Crown of Wings

Crown of Wings * mixed media acrylic painting

Crown of Wings

Crown of Wings

11 x 14

mixed media on canvas

I’m finally finished with this painting: a mix of metallic paints, marker, decorative / scrapbook paper, tissue, beeswax paint, acrylic, watercolor,  colored pencil AND … I’m sure I forgot something in there. She has taken months of painting, layering, planning, deliberating, having no clue what to do next.  Yeah, that’s how I work.  But she’s done! Yay!

<3 Kat

Mixed Media on Canvas Work in Progress

11 x 14

mixed media on canvas

unfinished

This piece started out with a color wash on canvas, purples yellow and grey.  I do this before I have any plan for a finished painting- it stops me from staring at a blank canvas, and if I have no other ideas usually getting started painting helps me get into the flow. With out any inspiration or plan, I doodled swirls and roses in marker and pen then collaged flowers from some pretty paper over top. I drew the girl in marker because I really liked the doodles, then painted the first skin tones in acrylic… I think I’m having more fun with doodles and collage. There are several more layers to go!

Check out some other artist’s mixed media works:

<3 Kat

 

Art journal page 18 pink girl by KatCanPaint

Art Journal Page 18 : Pink

Art Journal Page18 -Pink

Art journal page 18 pink girl by KatCanPaint

sketch on a tea & kool-aid dyed page.

The pink is the koolaid.  I couldn’t decide if that was enough pink.
But I didn’t want to ruin the feel of the original, so photoshop it was, and the endless variations it brings. It helps if I am planning a painting to mess around with it a little while to see if anything really moves me.
The pink blot in the middle looks like a butterfly to me.

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This is part of a series of Art Journal pages, see them all:

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Art Journal Page 18

 

<3 Kat

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art journal page 11 worry by KatCanPaint

Art Journal Page 11 and 12

Art Journal Page 11 : Worry

art journal page 11 worry by KatCanPaint
The top half of the image was done by hand, and then the bottom half I tried to duplicate the idea of it digitally.

Sunday was a visiting-the-family-day. We packed up the car with gifts, and drove two hours south to see everyone. I have four sisters, so there was a lot of talking and eating and excitement… and gift-giving. Monday was a visiting-the-family-hang over day. I did manage to get to the art store and buy some much needed new paint brushes and two very large canvases which I can’t wait to paint on.

Art Journal Page 12: Keian

art journal page 12 Keian ultrasound by KatCanPaint

I almost missed the memo that this was a color-a-day themed week. But it turns out I was doing a blue page for Monday anyway. Which I ended up finishing digitally because I didn’t want to ruin my ultrasound photos.

I have about a million and a two fonts on my computer. I find them, I love them, I never use them. The same goes with photoshop brushes and textures and all of that. It was nice to use materials that I didn’t have to pay for ^_^ Now if only I could get the hang of all this digital stuff. I see all the goodies on my computer then I forget about things like composition.

This is part of a series of Art Journal pages, see them all:

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Art Journal Page 11 & 12

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Art Journal Page 15

Art Journal Page 16 & 17

Art Journal Page 18

 

<3 Kat

You can find me on Twitter ::  Etsy :: and Pinterest.

 

art journal page 8 nest by KatCanPaint

Art Journal Page 8 : Nest

Art Journal Page 8 : Nest

art journal page 8 nest by KatCanPaint
This girl has followed me around for almost a year now. A lot of times images get stuck in my head, like this one, the girl with her nest in the forest. She has been created in varying styles and medium from canvas painting to a simple doodle in my sketchbook.. After creating and recreating this image so much, I’m starting to think she is a bit of a self-portrait. The more I look at her, the more I think she is pregnant, and the entire image is about pregnancy. (She’s been with me since before I was pregnant, which makes the realization a bit more profound, and mystifying… ) Is that crazy? Does your body know more about you than you do? I don’t know, it all sounds a little crazy to me. But sometimes that is what this whole art-making thing is for me… I’m just telling myself stories, I’m just working out things I didn’t quite realize before I made the piece. Maybe I haven’t gotten her right yet and so she sticks around.
On a different note – I really enjoyed gluing all those strips of book pages down. I’ve always wanted to incorporate a bit of collage into my work (but it seems like its a bit of what everyone is doing right now.) I’m still working everyday, trying to find my voice.

 

This is part of a series of Art Journal pages, see them all:

Art Journal Page 1 and 2

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Art Journal Page 5

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Art Journal Page 10

Art Journal Page 11 & 12

Art Journal Page 13 & 14

Art Journal Page 15

Art Journal Page 16 & 17

Art Journal Page 18

 

<3 Kat

You can find me on Twitter ::  Etsy :: and Pinterest.

art journal page 3 portrait by KatCanPaint

Art Journal page 3

Art Journal Page 3 : Portrait

art journal page 3 portrait by KatCanPaint

I started out painting swirls in black, just to loosen up. Then in an hour and a half I had painted this.
I used a bit of photographic reference for the face.
Sometimes I amaze (and worry) myself; I had not meant for the painting to turn out this realistic, or this nice. It is on bond paper in my art journal/sketchbook. Maybe I should try to paint everything in my sketchbook, then it will all come out awesome ^_^

Previous pages:

Art Journal Page 1 & 2

 

 

<3 Kat

You can find me on Twitter ::  Etsy :: and Pinterest.

 

Mixed Media art journal page Yes by KatCanPaint

Art Journal Pages! January 1st and 2nd

Art Journal challenge: share a page from my art journal for every day this week.

Mixed Media art journal page Yes by KatCanPaint

 

January 1st: Yes! Layers and Layers and layers and layers. I painted, then painted, then painted some more… I glued a bunch of magazine photos down, painted again, then I wrote a bit, then I painted again.
It was fun, a bit of jump-starting my brain on this one. I think the next couple I do will incorporate the magazine collage and painting. I don’t over-think so much, I just sort of automatically glue things down. It was fun, and liberating, and everything that I wanted this journaling experience to be.

 

Mixed media art journal page wonderland by KatCanPaint
January 2nd: Fly Away. More layers of collage and paint. I took the idea further and attempted to create a little girl with cut outs. It feels a little Alice in Wonderland-y. Her hair was the most fun.

These pieces came out a bit darker than I thought they would, but I’m okay with that. It is all about the process for me, right now, the experimentation and the mess.

<3 Kat

You can find me on Twitter ::  Etsy :: and Pinterest.