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Abstract Painting - Using Art Prompts To Be More Creative In Your Work

teacher avatar DENISE LOVE, Artist & Photographer

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (2h 39m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Art prompts

    • 3. Supplies

    • 4. Using Art Prompts on small pieces

    • 5. Finishing up our small pieces piece

    • 6. Using art prompts on larger pieces

    • 7. Finishing up our pair

    • 8. Making Your Own Art Cards

    • 9. Finishing our cards

    • 10. Using Art Prompts For Large Cut Out Piece

    • 11. Adding details

    • 12. Finishing up and cutting out art

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About This Class

Hello, my friend! Welcome to class.

In this class, I'm going to show you a fun technique I like to do with my abstract art to push myself a bit further. We are going to be using Art Prompts! I love creating a collection of prompts and then using them when I'm creating to add some unexpected elements into my art. To push myself to think outside my own limitations and try new things as I'm creating. This is a great way to experiment with new supplies, colors, substrates, etc... This is the way we learn how to use our materials and discover new things. Doing a project like this will often lead you in new directions in your art!

I'll be focused on little abstracts for doing these projects - but you don't have to limit yourself to doing abstracts. You can apply these techniques to any type of art you choose! 

Before I get started I will go through my supplies and pull out the ones I am going to use and I will put all the others away. This might include supplies just in my colors, new supplies I'm wanting to try out, my paper choice, and then I tell myself - this is it... let's see what we can create!

This class is for you if:

  • You love learning new techniques for your art
  • You are interested in abstract painting
  • You love experimenting with art supplies
  • You love watching how others approach their painting practice

Supplies: I encourage you to use your supplies you have on hand to do your projects. You do not have to purchase any specific supplies for this class. It is all about experimenting with the supplies you have and learning to let loose.

  • Watercolor paper - I Iike cold press and hot press about 140lb for most projects - but this is also the time to experiment with your substrates and choose some different papers, boards, vintage elements to paint on. 
  • Various paintbrushes and mark making tools
  • Various paints in your favorite colors. I'm using a variety of acrylic paints in this class, but feel free to use watercolors, oil paints, inks, etc... the sky is the limit on the supplies you could choose to use and experiment with.
  • Disposable gloves if you are using any toxic art supplies
  • I love using a Stabilo black pencil and the Posca Pen to make marks in my work

That is the majority of supplies I am using... but as I mentioned above - don't think you need to go out and buy tons of new supplies (unless you just want to...). Try this project with some of the supplies you have on hand and grow from there.



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Hello, my friend!

 I'm Denise, an artist, and photographer. I'm really passionate about sharing what I have learned with others and creating workshops is what I really enjoy. I've primarily focused on Photography Workshops up to this point. After having a thriving studio photography business since 2012, and being involved in different arts my whole life, I have started to delve into other creative workshops to keep things fresh and exciting for myself. I enjoy the journey of creating as much as what I end up with when I'm done. I can't wait to share with you and see what you are creating! 

I have an Instagram just for my art feed if you want to connect over there. I'd love to see you! I also have my main Instagram account for all things ... See full profile

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1. Welcome: I'm Denise love and I want to welcome you to class. So let me show you what we'll be doing in this class. We are going to have a ton of fun. And I've shown, I'm showing you several different projects that you can sit down and get creative with anytime you're wanting to come to your art room. So this class is all about art prompts. And what I like about using prompts and my art isn't helps me get outside of my own comfort zone. It helps me use different materials, different mark-making, different substrates. It really makes me think outside of what I normally do to kind of get out of a rut, give myself new ideas, make myself just experiment a whole lot more than I might normally do if I came up here and I sit and I do the same thing every day. So we started off, I have come up with 30 or so different prompts, things like paint using a palette knife. Do some stitching. Turn your page upside down and keep working. Add some paint splatter. And what the goal is is to have yourself a nice deck of cards, whether they be some like this where I've written on to some blank business cards. Or they be some like this where we create our own art decks in class. And I give you tons of different options and ways that I've thought up that I could make an art deck in class and then share those with you. So that then you can be making some of your own depending on which you like. This is one of my favorite piece, aren't on the front art prompt on the back. So every card is a yummy piece of art. So this was my personal favorite in all of the ideas that I came up with for making a set of prompt cards that are actually made out of your art. This was easy because this is something I've been using for a long time, writing them on business cards. But as I was doing art prompts for this class thinking, you know, what else could I have done besides just wrote these on a little pretty card? That's what I thought, you know, I should have done these on little pieces of art and made a whole deck of these. And then what I really liked about this, if you have enough that you love, you could make your own set of artists cards, scan them into your computer and you could maybe offer those for sale because I'm one of those people I get inspired by artists cards, by others. And this is an inspiration deck with pisa art in a inspirational word. But you could do something like that in your art with beautiful piece of art and a phrase or prompt on to go with it. And if you had 30 different pieces of art as your art cards printed somewhere like mu MO, they would be really beautiful. So just a fun idea that I'm just brainstorming here is I'm doing a welcome video. So this is real fun. So we're going to use the art prompts. You could go do the art prompt video first, even though that's like the third lesson in here, create your beautiful prompt cards before you come back and do the lessons 1 and 2. But we're going to use the prompts to then create some fun art. I chose to do little sets of abstracts, which let me tell you this art prompt was used a surface that you don't normally use. So I used really rough watercolor paper. It almost as like smooth watercolor paper that we say ended up never used the rough before, but I bought a pada, but a while back and I thought off perfect for this project. And these look completely different than the other abstracts that I do because of the way that paper grabs my paints and pigments. So I loved that, I pick that prompt and then I did some larger ones just to play around and experiment on regular watercolor paper. Then I made the art cards. But let me tell you, this might be the most fun project and here is creating the cards themselves and then using them to create some yummy pieces of art. And if abstracts not your thing, you don't have to do abstracts, you can do whatever your particular art happens to be. But I love this set of three so much that I think I'm going to have it framed and hang it somewhere. Because every time I do these, these are like my little children. I just I love him so much. I, I want to hang them up and look at them and use them as inspiration for myself for later. So I really loved those. I loved the art cards. So definitely I think you're going to have a lot of fun in this class coming up with prompts and then using those prompts to push yourself further in your art. So I hope you enjoy this class. I'm pretty excited to see what you create, so definitely come back and share some stuff with us. And I will see you in class. 2. Art prompts: Today I'm going to show you something really fun that I like to do just to kind of push myself a little further and get out of a little slump or get out of a rut and push myself into new directions. So what we're going to work with today is art prompts. And what I love about these is I've got a whole bunch that written down on these fun little business card sized pages. And this is a little pack of cards that's real fun. That came from e Francis paper.com, FRA NCES paper PAPR.com. And I like it because it looks like something that would be in an art studio because our a pretty and I can write anything in this blank space that I need. And so that's perfect for writing art prompts. And that's exactly how I've ended up using this fun little deck of cards. So what I've done is thought up lots of different prompts that I could then pull a card while I'm working in my studio on different little abstracts and I could pull out a card and incorporate whatever that card says all in that abstract. And I like it because it'll push you in a different direction. It'll spur an idea maybe that you didn't have. Some of these are cards that I might pull before I even get started. Or I might pull five cards before I get started and say, Okay, I'm going to do all five of these things in my work today. And so the ones that are kinda for when you get started is like work in a series. And so if you are planning on doing just a plain yellow abstract, you know, maybe you could do a set of three abstracts. And so really fun prompts to push you in different directions. Try a different substrate you don't normally use. And that's one of my favorite because in most of my things that I do, especially for a little workshop with abstracts, I might be using cold press watercolor paper, but who's to say that rough press, watercolor paper or hot press watercolor paper or mixed media paper, or Vintage Book pages or canvas or something else, wouldn't be just as fun to work with that day and teach me something or push me in a different direction than I might have gone if I didn't have that prompt because we're creatures of habit, we're going to pull out what we're comfortable with and what we always work with. And that's what we're gonna do. And if you'll pull an art prompt to push you in a different direction, I think you'll push your creativity and stretch yourself as an artist using our product or color you've never used before. That's super fun. If I'm doing a lot of things that I do. Purple is the color that I never use because I'm just not a really a purpley person. So that might be a color that I tried to incorporate into something. Or maybe I'm using a different product and say like liquid pencil. And maybe I use a blue or yellow and a liquid pencil that I would never have thought to use. I mean, there's lots of ways we can interpret these prompts and a pulling that out. I'm going to push myself that day to do something I haven't done before. Use a color you don't like. How fun is that? So that's going to be something that's going to be a little harder. Make you think a little bit outside the box and think, what can I do here? So that I liked my piece of art when I'm done maybe, but using something I don't like or something I'd never use. Perfect for that. Add some scribble with some pencil. I love having scribble with pencil. So some of these art prompts may be some things that I've thought of that I like to do. But maybe you didn't think to do this. And if you have this on a little prompt card and you pull it out and you think adds some scribble with some pencil. Aha, okay, that's fun. Let me try that out. Limit yourself to only five art supplies. Now this is a hard one because even when I limit my color palette to two or three colors, I'm still going to have several different types of supplies, perhaps in those colors that I'm going to be using. So this is one that I might want to pull ahead of time. And maybe I want to use a different substrate and a normal use. And I want to limit myself to five art supplies. And so I put those supplies out on my table and that's what I would work with that day and see what I could create. So I love that one set of dots. So that's where I'm going to create a set of dots somewhere on my piece. Tight circles. So some of these are just prompts for shapes or color or, or just little tidbits that you can add into your art. And, you know, I'm, I put tight circles. You might put tight squares type triangles, stars, whatever shape it is that you want. You can take these prompts and go way further than I had gone with my, say, 30 or so cards that are here. And you could create an unlimited number of cards using this same idea, but maybe picking different shapes and writing each one down so that when you pull a shape today you get a triangle and when you pull a shape, next week you get a square or whatever. So don't limit yourself to the things that I'm telling you. See how else you can think outside the box and how you can push these prompts even further for yourself. I'll add some white, add some black, add some collage. So I do like this one because I don't work with collage nearly as much as I kind of want to. And so this would push me on a day that maybe I wasn't going to pull out my box and old papers and books and stuff and I'm going to tear up. And maybe this will push me that day to add some collage elements that I might normally have just skipped. I'll do a set of lines, overlapping circles and you know, you can make these as detailed as you want. I've got words here that kind of prompt something for me. But if you want to write, create overlapping circles in the lower left, I mean, you could be more specific than on being I'm giving myself just a little bit of leeway with these prompts. And this overlapping circles could be overlapping squares, overlapping shapes, overlapping triangles. You can expand upon those and get many different cards out of some of these. Add some paint splatter. I do love a little bit of splatter. Add some bold marks. So if you normally add real tight little tiny marks and scribble and stuff like that with mania. A sharp pencil, maybe it's time to get out a fat marker or a paint stick or something that's got a bigger tip on it that's going to make a much bolder statement or a bigger paintbrush or whatever it is that you're working with, make it bigger and make it bolder. So I like that because that's something that I don't do very often. And I should definitely take that to heart and pull that card and add some bold marks in and add some writing. So this one to me doesn't mean it has to be readable writing either. You can add some scribble in lines that look like writing. You can be creative there, and the writing could be on your underpainting. It could be your wish or dream or desires for that painting or your life, or the world or whatever. And then you could end up painting on top of it. And that writing just be kind of a wish underneath everything. You could be pretty creative with add some writing. So this one's do some stitching. This is fun because it's kind of a 3D element that's different than the paint on the canvas. And it's going to add some different elements into your work that maybe you don't normally do. And usually you would do this with like a colored embroidery thread and a needle with a bigger eye in it. And maybe just, you know, puncture some holes and make it where you could stitch a little bit on your painting. So that's kinda fun. I don't do that very often. I wrote that prompt down to maybe Spur myself into doing that. Occasionally when I pull that card. Turn your page upside down and keep working. So that's kinda fun. How often do we rotate our piece the other direction? And then keep on creating on it from a different viewpoint there. So I like that because I never do that as just in my regular workflow. So I know that's going to be a fun prompt when I'm working. Make marks with a paint pen. So that's one of my favorite things to do with that white posca pen or this gold posca pen. I do like making marks with paint pins. So that's one that I put because I like doing it and that'd be fun to pull out, add some marks with a stencil. So that's really fun too. And my favorite stencil is the patella, which is the piece that they cuts sequence out of. It's just the leftover piece of what they were making the stencils out of. And it's called Peninsula. And I love using that more than anything. But also recently got some different stencils at the dollar store. And then I've got other regular bigger stencils that I might use for things. I've just got different stencils about. I don't normally use them as much in my art as I should. I just got these look how fun the swirls are. And I love this with the, with the lines of dots here. And I think that's going to be really fun. Fail nose at the link at the Michel's the other day. So just go looking around at the Michel's Hobby Lobby, your art store wherever, and see if you can find some stencils that have some marks that you're like on it. Maybe you'd want to incorporate into some art when you came up with this art prompt. Add some paint with your fingers. So I love that. I do like having different marks and things with paint brushes, but I do like having some more organic and less. Defined using my fingers and that doesn't mean you have to use your fingers without gloves on it. It can be a gloved finger too, so keep that in mind but don't be afraid to get your fingers in your art. And I like that reminder at a floral doodle with your paint pins. So that's what I was meaning about. If you want to be more specific with your art prompt and you want to give yourself some definite direction. Then, you know, put more words on the page and be a little more specific with how you want that prompt to be done. And this one is at a doodle with your paint pens. So that's kinda fun. I like that prompt. I like flowers and I don't doodle as much as other artists. And so that's a good prompt. Push me out of my comfort zone. I had some squares. Add an accent color, loose circles. You see this can be loose circles, loose squares, which triangles lose, stars, whatever shape it is that you want to focus on that could be just wide open there. Do a line of dots. So this would be real fun with that stencil because these make lines of dots and I think that would fit in really nice and I could hit two of my prompts at the same time, line of dots and use a stencil. Or I could just use this as my guide if I want them to be real defined and I can take my pink pen and just follow the stencil dots. If I want them to be real orderly there. Use your non-dominant hand to draw lines. Love that one because how often do you switch with the hand that you don't normally write with? That's definitely going to push you into a little more organic, less defined, less on purpose. You know, I like things that don't look like their own purpose and look to prettier too straight or two curved. I want it to be a little more broken up. Maybe like it was drawn by a three-year-old sometimes. And if you use your non-dominant hand, you're likely to get marks that you never would have got before. So I love that. Paint using a palette knife. This could be all kinds of stuff. Paint using an unusual item, paint using a scraper paint, using a credit card paint using, you know, anything it is that you can spread paint on with some kind of hard surface business card. You can use all kinds of things to sprint paint. So with your prompts, you could put paint using a palette knife or a credit card or whatever it is that you want to use for that prompt to make yourself get different Peyton works and streaks that you wouldn't normally be able to get. Make a mark you've never made before. That's kinda fun and you're going to have to think for a moment about what marks you normally make and then make a series of marks that you wouldn't normally make. Maybe you normally do lines and dots and today maybe we want to do something different. And in my little art room up here above my art table, I have just ideas that I've written down to give myself some mark making ideas when I'm doodling and stuff on a little abstract, I can look up and get some ideas. And so if you do something like this, just something small. A look at shapes as you're looking on Instagram or something. And if you see something that looks appealing, add that to your idea card for marks and then use one of these that you don't normally use and a piece of art. So something like that. It's really handy to have up hanging up on your wall in front of you because you can just glance up at it and be like, oh yeah, I could do that. Focus on a limited color palette. So I like to remind myself of that because I have a lot of art supplies. And when I'm in the art room looking at all the supplies, it gets a little overwhelming and I find it much easier if I the side right up front, maybe I'm going to work with just a few colors today and maybe I'm going to only work with, you know, maybe acrylics, maybe acrylic ink. Maybe I'm going to pull a color palette and a few drawing utensils and a mark making tool. And then say that's what I'm going to work with today because then I get past supply paralysis or white page paralysis with my piece of art that I'm going to be working on. And I just have a blank page staring at me. There's a lot of things that are going to, you know, get in your way of freeing your mind of some of these obstacles and getting yourself to creating that day. And focusing on a limited color palette and limiting your supplies. Pull those out up front before you start creating is going to help you get out of your way and getting to creating that day. And I guarantee you, if you're like me and you have every color of every kind of supply that's available. That is going to be a hindrance, not a help. Because for years I was like, Oh, I want to do watercolor. Okay, I want all the watercolors because I need them all. And then I would sit there and I would look at the blank page. I want to create a masterpiece. And I'd get frustrated because I couldn't even get started. I was just paralyzed. And if I hit limited myself to maybe a few colors are one brand or one type watercolor may be pulled out by a little watercolors I was going to work with that day. I would have not had so many frustrating days sitting at my art table with all the supplies that I felt I needed. So I love this so focused on a limited color palette. You could change this up and a lot of different ways. Limited supplies, limited papers, limited, whatever it is that you feel that, you know, is getting in your way mentally. That's what could be your art prompt. I'm focusing on limited colors for that prompt. And so I've got probably, probably 2030 prompts there. And what I'm gonna do in this class, and what I normally do for myself is I will kinda flip these over. And I will pick out random cards so that I'm not picking out anything that I know what it is. I don't want to know when I'm picking and maybe we'll pick five cards. And then that's going to be my project for that day. So the first five cards would be add some paint with your fingers. Who I was hoping to get this one. Try a different substrate you don't normally use. And I was hoping to get this one because I remembered in my art closet that I have and a whole bunch of different watercolor papers that I had gotten at some point that I thought I need them all. So let me try them all. And it's the arches, rough watercolor paper and cold press and hot press because I had gotten a bunch of oil painting paper from them. And I thought, Oh, I wonder how their papers you're different. And this rough press. I don't use and I've never used it. I might have pulled it out and add one thing with it and thought, okay, that's weird and then never looked at it again. And as I sat down at this table, I thought I need to pull those papers out. And if I get this prompt, I could try this paper. So I got pretty excited about that. So that's crazy that I actually pulled a prompt. I was hoping for line of dots. I like that. Overlapping circles and use your non-dominant hand to draw lines. Okay, so that's a lot of fun prompts. That's the first five that I came up with. And you can pull a prompt as you're working or you can pull the prompts beforehand. If you're working and you get stuck, then you might pull your cards out and say, Okay, I want to pull a card to kinda keep me go in. So 0 add some scribble with some pencils. That's what I'm going to do next. So you could do it that way or you could pull, say five prompts at the beginning like I just did, because some of these are beginning prompts and you can separate those out if you want to separate and have a stack of beginning prompts and a stack of while you're working prompts. That would be great because then you could pull a beginning prompt and say, Okay, I'm using with a different substrate. And then you can pull these prompts while you're in process or beforehand. And then these we're going to use in our piece Art somewhere. So that's my first five cards. That's my first project that I'm going to do. I hope you enjoy working with art prompts as a way to kind of move yourself on to the next level. These are super fun. Definitely gets me out of my swamp or my creative rut that I get into and into using things that I might not normally use. So these are super fun. So I hope you're gonna enjoy doing a couple of projects with me during this class using art prompts. Write out the ones that I have. Add some of your own, come up with all of your own if you want if you want to have different ones than I have, I'm just trying to give you some ideas on things you could work with to be a little different and get outside your box and, and just try things out some pretty excited to see what projects we can do in this class. Pull in different art project prompts. So I'll see you back in class. 3. Supplies: So let's talk about supplies for this. So a half supplies sitting out here. But it's really a little bit to fool you because this class is all about making some art prompts that you can then use to create your art. So to make some art cards, I'm using just a large piece of cold press watercolor paper and cutting back into smaller pieces to make a set of cards. I'm like this, but you can create pieces of art and cut it into a card any way that you'd like to do that using whatever supplies you happen to be interested in. And I'm showing you in this first project different supplies and techniques that I like to do. And I could have then cut this down and made that into a card. So that could be one way to do it. This could have been three little cards that I created and then cut down and made into maybe a smaller card or maybe this could have been two cards that I cut in half and cut a pretty edge on. So if you want to jump to the first project, create a bunch of little abstracts, and then cut these up into little cards that you then use for your art cards. That would be a great idea. If you want to go and use the big sheet of paper that we paint on and then cut into little pieces. That's another really great idea because, you know, you could have pretty piece of art on the front, fun art prompt on the back, maybe with some mark-making. There's lots of choices here. And what I like about Newland, like a whole set, like with that we use for pain as now have different cards that I can then look at. Pull a prompt off of, you know, I've written these on little business card so you could find blank cards at the art store, maybe the bookstore. I think our families at a bookstore and they're pretty on the front and the back and I can just write a phrase on it. So that's another option. I'm using acrylic paints and I'm using the Artesia inexpensive paints to create my large abstract that I cut into smaller pieces. Do a little stencil work. So I'm using some punch Ella, which is the stuff that you get when you punch sequence out of this, it's called punch Ella. But I love that, but you should use some sequence. You can get as creative as you want. Got some paint pins, a pencil. But really what this all comes down to is create some random abstract pieces of art. And then we're going to cut those into say, a card to make some art cards. Or after you have your art cards, we're going to use these art cards to create pieces of art to then push us outside of our comfort zone when we're creating. So I really love having some guide lines are some boundaries are some limitations sometimes to art. Like I like to limit my color palette. Because if you have all the options and all the supplies and all the colors, It's paralyzing. And if you will, sit down and say, Today I'm going to pick five cards. Just pick these five. And here's what I'm gonna do today. So I'm going to add some black work in a series. I love that because then I could do a set of three. Maybe I don't normally do that. Make marks with a paint pen, add some writing and add some paints bladder. That's a good one because I do love a little bit of splatter on stuff. So now I'm going to put my paper out and I'm going to use these to guide me when I get stuck. So I might, I have some colors that I want to use and I might get going and I might think, what else don't want to do? Well, then I might be like, ooh, let's add some paint splatter. Let's add a little bit of writing. So now I have some guidelines to push me into the next level or to make me do something that I wouldn't normally do, that's maybe a little bit less comfortable for me. And that discomfort is how we learn and grow and push ourselves as artists. So I love having prompts and limitations sometimes because that really makes you think outside the box and think, what can I create with this? This is all I have today that I can use. What can I make? And you'll be surprised how you'll grow as an artist in the things that you'll create by having somethings that pull you into a certain direction that maybe you wouldn't otherwise have chose. So even though this is a supply video, you kinda get the hint here that we're working with some watercolor paper. I like the 140 pound to make a card because that's a nice thickness. And we're going to be creating some art prompts and a few projects based on those prompts that we create. So the supplies are kinda open to what would you like to use in your projects? It's not specific. You don't have to use the same things I've used. I like using paint pens, a little bit of acrylic paint, maybe a step below pencil to do some marking. I like to have a mechanical pencil to do some drawing and marking. I like this little clay tool that's got the pointy edge on it to do a little bit of marking. And that's what I'm going to use to create. I'm going to keep it simple. I'm thinking these projects here, I've actually used some gesso, so I have white gesso and clear gesso. You might want a glue stick or R2 to glue prompts onto your cards if you're gonna do paper that you glued down. And these are acid free craft sticks you can use Yes, paste. That would be great also so or matte medium, your choice of glue there. I'm also using some pastels personally because I like them. But if you're making cards like this where you're going to be touching them, be careful, whatever it is that you're going to use on there that maybe, maybe the past deals not the best choice because you don't want to smear it and end up with pastel on your hand every time you use your card. So you didn't want to be careful because on some of these where I've used cards that were already created, you can see I get pastel on my fingers every time. And I don't think I fixed this with a final fixative before I cut these up to use it because these were scrap pieces. But even if you're using final fixative, nothing truly permanently fixes a powder. And that's basically what a pastel is as a powder. So for these projects, pastels, great, because I'm just going to frame them and then nothing is going to be touching them and smearing them. But from art cards probably better not to use a pastel. Alright, so that's kinda basically the supplies I'm doing. These are some of the projects we're doing. I really love if you made yourself to set a art cards rather you write them on a pretty card or you make the pretty art card like this, and then jump into your projects using those cards. One other little thing I forgot to mention, and I'm just happen to notice it. I like having a corner cutter and you can have any corner cutter. There's lots of variety out there at the craft stores that Michael is in the Hobby Lobby. This is a very old one from scrapbooking days, so they're not going to quite look exactly like this one. But I like having a little corners cut because it makes your card look like a truly professionally finished card. Rather than just something with a square edge? To me, it doesn't look like it is finished as it could. So you might look at corner cutters and I thought I had one that just had rounded corners but I can't I couldn't find it. So I got this one with a decorative corners. And the decorative corner is just as pretty and really fun. So pick out a corner that you like and then you can cut pretty corners on your cards if you like. So forgot to mention that I used one of these and just to be looking around for one that you might like. All right, so I'll see you in class. 4. Using Art Prompts on small pieces: Let's see what we can create. So what I have is our five original art prompts from our art prompts video. Try a different substrate you wouldn't normally use. So I was super excited to pick that because I wanted a reason today to use this rough watercolor paper. And this is 140 pound paper, which is the same weight as the cold press watercolor paper, but it almost fills a stiffer to me. Then the cold press for some reason. And this has two sides, but one side actually feels a little rougher than the other one, like the top sides a little rougher. So I'm kind of excited to see what this paper's gonna do for an abstract product, an abstract project that I kind of do quite frequently because I enjoy doing these. I've never done it on this kind of paper, which is going to be exciting to test that out because I don't know if I'm going to like the paper. We may get done and think worst paper ever. But how are we going to know that if we never experimented with a paper and found out. So that's why I really love doing stuff like this, because it makes us use and experiment with things that maybe we weren't going to use an experiment with any other way. Now you don't have to do rough watercolor paper with this prompt. You could do hot press paper, you could do mixed media paper. You could do some vintage book pages. You can work on a cradle board. You can work on a canvas. You can see here there's just any direction that you want to go. You can go. But for me, I immediately thought of this stash of paper that's been sitting in my little art closet in the hallway for quite awhile. And I thought, perfect. And we're gonna do some, add some paint with your fingers. We're going to add a line of dots and here's some time. We're gonna do some overlapping circles somewhere. And we're going to use our non-dominant hand to draw lines. So I'm going to pull from these cards for my inspiration in painting today and for the cards that you would need to pull before you got started, you could have one little deck of those and you can have one little deck of these extra prompts. Pull this first to get you started in that could've been different substrate, it could have been limited color palette. It could have been any of those that you kinda need to know up front. Pull that first and then you can pull these as you're working. You get to go in and you think, Okay, I'm stuck, what do I, what do I wanna do now? Get your deck out and pull a prompt. And maybe that problem is do a line of dots. And so now you're like, okay, let's add some dots in here. And then that will hopefully get you over your, your, your, your hump of where do I go now? What do I do now? I feel stuck or whatever. So let's get started. These are my prompts that I'm going to use a pull them ahead of time for this one. Okay. So what I've got over here that I think I'm going to apply in is and use any paint you want. These just happened to be some of the fun ones that I like that I want to play and I've got whole being sepia, that might be my dark. I'm going to have white just so, so that'll be my white. I'm not going to use a white paint. I'll use the white gesso and I use the JSR product with my acrylics so that I can then draw on top of the paint with things like pastels. And I've pulled out sharpen olive green, green, gold, raw sienna, and Caribbean pink. I don't know if I'm going to use all those, but I do have on and then I thought maybe a Payne's gray acrylic ink. Let's just play with that too. So I'm going to put some of these and I've got just a couple of cheap paint brushes here, and I've got some mark making tools and I've got some palette knives over here on my desk. So I do have a lot of things that I could be working in. And if you're working with paints or you've got paint sensitivities, then I've got gloves over here too. So keep safety in mind as you're working with your paints and have gloves handy that you can put on. I'm just putting a little of each of these on my paint palette. And you can tell this green gold Bashar Irvin is my favorite one to pull out and use this almost MD. I think I do have another one that I ordered. I don't know if it's going to be exactly the same or not. That one container is my favorite. And this Caribbean pink, I do like that little dash, a pink there. Alright, so think what I'm going to start off doing is maybe just kind of putting some water here on my paper and dropping some of this ink on it and it looks like there's some color in my brush. I don't know if it's the brush or the water, but we're not going to see it in a minute. It doesn't matter. I want the ink to kinda do what it's gonna do to begin with. And I'm just going to try to like, oh yeah, look at that. And this is something I've never done. You know, when I sit to do these, start thinking, what can I do that I have not done before. I want to practice techniques. I want to play with different colors, I want to experiment. So this is very interesting. It's not spreading nearly as easy as I think it would with a smoother paper. So this paper almost is like now I kinda wish I left it like that. Let's not, let's not spread that one out. This paper is almost like smooth paper that we sanded with some sandpaper. I'm going to put some of this just so out. This is white, just so and this is clear. So I want to do some of this and not really changed the color up. And I've got some tos over here, I can get one of those. And then let's go ahead. And I'm just mixing paint and Jesse oh, and I can do paint in white. White just so or I could do it with the clear just so. And because I'm doing this kind of whet a little bit, this is still wet. You're going to see some color blending a little bit. This before definitely feels way different. Then the smooth paper it picks up that paint and then just kind of grabs it. Very interesting. And because I'm kinda work in a series here, I'm just going to paint on all three of these kind of at the same time. And what I might do is take my this is just a clay tool that's got the sharpened on it here. And I could just see if we can drag some of this ink out and do some mark-making. Kinda like in this one over here. This is the time to really experiment with your supplies and your techniques. This is where you're going to discover things that you never thought before. All right, so one of our things is add some paint with our fingers. So let's go ahead and do that. And I might mix in some CPO with this to kind of get a different color there. So this paper grabs the paint to what I'm working with my fingers to it really grabs that paint and holds it in one place. It's fascinating. It's not as intuitive as the smoother paper for moving and blending. Which that could have its place in your art. I'm not really sure what I would do with that. I'm going to have to definitely think on this. How I would use this in my regular art. Like What did they make that rough paper for? Who came up with that? What was their intention? But, but thanks to contemplate, is you're experimenting with some of these supplies. Where did this come from and why did they make it? Like I'm I'm I'm kind of confused on this rough paper. Like why did they create that? All right, let's do let's go back to our paintbrush. We played with our fingers. We're going to do that some more in a bit probably. But maybe I'm going to come through and add some of this sepia. Now that sepia mixed with that Payne's gray is pre might spread that around a little bit. We get that. I'm really liking this third one over here. At the moment, adding in the JSR does make the spread a bit easier. And I like doing that rather than water because then I can put stuff on top. Water thins down paint in this Jess oh, didn't thinned down paint per se. I mean, it might then it a little bit, but it's not diluting the paint to the point where it's diluting pigment, It's still got full pigment in there. So let's try out this raw sienna. Raw sienna or raw sienna. All right. Not sure I care for that raw sienna in this color palette. Now that I used it, I'm going to use it a little bit on every one of these. Okay, Before I forget to, what other prompts do I have over here that I need to work in? I really liked the prompts for getting you past roadblocks, basically like what's stopping you? Let's go ahead and blend some of these in. What's stopping you, what is creating a roadblock in your mind? Some probably going to do some of the prompts on top. Because the putting the paint on the paper here. I already know I like doing that. That's my favorite. I can do it pretty good. I want nice Blache color in there. I want to get that go. And pretty good. Acrylic ink isn't really drawing very fast. It's very interesting. The ink is staying wet longer even than the main paint here. Okay, So we also have line of dots, overlapping circle, who use our non-dominant hand to draw lines. So for this paint dries, I'm going to go ahead and do some mark making with my non-dominant hand. What I like about that is, you know, I'm not used to using it. So these lines are going to be stiffer. There are going to be less uniform. They're not going to be drawn by hand that's used to doing any kind of drawing or pencil holdings that are not going to be as uniform. I've got some circles here, so we'll call this our overlapping circles, which we might do some more of that. Paint gets drive that definitely got that in there. All right. So I think I want to add some more paint. And kind of like in this one over here, you know, what really makes these fantastic is when you pull the tape, you might be thinking the whole way. You might be thinking, oh, I don't know if I love this. But let me tell you every time I'm doing this and I pull the tape off, it's magical. This paper is weird though. This paper is grabbing my paint and not smoothly. Let me move it around like, like the cold press and hot press does. So that's kind of an interesting. That's very interesting. I don't know that I like that, but how would I know if I've never tried this? Just going to add more color in here and there. And then I'm might have to let this dry for a moment and come back and add some details on the top. And I'll have like a love hate relationship with this green gold. I think I want to love it because of the name. And sometimes I use a brand of green goal, non-white. And sometimes I use it like this sharp in green goal for some reason I'm really drawn to that. So I love that. Let me let this dry for a tiny bit. And I might do this with my heat gun and I'll be right back. 5. Finishing up our small pieces piece: Okay. So would not say these are a 100 percent dry, but I would say they are dry enough nail to maybe add a little bit of some mark making on the top. I think I'm going to move my paint palette for a moment. And this is my orange and green mixture of pastels that I've kinda thrown into a fun little box that I can keep everything organized. And I'm going to stick within the same color palette mostly, but add some extra details. And I have discovered that the draw back to putting all these colors in here together is then you have pastels that stick to the side of the pastel that then shows up in your art. So if I had a choice to do it again, I don't know if I would quite do what I've done, but it is what it is now. And I think I'm going to come in here and just add some details and see how working on this paper. Yes, even the pastels don't spread around is easy on this thick rough paper. That's very interesting. And kinda go ahead and just go through. I had some extra paint details and see, this is not quite the color I thought it was when I got started here. See it spreads around, but it really picks up in a different way than the smoother paper. I really want a little burst of this RED. We'll see if we can get that in there a little bit. It's not really a red, but it's like a burgundy ish, maroon ish. Kinda pop of color is what I'm hoping for. And I could do some, some yummy little lines with a pastel look at that. I've talked that. Todd, do you like those little pop of color there with that line? Yeah. This paper does really pick it up when you try to draw a line here that's really picking up that color. That's an odd call us. That's, that's different the way this is reacting in the paper. Maybe I want this lighter pink. Let's see, Is this, it knows, maybe this one. Maybe we want to look at our prompts and say, okay, what do we want to do now? So I've got the different substrate. I played with my fingers. I did overlapping circles with the drawing, the line. I did the non-dominant hand. I have line of dots. What I might do that with a paint pen. I might try with a stencil to, I don't know if this is going to work with a pastel and a stencil, know that's really not going to work with a stencil. I probably do that with a paint pen. Let's just do some more coloring here. Let's just see, so the prompts are there. Not to really stop you from what you wanna do, but to give you more ideas to continue on as you are working. So I really like the way the acrylic ink looks on the paper. That's the coolest part. I love that. I'm going to go through and do some mark making now I think we'll look at bat like that. Maybe I should have done that one on that first one. We can call this line of dots too, because these are kind of in a line. Well, they are in a line. She has lots of lines. That's fun. I like that pink dot on that dark color. Well, that's pretty own that dark color to it, so that's fine. A two-color play with the paint pen, so might go in with my paint can hear. All right, So that's super fun and there's nothing saying either after we pull our tape off from something like this and we can't continue to add to it if we look at it and think, Oh, it needs something else, um, also have my pencil here, this is my mechanical pencil. So I've hit all the dots. Let's just look one last time. Is there anything else that I want to try to do? Maybe some extra scribble in here just for some extra detail. This rough paper really picks that pencil tool. So these are definitely, I can definitely tell the difference in the paper here. Let's do this with our non-dominant hand and just see how we like that. All right, I like that. All right. So this is definitely way different than I've done color wise and pattern was. So let's just see what these look like. Pulling the tape off, which I think is part of the magic of doing little pieces like this. But I do have pastel all over my fingers, so let me wash my hands real quick and then we'll peel the tape off. All right, got the pastel off my fingers. Now let's peel some tape because this is the magic part. It is my favorite part. The reveal, if you want to call it that because pulling the tape off is what magically makes these finished little pieces of art rather than big messes. And I can see already now that I've peeled off three sides of this one. Love and where it went, even though it's kinda question and it beforehand. Look what we got when we peel the tape off. Look at that. I am loving that one. I would like to say using that rough watercolor paper was definitely a different experience. And I'm glad I did it. I kinda wonder what they might get four, I'd love to know an artist that uses that on a regular basis and why they use it. What's makes it different for them than other pieces? Look at that one. Haha. It this would have been a good one where if we had, you know, turn it upside down and see if you like that too. So some of these when you get them undone, turn around and see do you like it the other way or do you like it the way you painted it? Because I kinda like this one this way too. Oh, yeah. Maybe that's the way it goes. What do you think I wish you could be like give me a little vote in real time. Yeah, but I'd like to ask an artist, why do you use that? What's, what does it add to your smooth paper didn't do. I'd love to know what their reason is for picking the rough paper and what it does form. Ha see even that one turned out better than I thought. Love that one too. And if we flip it the other way, nice. Which way do we like it better? What kinda like it with that dark on the bottom maybe. All right. So there we go. Ended up completely different than I expected. I used some colors together in a way that don't normally use it. The acrylic ink was definitely an interesting different technique that I don't normally play in because the ink part of this is some of my favorite part of that. So that was fun. I love that the paper was really rough and grabbed and the paint in different ways than I expected. And that I normally would use the paint in the blending. It didn't blend in the same way that the smooth paper blends. So that was very interesting. Learning the differences of that material and how it worked with my supplies that I feel fairly comfortable with. I use them in lots of other little abstracts. But that paper completely changed the way that they worked for me. Love that. So this was fun. I hope you have fun with your first project picking out some of these. I'm gonna do a few more projects picking out different cards and having different things to push us in different ways. But for this very first, our prompt project, I am thrilled and I hope you get just as thrilled working with these. I do because it really pushes me in new directions to try things that I wouldn't normally try. And to figure out supplies and how they work with each other on different papers and things that I just normally might not sit down and do if I'm in here playing in the art room without a prompt to say, Hey, try this instead, or hey, add this in there. Or try a different colorway or flip it upside down or do fun things that you just normally wouldn't think to do. And I just love how all of these came out. Alright, so I will see you back in class and we'll do another one. 6. Using art prompts on larger pieces: All right, so let's start our next level project. And I'm just going to shuffle my little cards here like a deck of cards. And I'm going to pull five and see what we get. So add some writing, super fun. Paint using a palette knife. Alright, live it, love it, love it. Do some stitching. Okay, So that one I'm going to have to think outside the box on that's going to home. I would expect in the full that card. Turn your page upside down and keep working. Make marks with a paint pin. All right, so already do that a lot. I like that one. Let's pull another card just to see add some paint splatter. All right, so there we go. We've got some cards. I'm not limiting myself on substrates for this collection. The thing I got that I wasn't really expecting was do some stitching. So very interesting. I'm going to have to think on that. So what I might do, alright, so I'm gonna, you're gonna take all my little prompts here and think for a moment because you know, it's kinda interesting too. If you pull your prompts all at front, then you can put a little bit of thought into where you want to go. Or as if you're painting and going and pulling them as you go, you're kind of getting past a blog on what you can do next. This way, you can plan what you might do with these fun prompts. The other way is a little more organic and you're creating thinking. Okay, what's next? So very interesting. All right, so let me get, let me get my paper and my thoughts together and some paint colors. You'll see it we can come up with. In this project, I've been sitting with our cards for a little bit, do some stitching writing splatter, marks with a paint pen, palette knife, turn it upside down and keep working. So I thought what I would do is pull some paint colors. I've got this Alizarin crimson, crimson, Caribbean pink, olive green. I've already pulled these out and decided, I think I'm going to use these. So let's just go ahead and put these colors out and commit to it. This is my older Caribbean pink, which is just as used up as that yummy olive green. Those are two of my favorite colors to use. And I like this all of green. And then want a bluish gray, but I don't think I have the right shade of blue. So I think what I'm gonna do is use, I've got these Artesia colors that are fun and they're kind of inexpensive to work with. And I think I'm going to use the cool gray. I've got a little palette knife here. And I'm going to take a little tiny bit of blue and start mixing that blue and gray and see if I get a color that I like better than the color this is. And also, I don't want bright, I want it to be a darker shade of this color. So I'm going to add in a little bit of black to give me a tone, like a darker tone and that, that might be way too much black. Let me just pull a little bit of that. Oh, maybe not. Wanted a grayish blue darker than I may just need to pick a different blue altogether. I don't know. Maybe I need a brighter. Okay. That's more gray blue. I do like that a lot. You know what, let's go with that. Let's go with that. I'm happy with that. I do like mixing colors to experiment with. How can I make the colors I have go even further. So that's fun mixing colors. And I think what I want to do, because I discovered in our last project how much I liked that Payne's gray ink on that rough paper. This time I'm using the smooth paper. I've actually pulled out my cheap watercolor pad, a 140 pound Artists Loft. This is just cold press paper, and this is 6.9. And I've just taped it down. I thought let's just do two bigger ones. And because we're working on that cold press, I really would like to know how that ink put down in the same way that I put it down on that rough press. How does that work different for us? So I think I want to start off with some of this ink. Then I've also pulled the only thread that I have currently as some bookmaking thread from when I was experimenting with making some of my own little books and some big needles. So I'm going to use a little bit of that bookmaking thread. Most people use embroidery thread. This is real thick and stiff, but we're just going to give it a try out. And I've pulled out a couple of little old paper piece of burlap 0 pieces of the book because I may do like a little collage element with some stitching. Possibly I've pulled it out to come over to this one that says Do some stitching which I'm not as comfortable with. So I like that. I've got something now we're going to be working with that is definitely outside my normal comfort zone. And I'm going to add some water to our page here so that I can drip this ink gone and see how is this going to work different than what we did on the other one? I may need to add some more water to get that to really spread around. That's definitely grabbing the paper different than what we just did a like that. So that's fun that, that definitely see that rough paper really grabbed that ink and kept it on spot where this is very easy to kind of move around. I can blend it with stuff, probably pretty easy. All right, so let's start with that. And then I'm gonna go ahead and put some Gesso on my palette over here and we'll start adding, Let's white just so and I got some clear just so and we'll start adding some paint. Got a couple of cheap paint brushes that we can dip in our water there. And then let's just start off with our bluish gray here. And I'm ready then work on say like larger color blocking because I've got a bigger piece of paper go in here and I tend to get into a tiny clumps of color. So this would be a good time to experiment a little bit with color and making bigger, bigger areas of color perhaps. And don't get stuck on being so tied in with tiny bits of color. Because a lot of times when you're working on smaller papers, you tend to work small. And as we get bigger with paper, we want to maybe use bigger brushes, bigger, bolder spots of color. Just be a little more large. And what we're thinking see, you know, like out some of this mixes with that ink there. I like that a lot. We'll see what do we want to do? Thank you. Want to come in here? Maybe with my finger. A little bit of some white going in here. Like come in here, trying to get that green off my little paintbrush here. Splash paper everywhere else come in here with some of this yummy burgundy. Just mixed with white. I think I would have rather that be the yeah, the stronger color. There we go. And I just dipped my finger, they are in that clear just to kinda give me a little bit more movement with that paint rather than it just looking like my finger because it's kinda helping me spread that paint around some. All right. So out of these two, I'm liking this one a little better. That's why I like doing more than one because then, you know, composition wise. If I like one better than the other and I only did one then I wouldn't have known that and I wouldn't have gotten maybe the one that I like the best. Oh yeah. But then it might be like photography. And when I finally go and peel the tape, I'll end up liking the one I thought it was going to like less even better. Because when I'm taking pictures of whatever picture I get in the camera, that's always whatever is my favorite one. When I get it on the computer, I'm always a slightly bit disappointed because it didn't quite turn out the way I thought in my mind by the time I get to the computer to look at it. Love photography is funny that way. And then my least favorite tends to be like the one I loved the most. A lot of how that works. So I try not to judge on the back of the camera now or when I'm painting. And judge, here with my initial feelings here with the pieces that I'm creating, because I know how I tend to operate and whatever I'm thinking I'm not going to love ends up being my favorite. Okay, So before this dries completely, I'm going to go in here with my pencil. And I'm going to, let's see. Okay, I've got a lot on there that none of these really what I want to do. So let me do this first. Get some marks in my paint. Get some interesting works going before that dries on me. Okay, so now a little bit of mark-making. Now I see I had some writing, add some paint splatter, mark with a paint pen, paint using palette knife, turn it upside down. So let's go with the palette knife. First. Thing, I might go ahead with the white and see what interesting marks I can get in here. Like this paint to this. It's like a little garden over here to me, I like that. The green and this touch of orange, touch of little lighter pink. I feel like I'm in a little garden right there. I love that. So I've got these fun jelly plate mark making things. It might be fun to come through and just see on some of that that I just put on there. I can pull some little lines. It's kinda dry actually though, but I like keeping a little tools around applying. Okay, so now we have add some paint splatter, some of this I might have to add after. So let's put the palette knife one there. Oh, you know what? Let's, let's go ahead and turn it upside down and keep working. So let's do that first. Turn it upside down. And to keep from covering all this up with a whole bunch of paint supplies so that I could do that during this one. So let's get this one resettled. They, we go upside down. Okay, So another perspective is basically what this is doing. So we've turned it upside down. Now we've still got some paints bladder, which I'm going to be careful because I'm sure I'm going to splatter my inspiration pieces here. So I'm going to move these and I want them all paint splattered. Maybe I do. I mean, maybe that maybe all of them all with paint on it. I'm sure at some point they will have paint all over them, but those are freshly written out for this class since the ones I had were definitely all covered with paint. So what color splatter? I think I want white splatter. So I'm going to mix this in. And just it's just mix with water, some water and some Jessica was what I've got going on here. And because these pieces are a little darker, white, is what kind of inspired me some, but it doesn't mean I only, I can only do white, like I could do the white. And then the really wet brush, maybe a little tiny bit of this green. Oh yeah. A little bit of that green is pretty oh yeah, like that. Alright, so before I can do some of these others, which is okay, so we added paints bladder. So that's three that we've done marks with a paint pen and add some writing. So I need to get this dry before I can draw on top of this. So I'm going to dry this with my heat gun and I'll be right back. 7. Finishing up our pair: We're about 90% dry now there's one or two little spots that aren't perfect, but that's okay. We'll keep going. So we're going to make marks with a paint pen and add some writing. Some might kind of combine marks with a paint pen and add some writing. Or we could do the writing in a different color. We could do, I think I won't white though. And there's nothing saying that you have to be able to read the writing. Or if you are really good at lettering. Or you want to make a statement or have a poem in there, some words and inspiration. You could do that. I'm going to do it more like a scribble. So that you think there's something there, you're not quite sure, can't quite read it. And you're wondering, what does that really say? So it's more of an implied stuff here, but you're not really sure what that says. You're like, What is that? And I I like that mystery. It kind of what would it say in your mind? What do you think in that says, alright, so I like that. That kinda fits in with add some writings and some marks. So we're going to maybe call that a little bit combined because I'm going to come in here. Maybe add little dots that I like. I like little areas of white dots in addition to what we've already done with our paints bladder. These are more uniform, more defined, a little different than the random paint splatter. It's a little bit of when Z. And then don't feel like if you pull a prompt and you get go in and you're in all inspiring, you feel like okay, I'm there, I think I'm done. Don't feel like you have to use every prompt you pulled. The prompts are there to get you go and get you out of your comfort zone. Just kind of pull you in different directions than you would normally go if you pull something and you get to the end and you think, wow, I think I'm done. And you don't want to do say one last prompt that's on there. Like I'm going to reserve that right for the stitching. If you get done and you think that's just not right for this piece, don't feel like you gotta do it. You don't have to keep going. I've kinda feel like I want some punch Ella, and this, which is my sequent paper. And I'm going to use a dry brush and do a little bit of stencil and cause all of a sudden I'm fill on that. So I almost didn't fill in that in this green. So I'm going to keep the paint dry on the paintbrush and just scrub that through so that I get some yummy dots in here. In this green color. Yes, yeah, I loved that. Now that got me excited. And that's kinda the purpose of say, art prompts. They're there just to get you go in a different direction. Think of things you might not think of. Get excited about pieces in your art or things that kinda come to you as you're going. I love that. I love that. Then a kind of even want to maybe try this one out. Let's try this one out. And we put that paintbrush in water and get another drop paint brush. I have lots of cheap paint brushes here, kinda little pack. So three or four from the Michel's for like five bucks because I know that I want to use lots, a little draw, lots of little things like this. So I like this Denzel. These random lines of dots here. Ooh, that's fun. And these are more like octagon rather than dots, but that's okay. I just want that. And it might work better with paint then light regular paint rather than the JSR. But the JSR is what I have out and that's what I'm going to go for. That's fine. Okay. I don't I don't love that as much as the punch ELA, but I do like it. So we're going to put that to the side. And then I think what we'll do, do some little mark-making. Got my pencil here. And I might just through with marks. And some of this you're only going to see as you get up close and that's okay. And at this time too, I could add pastels, but think I'm done with the paint and I still want some other details. I could come back with pastels, which always have handy over here because I do like playing these. And I'm going to be in my pink green box because I'm in my pink green little mode here. And just see what do we want to add. Like this green here. And these are going to be way easier to smear on this softer paper. These were really hard to smear into anything on that rough paper that way you are trying. Because that rough paper just grabbed it. Didn't even matter how much paint was on my paper. It just grabbed it and did not let me smooth anything around. Only what it would look like if we added a touch of this really bright, crazy, almost neon II color here. It's like almost like sometimes a little extra, like surprise and like this this color pink is a surprise and I don't think I've ever used it before. It's kind of fun. I'm just doing a dab here and they're not overwhelming it, but I thought that might be fun. So you also have like a green gold here in the pastel. But I don't think I want that on this, but I do have a pastel and that yummy color have some purpley shades here that I don't normally use. This almost turns purple down here. I don't want to do too much though. I see there is a pretty kind of Burgundy over here that may not want to add little tiny touch. Oh, here we go. Let me can't really see the color. Like look at that. That's pretty might give us a nice little extra pizzazz here. You know, at this point in my art it tends to be that I'm not a minimalist with my art. I sometimes overdo it and I need to make that may be a focus of mine that ongoing to less do do less in some pieces because I keep adding and adding and adding even though I want to focus on larger color blocking. By the time I'm done, Let's put these away. I might have started off with larger color areas, but that's not what I end up with. So let me wash the past tail off my hand. And I'm going to pull the tape off of this and see if there's anything else we want to do. So I'll be right back. I haven't ruled leaving out the stitching, even though in my mind I am greatly resisting the stitching. We've done everything on here, make marks with a paint pin, add some writing. I had some paint splatter, turn it upside down, and paint with a palette knife. So we've done everything but the stitching haven't ruled it out, but I am greatly resisting it. So let's pull our tape off because I'd have to have them up anyway and see if adding anything on top of this is going to make it any better or just make it more chaotic. Look at that. That's pretty cool. I love the paint, peeling of the tape, the great reveal, because really that's what finishes it, makes it a piece of art to me is when you pull that tape off and you see that clean edge, That's why I don't work all the way to the edge of the paper to I like to be able to secure the paper down and then I like to be able to appeal the tape off. So look at that. All right. So We turn this upside valence some point. So which way do we really like it? Do we really like it that way? Or you know what, now that I did that I like it this way. All right, so we're gonna do that one that way. Which way? And we really like this one. I'm kinda maybe fill in that way, so back upside down to the other way. Okay. So before I completely give up on the stitching, Let's just look and see, is that going to really add anything to either one of these pieces and we don't have to add it to both pieces. And this might be a good Pulling. Nothing I got as playful with. This might be a good point too. Add some finishing spray to our piece because we did use pastels on here. But for the moment, I'm going to just work. Who's going to think about this for a second? See what do we have here? Got some burlap. So let's just cut this were I mean, I can untie it, but I'm kind of in a naught there. Let's just cut it. So I have a bot left. That's kinda kind of an ugly low, but I do like this burlap. Would that add anything? If I did a little collage bit. Well on here. But really now here's the end or I'm actually to where I want it. I don't think that this is going to add to this at all. So and I really, if I were gonna do stitching on here, I almost want that stitching to be green or Burgundy. All right, So I think on mine, I'm going to take this and not do the stitching. So I did five cards, the stitching was a sixth card and I do reserve the right to not add that particular prompt to my art piece if I don't love it. So you do have permission, give yourself permission to not use a prompt that doesn't fit in with the piece by the time you get here. So look at what we have leftover though. Look at that. These are so yummy and alike that they're larger pieces than I normally do. These are six by nine, we get those. So pretty. And another thing that I always kind of give myself permission to do is if I do the bigger piece, maybe there's a five-by-five in there that I love better. I do kind of come back and take a look to see, do I love it as the full piece or do I want to cut that down to a piece that's got a section in it that I love better. So keep that in mind too. I'm not going to cut these because I actually love these the way they are caught pretty those came out. Okay, So again, next project where we did some prompts. So I'm going to do another one where I do the whole big piece and we do some prompts. So I can't wait to do that project with you. So Lao, we'll get started and I'll see you back in class. 8. Making Your Own Art Cards: I was thinking yesterday of another fun project for us to do. And I thought, wouldn't it be fun if we made our own deck of art cards? And I know I've made moan deck out of pre-made little business card shapes here, and I really like using those, but wouldn't it be fun if we made them out of some of our art? And I was really inspired by this wisdom of the forest card deck that I had gotten from an artist on Instagram, just parser. And she takes her beautiful art and has it on a card with an inspiration word just under there. And so, you know, you could use something like this as an inspiration deck, art prompt deck and oracle deck. You could create all kinds of fun stuff like this. And I like that. You can then pull a card and use that as your inspiration or your intuitive word of the day or our prompt. So I really love things like this. I, if I see an artist that's created something wonderful like that, I might end up buying it because, you know, sometimes I like to look at it and find inspiration. So I'm still going to be inspired By the art prompts that I talked about in the art prompt video. And certainly use all of the ones that I've thought of and then add some of your own. But I've done several fun little cards here out of actual pieces of art that I created. And if you do these, and we'll do a big one just to give it a try out. But in my abstract adventure videos that I've done in other little workshops, we paint a whole big piece of paper with random marks and colors. And then when we're all done, we can cut that into little pieces of art. And in this case, I have a whole bunch of leftovers. Usually I'll say, you know, these are perfect for collage and they're perfect for doing little cards and fun little things out of it. So for my little samples that I was playing with, these are the pieces that I used, the leftover pieces from prior paintings. But today what we could do is we could paint a whole sheet and cut these into card size pieces as we're going and then write our prompts on it. So I thought of several different ways that we could do that. And so feel free to do any of these that look inspiring. One way is to cut your cards. These are three by four, which is, and you know, an approximate size of a card. You can do them square, you can even larger, you can do them smaller like a business card. This is more like 1.5 by three, maybe three and a quarter. Pick a size that you like and that's the size to make your whole deck. And so what I've done on this first one is I've wrote my prompt down below. And then I've cut a smaller piece and glued it down with a glue stick and I just used and acid free craft glue stick to do that. And I have cut the edges so that it's nice and finished. And I cut the edges of my little art piece so that I was finished. And I have a very old corner cutter. I thought I had one that was just rounded. I know you can find anywhere that sells crafts. You want a rounded corner cutter, but this is a very old one from scrapbook and days from created memories who is out of business. So you're not gonna be able to find this exact cutter that I have. But I know you can find interesting shaped cutters over in the craft section of the Micheal's and the Hobby Lobby and anywhere that they sell all those ranger type products. So just get yourself a corner cutter to then be able to nicely finish the corners of your pieces. Because look how nice and finish that looks as a card rather than just a straight edge that looks like I didn't take the time to finish it. I love this because you can do your prompt or your word or your inspiration below it, little piece of art above it. And you can have a whole little deck of cards like that. That's fun. And this is really great for all those leftover pieces that were, that we make do and some of those abstracts. This is another way that you could do that. You can take one of those pieces of art, cut it in the 3, 3 inches by four inches. Cut your corners. And you could take a little white piece of paper and just write on it in glue that on with that glue stick. That's another way to do it. This is another way to do it. This is a same size, another piece of art, but we haven't done anything with the art on the one side, but on the other side, we wrote our paint using a palette knife prompt or whatever prompt you want to put there. And then to what I was really inspired by with like these little cards was when you turn it over. There's fun little stars and things on the back of that. So there's nothing saying, you know, on something like this that we don't continue to decorate it even further so that when we flip it over, we have some really nice design, mark making, whatever it is that you want to do on the back side along with your writing so that both sides are decorated. Sorry, I really like this personally because then we have a whole little piece aren't on one side. We can have a whole stack of these different patterns on and depending on where it got cut out of our sheet. And then on the back side we can see our prompt and some fun little marks that we can refer to laters inspiration. So I like this personally in that might be what I do. Here's another one or I've taken a piece, cut it out, and wrote with a Sharpie right on top of it what my prompt was. So that's another idea. Here's one where I've cut it out. And I've wrote on here with my white posca pen. And then just to show you how easy it is to cut these corners, you just slip the corner in and you cut it and look how pretty that instantly finished that piece for us. And I really like this piece of art, but I don't like the paint pen on top of it and I didn't personally love the sharpie on top of it. So that was just moan to my own thoughts. This one was the piece of art that I cut same size and then I actually took some white, just 0, which I'd sit over here. And I painted a space for me to write on and then just took my pencil and draw around it and wrote on it with a Sharpie or could he used a paint pen or whatever it was that inspired me. So that's another idea. Some just trying to give you some good ideas for how you could do. These are really personally like this one where we wrote on the other side. And another thing you can do too is you could have taken strips of white paper, wrote your prompt on it, and glued those down like we glued this one down. So all good ideas that were just brainstorm in there. So if you like any of these ideas for an art deck, you know, feel free to use any of those that I've thought up. And then what I'm gonna do is create a piece to do as my art deck. So I'm going to take a piece of paper, this just cold press watercolor paper. And I'm going to just take that down to a board and create one of my abstract pieces. And then we can cut this up into cards and create an art deco piece. And, you know, if you're doing 30 or 40 prompts, you might need to do several different pieces. But I really love doing stuff like this where we're doing a big piece and cutting things out of it because then we can create without putting a lot of thought into it, without getting paralyzed in the creation process. This is my favorite way to make stuff and I know you'll hear me say that every single time I go to create something, but it really is my very favorite way to create. So I've just got a bunch of acrylic paints up here. Haven't even decided what colors I want to use or anything. I just wanted to be really intuitive about this. This is just a pencil, so might go ahead and just start marking here on that paper. Another fun thing you can do if you really like a set that you're so in love with, that you can't wait to share it with others. I'm going to use a pink. I think I'm going to do with row. I picked neon pink. That wasn't quite what I had in mind. Was kind of an exciting little surprise. But now that's what I like about Let's do orange, yellow. I was going to do pink and orange, but the neon pink wasn't exactly what I had planned on pulling out. Let's use this color called pink. I might still use that neon, but that was kind of a surprise. Let's see. Let's just do pink and orange for now. We can pull more out in a minute. Got some gesso over here. I'm going to pull out some just so that's clear, just so this is white, just so I like to mix those in my paint. Now, a lot of the the previous Scrap pieces of paper that I did have pastel on it. And I did not put a finishing coat of finishing spray on top of these. And so every time I touch them, I get pastel on my fingers. So for something like this, where we're going to be using it as a card deck. We're going to be touching it. We're going to be using this. Maybe, you know, every time we get out our art supplies, I feel like I'm right, not want to use something on the top that is going to smear like a pastel. And if I do, I'm going to take this whole paper out and spray it with finishing spray several times before I cut it up. Just because we're gonna make a big mess every time we use these cards if we don't. All right, so I've got just a one-inch cheap paint brush here. And I'm going to just start laying some color on here. And my goal is going to be color and marks and anything interesting that I feel like will add to my piece. And then we will cut these into a card deck. And like I said, you know, if you're doing 30 or 40 to make a whole nice rounded number, nice quantity to work with later. You may need to do like three or four of these. And each one could be the same color range if you wanted them to kinda match. It could be completely different colors if you want to. Just have different shades of whatever yeah, you can, you can get creative with this. Do it, do however it inspires you. So let's just lay some paint they own. Already loving these colors. And we'll have that neon pink as a surprise, maybe love pink and orange for some reason. And who knew because there's no pink and orange in my house. I don't decorate with pink and orange. I don't think there's anything pink and orange that I do. But when I get to painting, I have noticed this color really appeals to me. There's probably pink and orange and my wardrobe, but I don't even know how much of that's in my wardrobe. Since I'm kind of going shopping in awhile. I think I've always been drawn to pinks and orange. You know, when I was younger, I worked at Home Depot and we were orange aprons to get any more orange than that. I can't say that was my favorite color, orange, but that's funny that I weren't orange apron for years and years and I don't hate the color. Right now. We've got some color laid down. Come back in here with some white. Also want to go ahead and get my mark making tools and C be a good time to go ahead create some marks. I was just thinking I want to do to want to get my stencils out. Maybe do some stencils doing. So might what if we do since Ling with this neon? Let's try this neon and see, oh, look at that. Oh my goodness. That's a color. Not quite what I had thought when I initially started picking up paint, but we're kinda doing this wet on wet. So it's not as neon is. It started out, but fun. This is the time to experiment with stencils and painting and mark-making and just creating. Let's see what else we've got going on here. Maybe I want some more white and I might start pushing back some of these marks. I just love it too. When the pink and orange starts to combine, it's pretty, you know, another color I really love and I could have pulled that out. Who is yellow ocher? That would've been pretty in this collection. All of these. Now just imagine when we cut this into smaller pieces, how fun is this going to be? And this is a time to, to go ahead and experiment with your paint colors, experiment with your mark making tools. I'm going to let this dry for just a moment and in I'll be right back. 9. Finishing our cards: All right, this is mostly dry, so what I'm gonna do, let's go ahead and peel a tape. And then I might go ahead and cut this up. And then I could continue to decorate on my little cards because of all the pieces that I already had in my little scrap pile to cut up. They had a lot more marks and things on them. You can leave it planar, you can continue decorating it. I like to add a little paint pens stuff to my a lot of times. And I'm going to use bigger cutting mat on this so that I can use this handy dandy clear ruler that I have. And this is a three inch ruler. I like that because now I can just put it down, a line it up with the edge and use the other edge as my cutting surface for three inches. And then for the four inches we can cut that out in a moment tube. And I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to cut these into strips. And they may still be a tiny bit wet. So I might be painting on my ruler, but that's okay. We'll cut this piece off of here also. And then you just got to decide, do you want which one of those ways that I showed you, those ideas that I had. Which way do you want to create? I'm creating this for myself. I like being able to flip it over, seeing some marks and an inspiration phrase above me on my art table, I have this just piece of watercolor paper. I've done ideas for mark-making, then I keep hanging up here on the board above me. So I might use some of these as ideas for things to mark our round a phrase that I've put. So then I have mark making ideas and an inspirational phrase. But I keep that hanging on the board up behind me. But are you going to do you want to do that or do you want to have pretty white cards with a piece of art inspiration on it. And you could draw and paint on a little card like this to like if you wanted to do something of your art work in a square that maybe you have a pencil drawing around or something right on that white card, you don't have to glue and other piece on top. I was just brainstorming and seeing how creative could I get with these little art cards that I'm making myself? When I was I had a thought. I don't know if I ever finish that thought, but what if you created that they use so loved? You could scan it into your computer. And that one's a little bit smaller, so might not use that for this. You can scan that into your, let's make the square. So this set will be three by three squares. How about that? Or at least for mine? But then I can just mark these with my rule are really easy. What if you scan these into your computer and then you could have them printed like MOOC cards. I like blue because there's such beautiful cards. And these little pieces that you end up with leftover, you can just put those in your pile of collage scraps or scraps to do something with something else with like I did. Because then you can pull it out when you're inspired to do something like this and you have little scraps already ready to go. And then once we get cut out, can leave on like you got on. You can keep working on your arche, could keep adding marks and fun things to these. You know, I could keep working on this more. I don't have to stop just because I'm cutting them up. You can make these is part C and decorative as you want. I would keep in mind if it's something you're going to be using to touch like I was mentioning, then be careful whatever it is that you put on that top layer. So if you use pastels, you'll have, you'll be scrubbing those everywhere for ever. But all right, so now we've got some of our cards cut out. And what we could do if you've used a light enough color and you've kept it where, you know, you could, right on top of it. We could take our white paint pen and be inspired by that and do mark making and write our things. So let's say my original thing was paint using a palette knife. So if I'm taking my white paint pen, I might look at this and think where would I want that to be in? What other mark-making could I do on this? All right. So let's say that's what I've got going on. And now I want to do maybe some marks in some dots perhaps. So maybe I'll come back on here with so different things that I draw. Maybe I want to go ahead and add some dots. You could do these, you could do collage with these, you could all kinds of stuff. And I did keep it simple with my paints and my marks to begin with because, you know, I knew I'd be cutting these up. But on some of these, and if you go back to some of my abstract adventure classes, especially number one, I really go to town with lots of paints and marks and supplies and different things that are real fun. That you might spend some time really creating and thinking and playing with your supplies and cut funny bone. That is, that is real fun. I do want to cut the edges because I'm, I'd want it to look like a finished maybe color. So if we cut our edges, I don't know that I like the Posca pen as the writing. So you might experiment with your different pins and stuff and look how pretty that is as a cutoff car now like that a lot. Now if we want to do this other way, which I think I'd rather do. And we'll cut these edges. And then you can pick a color, you can pick gold. I think I'm going to do gold maybe on the backside. Right now my prompt. And I don't have the best handwriting. So you don't have to have the best handwriting. Don't, don't let that be a deterrent. And maybe I want to use this to make marks all around whatever I wrote. This will be my mark inspiration on top of my words, my prompts. And then when I look at both sides of this paper, pretty There we go. I like that. So now if I use either side, they're both pretty so I like that a lot. That's my choice. So I want you to consider what kind of card you'd like to make for yourself, whether it's the little business cards that I started with that I showed you that I've been using for quite awhile. Or if you want to do your own little set of art cards out of some of your art, which I particularly love. Those are some fun ideas too. So I hope you have fun with this project. I want you to definitely make a deck of at least 30. See, I love these. How pretty those are. These are my favorite. That's my personal. And you see, I've got so much more going on on the original cards that I've got. So I've kept these a little simpler on the thing and I painted. But you can be as simple or as busy and filled as you want. And what you could do too is paint the abstract cut out pieces like I do in the abstract adventures. And then whatever pieces that you have leftover from making your art, that's what you could use to make your deck of cards. So then you're making some yummy, yummy pieces of art. And you're ending up with some really beautiful leftovers that you can then use as your art cards. So I love making the abstracts and using the pieces like that, like look at all these yummy different pieces that I've got that would be great for a section on a card or a whole card itself. Like look at all that. So super fun. I hope you get inspired with this project to create a set out of your own art. This is one of my favorites. I love this card here. And it's very simple with my prompt. One last thought to that I forgot to mention that I happened to think of before I let you go is if you think that your handwriting is just so terrible that you'd rather it look prettier than your handwriting. You could print out words or phrases in a font that you like on your computer. You can print that out on white paper and glue those down and then maybe draw a little frame around each one as you're doing that. And that's another thought. You don't have to use your own handwriting. Just pick out some fonts and some phrases and some prompts that you want to print out on printer paper. Cut it out and glue those onto your finished a little piece of art. Draw a little frame around it if you want, and let that be your art card. So if you don't like your own handwriting and you want it to be something that's a little neater and more uniform, more readable. Then print out some phrases and such. And then you can glue those onto your cards too. So just an extra thought that I forgot to mention as we were going through. Alright, so I will see you back in class. 10. Using Art Prompts For Large Cut Out Piece: Today I thought I'd do a bonus lesson because sometimes when I'm working on a particular subject or doing a workshop like this, I get so excited about the subject that I just want to keep going for another day. So what I thought I would do today is take some inspiration from the art deck and use a paper I don't normally use. So I've pulled out a hot press, watercolor paper which is different than the cold press. It's very smooth, whereas the cold press has a texture to it. And the rough press is so rough, It's almost like we send paper in our paper. And I have a pad of the arches hot press and you don't have to use arches for whatever you're doing. But that's the pad I happen to have. So I'm going to use a hot press pad. It's a 140 pound weight. And because it's not as big as my cold press, one that has a great big piece of paper. I've taped down two sheets of hot press paper side-by-side, and I've just put a piece of white artists tape here in the middle type in that middle down. And I'm gonna do one of my search out. What am I search out? Abstracts. And what I've considered is if I find something I loved that sitting in between a same, then we could so that together and that would have a sewing thing on top of it. I'm not necessarily looking to do that on purpose, but I did think if there's something sitting on the same, That's a way that we could handle that. And I've got these infusions, colored stains, powders, which are colored bits of pigment mixed in with walnut stain pigment. And so they kind of give you just interesting color when you, when you use them. And what I'm gonna do is maybe spread some water out and put this on there like we did with our Payne's gray ink. Because the ink was one of my favorite aspects of those smaller abstracts that we did. So I thought you might just try that on some of these infusions, pigment colors that I've just never used. Thought it would be fun. And R have at the time that I bought these a couple years ago, I think they came from maybe England or or somewhere. They weren't local and I ordered them and you may not be able to get these now, I don't know. I haven't looked to see if it's a current product that's available out there. Um, but they are fun and I've never used them. They're just hanging out in the art room and it's got lots of different colors. So I thought I'd use a product on this that I've never used before thought, let's just experiment with what we have in our art room. I'm also going to put out some acrylic colors. I'm going to put out that fun Caribbean pink. Which is a sharp and color and you can use any paint that you want in whatever colors grabs you. And because I'm using like a terracotta, thought I would put out maybe this maroon and maybe a yellow ocher and will be in that yellow, pink, orange kind of family that I like. Maybe totally different than what I'm thinking when we're done. But we'll give it a try. I'm going to put out some white just so and some clear just so. I've also got out a couple of neo color crayons. And then I've got my punch yellow that I like. And I've got some different paint markers, my marking tool, my clay tool, got my posca pen, I've got my mechanical pencil, my stuff below, got a Sharpie here. So I've just kinda got these sitting to the side because I'm also trying to limit my supplies for this. And then as we go I've got cards sitting up here. So this is in general the way that I might normally use these. I would go ahead and decide here's what I'm going to use. Let's go ahead and paint and look around and see what we've got going. If we get to a point that we're like, What else can we do, then I'm going to pull a card. If I pull a card, that's something that we should have pulled right up front, like a paper variation or something. I'll put that back and pull a different card. So that's what I'm starting with. So I've got some water over here and a big paintbrush with the water. And I think I'm going to start off with some water. And I'll be working on both pieces of paper. And then I'm gonna take this infusions terracotta and work that around the favor. And it may end up looking grainy. It may look like pigment with coffee. Because this has got walnut stains, pigment pieces in here in addition to the orange. So what I thought I could do with these two after I had pulled these out is it's basically pigment. I could make some of my own paints out of these pigment pieces and use them instead of just let them sit in the cabinet because I have supplies now to create some of my own natural paints. So I may do that too. I may use that. I may use these as pigment for some paints or something. Okay, so got that kinda go in there. And I'm going to start maybe add in some paint here. It's really pretty color though I like this color. I'm going to maybe work on big blocks of paint. Maybe this time. I always get in real tight with the paint and sometimes I wish I would get a little bit wider and bigger with my bolder, with my color blocks. So it might work on that a little bit. I want to grab another paintbrush year maybe we'll grab this one. And I have my own, you know, if you're looking to make bigger color areas, use bigger paint brushes. I know that sounds like common sense, but you'd be surprised that it kinda isn't to me. And I would use little bitty paint brushes and be like, why can't I get real pretty big areas of color? And then it dawned on me one day. Maybe the bigger areas need to be a bigger Tool. Now I do like this. Let me grab a third paintbrush and maybe come in here with some ocher. And I like mixing my acrylic paint with the ISO so that I can later keep drawing on top of the paint. Acrylic is rural, plasticky and shiny and it's just not going to let me draw on top of it without some type of additive, either in the paint or on top of the paint. And if you don't want to mix your paint would just oh, you certainly don't have to. You could paint a clear layer just so on the top when you're done. Either way. And I need to before this completely dry eyes everywhere, maybe come in here with one of my tools or my pencil and start making some marks in the paint. And we could do this with our non-dominant hand. Maybe on one side do your dominant hand on the other side do your non-dominant hand. Might come back on here with some paint now. And I'm just going to continue to kind of build up the layers and the color until I get to a point where I'm like, Is there something else I need to do? And then we'll pull an art card. So let me just continue adding a little bit of paint here. Okay, let me set that to the side. Let's, let's see what else we want to do. I've got the Neo colors here, so I might go ahead and do some marks with the neo color crayons. These are water soluble, so I could come back on here with some water if I wanted to. I like the black because it gives us a nice little darker shade in here. That's kinda fun. Now if I do something on one side and probably gonna do a little bit of it on the other side just to have some consistency there. We could do shapes, you know, we don't have to do all scribble like I could do. Oh, look at that. I like this color. This is crimson alizarin. So it's that pretty crimson color. And this draws on top of that stain or really nicely. Be careful where you're setting your hand down. Because we're, we are working still with what paints here. So I might need to kinda prop my one hand on something other than the painting. All right, so let's take a moment and let this dry a little bit and pull a card and see what our card says. Oh, make a mark you've never made before. Okay. So let me let this dry for a moment and I'll be right back. 11. Adding details: So we've got make a mark you've never made before. And I have my little sampler set of little marks that I drew out as inspiration at 1. And sometimes I add to this, I really like some of those. I would almost like some big something that I've not done on a lot of these. So maybe I could use something like this as my inspiration. So you might take a look at that and see if there's anything there that appeals to you that you might want to try. I might also use a plasticky tool and are my plasticky tool, but I've got these catalysts. I could use a catalyst and make a mark. Also have some catalyst paint brushes that are throwing paint brushes around my room. Here we go. That are different. That'll give me a different mark. So what if we take maybe something and swipe across here like we've never done before. That might be something, could do that with some ink also. Let's try it with some of our just so let's just get some marks on here that we may or may not like. But the name of this game is to experiment. Sometimes what things you've never done. That's how we discover new, yummy things that we're going to do in our art after that. Look at those, okay, So those are fun. And while I have this catalyst out, I really like using this tool for mark-making. So we might as well go ahead and make some lines because I like lines. Maybe this is a mark you've never done before. I love using the catalyst to make lines. So you might give some of that a try. And if you've got extra paint on the catalyst, we can go ahead smear that in our painting. Okay, so unlike that, fun, what else do we got? Let's try another one. Add some paint with your fingers. Okay. You know what I might want to do? Let's use this pink and has some dots with the pink in this darker color. And if you're using a pain or you're sensitive to paint, put some gloves on and you can do this just as easily with the gloves. I like that. Let's see what else. And I usually like to paint with my fingers. So that's something kinda fun to add some just interesting color areas in here that I just like to get in here with my fingers really I really just like to finger paint. And you know, at this point I'm not even thinking about where I'm doing stuff. You're really just kind of getting in here fast and with as little thought as possible. So that, you know, we're not, we're not worried about composition and where the colors are working together are not at the moment. That's how at the end I go through and search for things that I love. It's what I love about this technique because you know, with photography I'm always searching out things and then I'm framing out that scene at that time, then I don't really have control over that scene usually unless it's a setup I'm doing here in my studio. And I'm kind of framing that out in camera. And I'm counting using this as that same type thing. You know, I'm doing interesting things all over, but it's not the final composition. And then I'm framing it out just like I'm framing things out in camera. And so I think that's why I love this so much, because it just pulls back from my photography roots. And the way that for a very long time I have composed and moved things around. And with the painting, I get such joy out of that, searching out yummy compositions after us sit here and have such fun playing in the paint. Because if I'm sitting down to be seriously painting something and I've got a size of paper that I'm limited to and I'm trying to create some masterpiece. We get so mad because things just don't work out right for me. And then I'll leave my table upset and I don't come back for awhile. Escalus you some of our punch Ella. And I might use, we might do some white dots. So I'm going to get a dry paintbrush because I liked the way that looks. Dry brushing color on and we don't have to do we could do a color though. Do we want some bright color talking to us here? What might we like? Do we want maybe some bright pink? I don't think like that. So maybe we'll go when to use some color you've never used before territory here. Well, I like this color. This is vermilion rid from the Artesia colors. Oh, it is brighter out here. Then I was thinking it was going to be what the heck? Let's just go for it. I like playing with these experimental color palettes like this. I'm just going a little bit on your real dry. Because then I discovered things that oh, that is pretty that I wouldn't have thought otherwise. And I like that about it. I like discovering things. I like doing stuff that I wouldn't have normally done using colors that I might never have pulled out. Like I might have not ever pulled out this. Read this very interesting. This is not a color palette that I would say is my signature color palette by any means. And that's why I like, every single time I do one of these, I like to play with my supplies, play with my colors, trial like that, trial, things that wouldn't have normally done. And then when I get to painting something serious later or something that I really want to create in a certain color way. I have different things to come back to. Let's see here. Okay, so that's tried different substrate than we normally would use. So I did actually do that. To begin with. Use your non-dominant hand to draw some lines, okay, So I like that. So I might take my white paint pen and play here with some lines with my left hand since I'm not left-handed, Whatever you're not aware like that. Look there. Some of this paint is still wet, so I'm picking up that wet paint. Now what a two I might do. I could go ahead and add some dots. I like dots. I think I will save some more dots for after we find some compositions that we like. So let's just see, is there anything that's starting to grab me? Who kinda like this right up in here, like that right there is kind of grabbing me. Well, I do like that. You know, after I get these cut out, I get so excited because even as I'm painting, I start to doubt Am I kinda like this right in here? I start to doubt. Do I like anything? Is anything starting to work out? I might take some paint, add some more paint and we can always add painted the I kind of like this one. I actually though, don't know that I like this. Whatever it was creating, totally miss miss whatever I will say in there. Sorry. I always start to kinda doubt Am I kinda like anything? But then I cut stuff out and then I'm like, whoo, a favorite piece ever. So this is kinda fun right in here. I'll do like this, do like that. One of our promises add overlapping circles or squares or triangles or whatever. So do kinda like having this kind of strange circularly thing go in and they're like the one that I'm not sure I'm ready to call it. Done yet. So let's pick one more card. Add some black goo. Oh, okay, so black, that's very interesting. I haven't added any black. So I've got Mars black here from the, oh, I didn't quite intend to do that. I've got the Mars black here. Not mean to dump that on there. I guess we're adding black no matter what, ha, going to get a little palette knife. And I probably will keep some of that block, but we'll pull the rest of it back off. There we go. So what do we want to add black with? Here we go. This is what I was looking for, this tool here. Let's kinda fun. This black is more transparent, it's not really solid. Might just do some marks. Hope I didn't go in between something that I loved there. Oh, you know what else we could do? I was thinking a moment ago. Just wipe that off. I could take my jar is holding some paint stuff, but I could put black on this and then have some big black circles. Oh yeah. That's fun. And because this is a jar that I use for paint stuff anyway, I'm not real concerned about the lip of it. Haven't color on it. I'll just put my paint brushes back in there and you wipe off the edge. And there we go. Still my paint holder. Alright, I like that fun. Also have a black paint pen. I could always come back in here with some black marks. I do like this. And then what we could do also is at the end, we could do some extra marking after we get everything cut up to how we kinda like it. So I'm almost thinking, this right here is pretty and you see how it's got that line right there. So we might end up doing some stitching. So because I opted out of that on another piece in this workshop because I wasn't feeling it. I think this word, this piece, I'm feeling it solely move the paint out of the way. Let me go ahead and peel this up. And then we will search out and cut out some pieces. Oh, you know what? Of course I would have a line here. I shouldn't have put that line there if I was gonna do that. Ha hmm. Let's pull that paint back. And let's do something with that. Learn for a cut these up. I didn't think that out very good did I? Don't know what I was thinking there. I guess I was just in my mind thinking that would have pink there. All right. Well, now you know, if you're doing this, don't put date now in the middle. All right. I need some more of these little paints outlets, pulls them these out. Still my I might not end up using anything up this line, but I hate did not have that choice since I've found was kinda feel and it wouldn't get anything out of that center part. Darn it. When you get a paintbrush here. Now I'm kind of sad. I had convinced my mind that I was ready to stitch on this. See you, I don't think I like it as much now, but maybe with the stitching I would maybe I'll write that up there. All right. Well, we're going to consider now because maybe I like this up here and I could do stitching. The only stitching, the only stuff I have still is the book binders thread. But if I stitch in black, you'll definitely see it. And I have block out on my big needle. I have a great, big, great big needle on that. So that might look good anyway, I do kinda like this up here. I think I'm really determined to stitch on this one, especially since I went down to the last one. So let me peel the tape and get my cutting board out and I'll be right back. 12. Finishing up and cutting out art: Ready to cut our piece out. And I've got a couple different sizes here. I've got five by five by seven. And I've got 6 minus 6, which I think my six plus six is a little bit crooked, but that's okay. So I could cut out several different sizes here. Kinda depending on what it is. I think I like I really like this five-by-five size. A lot of times I like it for this piece right here, which I know I'll want to stitch so like that. But don't like that. Do I like it bigger? I don't think I like it that size. Don't like it this size. See, the five-by-five almost cuts that piece of Burgundy, right where I want it rather than it being so big. So I know I definitely like that. Also kinda like this one down here. Another thing that we could do is we could turn this around. We don't have to keep it all going the same direction and see if we like anything better going the other direction. And I have taken a little piece of tape on the back of this and just taped it right at the top and the bottom to kind of keep it together as I'm deciding on what I want to cut out case, you're wondering how I just did that. See now Steal like this here, even this way. Come like that right there. Yeah. Yeah. I'm like in that right there a lot. And I think that's far enough over that I can definitely get, oh, I love those. All right, so let's go ahead. Commit to this. So I'm going to, you can draw this with a pencil and cut it out with scissors. You can walk the edges and take a big ruler and then cut that out. I've got a board that I use to do this That's the same size as the center of this that I'm going to use as my cutouts thing here. And I've got my exact dough knife and it may be dull. So eventually I'll chalk to change this out. But I just try to follow the edge of my piece. Preferably without cutting the wood. I do sometimes just like that. But I do just find it faster to just use this as my guide to cut. Okay, So this is a two-piece are, and what I might do before I pick it up is take a little piece of tape and get it under this piece before I completely pick it up. So because we're going to stitch that and I just wanted to kinda stay in place until we do it. So I'm determined to stitch wholeness. Look how pretty that is. Now when we add a little row of stitching down there, how pretty you think that's going to be. I am thrilled with that. Definitely a fun color way that I've not played with before. And I like this one over here. And we can stitch on ones that we didn't cut. But I just thought that cutting on that one made the stitching perfect. I think I like that one right there maybe. Yeah. And click right there. All right. So let's get that right there and we'll cut that out. Now. The Helen, How love, I love that one. And next to this one that we have with the stitching. Ha ha ha, yeah, I love that one. That one. I like getting excited about art now see, I don't want this with a full circle and that one's not really talking to me. And I almost wish I didn't have these in there and I think that would have been beautiful. But we do have them in there. Just turn this vector in C. I like this corner a lot. So let's go with that corner. I think I like it like it right there. Like that. What we see if we turn it around who are like that too. Oh, I'm fill in that right there. Ha ha ha like this a lot. I like that. Okay. Let's see what we got left. I'm kinda like in this right here it's kind of a little bit muddy, but maybe with some stitching it would be less muddy. I don't like this mark that I did do kinda like that there. So let's just cut that out. We could stitch it if we want to have two pieces that we stitched. I think before I pull that off, I'm going to go ahead and just tape the back of that. This is just artist's tape that I'm using. I'll say I like it that way. Yeah, I like that a lot. Haha. Alright, so these other little pieces, I'm going to use those for collage paper or some other project later, maybe little mini pieces of art. I like saving the leftover stuff for stuff like that because I do stuff like that. I enjoy it. And I can cut these out with look how pretty that little pieces. I can cut these out with my scissors and keep revisiting these pieces later. Like this is a great big piece that would be pretty in a, in a collage. Especially this right here. Like this right here, these are, you've got, this could be like little micro pieces are like I like this piece right here. I really loved this strip. Look at that strip. I love that. All right, so these are going to be leftover, yummy art things that we do. And let me get my needle and thread out and we will stitch our piece. So I'll be right back. I'm a piece out ready to stitch and I have two pieces that we can stitch. And I think to make this really easy on myself, I have this all. And it's just this thing with a sharp edge and you know what I could have used to this clay tool that I use for mark-making. It's got a sharp edge. I like the hand grip on this, but either tool, you could use something like this. And I think I'm gonna go ahead and just mark my holes right now. That way when I get to stitch in, it's already got a hole there for the needle. It's like it's already a guide for that needle. And I don't know how straight those are, but you can see it makes little needle marks on the back. And I'm going to leave that tape on the back. I'm not going to remove that. I'm going to use that as my needle guides. And I'm doing this on my cutting mat. But it's one of those self-healing mats. So it doesn't matter. It's going to self heal itself. It's the perfect kinda mat to do this kind of thing on. And I'm not pushing like so hard that we're going all the way through the mat. I'm just getting through the paper. And if you wanted these to be perfect and same spacing apart, you can line these up with a ruler. I didn't do that. They might not be perfect from top to bottom. Just depends on how specific you'd like to be when you're stitching. In this thread is extra fix. So I've put a knot at the end of it. I think I'm going to do like should I do she straight or cross hatches, filling little x's. I didn't measure out the thread. I'm just hoping it's long enough or we'll have to start oh, yeah, like that. Eggs. Look at that. Just kinda hope as long enough because it was already threaded on my needle. If you do little x's, it might be less obvious if they're not perfectly straight. To just as a side thought their fat, these are so fun. And I'm glad that I did that with that cut in there and we didn't have to have that cut. We can do stitching on anything. We can do stitching on any of these, but I'm glad that cut was there to kind of make me come up with a creative solution. All right, just enough thread. Look how beautiful that is. Oh my goodness. And so because I've got this thread leftover, I'm just gonna make a little knot on the back. Now if you're gonna do this where you're trying to mount this to a wooden board. Having something like this on the back is going to make a lump. So you've got to really figure ahead of time how are you going to mount these? You're going to mail them. You need to use thinner thread because these are going to make lumpy backs. If you do something like that and it's not going to, it's not going to lay as flat as if I'm framing it in a frame. How cool that is though. And so really if you want to do something like that, you don't want to have the real thick back on it. Then you might take some black paint and do little x marks all the way down it, or use a thinner thread like an embroidery thread or sewing thread that's real thin. So keep that in mind when you're deciding on sewing on something, how are you mounting it in as your thread too thick to make that a flat mount kind of thing. But I do love how it turned out. And if you just have a cut on it and you want to like we could just take our we pull that paint but we could just make it look like stitching by using our catalyst tool here. And I'm not being as careful as I could be, but it definitely gives you the idea. We have the same look now without any of the bulk. So that's kinda fun too. So either, let me not get paint all over everything. Either way would be super fun. I love how both of those came out. I'm super thrilled. Me move this paint out of the way. And then we can take a look and see if there's any last little marks that we're wanting to make on our pieces. This is the time that I would do that. I would just take one last little glance if I want any little marks are dots are any last little somethings like on this one? Where's my paint pen? And you don't have to do them in white. I like white, so I do him and white. Just get this piece of paper and start my paint pen here. There we go. So this one I might, I might like some something over here. Like maybe something that looks like a scribble. Some writing, some lines of poetry. I want something right in that little spot there perhaps. And I might finish off the dots. I didn't really finish off our earlier. Yeah. Okay. So we could keep going and going and going on these, but I think for me, I'm going to call this done super happy with my four little pieces. And I hope you saw how much fun that was to be working on a piece and then come back later and say, okay, what else could I do now? I can make a markup never made. I could add some paint with my fingers. I could try a different substrate, which we did at front because I was already inspired by that card before I even got started. Use my non-dominant hand, draw lines on love doing that, and add some black. So, you know, when you're making these cards, pick out things that you like to do, and then pick out things that you never do and pick out things that you just wouldn't even think they would have occurred to you to do 30, 40, 50 little cards. And then as your work in pull a card and say, well, what else can I do? What its direction? Can I go where it cannot work in this lead me and just see what it is that you can come up with. Because look how fun this set is. I'm just thrilled every time I don't have anything said in my mind when I do these. I just go with the flow and just kinda let it lead me where it's going to lead me. And then I end up with pretty little pieces like that. And this that I would not have otherwise ended up with. I love the way this ended up and I love this big squishy bit of see-through paint as a mark or something that I've never done before that I wouldn't have thought to do. Love these. Alright, so hope you enjoy this bonus project here. I've just started with these little cards creating in this week. I was just kinda in the moon. Now I'm just like, Well, I don't want to put this away yet. So I decided to do a little bonus project and here, and I hope you really enjoy doing these. Definitely come back and share a picture with us in the projects. And I will see you next time.