13 Hacks and Tips for Pouring Acrylics

Welcome! I’ve been pretty well obsessed with poured acrylic painting lately. There’s so much I love about it: deciding the palettes, the uncertainty of the mixing and the beautiful color wheel of surprises that are revealed when you pick up that flip cup and see the beginning of the creation!

While I haven’t been doing this very long myself, I have learned a LOT recently, and I just wanted to pass a long a few little nuggets of wisdom that I have gleaned along the way. This isn’t exactly a beginner’s guide to pouring exactly, but if you’re new to pouring, hopefully this list helps at least a little to answer some common FAQs and share some hacks, tips and method to make pouring easier.20170704_233730 Continue reading

Poured Art

Hey folks! Long time no see! I’ve been busy at work recently, exploring all kinds of new media and techniques, which I hope to be sharing with you soon! I’ve recently made all kinds of upgrades to the site, so I hope to be adding some demo videos in the near future too. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some poured art I’ve been trying recently!

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As I work my freelance job from home, I like to watch YouTube. Like a lot. I watch all kinds of things, but lately I’ve been addicted to poured art and suminagashi demonstrations and tutorials. They’re super relaxing to watch the colors mix and spread and break into cells. Not to mention that like 90% the people doing these videos have European or Japanese accents, which make them a joy to listen to as well ūüôā

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I watched a TON of videos on poured art. I was, as Eddie Izzard puts it, “letting the research come to me.” The first pour I did a few days ago was….. not good. I had no idea how much of what mixture to add to what cup and all I wound up with was a mess. Well, a mess AND some cool strips of marbled paint I peeled up from the plastic sheeting, which I’ll be using for Heihei’s feathers in an upcoming mixed media piece ūüôā I paid closer attention, learned more about the proper consistency and planned out my materials.

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But yeah, the second one came out so beautifully, and I’m kind of biased in my love for the colors, as teal and copper are the colors of my upcoming wedding. (I’m creating a TON of stuff for the wedding, so I’ll add content on that at some point too.

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And with Father’s Day coming up, I’m making him a photo frame because, well, he’s one of “those dads” and is pretty much impossible to shop for. No macaroni art here though! Just beautiful colors and cells, perfect for holding a lovely 5×7 of my mom as a gift. I’m not thrilled about the upper left corner, but what are ya gonna do, amirite? (Go to the art supply store and buy them out of everything, obviously)

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I’ll be sharing a lot more as I explore new stuff. I have some really cool mixed media pieces to share with you soon as well, so be sure to subscribe and stay tuned!

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Exciting news!

Stay tuned to this site and get signed up for notifications!¬†There’s some big changes coming around here, including a fresh new webpage and…. wait for it…. THE NEW ONLINE STORE, with shopping cart integration right here on this site.

Get pumped, guys. Epic things are afoot…

 

New Digital Portraits (Photoshop Layers as a Metaphor For Life)

Recently¬†I’ve been experimenting with some new painting techniques in Photoshop. Well, new to me anyway. Historically, I’ve been more of an artistic compositor and collage-maker when it comes to Photoshop, so this kind of painterly portraiture is pretty new for me. I have to admit though, I am totally hooked.

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Well, Hello 2016!

After a much-needed web break, I’m back! I’ve been spending a lot of time working on designs since my little holiday hiatus and have been slacking a little in the resource and tutorial department. I’m itching to learn something new myself, so I should have something new for you soon, once I clear my schedule of commissions.

In the meantime, I wanted to share the series I’ve been working on lately. They’re a hybrid of the two things I love most: watercolor and digital design. I shared a few pieces in anticipation of the Star Wars-themed show in December, but the collection has expanded quite a bit… Massively in fact. ¬†I’ve created over 20 designs in this style now. o_O

I have several designs available at my RedBubble store and all 20+ print designs are available at The Sci-Fi Center here in Las Vegas or directly through me, with more being added all the time. Designs include the 10th Doctor, Princess Bride, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (as well as original trilogy), Neverending Story, Supernatural and more.

I am also currently working on a Harry Potter series in the same vein, but full-body poses. Currently only Professor Snape is available (click below), but many more will be released soon!

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What can I say? Even though these take me on average 5-6 hours ¬†to complete (thank you, nitpicky brain), I absolutely love doing them. I start by creating the silhouette in Illustrator using the pen tool. I then import it into Photoshop and hand “paint” them using various watercolor, paint and splatter brushes. Plus a million-squillion¬†layers and blend modes. Seriously. So, so many…

I enjoy the way that creating these has¬†been challenging me to explore color, as well as light/dark. I also love that it’s kind of controlled chaos, which sums me up pretty much perfectly I suppose.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for information on next month’s First Friday!

Minimalist Star Wars Art Sneek Peek!

This year has gone by in a snap it seems. The group¬†Ben Folds Five comes to mind¬†: “When seconds pass slowly / and¬†years go flying by”. ¬†Amirite? Well, one of the things that has crept up on me is next’s week’s Star Wars opens. In fact, this weekend at¬†Bona Fide Art¬†Studio & Gallery¬†I’ll be slangin’ art, exclusive and limited edition prints, kitschy prayer candles¬†and Crass-Stitch by Jess Price will be on hand with gloriously nerdy Star Wars themed cross-stitch!

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To get you pumped, I thought I’d share a little sneak-peek at some of prints I have in the works for this weekend. Collect the¬†whole set (6 total, Rebel and Empire) this Friday! Come¬†see me. ūüôā

2015 Holiday Cards NOW AVAILABLE

They’re HEEEEEERE! Holiday cards are now available for ordering! There are currently 8 designs available for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus and other Llamadays… This batch features Firefly/Serenity, Harry Potter and more! Each design is hand-painted watercolor artwork by yours truly, professionally printed on super-gorgeous linen stock and shipped right to your door. Original hand-painted artworks, ¬†5″ x 7″ tented cards painted on 140lb watercolor stock, are also available¬†Get them all here.

A few samples to whet your geeky appetite…

 

Order today to get them in time for Christmahanukwanzayule!

Wallpaper Wednesday! Firefly, comrade? Da! Shi!

I woke up feeling in a very Soviet¬†mood today. Not Communist, exactly… More cold and bleary and cursing my crappy cup of coffee. (That last part’s a lie. My coffee was delicious. Keurig FTW.) Anyways, I started thinking about Firefly/Serenity¬†and, for some reason,¬†The Hands of Blue came to mind. In my mind,¬†an Alliance propaganda poster would likely be Russian Constructivist style. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at this style of design, and today was the perfect opportunity. Enjoy your free Firefly wallpaper!

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Maker Monday: Stock Photos That Don’t Suck

Confession: For the longest time, I couldn’t have cared less about using royalty-free photos. I grabbed the first internet photo that served my purpose and didn’t think twice about it. Now that I’m a little further into my life as a designer, I understand the importance of using royalty or copyright-free images in my work when I’m not supplying my own. (Well, like 90% of the time.*) It’s not just a legal issue, but a moral one because you’re basically using someone’s property without their permission.

"We're Coming to Get You, Barbara", (2013) Aerosol on canvas, 12x24

I painted this a few years ago from an iconic¬†photo¬†from the classic Night of the Living Dead…¬†Do as I say, not as I do.

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