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Create Clay Embellishments With Art Anthology

Kathy here today to share how I created these fun clay embellishments.  I’ve been wanting to play with clay for a while so I bought some cheap terra cotta air dry clay at Michaels.  I’m sure I didn’t spend more than $10 for a 5lb box.  I made lots of small embellishments and two larger pieces that I broke into smaller pieces for a broken china look.  Art Anthology mediums made these little artsy clay embellishments bright and shimmery!

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I ended up making three canvases and had lots of clay pieces left over to add a touch of handmade art to future projects.

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Fall Canvases With Clay

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5″ x 7″ Flower Canvas With Broken Painted Clay

Here is how I made them.

Check out How to Create Painted Clay Embellishments by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

Here are more detailed photos of my canvases.

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5″ x 7″ Flower Canvas With Broken Painted Clay

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4″ x 4″ Fall Canvas With Painted Clay

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4″ x 4″ Fall Canvas With Painted Clay

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6″ x 6″ Fall Canvas With Painted Clay

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6″ x 6″ Fall Canvas With Painted Clay

Thank you for visiting the blog today.  This is my last post and I will miss sharing my Art Anthology projects with you!

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Abstract Canvas With Dimension, Texture and Shimmer

Kathy here today to share a three canvas set that is inspired by similar ones I have seen on Pinterest lately with lots of layers of shimmer and texture in linear patterns. Each canvas is 4″ x 12″ canvases.

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Art Anthology paints are very dimensional and work really well for creating layers of texture without adding additional mediums.  Let me show you how I created my project.

Check out How to Create a Canvas With Dimension and Texture by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Art Anthology Stucco is a product that acts much light joint compound.  It doesn’t have a creamy consistency like Art Anthology Mud.  It creates a more course texture and adds lots of stiff peaks that are emphasized by the black glaze in this project.

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To make the pieces more cohesive together, I continued the texture and pattern on the edges.  I  wanted to achieved the feeling that the color is spilling off the canvas. What do you think?

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Look at the crackle created using the Kroma crackle medium.  It is subtle but adds so much depth.Texture and Shine Canvas3

Now it’s time for you to go create some texture and shine! Happy creating!

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Faux Encaustic With Art Anthology Mediums

Kathy here today to share a project that has lots of layers of Art Anthology mediums and resembles encaustic wax painting.  Here is a definition of Encaustic:

(noun) – Encaustic (which also goes by “hot wax painting”) is an ancient technique. The artist heats beeswax to the liquid stage, then mixes in pigmentation. The resulting medium is applied to a surface (typically wood). After the artist has everything “just so”, heat is applied to the whole business, which results in a fusion of colored wax and wood.

I would love to start encaustic painting, but it can get costly. Transparent layers is what makes encaustic artwork so beautiful to me, so I wanted to see if I could get a similar look by using mediums I had on hand.  Art Anthology Sorbet and Velvet colors are perfect for in between the layers because of their transparent nature.

Faux Encaustic Blossom Canvas by Kathy Adams

Faux Encaustic Blossom Canvas by Kathy Adams

I used a wonderful book called Surface Treatment Workshop by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson which has step by step directions on how to do faux encaustic, among many other interesting mixed media techniques.  The basis of this technique is to make a faux encaustic medium, using the right balance of gloss and matte acrylic mediums to make a satin finish and paint to tint it to look like wax. The medium drys clear with a hint of golden yellow and is layered with interesting things in between.
Check out How to Faux Encaustic With Acrylic Mediums by Kathy Adams by Art Anthology on Snapguide.
 

Faux Encaustic Blossom Canvas by Kathy Adams

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Faux Encaustic Blossom Canvas by Kathy Adams

Faux Encaustic Blossom Canvas by Kathy Adams

I hope you were inspired to try this technique!  You can share your work on Facebook at Art Anthology’s Adventures in Art.  Get more inspirations on Pinterest and YouTube.  And don’t forget that you can shop for everything used in this tutorial at Art Anthology’s online store.

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Art Postcards With Yupo Paper and Minx

Hi creative peeps! Kathy Adams here to share my project using Minx Shimmering Inks.  Yupo is synthetic paper, machine-made in the USA of 100% polypropylene. It has a non-absorbent surface, is waterproof, stain-resistant, and extremely strong and durable.  I tried a few techniques and learned a few things along the way. Yupo and Minx Art Postcards11

You can see my process here:
Check out How to Create With Minx and Yupo Paper by Art Anthology on Snapguide.
 

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I love the idea of an art postcard to share with the world.  Since the Yupo paper is quite thin, I mounted the finished cards onto white card stock and stamped the back to make them post card ready.  Yupo and Minx Art Postcards1

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Thank you for visiting the blog today. Did you know that you can share your creations on our Facebook page, Art Anthology Adventures in Art? Want even more inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page, and YouTube channel.

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Palmetto Tree With Impasto Background

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Kathy here today to share another palmetto tree painting.  Last year I shared one on this blog (see it here) and ever since I’ve wanted to make another as a complement. I want to hang them on either side of a large window in my house. When I made the first one, I applied Sorbet and Velvet mediums with super heavy gesso using a palette knife very thick so that you could see and feel the texture.  I didn’t know that this technique had a name until recently.  It’s called Impasto. Here is the definition according to Wikipedia:

Impasto is a technique used in painting, where paint is laid on an area of the surface very thickly, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. Paint can also be mixed right on the canvas. When dry, impasto provides texture and the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas.

You can see my process here
Check out How to Paint a Palmetto Tree 2 by Kathy Adams by Art Anthology on Snapguide.
 

Here are more detail shots of the canvas.

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Sun Printing With Minx

Kathy here today to share a summer project.  I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in South Carolina it is HOT and HUMID! I’ve wanted to try sun printing but everything I’ve read about it requires special transparent fabric paints.  This got me thinking that maybe Minx would work. They are transparent and very fluid but also very pigmented.  So I experimented with some scraps of canvas and it worked great.

Since it’s close to Independence Day, July 4th, I thought I’d use red, white and blue and create something patriotic.

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July 4th Banner With Minx

Sun printing can be created using fabric or paper. It requires saturating the material with water, adding color, adding a mask of some sort, then letting it all dry in the hot sun. Here is how I made my July 4th banner.

You can see how I created my banner here:
Check out How to Sun Print With Minx Inks by Kathy Adams by Art Anthology on Snapguide.
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Play around with this technique using different colors and different shapes.  Mix similar colors together. Try using Colorations Sprays.  Involve the kids! Don’t forget to share your results on our Facebook page, Art Anthology Adventures in Art.  I have another sun printing project on Melissa Frances’ blog using Minx, canvas, mixed media paper, and laser wood embellishments.

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Minx and Masks: Creating Backgrounds

Hi creative peeps! Kathy here today to show you a technique that I learned from an online class, Inspiration Wednesday, with Donna Downey.  In the class, she used watercolors with masks. I thought the technique would be perfect for using Minx Shimmering Inks and some of the cool masks available from Art Anthology.

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I used 11″ x 14″ sturdy mixed media paper to create a background, then cut it into cards and used Melissa Frances wood veneer and resin embellishments to finish them off.  Many of us don’t send cards through the mail anymore, but I’ve found that people still really love and appreciate receiving them. And it is a great way to share your art with loved ones and friends.

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Background Using Minx and Mask

You can see my process from start to finish here….
Check out How to Create Backgrounds With Minx and Masks by K. Adams by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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I created three more cards I made using this background.

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Mixed Media Cards on Melissa Frances Blog

For more details and individual photos, check out the Melissa Frances blog today.  Now go make some cards using Minx and Masks and share them with your friends and family! And don’t forget to share your creations on our Facebook page, Art Anthology Adventures in Art too!

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Elephant Canvas

Hi creative peeps!  Kathy Adams here to share a fun canvas that I made using my Gel Press monoprinting plate.

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I recently purchased all three of Natalie Kalbach’s foam/rubber stamp kits and used the elephant and my Gel Press Plate to make this fun canvas using Art Anthology’s mediums.

Check out Kathy’s Process here:
Check out How to Layer Mediums Using the Gel Press by Kathy Adams by Art Anthology on Snapguide.
Here are a few more photos.

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I made more prints and plan on doing another canvas or two that will complement this one.

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I stamped the foam stamp on mixed media paper after I made an impression on the Gel Press using Mardi Gras Velvet, which is a great way to ink up a stamp using paint.  After it was dry, I sprayed Juicy Colorations Spray over the image.  The Velvet resists the Spray for a really pretty contrast.

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Using the Gel Press Plate allows me to make a mirror image of a stamp, so that they can face each other.  I love doing this!

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I used Gemstones and the Retro stencil and printed this one with the 8″ x 10″ Gel Press. I wish you could see the shimmer! I can used this as a background or maybe die-cut a butterfly or dragonfly.  I love using Art Anthology mediums with my Gel Press because they layer so well together.

I would love your thoughts on what to name this canvas, so give me some ideas in the comments.

Thank you for visiting today! Happy Summer!

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Intuitive Painting Art Anthology Style

Hi crafty friends! Kathy here today with a video showing how I created a canvas using the intuitive painting process. Recently I shared in an online course, Wanderlust, where Flora Bowley demonstrated her intuitive painting technique. Her fun and forgiving approach to painting is based on the notion that “You don’t begin with a preconceived painting in mind; you allow the painting to unfold.”  This is a transformational approach that connects mind + spirit, and allows expressive paintings to emerge naturally.

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I really love the results of this canvas and the process of making it. I hope that the photos pick up the shimmer that resulted from using the Gemstone mediums.  If you want intense shimmer, you must get Gemstones!

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A Mini Canvas That Pops!

Hi crafty friends! Kathy here to share a small canvas I created using contrasting colors; a bright yellow image set against a rich blue background. I love bright colors and using contrasting colors together really adds that “pop” that I love. Explore Canvas3

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You can see how I created my canvas here:

Check out How to Create a Mini Canvas That Pops by Kathy Adams by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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For a different color scheme, try using shades of purple with yellows and oranges, or shades of red and pink with greens.

Thanks for visiting the blog today! Now go make some art that pops!

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