Paper Petunia E-News #198 - April 2, 2017
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l had a play day with Jane last Wednesday and she wanted to practice freestyle watercolor images.  We began with hollyhocks and since I was working with Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper, this easily turned into a card.  FSJ perforated die created the perimeter.

Unidentified Floral Objects

At our Art Exchange Mixed Media Group meeting last Sunday, we wrapped up our meeting by creating UFO's!!!  I learned this trick from Angela Fehr and the more you do these circular pretend flowers, the more they begin to look real!  
This is the card I quickly demoed and as you'll see further down this post, I've added additional finishing touches.  I can't say enough about how much fun these UFO's are to create.
Here's a similar UFO that I started with my play day with Jane.  I used the rule of 3's for this A2 size card.  This practice is actually leading me to paint fabric to make pillows (What's Next #4?).  For now, they are A2 card size and someone special will be receiving them, or, they'll be part of the Everson Tree.  (I personally already have enough cards to fill the 2017 tree!)

Splatter Painting

I recently re-visited the concept of splatter painting.  I really dislike getting paint on my fingers and (unfortunately), this is the only way to achieve this look.  I'm a little OCD about getting my hands dirty (I don't like eating messy foods with my hands either), so you have to know how much I wanted to try this technique.  I did use a fingernail brush to quickly remove paint from my finger under the faucet, which you have to do before adding the next paint color, unless you use baby wipes.
Be sure to click on the photo for the link to this really cool technique.  It's as random as random gets, but the result is something quite unique.  My plan is to take this 5x7 piece and re-create a larger piece for my walls.  I can't tell you how many times I splattered, but it was a lot!!!  My advice is to try it and then decide!!!  I can't wait to make a big painting which will require much larger brushes.


If you love mixed media, you will love this group!  Every month is a different technique and there is literally no common expectation from one month to the next.  Sounds fantastic right????  

The above photos show some of our projects from the March meeting.  Kelly's abstract art stretched our creative process to a really cool level.

Next Meeting:
April 26th - 2-4 pm
Solvay Library
Presenter:  Lyn Bernatovich
Fee:  $10

Project:  Fluid Watercolor Using Stencils
About a year ago, I made a YouTube video of my version of fluid watercolor using a Dreamweaver stencil.  I love this technique so much, I'm pleased to be bringing it to our group.
We will be working with two techniques as shown in my video.  The first technique will be tracing the stencil image.  The second technique will be painting directly through the stencil while holding it down on the watercolor paper.  If there's time, I will show you a third technique where we will spritz color onto the stencil and press it onto watercolor paper!  Each week, I'll have sneak peeks of these techniques.

Supplies to bring:
Small and medium round brushes
Watercolor paint pallets

The Card Concept #70

My final card for this next challenge uses one of the techniques we will be learning at the Art Exchange Group!  For further details, click on the photo for the link to my blog post.

Sherry's Shoebox CAS Club


The next meeting of Sherry's CAS Club at the Bridgeport Library is April 26th at 3:30.  NO FEE!

The Shoebox Challenge is:


Shoebox Kit Sign Ups for March:  Sherry, Gayla, Lyn

Bring 1 card kit to swap

Shoebox cards are a fantastic opportunity to use your stash (believe me, you won't even miss your stuff!).  Just create one CAS card sample and put together 8 kits in  a "shoebox."  You do not have to commit to making a kit as we'll always have at least 3 people signed up to make kits, but the more cards we make, the merrier we'll be!


Have a pleasant week!


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