Using Nature as a Substrate

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This article is written by Sandee Setliff

Looking for something different to use in your art? Then why not try substrates nature has provided for you.

Displaying art on a bark substrate.

Substrate is just a fancy word for the underlying material on which you choose to work on, like paper, canvas, wood or in my case…a piece of bark that had fallen off a tree.

Sometimes my art starts with a walk in the woods, picking up bits and bobs from nature that inspire me. It can be a shape, or perhaps a texture that captures my imagination or just something I like to collect, like leaves and bark.

I brought home this odd shape piece of bark and it sat in my collection bin for awhile before I finally knew what to do with it, for you see, the pieces need to speak to me too. Originally I was going to do this piece on a large leaf but when I began to plunder around in my bin, the bark remnant stood out, like it was calling to me. I already had painted my (self portrait) caricature of an artist, cut out the butterfly and laid out a twig to use, all that remained was printing out a daily affirmation and arranging my elements on the bark to see if everything fit.

Arranging the elements on the substrate to be glued down

Tip:

Once I had arranged everything I began the gluing process. Gluing on an uneven surface can be a bit tricky and one of my go to glues is from Helmar called Liquid Scrap Dots because it conforms to the bumpiest, roughest surface you can imagine and creates a smooth base for even the thinnest of papers.

Using specific glues for specific needs will make the project easier to complete and will make your work more professional.

The last thing to keep in mind is that when using nature for your art also means that the art work will not be permanent but can decay over time unless you preserve it.

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A little about Sandee Setliff:

Since childhood, I am happiest when I have paint and glue on my hands! Playing with new products and getting messy is time well spent in my book. I create a variety of mix media signs, cards, and altered art, and my creative style ranges from cute and fun to clean and simple which I sell in a local gallery called the Art MoB. My latest passion is art journaling, typography and making hand made paper.  When I am not crafting, I am photographing wildlife and hiking through our lovely North Carolina mountains.

inthehillsofnorthcarolina.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/Sandees-Artful-Words

www.youtube.com

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Watercolor Painting on Old Paper Ephemera

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This article is written by Melanie Statnick

Supply list:

  • Gel medium
  • Clear Gesso
  • Paint Brush
  • Old papers from textbook
  • Foam board
  • Watercolors
  • Micron/Copic pen
  • White Uniball pen (signo)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

Watercolor technique on old papers by Melanie Statnick

Cut foam board to 8×10. Using gel medium cover one side of old paper taking care to get each corner and the sides. Once covered, flip glued side down to foam board and use brayer to roll flat and to get out any bubbles or folds ion the paper. You will only need a thin layer. This is old paper and going over it too many times with the brayer may cause some tearing. After drying use the clear gesso to prep you surface to accept the watercolor. This will dry clear and leave a “tooth” texture to the paper that will feel somewhat like sand paper.

Watercolor technique on old papers

Watercolor technique on old papers

Watercolor technique on old papers

Watercolor technique on old papers

When the gesso is dry you can draw a boarder around your paper and begin to draw your pictures where and what you like. The pencil may show up a bit darker on the gesso surface. Go over your drawings with a micron pen and white gel pen before you add your watercolors.

Watercolor technique on old papers

Watercolor technique on old papers

Your drawings are ready for the watercolor. You can paint just your designs and leave the background plain or paint and splatter it all.

Watercolor technique on old papers

Watercolor technique on old papers

Watercolor technique on old papers

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Melanie Statnick is a published artist/writer out of North Carolina. Melanie creates art daily from her private studio. Her style artwork can be found in art galleries and shops extensively in NC with international private collections. Learn more about Melanie view her website www.melaniestatnickart.com

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Art Journal Page Inspired by Nature

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This article is written by Cecilia Sanchez

I like to look for inspiration in the shapes, colors and textures of nature. Seeking inspiration I found a tree that had many things to tell me.

Art journal project

I started trying to reproduce the shapes, layers, shadows, but not knowing how it would end.

Art journal project

Gradually, the creative process leads you to the final draft.
Sometimes you see the end result from the beginning, but sometimes you need to wait several days and re-cover it with new layers.
This is the best of “Mixed media”: Anything goes!

Art journal project

Here is a video with the whole process.

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My name is Cecilia Sanchez (CeciScrap) and I live in Málaga, Spain.

I am married and we have three gorgeous sons. They inspire me every day with their crazy ideas.

Since my childhood I liked the photography, drawing, collage and make photo albums with cuts and travel souvenirs. I also love crafts in general. In 2006, a few months after birth my twins, I discovered scrapbooking, digital first and then the traditional. I love to do 30X30 pages, cards and mini albums, and for a while now I am fascinated with the Art Journal and Mixed Media, and I do not imagine scrapbooking without getting my hands dirty.
I am inspired by everyday things, feelings … The art journal is a real diary for me, because sometimes I need to express feelings with colors and shapes.

I love learning and discovering new techniques and materials.
I am part of the European design team of KURETAKE, and I am also designer for a monthly blog challenge Sweet Card Club. I contribute with some blogs and digital magazines and organized Scrapbooking workshops in Malaga.

You can see more of me at:

ceciscrap.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/ceciscrap

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Mixed Media Artist – Bridget Rust

This article has been removed at the request of the artist.

You can see Bridget’s artwork as greeting cards and prints at Bridget Rust, RedBubble.

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