A Desert at Sunset Painting by Gloria Malouf-Marsh

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This article is written by Gloria Malouf-Marsh

I started this painting from scratch.  I imagined a desert scene, I introduced working with sand textures, texture paste, warm colors sprang to my mind. The gold/yellows/oranges, different shades of hues, spindly plants that thrive in the desert climate, rock techniques, cactuses and the like. I also worked with dark and light – shadow and brightness.

Gloria Malouf-Marsh's Desert at SunsetI started at first to gesso the canvas. From 2/3 of the canvas up, I applied a paste and sand composition and let dry. This raised the texture and added an atmosphere to the base of the picture, which I would like to call a desert composition.   I had no idea where I was going; I just allowed my creativity to lead me.  I knew there was a road leading me somewhere. This road, I could see far in the distance. So I sketched mountains, rocks, cactuses, and started to build the tones and the painting started to come alive.  The rock face at the bottom and foreground was built up with texture paste composition.  I used a palette knife to apply knife shapes and irregular shapes to create the jagged rocks.   I wanted to maintain the warm shades and not to introduce any cool shades.

The different shades of the sunset were very effective.  I painted the area from the mountains upwards with vermilion red and used graduated shades of yellow/gold/ orange to create the sunset-scape.

As the painting was taking shape, I was transported into an earthy desert and the connection to the earth was of paramount importance to me. It’s also a form of meditation for me.  The warmth of the earth beckoned me deeper to the roots of the soil. I felt very close to the earth and very grounded. The symbolic meaning evoked a sense of humility and a deep sense of  gratitude. This desert time  brings on a change of heart, a transformation and a time to reflect.

The desert represents the hardships and challenges one has to overcome in one’s life. And through this challenge, one comes out so much better for it.

Keep creating! Enjoy!

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My name is Gloria Malouf-Marsh. I live in Brisbane, Australia, with my husband Greg and my daughter Salwa .  Springtime is glorious in Brisbane. I rise early and go for brisk walks, do my yoga practice and I’m inspired to face the day with inspiration and confidence. I get creative ideas for painting when I’m in nature. I love listening to nature’s sounds and watching and hearing the birds.

I am developing discipline in creating and making time for myself to daily paint. I seem curious to want to further my techniques.  I’m working with the building texture  mediums.  A sense of confidence and enjoyment has developed with me regarding honing my skills and techniques in the art medium, and I do enjoy this website so much.  Hearing peoples’ ideas and seeing their talents, just simply amaze me.  It is a special global family.   If I can create, so can you! Enjoy!

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Focal Points in Mixed Media Art

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This article was written by Madeline Faiella

Emergence

We talked about telling a story with mixed media art and now let’s talk about adding texture.

Emergence

I chose this piece to explain the process because it’s easy to see what I did.  This piece is 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide but try it on a smaller surface if you like.  The surface I used is actually a court room board that an attorney let me have to which I added a base of white paint and gesso.  It’s great when you can re-use something.

The face in this piece is done on paper, painted with acrylic and attached to the base with gesso.  I applied gesso and molding paste in layers across the base surface and around the face in light, graduated layers using a wooden stick.  It’s vital that the edges of the face “live” within the background so lighter layers are better.  Sometimes I add color to the gesso and/or molding paste but in this case I started with clear and let it dry thoroughly.  When applying many layers, drying is very important.  This piece took a while to complete because the humidity here in South Florida can make it very difficult for drying even with the air conditioner on.  Leave your piece to dry overnight between layering to ensure that it’s very dry.

Layer after layer I created my piece with careful planning yet enough spontaneity to keep it free.  I used a trowel and molding paste colored to my desired color and ran it over stencils, burlap and other means of textural items.  Keeping the colors in mind, step back from your work each time you add another layer or item.  Build layer by layer.  The bags that hold oranges make a great textural tool.  Be creative and see what’s around your studio.

Try new things, keep it layered and have fun.  Happy arting.

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Madeline Faiella is the owner of Madeline Faiella Designs, LLC.  She is a “tradigital” artist.  She works traditionally and digitally in Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.  Her work is featured on home décor, electronic devices, stationary, fabric and more.  Her arsenal of tools is broad and her work varied.  She is licensed, published, appeared on TV and radio and has written continuing columns for the art and creative community.  She has a line of non-toxic acrylic paint “Art Jacket” with Earth Safe Finishes.  Her art education hails from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and the many years she absorbed cultural enlightenment globe-trotting during a 23 year singing career.  She’s been drawing, sewing and making since she was a child. See more of her work at www.madelinefaiella.com

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Live, Laugh, Love Mixed Media Canvas

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This article is written by Kim Kelley

In one of my other articles I had added that I constantly have several projects going at once, sometimes so many I forget what I was going to do with them! My biggest problem with doing that is remembering to take pictures of each step along the way and then where I put them on my computer. Literally I have picture floating around that I have no clue where they are. I have looked, but it seems they are like that one lost sock…doomed to never be found.

Any way back to the task at hand: this month’s project is a canvas that is a little larger than what I usually do, so let’s see how it turned out!

Here is a list of what I used:

~ 8” x 24” canvas

~ White gesso

~ Spray mist by Lindy’s Shabby Tuxbine Teal

~ Ayeeda  mist by 13 Arts – Chalk Burnt Sienna and Pearl Brown Light

~ Miscellaneous charms, flowers, metal pieces, wooden pieces, and jewelry pieces

~ Chipboard from Dusty Attic

~ Heavy Gel by Golden

~ Glue gun

When I start a canvas I usually have some idea of what I am going to create, knowing the theme, colors and style, with this one I just start throwing a bunch of random items into a box. As far as the colors go, I had just received an order with the 13 Arts sprays and decided I had to try them out. The teal I added because it seemed to work so well.

When I buy canvas I usually get the already primed, but still add my own gesso. So after the added gesso dried I started laying out my pieces…turning, moving until something finally stuck and I liked it. Grabbing my Heavy Gel I started attaching some of the bigger pieces and using my hot glue gun attached the smaller ones.

Dusty Attic with Spray mist by Lindy’s on this canvas

Canvas with embellishments 1

Dusty Attic with Spray mist by Lindy’s on this canvas

Canvas with embellishments 2

As you can see by the pictures color and material did not matter to me. I just grabbed and glued, knowing I would be painting over everything with gesso.

Dusty Attic with Spray mist by Lindy’s on this canvas

Gessoed embellishments 1

Dusty Attic with Spray mist by Lindy’s on this canvas

Gessoed embellishments 2

After it dried I started in with my sprays. Now I am one of those people that cannot wait for anything, I don’t like to use the word impatient too often but yes I am impatient, and with sprays it is not a good thing to be. You truly want your spray to dry before going onto the next color…it can get ugly real quick!

Dusty Attic with Spray mist by Lindy’s on this canvas

Sprays used

Dusty Attic with Spray mist by Lindy’s on this canvas

Spots of spray 1

Dusty Attic with Spray mist by Lindy’s on this canvas

Spots of spray 2

Dusty Attic with Spray mist by Lindy’s on this canvas

Spots of spray 3

So I was very patient with this one. I continued to spray alternating each color until I felt like I was happy with it. SO….here I is my finished project.

Dusty Attic with Spray mist by Lindy’s on this canvas

Finished project

I was pleasantly surprised when my husband decided he wanted to hang it up, usually unless it is something I made specifically for him it goes in an area to be sold. (if I ever get my act together to do a show!) But this time he loved it so much he hung it right on the wall!

Life is short, do something creative every day!

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Kim Kelley is borderline obsessive about her crafting and her art. She loves mixed media art because you are free to go beyond your comfort zone, using your imagination and exploring an anything goes mind set. Kim loves to learn and explore new techniques and hopes that any art she creates leads someone to find their inner creative artist!

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Mixed Media Canvas – Have Faith

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This article is written by Kim Kelley

For this month’s project I decided to try something a bit different on this canvas, instead of using products that were all the same color and style; I chose anything I found in my drawers and jars. Found some metal pieces, flowers of different sizes and some charms to go with the faith theme.

Kim Kelly collects many elements to make a mixed media collage canvas

Finished Project 1

Here is a list of what I used:

~ 8 X 10 canvas

~ White gesso

~ Spray mist by Lindy’s Shabby Turbine Teal, Mad Hatter Mint, Dark Chocolate Truffle, Opal Sea Oats

~Spray mist by 13 arts Pearl Brown Light

~ Spray mist by Smooch Vanilla Shimmer

~ Chipboard from Dusty Attic

~ Miscellaneous charms and flowers from stash

~ Glue gun

~ Finishing spray by Krylon

I glued them all onto the canvas with my glue gun and used gesso to cover all the pieces. I did not completely cover the canvas, just out a bit from each embellishment.

Kim Kelly steps through using many elements for her mixed media collage canvas

Gessoed Canvas

After a few hours of drying time I picked my mist colors, starting with a few shades of brown. At this point I realized I made a huge mistake, having not used the gesso over the entire canvas made the sprays puddle and not color the canvas.

Kim Kelly steps through using many elements for her mixed media collage canvas

Bad Spray

I dried off the wettest part and added more gesso. I used some that I watered down a little and

covered all the areas I missed. And after that dried I started in with my sprays. I really wanted a color palette that could complement any home décor, so sticking with browns I added some teals.

Kim Kelly steps through using many elements for her mixed media collage canvas

Chosen Sprays

Kim Kelly steps through using many elements for her mixed media collage canvas

Good Sprays

At this point my OCD kicks in and I start to question if I have added enough of one color or the other, if I need to add more embellishments, second guessing the color choices and even adding more of all the colors! Crazy, I know. Finally deciding it’s all good and making myself stop and just let it be!

I printed a saying that I am hoping will offer some comfort to a friend of mine. She has been going through a lot the last 2 months and I thought creating this canvas as a little gift may give her a bit of a pick me up. I attached the saying to the canvas with foam dots and sprayed a little of the mists so the saying didn’t look so bright on it. I added the vanilla shimmer which helped mix some of the colors as well as adding the shimmer.

Kim Kelly steps through using many elements for her mixed media collage canvas

Saying

Final step after all is dry is spraying a finishing spray over the canvas in its entirety. Using the spray not only protects the creation but gives it some shine. Here is the finished piece:

Kim Kelly steps through using many elements for her mixed media collage canvas

Finished Project 2

Life is short, do something creative every day!

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Kim Kelley is borderline obsessive about her crafting and her art. She loves mixed media art because you are free to go beyond your comfort zone, using your imagination and exploring an anything goes mind set. Kim loves to learn and explore new techniques and hopes that any art she creates leads someone to find their inner creative artist!

Sites: itsallaboutcrafting.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/kimscraftyconcepts

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