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Creating Wooden Ornaments

 

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Painted Ornament
Using acrylic paints and a small piece of wood that is approximately 3"x 3.5", I painted my first ornament of the 2017 season. Inspired by the sun-moon theme, the composition introduces two culturally diverse figures. With contrasting colors, the figures interact in such a way that it is difficult to appreciate both of them at the same time. The ornaments that I will create, will have ribbon attached and be available for $10 plus the cost the shipping. No two will be alike.

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Lady Slipper and Fairy

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Fairy and Lady Slipper
Using Artist Loft metallic, acrylic paints, this fairy and lady slipper were painted as a gift for a special Art Teacher. The paints glitter and look lovely in person. Because they were thick, I dipped the tip of my fine brush into water and mixed the water into small dabs of paint several times to improve flow. Overall, I am impressed with the shimmer of the paint and feel it complements the fairy theme. Beth Ashton  

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Drawing Fairies in Colored Pencil

Part of a lesson that I've been working on for fourth grade students is the development of a unique fairy, gnome, or elf composition that is colored using colored pencil. Before getting to this point, students examine proportions through the work of Leonardo da Vinci and a more modern proportion scale showing preteen proportions. They practice figure drawing using volunteers from the classroom as models. For my example, I created this. I first tried regular colored pencils and really struggled to add even coloring to the face. More expensive colored pencils were significantly easier to manage, but the face was overworked. I wish that I had begun coloring with the more expensive colored pencils. I haven't fully developed the rest of the fairy. Students are asked to show an element or object from nature that shows the scale of the fairy, gnome, or elf. This example shows indicates the small size of the fairy with the inclusion of an acorn. fairy, drawing, lesson, sketch, colored pencil, art, fun, 4th grade -Beth

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Introduction to Screen Printing

This last week, I took an intensive screen printing class and thoroughly enjoyed it. We experimeted with sticky contact paper and then worked with drawing fluid and filler. Although the contact paper is only good for shorter runs with less prints due to detachment of the sticky contact paper from the silk screen during the washing process, it has some great advantages. The use of an exacto knife results in crisp lines that can be difficult to replicate with drawing fluid. For the next process, I drew a sketch and traced it by first using a washable marker on the screen and then flipped the screen with the silk side up and painted drawing fluid with a fine brush onto or in the marker outlines. The screen had been taped around the edges with duct tape to protect the frame. Once that dried, I filled the screen with orange filler and waited for it to dry. After rinsing away the drawing fluid with cold water, only the filler was left, and I printed the resulting image. Working from that print, additional screens  were created by drawing all objects of one color on each screen. On the yellow screen, I drew the beach and feet of my parrot, etc. Once all the screens had been filled and dried and the drawing fluid had been rinsed, I was ready to print. Drying was necessary between each layer but was relatively quick. A squeegee was used to pull ink down over the image at a 45 degree angle and then the ink was rinsed away in cold water. The key layer, or outline, was the last to be printed and really helped to pull the image together.
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Paradise, Beth Ashton, June 29, 2017
  To remove the filler, hot water, soda ash, a soft, plastic bristled scrub, and the jet setting on the hot water were used. My next print was created freehand onto the silk screen with drawing fluid without a drawing to trace. It was made in a similar manner but instead of creating five screens, I created two. For the color blocks, I taped off all but the desired color before each color run.
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Contemplation, Beth Ashton, June 30, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed silk screening and will continue the process from home. -Beth Ashton  

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Status Update on Santa Picture

I've been working on this project sporadically due to time constraints. It's coming along although more slowly than I'd like. A double-edged sword that experience in Photoshop is the potential for zooming in very closely. I can become intensely focused on details in one section of the image and zoom out to find no progress or mismatched progress. To combat this during my last coloring session, I decided to just start filling color in all over the place. The color is more refined in areas where I have spent a little more time. I would like to finish this over the next two weeks. It seems like a reasonable goal if I invest significant time into it. -Beth
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Santa returns on a reindeer

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Newest Watercolor, Sunflowers Painted from a Plastic Flower Model

I am exploring watercolors and feel more successful today than I usually do, in part, because I used a square edged Daler and Rowney number 8 brush instead of a smaller, pointy tipped brush. This brush allowed for much more natural flow of the watercolor than I normally experience. My model was a bunch of silk sunflowers, because they are a bit easier to work with than the real ones.  Once I completed my pencil sketch, I began right away with the color and stayed put until I was finished. I know myself, and that I am very unlikely to revisit a work, because I will not be happy with it later. Here it is. Let me know what you think if you want to. http://www.artpal.com/creationcreature/?i=53048-13
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Windy Day by Beth Ashton October 19, 2016

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Art Using Craypas and Tempera

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At the Edge of Existence
I was recently exposed to a method of creating imagery with sharp contrast and vivid colors using tempera and craypas, also known as oil pastels. The first step was drawing and coloring in an image using a smooth, thick coat of the craypas and then painting a coat of black tempera paint on top of the craypas. By placing the dried painting over a source of light, such as a window, the image below is revealed, and strategic removal of the tempera with a scratching instrument will expose colors that appear vivid in contrast to the darker tempera. To create solid areas of rich black in the paper, leave the paper white where shadow or outlines would be instead of covering them with oil pastels. The black tempera will soak into the paper in these areas creating contrasting black lines. My example can be seen at Artpal and is available for sale as a print. http://www.artpal.com/creationcreature/#i1  

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Learning to Use the Wacom CTH-670 with Pumpkin Art

I bought a Wacom a few years back but never felt comfortable using it. Since that point, I lost the pen that works with it but just replaced it. I'm trying again. I have developed decent control over the mouse, but the pen has to be better. This time around, I have been more diligent about learning to adjust settings for the pen within the Wacom application. On default, the pen works quite nicely. I have an inexpensive model, the CTH-670 and am using it in Photoshop. My first experiment was the creation of this pumpkin. I intend to make more Halloween art, because Halloween is right around the corner. -Beth
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Pumkin Made with Wacom
 

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Humming Bird and Peony Zazzle Art for Wedding Invitation and Thank You Cards

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Humming Bird
My newest Zazzle Creation is a wedding invitation and thank you card using my newest water color, a humming bird hovering beside peonies. You can check them out here. My intention is to continue developing my ability to paint flowers, because my favorite wedding invitations and cards feature beautiful floral scenes. -Beth

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