Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Earthy Abstract

Hello!

Time is just whizzing by!  I can't believe it's almost the end of October already...

Here's another in my abstract series obsession.  I like the earthy, natural color palette to this series.

Supplies:

* 12 x 12 card stock
* 3" brayer
* assortment of acrylic paints
* hand-carved stamps
* found stamps (foam pieces, corrugated cardboard)
* white gel pen
* black Fude ball pen





There was a fourth piece to this set, but I gave it as a birthday gift before I could take a photo... oops!

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween tomorrow!

~ ellen.

Monday, October 28, 2013

You Spin Me.... 'right round?

Hello!

Back again to share another set of abstracts... this set started as a 12 x 12 sheet of manila card stock that I cut down to four 6 x 6 pieces.

Supplies:

* 12 x 12 manila card stock
* 3" brayer
* assortment of acrylic paints
* hand carved stamps
* found stamps (foam pieces, thread spool)
* white gel pen
* black Fude ball pen




Have a great week!

~ ellen.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Feeling Blue?

Hey,

Trying a monotone / tone-on-tone look... today it's the blues... although they do make me quite happy! LOL...

Supplies:

* 12" x 12" card stock
* 3" brayer
* assorted acrylic paints
* hand made collage papers
* hand carved stamps
* white gel pen
* black Fude Ball pen






You see a pattern emerging?  Uh-huh... I've found my happy zone... more to come!

~ ellen.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Abstract Paint & Collage

Hello!

Back again with another set of abstracts...

Supplies:

* 12" x 12" white card stock
* vintage book text
* Ranger Glue 'N' Seal-matte
* 3" brayer
* assorted acrylic paints
* Silks - acrylic glazes
* hand made collage papers
* hand carved stamps
* found stamps
* paint pens
* white gel pen
* black Fude Ball pen






Hope you enjoyed... back soon with more!

~ ellen.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Paint Nite - I'm Hooked!

Hello!

A few weeks ago, I went to an event in downtown Baltimore called "Paint Nite".  If you've never heard of it, you simply *must* check it out.  It is a nationwide (U.S.) opportunity to go to your favorite pub or other drinking establishment, and learn to paint while you're enjoying your favorite beverage or glass of wine... honestly... what could be better!?  Seriously, I can't stop talking about it and telling everyone I know that they *have* to try this!

I met up with 3 of my best-est local arty friends for dinner and an evening of painting!  Everyone is given the same supplies, and the same instruction from the teacher, but it is amazing how different everyone's results were.

Here's a couple of pix from the evening... "borrowed" from the Paint Nite Baltimore Facebook page.

Our motley crew... from the front: Connie Byrnes, Terry Quinn, Me, and Patti Parrish
And here's me and Patti... we always have the *best* time! Love her!
Here's my finished painting, which is proudly now hanging in my bathroom ...


And a few close ups...




Needless to say, I will be partaking in this new phenomenon again... soon!  In fact, I'm already signed up for another session at a restaurant/bar close to where I work!  And I'm meeting up with my best friend since we were 9 years old (who is, incidentally, the source of my blog name, 10:36 art - see sidebar for the story), as well as my sister and one of her BFF's! It will be a BFF double-painting-date. Life is good!

Take care 'til next time!

~ ellen.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Abstract Obsession

Hello and Happy Friday!

I'm back to share another set in my abstract obsession...

Supplies:

* white card stock 8 1/2" x 11"
* 3" brayer
* assortment of acrylic paints
* hand made collage papers (mostly brayer clean-ups)
* hand carved stamps
* paint brushes
* paint pens (white and black)
* white gel pen






More to come soon...

~ ellen

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

House Pix - Dining Room

Hello!

One of most exciting parts of this new house is the simple fact that we have a *dining room* !  Our other house was more of a cottage, with an eat-in kitchen, but no dining room.  So I've spent many, many months searching for the *exact* dining room furniture that I had in my mind.  After many an internet search and in store browsing, I finally found it!

Here is the before picture.  We found that iron gate at Home Goods and fell in love with it.  The square art on the right is an acrylic print of one of Jane Davies' works, which I got from fineartamerica.  Here's a link to Jane's prints - they are just stunning!  


And here's the "after" ! I love the weathered, rustic, mission-style of the table and chairs.


And here's the sideboard/buffet.  The top middle drawer is lined for silver, with an insert that fits the drawer perfectly.  The second middle drawer is also lined with a gorgeous velvet to protect fine pieces.


After another trip to Home Goods over the weekend, we've done some more decorating! Two framed prints, some faux topiary, and (I know it's too early for Christmas.. this was just for fun), a cool advent tree with a little drawer for each day from Dec 1 to Dec 24.


I love this stamped mosaic-look bowl.  It has a bright silver background with a gorgeous copper/brown pattern.


Here's a shot from the living room.  Over the sliding glass doors... the collection of "circles" is actually a grouping of metal bowls, mounted on an iron frame. As a lover and maker of pottery, this was RIGHT up my alley!


This isn't the dining room... but thought I'd share it anyway... This is taken from the far side of the living room.  Love my ginormous clock, and the chest of drawers was a great find at Joss and Main.  You'll notice a little framed abstract piece on the chest as well.... more to come on that soon.


Found this at Home Goods, too... I just LOVE that store! It's a cryin' shame that it's a mere 2 miles from my house now... yikes!  I'm not normally one for fairy tale fantasies, but when it comes to me and Jack... well... there's just really no doubt... this is us... I'm a lucky girl... :)


... and that seems a fitting place to finish... I will be back soon to share another abstract series.

~ ellen.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Brayered Background Abstract

Hello!

I'm back from my little hiatus from blogland.  After our many months of moving, I needed a little blog break, and have been putting my creative energies into setting up and decorating our new home.  It's come a long way, and still has lots of little spaces left to fill, but we are *SO* happy to be here, and just love it!

I haven't been completely idle in my art, and in fact have lots to show you - but today we'll start with another of my abstract pieces.  I'm really loving this new style of art (for me).... here we go...

First up is one of my new hand carved stamps, stamped all over the background of some white card stock.  I used Wendy Vecchi's new archival ink in that awesome new gray color... watering can.


Next I chose a variety of Golden's fluid acrylic paints, and used my 3" brayer to create a multicolored background.  These paints are pretty transparent, so the texture of the hand card stamp background still shows through.


Then I painted a whole variety of red circles, again using Golden fluid acrylic paint, and then outlined them with a black sharpie paint pen.


Here are a few close ups...



... and then I just went crazy with found stamps (wooden thread spools, hand cut foam stamps), a white paint pen, and my black detail pen.... Voila!




Hope you like - I'll be back soon with more abstracts to share...

~ ellen.