our 2 year long project from a few years ago, The Whatevers made it on the cover of the May/June Cloth, Paper Scissors magazine.  It's been hard to keep it a secret for the last few months.

http://subscriptions.clothpaperscissors.com/Cloth-Paper-Scissors/Magazine

This project, that my two dear friends Nat Kalbach and Vicki Chrisman and I shared is one that has always been near and dear to my heart. It was a fun way to create and be silly with no deadlines or requirements and we got to give our favorite photos a story.
Here's the photo we used for this week: Mr. and Mrs. Dam.


Please note, we are sharing these photos with YOU for your PERSONAL use only -- we love and encourage you to share your work on social media with credit back to the Whatevers! These photos are not for classes or in any resale situation! 

So without further delay, here's my colorful page. 


The text says: Winston was always embarrassed by how much effort her parents put into the annual 4th of July Parade.



She was always grateful at the end of the day.

 

Make sure you come back tomorrow for another installment in my FREE Creative Storytelling class. Thank you so much for dropping by, have a wonderful day!