Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Art These Days

Hello Blog Friends,

It's been awhile since I have posted anything. I've taken a break from the scrapbooking world in order to pursue my true dreams artistically. I've been taking on line drawing/painting classes for awhile and now have started taking them in person at a local studio.

I'll just share a few things I've been up to in my online classes in case you don't follow me on facebook. :)

These first two sketches are from an online class I am taking with Lauren Rudolph called Collaged Reflections. I've just been focusing on the sketching part of things at the moment. If you are looking for an excellent drawing skills class this is it. Lauren really teaches you how to "see" like an artist.




I've been taking a class with Kara Bullock called Charcoal Like Mad. Also taking Let's Face It 2018.
These are some practice sketches in charcoal practicing hands.



You can see on this last one I used grid marks for my guides and didn't erase them yet. Using a grid is a tool artists use to get everything in the right place. I'm starting to need this tool less and less. Last year when I took Let's Face It 2016 my grid marks were 1 inch blocks. Now I'm using them mainly when I am practicing hands that are detailed or a figure to get the proportions correct. When I'm just drawing a face I'm finding I'm not needing it as much unless the face is at a difficult angle that I can't get right.


Finally these are from a class with Annie Hamman (my idol). This class is called Close Up Workshop. This focuses on drawing and painting and learning to do expressive loose work.

The first one is a collaged background with a very loose drawing on it. I added some acrylics.

This one is a sketch on music sheet paper. 

That's what I've been up to for now. The in person class I'm painting a still life. If it's decent enough I'll share it when I'm finished. :)

Thanks for stopping in! xo

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Altered Wood Frame- Scraps of Darkness Seaside Kit

Hello Blog Friends!
Today I am sharing the "Multicraft Import Wood Photo Frame" included in the Creativity Add On of the June Scraps of Darkness Seaside Kit.
You can find the kit here and the creativity add on here.


Here I go with the Art Dolls again! This one went fishing!

I painted on a layer of gesso then used the Tim Holtz Burlap stencil and scraped a layer of the white Impasto Paint found in the Creativity Add On over the stencil. I used this all over the frame. The Impasto Paint is a very thick acrylic and works well for this. Once that dried and I did help it along with a heat tool I painted over it randomly. I watered down the Cobalt Impasto Paint (also in the Creativity Add On) and used both the Prima Art Alchemy "Sparks Unicorn Hair and Metallique Coral Reef" paints. I also used a Lumiere Paint in Bronze found in my stash. 


Altered Wood Frame by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the June Seaside Kit

My Art Doll takes center stage. He has gone fishing and caught the 49th and Market Sand and Sea Layered Embellishments... a Starfish to be exact. He is holding it all together with the Blue Fern Studios Anchors Away Chipboard. Both found in the Elements Add On. 
The Main Kit included the WOW Whirlpool Embossing Powder. I painted on some Artisan Powder then embossed with the WOW. It created a beautiful sparkle!


Altered Wood Frame by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the June Seaside Kit

Surrounding my little fishing man are a host of florals included in the Floral Add On. A mix of 49th and Market and Prima.

Altered Wood Frame by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the June Seaside Kit

Melinda always includes special details in our kits. I couldn't help but create with these tiny white shells and USArtQuest Ice Queen Prills found in the Creativity Add On. They really add a special touch to your project!

Altered Wood Frame by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the June Seaside Kit

A few close ups for you.

Altered Wood Frame by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the June Seaside Kit

Altered Wood Frame by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the June Seaside Kit


Altered Wood Frame by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the June Seaside Kit

Thanks for stopping by!
xo Lisa

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Kaisercraft Altered Birdhouse - Scraps of Elegance Mix'd Media Kit for May


Hello Friends-
Today I'm sharing the Off The Page Project for Scraps of Elegance May Kit "Mix'd Media"
I absolutely loved this creating with this Kaisercraft Birdhouse!


In case you haven't noticed I have a passion for art dolls and book page fringe. I used the beautiful Blue Fern Studios Happy Accident papers in background as the base for the whole birdhouse. I then used the Prima Art Alchemy Butterfly Spells Acrylic Paint over the edges of the birdhouse. I used some crackle paste and modeling paste with a stencil to create texture and interest in random areas on the roof and edges. I dabbed Prima rust paste on these areas to create a worn patina look.

Altered Kaisercraft Birdhouse by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Elegance using the May Mix'd Media Kit

The front of my birdhouse has one of my favorite art dolls. I used a metal birdhouse found in the Scraps of Darkness Kit and some chipboard birds that covered in a blue acrylic paint and rust paste. Of course I added tons of flowers and leaves found in the floral add on because I just love flowers on my projects!


I wanted to do something different for my roof. I added book page trim and shaped it to look like a big nest. Then I added in some moss and a little birds nest and chipboard birds.

Altered Kaisercraft Birdhouse by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Elegance using the May Mix'd Media Kit

The sides of the birdhouse are embellished as well. I used a lot of elements from the Tim Holtz Ephemera Botanical found in the Elements Add On. I also used my book page fringe along the edges.

Altered Kaisercraft Birdhouse by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Elegance using the May Mix'd Media Kit

Here is a little close up of the front. Isn't she adorable?

Altered Kaisercraft Birdhouse by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Elegance using the May Mix'd Media Kit

Another side view with layers of stencils, florals and ephemera.

Altered Kaisercraft Birdhouse by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Elegance using the May Mix'd Media Kit
I also stamped randomly with the Blue Fern Clear Stamps Halftones found in the Elements Add On.


A close up of the perch using rust paste and crackle paste.

Altered Kaisercraft Birdhouse by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Elegance using the May Mix'd Media Kit

I stenciled both with paste and distress ink.
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I added some wooden feet and painted with the acrylic paint found in the Color Add On.
Altered Kaisercraft Birdhouse by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Elegance using the May Mix'd Media Kit

This project was so much fun I loved creating it!
Hope you enjoy!
Thank you for stopping by!
Lisa




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Artist Trading Block - Scraps of Darkness - May Kit- Attic Finds



Good Morning Blog Friends-

The Attic Finds Kit from Scraps of Darkness is probably one of my all time faves!
I just love the ephemera of 7 Gypsies and Tim Holtz. This really is my style and what I enjoy doing the most. Collage style work, altering and funky artsy details.
If you missed the kit you can find out kits here.

So much inspiration in one box!



I created this artist trading block using the 7 Gypsies Architextures in my background. You can see the pattern paper add on in the kit here.


Artist trading block by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the May Kit Attic Finds
I added layer upon layer cutting out bits and pieces from these papers and adding in the ephemera found in the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Emporium Pack found here.

Artist trading block by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the May Kit Attic Finds

The Creativity Add On included the Prima Finnabair Rust Effects Paste. I used this on my box edges, all of my metal embellishments including the chains. I added spools for feet and used this on them as well.

Artist trading block by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the May Kit Attic Finds
Along with the rust paste I used some blue toned paint to achieve a patina effect on my metal.

Artist trading block by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the May Kit Attic Finds

Also, I used a stencil and used the paste with that adding some texture to the pattern papers on the box.

Artist trading block by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the May Kit Attic Finds

One of my little art doll girls holding some letters from Papermania-Mr. Smiths Workshop Alphabet Stickers found in the Elements Add On. She is also popping out a suitcase. This is also in the Elements Add On - 7 Gypsies Architextures treasured adhesive stacked suitcases.

Artist trading block by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the May Kit Attic Finds

On the top of the box I used a Frank Garcia Memory Hardware latch coated in rust effects paste.


Artist trading block by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the May Kit Attic Finds

I attached a few chains with dangles. 

Artist trading block by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the May Kit Attic Finds

I had the metal butterfly in my stash.

Artist trading block by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the May Kit Attic Finds
More close ups of the chains and the little bicycle. This is Scrapberry's Vintage Metal Charms found in the Main Kit. The bird cage is a Blue Fern Studios Chipboard found in the Elements Add On.

Artist trading block by Lisa Novogrodski for Scraps of Darkness using the May Kit Attic Finds

Thanks a bunch for stopping in!






 
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