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I've written some articles to help you become a better artist....


Good Composition & Design
Ever wondered how to achieve it?
I've written a "how-to" on the subject....


Toolbox of Basic Supplies....

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Everything you wanted to learn about brushes....

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Do you know how much water is OK to add to your acrylics? Ever heard of the term "underbinding".? Michele explains what the art conservators know, but most artists have never been taught -- how much water can be added to the paint without destabilizing the paint film.



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"Share the moments that bring you joy" - a mixed media tutorial






Here's a brief lesson on how to use TRANSFER paper (not tracing paper as it says in the opening credits, that's another type of paper)  



I felt very honoured and appreciative for the opportunity to appear on Daytime Ottawa, a tv show here in town. The goal was to teach the hosts of the show how to paint.  Sometimes as adults, when first approaching art, we need to give ourselves permission to just have fun. That concept was the basis for my first tv appearance....yeah! I had so much fun with the whole thing!

Wait about 40 seconds until after the lady with the clothes finishes speaking





These are a few samples.....









The whole point of this art piece is to PLAY, PLAY, PLAY
just let the inner child come out to play!!
But if you really need instructions to get your mojo on...here you go.....



Free Tutorial for creating something similar.

Supplies:
two favourite colours of paint and either a silver or a gold paint.
3 sticks in different lengths - I used cooking skewers found at the dollar store
cheesecloth - dollar store
6"x8" canvas
window screening, pieces of printed paper with any type of text on it

Basecoat your canvas with one of the paint colours.
Laydown your cheesecloth and apply another coat of the same colour.
Take cut up pieces of the window screening/paper pieces and lay down.  Use the wet paint as the sealant.
Using the second colour, & an old scruffy brush or even your fingers, swoosh on this colour around the canvas.  Don't swoosh too much or both the colours will blend together.  
Using a light pressure, with your index finger, dab here and there your gold/silver. Don't use too much colour. The gold/silver is simply to be an accent to the painting.
Put glue on the back of the skewers and a strip of glue on the canvas. Position three of the sticks towards one side of the canvas using the different lengths for positioning.
Dipping your index finger into the gold/silver, run your finger along the skewer to apply paint to it.
Dry and spray varnish. Sign the back of the canvas.
Makes a nice miniature piece of art for your friend.







2 comments:

  1. WOW - LOVE THE CONCEPT THAT MARILYN BRINGS OUT ABOUT JUST STARTING FROM SCRATCH AND LITERALLY RUNNING WITH IT UNTIL YOU FEEL IT'S DONE - THERAPEUTIC - LOVED THIS SEGMENT - AND KUDOS TO YOU GUYS FOR YOUR MASTERPIECES - PAUL

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  2. Great job Marilyn! I think you're right sometimes we just think too much about what we're doing! Wish you lived closer ;)
    Cathy V.

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