DecoArt Dimensional Effects in Abstract Art

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!  I have a couple awesome mini canvases for you today, one of them bright green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  🙂  I created them with DecoArt dimensional effects paste.  The consistency of this texture paste is so interesting- it’s like pudding.  For some reason, I just want to eat it out of the bottle.

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It’s fascinating to me how brands of texture paste are so different from each other. I guess dimensional effects is not technically texture paste, but it’s similar.  However, the dimensional effects has an opaque, shimmery quality about it.

In this first piece, I’ve also added some green acrylic paint in various shades (also DecoArt) and some white india ink among my paper pieces.  I love the way the splatters of india ink and paint interact with the opaque quality of the texture paste.  It’s such a cool look!

DecoArt Dimensional Effects

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This sunset colored one, however, looks just awesome.  I love the colors, obviously, but for this piece I used all india ink with the dimensional effects and quilling pieces.  The liquid ink clung to the edges of the paste, really highlighting those areas and making them pop!

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What do you think?  Have you tried different brands of texture paste?  Which brand is your favorite so far?  I will confess, I see so many possibilities with this dimensional effects paste.  The fact that it is opaque, with a rather elastic consistency, kind of blows my mind.  I can’t wait to try some other techniques to mix it with paint, ink, etc. and see how it reacts, not to mention using it through stencils, with stamps, and who knows what else!

Custom Quilling Mini Canvases

quilling mini canvases clock It’s been a long time since I’ve worked on any of my quilling mini canvases.  I will confess- one downfall of being interested in so many types of art and constantly trying new things does mean that there is less time for my more signature art work.  However, I can tell from my work on these mini’s that I am still growing and evolving as an artist- the things I’ve been learning and practicing are having a definite influence in my work.

quilling mini canvases butterflyI have a wall of art for sale at a local shop, and last week I was told that there was a lady who has been purchasing several of my mini’s, and had requested a few more of a certain color.  She especially loved my quilling mini canvases, and wanted a couple more in purple and teal.  Well, I got right to work and I hope she loves them as much as I do! I always get nervous when someone makes a special request, because I know that I do evolve as an artist, and my mind and skills are in different places when I create now as opposed to when I created before, even if it was just a few months ago.

quilling mini canvases tailsI think she’ll be happy with them, though.  They are, after all, Anjuli Johnson originals.  🙂  Plus, I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have a patron who loves your work and keeps coming back for more.  What more can an artist ask for?  Maybe a few more people just like her… 🙂

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Paper Clay Experiments on Mini Canvas

A.C. Moore recently had a sale on their canvas, and I went a little nuts.  Well, not too bad… I got enough canvas to keep me busy for the next 6 months, at least.  That’s not too bad… at least, that’s what I have to tell myself after every trip to any kind of craft store.  The justification begins as I enter through the automatic doors, every. single. time.

Anyway, part of my horde of supplies was a pack of tiny little canvases, about  2 1/2 in. by 3 1/2 in.  I opened the pack that night and put on a layer of gesso, getting them ready for whatever ideas entered my head.

Here is my first completed mini canvas piece.  P.S.- they have mini easels at A.C. Moore, too.  *drool*

 Paper Clay Mixed Media Mini Artpaper clay experiments

I’ve been experimenting with different techniques recently, and this one is the perfect example.  Along with all my canvases, I bought some sculptymold paper clay at the store.  It’s a molding medium that dries much lighter than plaster, so I thought I’d give it a try and see how I liked it.

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I followed the directions to mix a small amount, and then a added a couple dolops of orange and yellow paint.  I slapped that handful of mushy paper clay on my canvas to try a splattered effect (which didn’t really work- I’ll have to try it more watery next time) added my pieces of quilling, and let it dry for a couple of days.  Then, I mixed a half/half combo of red acrylic and water, used a straw to drop beads of paint in certain places, then used the straw to blow the excess paint over the canvas.  It didn’t quite work the way I thought it would- I used too much paint sometimes- but the effect is not unattractive.  I love how the colors play together!

paper clay experiments

I’ts reassuring that even though most of the projects I’ve done in the last month or two don’t quite work in the way I’ve imagined, they still turn out alright, and I learn a lot in the process.

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So I suppose the only question I have now is, which way should I display my finished paper clay piece?  Vertically or horizontally?