Welcome Spring – A Mixed Media Art Technique

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“Welcome Spring” by Elaine Brady Smith. 8″ x 10″ mixed media collage on canvas.

Happy first day of Spring everyone!!!

Seems like we have waited forever for this day, and even though it’s still a bit cold here in South Central PA….there is no snow on the ground…finally! It’s been a long winter, but Spring is finally here!!!

My first article has been published on Mixedmediaart.net today! This is one of my favorite mixed media art techniques – Making Transparent Stamped Layers.

I love this technique!!! Making piles of stamped papers and transparent papers are great for collage and mixed media. Jeez…I could spend days making these papers! I use them in my art almost all the time!

Read the entire article here.

Be sure to sign up for my updates (in the upper right hand corner of my blog page) to receive my favorite techniques right in your inbox – more coming soon!!!

New MMA Article Writers Team

Mixed Media Art Article Writers TeamI am very excited to announce that I have been added to the Mixed Media Art Article Writers Team!!! I will be writing about some of my favorite mixed media techniques with how-to instructions and photos. 

Michelle Brown is the Creative Director of MixedMediaart.net and she has graciously accepted me as part of her team.  She is passionate about mixed media art and enjoys sharing her knowledge and techniques with you to allow you to express your own creativity. Michelle understands that many of us have an inner need to create. By learning a few basic techniques the amazing world of mixed media art is accessible to everyone!

My articles about some of my favorite transparent layering techniques will appear In March, July, and September of 2014.

March 19, 2014 – Transparent Layers – Making Your Own Stamped Layers

July 4, 2014 – Transparent Layers – Drawing and Mark Making with Gesso

Sept 17, 2014 – Transparent Layers – Using Silk Tissue/Gampi

One of my 2014 goals is to add Tutorials of my favorite techniques to my website. I have already created a landing page on my site as a starting point for this process. I hope to begin adding tutorials very soon.

So stay tuned for these articles and more techniques!

The Creative Process

Amber Kane The Unstandardized StandardI woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise! Amber Kane, educator, textile designer, entrepreneur, and stellar day dreamer featured an interview with me on her blog, The Unstandardized Standard!!!

I recently completed Amber’s online course on Creative Confidence, and she asked each of the students attending to complete the interview questions. I feel honored to be the first interview posted!!!

You can read my interview and link to Amber’s blog to learn more about The Unstanderdized Standard. I highly recommend this course for those who are feeling a bit lost creatively or just need to get more organized and focused…and well…that was me in a nutshell for 2013. But it’s a new year and thanks to Amber, I now have some great ideas to make 2014 a highly creative year!!! I have already begun to put these tools into practice and I am so excited about it!!!

I get the best creative ideas when I’m….

When I least expect them!!! They usually come to me when I am doing something else, which is not always convenient, especially if I am not in the studio. I also love browsing the internet for ideas, especially Pinterest. After taking Amber Kane’s online creativity course, The Unstandardized Standard, I have begun pinning more and more to my Pinterest boards. I love Pinterest, but it can be a real time soaker and I was feeling a bit guilty about spending so much time there, but in Amber’s course I learned what a valuable tool pinning can be to improve my personal aesthetic. I have kept visual journals for years and Pinterest is just another way of collecting those visuals to spark an idea that might be helpful somewhere down the line. Now I allow myself time every day to browse and pin without guilt!!! Read the complete interview…

And by the way, Amber Kane makes the most beautiful scarves. It is my dream to own one someday!!! You can view her work here.

Thanks Amber!!! You’re the best!!!

 

 

 

A Great Way to Spend that Christmas Cash!

Orchard by Elaine Brady Smith, 12" x 18" encaustic collage on board.

Orchard by Elaine Brady Smith, 12 x 18 encaustic collage on board.

Did you get a little something extra in your Christmas stocking and are wondering just what to do with it??? Well, I’ve got just the thing….Take a creative workshop with me at the Art Association of Harrisburg or at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Center For American Crafts. Make 2014 the year to nourish your creative soul!!!

I have three workshops starting next week and guess what…IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER!!!

So here is what I have to offer, but DON’T WAIT, space is limited! REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!!!

Still-Life in Collage

WIP Tea Time by Elaine Brady Smith, 8" x 10" collage on canvas.

WIP Tea Time by Elaine Brady Smith, 8 x 10 collage on canvas.

Date and Time: January 8 – February 12, Wednesdays, 6–8:30PM (6 weeks)

Location: Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 N Front Street, Harrisburg, PA (717) 236-1432

Skill Level: Beginner, ages 15 through Adult

In this class we will create a still-life painting in collage by “painting with paper.” Drawing inspiration from photographs, we will start with a simple acrylic under-painting, then add torn papers that have been painted, stamped, stenciled and textured to complete the piece.

There will be demos by the instructor. There will also be discussions on how to make subject matter more representational by using color, value and directional tearing of papers.

Students should be able to complete at least one 12×12” painting in class.
$70.00 - Students should bring the supplies required in the list emailed them at registration. (Minimum 5 students.)

To register for this class, contact Art Association of Harrisburg or call them at (717) 236-1432.

Artistic Journaling

Artistic Journaling pages, work in progress by Elaine Brady Smith

Artistic Journaling pages, work in progress by Elaine Brady Smith

Date and Time: January 9 – February 13, 2014, Thursdays, 6-8 PM (6 weeks)

Location: Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 N Front Street, Harrisburg, PA (717) 236-1432

Skill Level: Beginner, ages 12 through Adult

Do you need a creative place to experiment and explore ideas with no pressure to produce a masterpiece? An art journal may be the perfect solution!

In this class we will create a 16-page simple stab-binding journal from one sheet of watercolor paper. This booklet will then serve as the place for you to collage, paint, draw, doodle, scribble, write and/or all of the above, to create a visual celebration of your life and events.

There will be plenty of demos and tips on artistic journaling techniques during this six-week course. This is an excellent class for teens as well as adults and a great time for child and parent to spend creative-time together.

$70.00 – PLUS THERE WILL BE A $25 SUPPLY FEE PAYABLE TO THE INSTRUCTOR AT THE FIRST CLASS. (Minimum 5 students.)

To register for this class, contact Art Association of Harrisburg or call them at (717) 236-1432.

Intro to Encaustic Workshop

Greetings by Elaine Brady Smith. 10" x 8" encaustic collage on raised panel.

Greetings by Elaine Brady Smith. 10 x 8 encaustic collage on raised panel.

Date and Time: January 11 & 12, 2014, Saturday and Sunday, 10AM – 5PM

Location: Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

Skill Level: Beginner

Encaustic is a luscious and versatile medium with a range of controlled to wildly unpredictable results.  In this 2 day workshop we will cover the basics of working in encaustic, equipment and supplies including how to make your own beeswax and damar resin medium.

Demonstrations will be given on techniques such as:  fusing methods, using and applying color, building texture, incising lines, adding collage and transfers. Students will have the opportunity to explore the techniques after each demo and have plenty of time to explore this wonderful medium.

This is a great introductory workshop to give this medium a try. An extensive “how-to” handout is included along with a complete list of supplies needed to set up your own encaustic studio.

Members: $157.00/Non Members: $175.00

Plus Materials fee: $50 payable to the instructor at the time of the class covers 4-8” x 10” birch plywood sub straights, encaustic medium, encaustic gesso, brushes, Nitrile gloves, single edged razor blades, laser copies for transfers, assorted collage papers, use of tools and equipment, and printed handouts.

To register for this workshop contact PA Guild of Craftsmen or call them at 717-431-8706

See my complete listing of 2014 Workshops here.

Holiday Show at Arts on Union

I will have a few pieces of mixed media work at Arts on Union, 203 N Union Street, Middletown, PA for the Mixed Media Art Group 2nd Annual Exhibit. The show opens this Friday, December 7th with an artist reception from 5pm – 9pm. There will be an abundance of GOOD art at this exhibit and plenty of variety if you are looking for a unique Christmas gift for that special someone!!!

My series of Off the Cuff – 101 Totally Random Collages will also be available at Arts on Union, or you can purchase them here on my site.

Below are the next 3 in the series.

020 Go Ask Alice

020 Go Ask Alice

020 Go Ask Alice

The text in this collage came from an old book page with the title “The Opium Eater’s Dream” …which I found an interesting title for a late 1800′s book. The position of her face reminded me of Alice In Wonderland…she’s just hanging in mid-air with mystery in her eyes as if in a dream. So if you are wondering, “Go ask Alice, I think she’ll know…” Yes, I’m that old and from that era and I’ve always liked that song…go Jefferson Airplane! Here is a version on YouTube that I like (it seems so innocent for a song that was about taking drugs):

This collage is 5 x 7, mounted and matted with a cream colored mat and ready to drop into an 8.5 x 11 frame (frame not included).

You can purchase this collage for $15 plus $3 shipping (shipping is adjusted for multiple purchases) by clicking the Add To Cart button below or email me at elainebradysmith@comcast.net.




022 Cheez Whiz

022 Cheez Whiz

022 Cheez Whiz

Who didn’t love Cheez Whiz as a kid??? My mom bought it for us just as pictured, in the glass jars that could reused for juice glasses after all that delicious processed cheese was gobbled up! That yellow golden goodness!!!

This collage is 5 x 7, mounted and matted with a tan colored mat and ready to drop into an 8.5 x 11 frame (frame not included).

You can purchase this collage for $15 plus $3 shipping (shipping is adjusted for multiple purchases) by clicking the Add To Cart button below or email me at elainebradysmith@comcast.net.




 023 Scranton van Gogh

023 Scranton van Gogh

023 Scranton van Gogh

The horizon of Scranton, PA as a van Gogh masterpiece??? It seemed appropriate to me that this city in northern PA should benefit from one of the worlds great artists. I don’t know much about Scranton, but I did grow up near the coal regions in Danville, PA. My grandfather worked in the coal mines in Nanticoke, PA and drove a team of horses, hitched to a wagon, from Mt. Carmel to Nanticoke every day….about a 55 mile journey. I often imagine how tough that was for him. So here’s to a bit of artistic vision for northern PA, which reared some very hearty people in it’s time!

This collage is 5 x 7, mounted and matted with a tan colored mat and ready to drop into an 8.5 x 11 frame (frame not included).

You can purchase this collage for $15 plus $3 shipping (shipping is adjusted for multiple purchases) by clicking the Add To Cart button below or email me at elainebradysmith@comcast.net.