Monday, August 21, 2017

Tutorial: STAMPING w/ Stencils & Paper Towels, Hit & Miss, Experimentation


Hands in the paint, really!

How not to be fascinated by paint marks on paper or even on fabric. Experimenting is something that I do daily in my Art as in my Craft. There is nothing more enjoyable than playing, the hands in the paint. But it is not very obvious to have the hands in the paints and on the camera in the same time! :-)
In this video, I am trying to convey this excitement we feel when we are trying something new, unknown, and about to succeed. Making mistakes is the best way to learn. Even as an ex-arts and crafts teacher and author of an arts & crafts book, I make mistakes every day, and it's good, because I am learning from them every day.
Conclusion: be happy to start and make mistakes, because this is will be the great beginning of your creative journey.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

How To Improvise Abstract PAGES on a Handmade Journal: Stencils, Ink Sta...


Who wants to have fun during a few minutes?
Improvising without thinking is not always an easy thing to do, but the aim of these pages is just to have fun and not think. Enjoy!

Colors and more Supplies used in this video:
- Daler Rowney Watercolors
- Impellist Watercolors (pearl gold)
- Color & Co Lefranc & Bourgeois Gouaches Temperas (fluo pink & more... They are made for children at school)
- Glitter Poster Paints for children (in small jars)
- Fine Acrylic Lefranc & Bourgeois (primary yellow)
- Basics Acrylic Liquitex (deep violet)
- Golden Acrylics (interference blue)
- Neo Art Watersoluble wax pastels
- Oil Pastel Sennelier (pale gold #112 & pale pink Madder Lake #77)
- Omnya Color Fine Marker (yellow)
- TDK CD-R Pen (black)
- Japanese fluo Wax Pastels (name unknown, it's written in Japanese!)
- Markal Oil Paintstik (light green)
- Gelatos Faber-Castell (passion fruit, tangerine, pistachio)
- I used some Scented Kids Paints Craft Dab on the paper towel, they act like an ink and take some time to dry which allows to transfer the colors on several layers in the same time
- Fixatif for Pastel & Charcoal Gallery, to seal the watercolors here
- Glue used: Elmer's School Glue available at Target's but any PVA glue will be fine
- The circles stencil is a Traci Bautista's creation: "Circles Circles" and the little flowers stencil is named "Gigi Stencil". You can both find them at
- The Journal was handmade with some raw handmade watercolor paper for the cover and some drawing/painting slightly thick paper for the pages. Any paper which can support some waterbased paint will be fine
- My brushes are very old and some of them have no name anymore, but any brush working for stenciling will be fine, and find a simple thin brush which would work with watercolors and any watersoluble color. The hands are great too sometimes...