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Why I Create Art (and why I publish it!)

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Why I Create Art (and why I publish it!)

Salutations,

I want to tell you why I do what I do – why I paint, sketch, craft, whatever. And why I put it on this corner of the internet for you to see.

So why do I paint or sketch or craft?

I love the feel of the paint on the brush, smoothing over the paper.IMG_6521

I love mixing things and making something new. I love experimenting and doing my own thing, which sometimes happens to be what no one’s done before. I can’t keep myself from the paint and the pencils.

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Sticking with the crowd isn’t my thing. I like to think outside the box and create outside the box.

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My random brain sometimes creates weird paintings or sketches. Some are just plain ugly.

I’m OK with that.

Because they’re mine.

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But why do I want you all to see my paintings and my other art?

Maybe it has something to do with how my English teacher puts it – “You’re not writing for yourself.” You’re writing for other people.

So I’m not painting for myself. I’m not snapping photos for myself. I’m creating for the world. I’m creating for you.

~Heather

 

Raging Star – Painting Tutorial

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Raging Star – Painting Tutorial

Salutations,

I recently discovered a way to make some kind of exploding star out of acrylic paint, and I thought I would share it with you all. So here we go…

1. Start out with your paper, small/medium brushes, and acrylic paint. Of course, have a cup of water handy, and a paper towel. One fun thing to try is not letting yourself rinse your paintbrush – just let the paints layer. Experiment with your ideas.

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2. Paint a star-ish thing. See picture 🙂 The right-hand side would probably be best, but experiment with different locations as well.

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3. Now (I didn’t bother waiting for the paint to dry – huge waste of time, in my mind), add another star on top of that one – but slightly to the left (and also in a different color). Basically, just scootch the center of the star over. Actually, you can go either direction, but for the purpose of this tutorial, let’s just go left.

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By the way, sorry the picture don’t look super awesome. I’ll have to work on that 😛

You’ll see in the picture above that the center of the star isn’t really shifted at all – you have to go very gradually. In fact, you can just paint the second star right on top if you want.

4. Keep repeating the star, moving the same direction each time. Eventually, you’ll have something like this:

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Change colors at will, make it random or make a pattern.

5. Almost done! Keep adding stars.

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6. Now, add whatever else you want, or just leave the rest of the paper white. I added a black background just for kicks – I mean, it is a star!

Finished

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Here is another finished product of a Raging Star:

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Have fun with your stars! If you have any feedback or any post ideas, let me know in the comments!

~Heather

 

 

Abstract Art Ideas

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Abstract Art Ideas

Howdy!

I don’t know about you, but my abstract art doesn’t always come out so well. I mean, you’re supposed to be “free” and “loose” and all that, but sometimes it looks… a little too free. If you catch my drift. Sometimes, I need instructions. Actually, make that more than sometimes. So here are some instructions for one method of abstract art. Follow them loosely and make up your own methods too!

Here’s what it looks like when it’s done:

Finished!

Finished!

Looks pretty simple, but still enjoyable.

I don’t really remember if I got this from somewhere or if it came out of my own brain, but here we go.

Step 1: Draw some lines. Make whatever design you want, or make no design at all.

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Lines!

Ok, now that we’ve made some squiggles…

Step 2. Start filling in the sections that you’ve (probably unknowingly) made.

The idea is to fill in each section with a different design, but my brain rain out of design ideas so I ended up repeating. Fill them in with polka dots and swirls, or shade them, or add stripes.

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Step 2

Continue adding designs.

Continue adding designs.

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Your drawing will start to take shape!

Here is my finished product again:

Finished!

Finished!

Another one of my drawings:

Another drawing

Hope you enjoy your art-making! Experiment with colors or different mediums if you like.

-Heather