April 25, 2014

Lilla Rogers MATS A Week 4 Assignment

Made it through another week of MATS and finished early this time even though I worked my day job as well. Don't know how I managed that. Probably because I really enjoyed this lesson. The assignment was an abstract college-style piece of wall art. I actually thought I would hate it because I didn't think I could do it and with all the stipulations involved I assumed it would be hard. 

I call my piece Apple Blossoms. We could only use two colours which Lilla gave us according to our Zodiac signs, plus as many neutrals as we wanted. Luckily I got pink and yellow as my main colours. Then we had to include words or at least one, apparently that's the trend (I hate words on art). Had to include a floral motif even if it was just tiny. Must include some kind of traditional paint and geometric or organic motifs. 
 Not crazy about collage either, so for that part I glued a large piece of nubbly fabric onto a 36 x 36 inch piece of Ranger board. Don't ask me what that is, my husband bought it at the hardware store. The guy said it takes paint really well. Good enough. I wouldn't call that collage exactly, but I glued something. I used acrylics for this painting. A bit of stencil from the dollar store as my geometric shape, some rug hooking canvas to get the little dots and a pallet knife to paint my flowers. It was a really fun project and I know I'll be pallet knifing a lot more of these. Probably disguise the word before I stick it on my wall, though.  

April 20, 2014

Lilla Rogers MATS A Week 3 Assignment

Well I'm at the end of week 3 with Lilla Rogers, Make Art That Sells course and I have to say although it was hard, it was also my very favourite one. The assignment was Children's books and the topic was an Aesop's fable, The Fox and the Crow.

It was pretty hectic since I only had 3 days to do it in and I chose to use acrylic paint on canvas. I was probably crazy to put that much pressure on myself but I couldn't see it any other way. I wanted bright and vibrant. I don't think I could have gotten the same effect with water colour never mind the fact that I don't have the skill to pull it off.  I didn't think I could make it happen digitally either, too much thinkin' involved. I do know from the only other acrylic painting I've ever done last summer that you can fix a mistake waaay easy.
So I flew home from work for the last 3 days and painted like a fiend. And hardly slept, I was painting in my head all night. Good thing, too, cause I didn't know what the heck I was doing. Works out pretty well when you don't have time to think. No time to dilly dally, just put the bleepin' paint on the canvas, girl!

April 14, 2014

Lilla Rogers MATS A Week 2 Assignment

So week 2 of Make Art That Sells has come and gone and I'm very happy with what I came up with.  The market was Home Decor and designing plates with Succulents as the theme was the project. Having a day job, I wasn't able to spend as much time on this exciting assignment as I would have liked. For variety I probably should have done a few more drawings. Oh, well,  I'm just glad I managed to submit on time again. Here I did a water colour painting of String of Pearls, one of my favourite succulent plants.  

The first thing my friends mentioned about my submission was bedroom ensemble, sheets, duvets. I like that idea. Hmm, I wonder if I could turn this into a repeat for some Spoonflower fabric.  

April 8, 2014

Lilla Rogers MATS A-Week 1 Assignment

 Well, I'm taking Lilla Rogers course, Make Art That Sells and our assignment for the first week of class was bolt fabric with the theme of Tropical Fruit and Vintage Casserole Dishes. Above is my submission presented as a repeat. 
My version before the repeat and below are my coordinating fabrics. I wish I had been able to spend more time on this project but my day job made things really tight. That and the fact that I don't know Illustrator or Photoshop very well and as a result, spent a lot of time in 
pulling-my-hair-out mode. But I like it, my husband likes it, and my daughter likes it so much she wants a hunk. So here comes my first fabric design printed at Spoonflower.  My daughter suggested Camper curtains. Totally cute idea! 
I have to say before I go, I was very happy and proud to have finished and submitted something. It was a pretty big deal for me considering the level of talent in this class scares the socks off me. Talk about fantastic. Oy!
Not crazy about the flying saucers here, as my husband calls them. Think I'll make a better coordinate using the white-centered mango. 
Well, onward and upward. Bring it on Week 2. This time round I'm going to get real pushy with myself.