Saturday, March 31, 2012
Oil on Mat Board
2.5 x 3.5"
Here is one of my newest paintings. I really like how this one came together. I sort of saw it in my head before I put it down. I didn't even need a reference, which is a very strange experience for me.
Today I finished two paintings, started a third, and I have one more I have to do before I get back to daily paintings. I've also started a newsletter that sends a weekly digest of my blog posts out, and even one that will be sent out daily of my daily paintings, with links to their auction.
I'll be writing a post about that in a second!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Oil on Mat Board
2.5 x 3.5"
I love how this little tiny painting came out. I don't know why, but at this point I was in the painting zone! I had done a couple of other small paintings.
I still can't paint the ocean for some reason. Guess I've gotta practice!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Oil on Masonite
And here is my bowl of eggs! I love the bowl. It was a small one I made in pottery class and it has a wonderful shino as a glaze. Obviously it's one of my earlier attempts at a bowl with a very unstable base. I will definitely be using the bowl again, but I think I would prefer white eggs. With white eggs I feel I can really play with the colors.
I've got to work on the eggs some more, but overall I like the painting.
I'm about to go painting on the beach! If you're in Galveston, look for the person with a french easel wearing jeans!
Monday, March 19, 2012
And in the background, I'm set up for painting! I'm painting eggs! I'll post that tomorrow.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
This makes me happy. I love van Gogh, and I love Doctor Who's van Gogh episode, "Vincent and the Doctor" and for some reason this piece reminds me of that. I'd love to buy a print, but I'm saving up money for my trip. If any of my friends and family are reading this and looking for gift ideas for me, a greeting card is only 5 bucks!
I'm inspired to go paint now...
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I'm hoping I have enough to make a hat! I have some other yarns I spun as well, but they are in browns and grays. I think it won't bother me to mix these up! Especially since these are my own hand made yarns.
Truth be told I want to make a slouchy hat, and I have this pattern, but I don't think this yarn will work for that. Maybe it will? It's a fairly even width, bit it does get thicker and thinner in places and I'm not sure how it will work since I've never even knitted with yarn I haven't bought at the store!!
I need to work on being brave so I think I will just go for it! Wish me luck!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Oil on Masonite
This is my newest painting. I had done a few more that just weren't good enough, so, I didn't post them. Even this one took me two days and a lot of pain an misery. But I think working through the pain paid off. I am actually pretty happy with this. The onions are going into my casserole tonight, and the pot was handmade by a friend at Louisiana Tech. I actually really liked painting it because of the thick texture and color.
The onions were another story. I didn't think they would ever looks right!
This will be available on my website once it has been finished. Follow me on twitter @Violinagin and on Facebook (ViolinaginArt) to be the first ones to know when they go to auction!
Friday, March 09, 2012
Oil on Mat Board
I'm a bit embarrassed showing this one, because the cup itself is lopsided, and the painting of it makes it even more so! I'm having to end this painting as is for right now, but I'm going to finish it sometime later. I just have some work that needs to be done pronto, and I can't spend all day worrying that the mouth is too wide. Which it is. Horribly.
So, two commissions to finish, then, it's back to this one!
I will probably post another repaint tonight :)
Thursday, March 08, 2012
4" x 10.5"
paper size - 3.5x9"
I just wanted to let everyone know I put this book up for sale in my Etsy shop!
This is the link^
I hope it goes to a good home, because I just love it!
4 3/4 x 6 1/4"
Oil on Mat Board
Here is my newest daily painting! Unfortunately I painted this right before the downpour that is happening now and the light was very, very low. Not much value contrast, but I think I like the nice, soft color transitions.
I wanted to paint lemons today, but my pear didn't look like it would survive another day and I was getting kind of hungry. It's really delicious. The lemons however, look like they'll last several more days before I have to throw them in food or make lemonade from them. So pear for today, lemons tomorrow! Or artichoke. I am not sure whether I should cook it now, or tomorrow. I managed to keep one so long it dried out. Not sure I want to do that again! I'd rather eat 'em. Maybe I'll paint the dried one and eat the good one :)
Also, I've been trying to make my facebook page a bit more active! Having more followers would definitely inspire me, so if you could like my facebook page and maybe follow me on twitter I would be so in love! Plus I tend to post more deals and sales for my art there. Here I pretty much just show the paintings.
Anyway, I'm off to do more art! Ciao!! (Did I mention I'm going to Italy? Gotta practice the Italian more)
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Oil on Mat Board
Well, I thought my last artichoke painting turned out pretty good, so I thought I would try it again, this time under slightly different lighting conditions. Namely, natural light. I think I got a lot more color and contrast with that change.
I have to confess I really wanted to paint an aanar. Or a pomegranate. But those are out of season. I might try the artichoke again tomorrow, but I also got some beautiful lemons. No, really, I went through each lemon trying to find ones I thought were pretty enough to paint.
This painting hasn't been sold yet, and I'll be putting it up on my website soon, once it gets done. I think it's a good painting to start off my painting a day site on. I'll post a link here after we get it done, so watch for that!
Monday, March 05, 2012
I'm more partial to the one done from life. Both of them were just sketched off pretty quickly though.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Oil on Illustration Board
I hope everyone is having a good weekend! I did this from a photograph for a commission. I really like how it turned out.
Anyway, I'm working on adding some more paintings to my Etsy Shop as well as the books I made! I should have everything up in a few days. If you liked them, but didn't want to make your own, I will be selling them and ones like 'em there! You can also send me a message about getting your own painting commissioned.
Until next time!
Thursday, March 01, 2012
- Paper for pages
Think about what you're using the book for, and what type of paper you like using. Best part about post binding books is, you can use any type of paper, it doesn't really matter.
- Paper Cutters
I use a personal paper trimmers, an exacto knife and ruler, and scissors for different steps
- Book Board
Get the good acid free stuff if you can. The thickness doesn't bother me one way or the other, so go with what you like.
- Sand Paper or sanding block
It's for the book board and paper blocks
- Book Cloth
You might try making your own (Google it if you don't like that process, there are 1000 more!)
- Decorative Paper
For this project I used Japanese origami paper from Joanne's for the cover of the book and some handmade rice paper for the end sheets.
PVA is the best, but it has no give. It sticks. I bought something called "Professional Acid Free Glue" from Hobby Lobby and it works well for my purposes. I got it on sale. You can even try to make your own!
If you have a bookbinding press (can I come live with you?) use it! If not, I use book clips, clamps, and pieces of wood. Let me tell you, if you have a book due for class the next day and you don't have access to the book press, you get /very/ creative.
- Screw in Posts
These are sold at Lowe's. Unfortunately, no one who works there will have a clue what you are talking about. Look in the hardware section, in the drawers. It'll be under "Specialty fasteners"
I have one that's clear, and one that has a metal edge for cutting. The one with the metal edge was like, 50 cents at walmart. I do have a love affair with the clear one though, it makes a lot of jobs so much easier.
- Cutting board
Or a table you don't mind screwing up. It's easier to work on a nice table though. Really think about the cutting board.
- Time, Attention to Detail, and Anal Retentiveness
No, I'm not joking
1. Step One - Cut out your paper.
Step 4 - Cut the large piece of book board
After you cut it out, glue and press.
Step 10 - Embellishments
Step 11 - End Sheets
Step 12 - Putting it all together
This part angers me, and I have no trick for it. I am very anal retentive and it has to be perfect. I can spend a whole bloody hour trying to stack the paper and book boards together. I'm still working on this right now.
I am using a regular drill, but a drill press is where it's at. The bit I'm using looks to be about 3/16ths of an inch. That way those posts can fit through the hole. The first time I drilled, the first hole worked out okay, and the second hole became wonky. To try and counteract that, I'm drilling a pilot hole first. I just picked out a thin drill bit to run through my marks first. This drilling is a pain in the butt, because until you figure out exactly what works for you, all your hard work can go up in a whirl of torn paper and tears with the push of a button. :'(
Step 14 - Screwing the posts in (hehehe)
If you get holes drilled, this is pretty easy. It takes smaller posts than you might think. I always keep an assortment on hand.
This is the part where you take your book to another person and go, "Look! I made it!" Or blog about it. Or start journaling. Or looking at it and wondering if you could ever use such an awesome book. Or you can start on your next one. Or, you might be having to take it into class where the teacher will break apart everything you did into bite size chunks of guilt and shame as he points out every drop of glue, every pencil mark, every bent page, and ever wrinkle.
That might have just been me though @_@
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! If you have any questions let me know and I'll be happy to answer them. I know I didn't cover everything (like the difference between paper corners and fabric corners and how bookboard thickness affects the process) but if you run into problems, drop me a line and I'll do my best to help!
Happy bookbinding! (Believe me, you'll need the reminder)