Creative Exploration

Surprising ways to use a candle lid

There I was with some leftover paint. I’ve been reading about block printing and how to make stamps.

Sure I painted usual flowers but I wanted to stamp. With the lid in my had I had an idea. Paint the floral design and stamp. The stamp visibility depends on the how much paint you apply. Adding water makes the paint thinner and works beautifully too.

Oh and the fun doesn’t stop here. I could get some plain cream or light brown fabric and stamp along a a table runner. I could stamp on a wall? for the garden? I’d need different paint of course.

Some other ways I’ve used the lid…

The lid by the way, is a lid from a Bath and Body Works Candle. I wonder what else in my house could make a stamp? Aren’t you curious? Go create. If you discover something then tag me on instagram @hellomireya

See you tomorrow.

Creative Exploration

Tie Dye Take Two

I like the spirit of what tie dye represents. A symbol of empowerment. Now more that eveR we need to feel empowered. We always do.

Never have I enjoyed using ink so much.

Notes

Peace: use watercolor pencils to color in layers

Happy: mixing ink with water

Tie Dye : adding ink droplets on trasparent watercolor

Experimentation on a larger scale

These are fun letters. Watercolor is like Tie Dye. You layer and layer. There’s lots of color. You add droplets of water, more color, and I added a little salt crystals. You have to wait till it dries for the magic to happen. Different beautiful results every time!

Not sure how I’ll use this background but it’s beautiful!

Creative Exploration

Heart Shape Tree + Sponge Brush

Not exactly the shade of green I wanted but I like the shape. I was looking at printouts of trees and wondering.

What other heart shapes am I missing? AND there it was, the outter line of this tree forms a heart.

I want to glue the sponge back on the wood stick. and create more of a flower petal stamper. Yes, I could use the flower stamp for more trees and for the next book project.

When the handle brakes on the brush you customized, use the sponge anyway.

I almost started painting a bigger version of one of my favorite trees. The blues and the greens are beautiful. I’ll paint this tree but not right now.

blue green and yellow round stamped tree

I’m glad I didn’t. I could have. There was this other idea that didn’t work out. I wanted to cover the mess with dots but and even better idea strikes. I could cover up the mess with acrylic paint. I’ve already drawn the shape with a watercolor pencil. It’s going to be beautiful!

The big lesson for this week is to be proud of every piece. Every piece is a learning point.

Being proud of your work doesn’t mean perfection.

Our proud should always be in the process.

Creative Exploration

Collage Lettering + Scrapbook Paper

I choose my scrapbook paper like I do my paint. I walk the displays and pay attention to what catches my eye, no particular project in mind. If I happen to be out of a certain color I’ll pick it up. This next book is going to be called You Are Loved. Earth loves You is no longer good for the theme of the book. Wait this reminds me of a brilliant idea to end the book. I’ll do it!!

The lemon pattern gave me this whole when life gives you lemons vibe.

Today’s creative idea.

Use leftover texture painted paper, scrapbook paper, white ink pen, and paint over an art print that didn’t work out. The idea here is that lemons on their own are sour but when you combine then with good then that’s magic.

We can should learn and be empowered by our mistakes and trials. As we develop that into a positive then we open doors. Focus on the sour bitterness of the lemon and you won’t get far. Focus on the infinite possibilites like chicken, bars, candy, cake, fruit, tea, drink, ice cream, pasta and so much more.

I really like the colors and the idea. Every day I’ll be working on an idea like this. This is a celebration of spring and a compilitation of prints for my next book. Speaking of, I got the full color editor edition of my book Live Your Love Story on Saturday. I’m so excited and I’ll share that tomorrow. I did post a preview video @hellomireya.

As always thanks for reading. I hope you have as much fun as I did creating and writing this book. I would love to know what you are working on? If you tried any of my ideas? Email at senditomireya@yahoo.com

AND I should change this up and choose paper that I wouldn’t choose, colors that I typically don’t work with to see what I come up with.

to purchase this print

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Crumbled Paper Tree

I painted this tree with a crumbled up piece of printer paper. The type and size of paper can prouduce unique textures.

I should have used emerald green or white instead of kraft paper. Pressing down lightly or heavy also gives even more interesting textures.

Here’s another tree I made with a heavy cardbard that I cut and bunched up into a ball. This tree didn’t make the Wise Trees but I do like the texture. In both these designs my crumbled up paper was about the size of a quarter. To really get a good texture you probably need a tennis ball size.

Creative Exploration

Textures + Thanks a Bunch

These are just a few of my textures. I’m going to go watch some videos on Eric Carle inspired textures. I believe I will be illustrating the book collage style. I’m not sure how I got started with all of this but I did. I’ve been doing some collage lettering and it has been fun. Which brings me to a huge thanks. I’m thankful for my upcoming assignment. I’m thankful for all of the posts that have inspired ideas and provide me with the creative environment that I need. Especially the kiddos at Lee. Bless them all! I’m thankfoul for my tribe. (You) Thanks for reading and hopefully creating with me. In a few weeks I’ll be emailing a teaser for the book. Are you a subscriber?

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Fun + Art History + Creativity

These are some of my supplies. The old Crayola educational set is now filled with Mission, Grumbacher and Cotman. I’m in the process of organizing a new paint palette. Today I didn’t work on the book. Instead I worked on a project for the creative exploration class.

The assignment was to choose an art painting and create variations. I chose Bridge over a pond of Water Lilies. I love nature and I wanted to use various tones of green and pink to convey the majesty and warmth of nature. I mixed up the galleria blue with the green acrylic. It was amazing.

Why this painting exercise? What does this have to do with Road Trip? Adolfo Serra instructs his classmates to play. Gather up as many supplies as you can and create variates of the art. Art is open for interpretation. There are many ways we can choose to express if only we allow ourselves to play.

Today I timed myself for 45 minutes. I sketched with just a pen to observe the shapes. My phone battery was also dying so the screen blanked every 30 seconds. Still I drew. Then I painted. I painted a second variation. I mixed paints. I used a make-up brush to cover up some mistakes. No pencil. No thinking except to choose a tool. I just painted. More importantly, I painted my love for nature.

I realize that I need to take a step back and allow my self to develop, to come into my style. I can do this and I will. Now that I’ve relaxed and had some fun I’ll be ready to finish the book doodles tomorrow.

Creative Exploration

Who Cares?

I do love Paul McCartney’s new song. The biggest lesson I learned this year is who cares.

I love my letters. I love my drawings. I enjoy my art. Sure I need to go back to hand lettering. I love color. I should keep mixing. Isn’t that the point. I could be in this place of curiosity and explore!

Or I could doubt. Why would I ever do that. I have lots more projects to paint.

…to be contiuned