Monday, July 21, 2014

Once in a BLUE Moon

Sometimes art in the studio comes out exactly as you imagined, but often it doesn't.  There can be detours and wrong turns, or "ah ha" moments that change that dull that first image in your head.  I don't mind those times of "flux" at all, but today was not one of those convoluted days for me.  This project came out exactly as I had mentally pictured it.  I will savor the moment and invite you to savor it with me. 

I chose the following stamps to use:

               once in a blue moon
               spiral crescent moon
               catch a falling star

I must mention that these are new stamps as of a week (to me) so I was very excited to see what they would do together. I got out the following supplies:

               Pitch Black Adirondack pad
               acrylic paint:  blue, white, pink
               Gel Extreme gold gel pen
               black Sharpie

I then searched for a piece of background paper from my stash and found one that I thought fit well with the other choices.  The paper below is a waste paper of sorts that I make in droves after I've done one of my resist classes.  In this particular class my students use Ranger Cut n Dry foam with Ranger Adirondack dye inks to add color to glossy paper. I bring the pads home and set them out for about a week to dry out some.  I then spritz them with a mister and press cut glossy paper into them and set aside to dry.  The variegation you get is different with each pressing.  I add more water when necessary and then move on to the same pad when the ink is almost gone.  I then rinse the pads out for the next class.  So two purposes are served:  (1) I use up
the rest of the ink on the pads so there is very little waste.  (2) I get the most gorgeous array of papers ready to be used at a moment's notice.  Try this technique at home and see what you get.  It's a great thing to do when you are in an artistic funk.  The colors jumping out at you seem to jump start my creativity!!!!

The stamping part begins to make the composition come alive.  All three stamps were done in Pitch Black Adirondack Dye Ink (any black in would work well except a pigment.) 

I then began to add acrylic paint to the moon and flowers as a textural accent.  (HINT:  switching media automatically adds a visual texture to a project.  The opacity of the pinks in the flowers changed the look of the stamping on the busy background.  It made them pop.  While the dots of blues to make the moon indeed blue added a tactile texture with the thick application.  Two different ways to add textural interest and indeed make this a mixed media art card. 


When dry, I mounted it on a snippet of black glossy followed by a pale pink textured scrap of cardstock.  I have to admit, I am pleased as punch with it!  It's fun working with RubberMoon stamps because they allow you to really get creative in mixing your point of view with their whimsical nature.  It's a perfect fit for me when I want to get back to my roots.  You can find more RubberMoon stamps to add to your collection here and more of my work on my Nancy Curry Art page on facebook or my main website

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Every Good Boy Does Fine ( #musiclingo)

"Soul's Voice"
solvent ink, dye ink, alcohol ink in YUPO journal

Musicians should remember the mnemonic phrase in the blog title.  The rest of you are probably confused. I used it and others to read music when first learning the piano, the first of my three instruments (clarinet and trumpet followed shortly after.) Growing up there were weekly lessons in the home of Mrs. Ricketson, nightly practice, lessons in school for the other instruments, more practice on them,  the start of writing some music (one song only that I now have to play by pure memory because I can't find it), and finally the introduction to listening to music. Once I went down that rabbit hole I never came out.  Music is a mainstay in my household so it should not be a surprise that my drawings for stencils went in that direction.  I was mentored to find something that was very meaningful to me and go for it.  So go for it I did.  I can now announce that I have become a StencilGirl artist and that my four clef designs in two different sizes (4" x 4" and 6" x 6") are now live on their site.  You can see them all on one page or view them individually with the samples below.   All are based on my inspiration sketch, which became a rubber stamp this spring:

Some of these samples appear with the stencils on the StencilGirl site, but a few are new this week and will only appear here.  Rather than have one tutorial,  I included all of them with materials used.  If you have more "how" questions, just send me a message. 

Clarity stamp available on Etsy
acrylic, specialty paper

                                                                  6" x 6"  B Flat Clef
acrylic, Pitt Pen on paper

"Clefs on Parade" 
dye ink, solvent ink on canvas

solvent ink on paper

CitraSolv Ink Manipulation mounted on cardstock

dye ink, solvent ink on canvas

"Pitch Perfect"
CitraSolv Ink Manipulation mounted on canvas

                                                                   "Leather and Lace"
glossy substrate, spray inks

handmade paper, acrylic, fiber wall hanging

Citra Solv Ink Manipulation on cardstock

                                                                      "Be Amazed"
dye inks, solvent inks, acrylic

Thanks for sharing in my launch of these samples.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.  Check back here or on my site or my Facebook page, Nancy Curry Art,  for future blog entries with new samples.  This is just the tip of the iceberg. 

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

A Curry Summer

Well, I find myself back in St. Louis after traversing the globe on a family trip that included time in Venice, Montenegro, Rome, Florence, Aix-En-Provence,  and Barcelona.  What a trip it was!  To be surrounded by the beauty each city brought for two weeks was amazing.  Each place had its own flavor, but there were commonalities that attracted me......the achitecture and the flora/fauna. 

This trip provided more than enough inspiration for the Flower Power online class I am taking from longtime friend, Kristen Powers, or as the world knows her now, Kae Pea. I don't take many online classes, but this one is a must.  I've had so much fun trying out her water media techniques and then adding the tips and ideas to mine. Add to that the wonderful camaraderie from the online class community and you definitely have something that helps you beat the summer doldrums that can hit in a very manageable way.  I am woefully behind, but have been reminded that you are never behind since new people are joining all the time.  My finished piece (6" x 6" )from ten days ago is in a holder in my kitchen.  I can't wait to frame it when I get the time. 

Today's piece was even more of a challenge.  I worked on three separate 1" pieces.  I know, I am insane, but I love working small and really love the detail I was able to get on these miniatures.  With many layers, these quick sketches became the piece at the top.

Of course, I had to add my stamps to finish them off.  Find them on Etsy

I'll be enjoying the foliage here in balmy St. Louis, getting ready for a special launch soon (tease), and prepping for a private event and then Stampaway.  I have two classes on Thursday and Friday that I'd love to see you in!  As always, the preview party will be divine.  Life will sure be busy this month and next.  You'll see me soon with some more RubberMoon adventures as well.  Stay cool if you can.