May 10th, 2014

Slappin Around Paint

falling sky
This one is a collection of happy accidents. The direction I gave myself was ‘clouds’ so…. check. Initially there was a giant drip from going overboard with a spray bottle but it fortuitously morphed into an intentional fluid light from the sky.

April 19th, 2014

Abyssal Zone + Bunnies

rabbit angler lavaflies
The first stages — sketching & vellum cut outs for adding in lava-ish butterflies. I wanted something a little bio-luminescent to add in some more color.

hare abyss lava
Finished I believe?! I’m really happy with the colors.

March 11th, 2014

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb, AMIRITE?

Im busy
So this is a time when I could just take advantage of technology and upload a video instead of making a lesser quality .gif, but if I produce my own .gif I feel more entitled to using a hard “g” when I pronounce it.
Updates are less and less, but I am still producing things! I started/recovered 4 canvases and have at least 2 or 3 real projects to undertake. Hopefully April/May will be fruitful and become almost annoying in the amount of posts! Wishful thinking!

February 3rd, 2014

::Tutorial:: Display Wall

Tools Materials Tutorial
Tools & Materials Needed:
::6:: 1″x2″ 6′ Boards/Planks (~$17)
::12:: 1″x2″ x 1.5′ Boards/Planks (I got 6 3′ boards and just cut them in half so I had an excuse to use the jigsaw) (~$10)
::60:: 1-1/2″ Wood Screws (I would get shorter ones for the hinges so they don’t poke through for next time) (~$8)
::4:: Hinges (~$7)
::1:: 9’x12′ Drop Cloth (some kind of heavier material) (~$18)
Screwdriver/Power Drill, Pliers, Measuring Tape, Hammer, Stapler, Scissors (Level & T-bar were not used but would have been useful)
Drapery Hooks for securing art to the finshed panel (with binder clips or paper clips)(~$3)
I didn’t have to purchase any of the tools as they were already in my possession. The boards, screws, hinges, drop cloth and hooks ended up totaling about $60 – a fraction of the cost of ordering art display walls/panels.

Crossbars Planks
::6:: 3′ planks cut into ::12:: 1-1/2′ planks with brute force.

Frame
::3:: 6’x1-1/2′ frames created from the planks.  The 2 shorter bars going across in the middle just help make the frame more stable. The big push toward making my own panels versus buying them pre-made was expense and customization. Doing it myself was cheap and I could figure out what size best fit my needs.

Dropcloth Scissors
Drop cloth is cut to the size of the frames, plus an inch or two on all sides? With the amount I had, I was able to double the material over for each panel. I eyeballed the overhang based on what would wrap around to the back of the frame comfortably. Enough material to grab on to with the pliers but not enough to have to trim again.

Pliers Stretching Canvas

I basically borrowed from canvas wrapping. There are many ways to wrap, the method I used was starting to staple from the middle and just rotating around until I get dizzy and the drop cloth is tight (numbers on the left image denote a makeshift stapling pattern.). The pliers were a good lever for gripping the material enough to pull it tight against the frame for stapling. As for folding the corners, I am not descriptive enough. A simple search for “How to fold canvas corners” should lead you in the right direction. I just use trial an error until the fabric is neat against the edge. Almost like wrapping presents.

Hinges
Hinges added. One toward the top, one toward the bottom to connect the 3 panels in an accordion fashion.

Oop Screws
Yikes. Good thing no one is looking at it from the back. Don’t forget to pick the right size screw for the job.

Makeshift Propanels
Ermergerd, they stand up on their own! Victorious!

Drape Hook
Say what? Hang some art from it now? K!

January 13th, 2014

Turning Over a New Leif

leif zombies
An almost finished commission.

January 7th, 2014

Polar Vortex

color-chart
Capitalizing on winter by making this sweeeet Pinterest/Cold-inspired color palette. “Frigid Pink” as a band name/color swatch is my basis for this entire post with everything else following fortuitously as a second thought.

December 14th, 2013

Ink Elf

ink splotch

ink elf
Ink Splotch turned festive.

December 7th, 2013

Sneak Peaks

mural
A little mural action. Keepin’ the details on the DL until the Christmas time is over.

October 8th, 2013

Turkey Gobble Squirrel

corn stalk pumpkin
Not much going on here yet – just setting the stage for some squirrel action. I missed my 4th of July squirrel opportunity so now I have ditch the gunpowder and explosions motif for the stunning death of leaves.

::Finished::

September 30th, 2013

Heh

Heh
Something else to work on later.

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