Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ink Techniques, Work's In Progress & Etsy Shop Update

Greetings and Salutations!

I hope all of you had a great week and that you are all creating art! Weekends go by so fast and if you are like me, where you can't get into your studio until late Friday nights, make the most out of the time that you have. Even if you create in your journals and only have 10 or 30 will feel better and after awhile, you will make time...even if it means going without sleep! LOL

Okay, now on for some new techniques I was trying! I hope you like them! With the costs of art supplies now, and the fact that we have to have it all, and everyday there is something new coming out for all of us to go crazy with, I thought I would see if this new line of Ink from Liquitex would do the same job as all of those Glitter Mist Sprays, Tim Holtz's Spray Inks, etc.(Because let's face it, when ordering those sprays, you can't just get one color and they are expensive!) This technique works just as well as those expensive sprays...well at least they did for me and it's a heck of a lot cheaper. All you do is get yourself a little spray bottle (they sell them at Blicks for $1.19) I put about 12 drops of ink in the bottle and added about half water. You will get so much for your money and these inks go along way! Try mixing the colors...I haven't done that yet! I bet you can make all kinds of colors. The ink will last a long a long time and you don't need very much. I also tried using it directly out of the bottle for a drippy effect. I was very happy with the results. These little spray bottles are great for this process. They even come with a stick on the front so you can write the color on it. (

I tried the same process with the wonderful and to die for Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints. These work just as well. Just add a little bit more water because the sprayer head gets a little clogged, but it does the job.

I just added three Witches to my Etsy Shop.

I have been working on some new Cloth & Clay Art Dolls and they are still in the "WORKS IN PROGRESS" Mode! This little girl is a custom order from a lady in Austria. She wanted a cloth and clay art doll, and requested that she have a big "X" for an Eye. Do you think I got that? LOL
My Sitter Dolls. Man...are these fun to make! They are in the process of drying.
Here are some that have moved on from the drying stage and now are getting sculpted with clay!

Just got my BIGGIE BOARD and BIGGIE PAPER! If you don't have one of these and are interested in just practicing your drawing, these are absolutely great. I got both at Blicks. They are having a great sale (well they always do)! LOL

I'm getting my supplies ready for Art School. I start January 18th...Can't wait!

My good friend Anita told me about this amazing new Art Book. If you love drawing and using colored pencils, this book is MUST HAVE! It's brilliant and is filled with amazing works, techniques and demos. Who knew you could use mineral spirits with colored pencils!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and creative weekend and remember to take time out of your day to create ART!
Until Next Time


Lisa said...

i love your witches and what you've done with the fabric skirts!
I didn't know you could use mineral spirits with colored pencils either...i bet you'll learn some wonderful techniques in school.. how fun!

Sue said...

Another great post Michelle! Your witches are fabulous, I want one!
(I also want some more $$$ in my PP account! LOL).

Your post reminds me that I need to get more of those little spray bottles. Diluting the paints and inks does really save money!

Wishing you a very productive weekend (I know you will have one)


woolloomooloo said...

me, too! i love your witches!! your creativity is amazing!! :) thanks for sharing! and good luck with art school!! i've always to take up a class or two, but always conflicts in schedule... so many things i wanna learn, gotta make time! :) thanks for your wonderful and uplifting sharings in class recently! :) *big hugs* from your fellow fishies xoxo! :)

Pattee said...

I love these new witches Michelle!
They are just wonderful.

You never cease to amaze me with you new ideas and tips for us... never...

Congratulations!!! Going back to school! That's wonderful I can hardly wait to hear all about it!

Summer Gypsy said...

Hi Michelle,
I so agree about grabbing just 10 minutes or so a day to create. I did finish an Autumn swap this weekend (early even)! It feels so good to start the week by mailing an art package. I love your witches. You are quite an artist!

jacqueline said...

I adore your witches too and its so fun to see your work in progress...i too adore the "X" eye! Thanks for sharing your art tools with us. Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Sonia ;) said...

Im so excited for you..Can not wait to hear about ur adventures in art school land. TY Michelle for always being a cheerleader to me...You deserve all good Karma coming ur way..


PS..I always learn something new from you. Love the witches

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello there,

What great info...thanks so much for sharing the mixture of the inks and paints...can we mix these with Alcohol to have "alcohol inks/dyes"??

Oh, and congrats on starting art school..where will you be attending? How exciting for you.

Drop by for a visit when you have a free moment and tell me about school and on mixing the alcohol with the ink...oh, and I LOVE the biggie paper..I want one!


Queen of Dreamsz said...

Oh my gosh, I'm back..:0/ I forgot to say how awesome your witches are!!!

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

I love your new dolls and thank you so much for sharing so many great techniques and tips!

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Cool new things! And thanks for the tip on how to make homemade glitter mist!!

vintagesusie said...

Hi & I Love your dolls!!! Just a note to say Thanks for your lovely Queen of Hearts tags & assorted goodies!! This was fun & I hope to swap again soon. Sincerely, Susie

Designs By CK said...

FUN Witches Michelle. :-)

Popping in to wish you a VONDERFUL weekend.

PS: I could have written that colored pencil bible book! ~ LOL

Chris (-:


Pattee said...

Just want to tell you Michelle...
Have a GREAT week-end!!!
oxo don't forget to sleep!

sanda reynolds Mullingar,Ireland said...

Hi Michelle,
So happy I found your blog again! It is a magical place indeed! LOVE your new witches, like all your art in fact! You are an AMAZING artist, your imagination knows no boundaries!
Thanks for sharing, the idea with Liquitex inks is fantastic. I have a good bunch of them and I must try your tip.
Wonderful news with the Art School! What a SUPER adventure it will be!
Have a great weekend, lots of love,
Sanda xx

Kate England | Marmalade Moon said...

Happy Halloween! Love your new witches!


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