Friday, December 08, 2017

Stenciling with Marabu Art Crayons

gingko leaves lisa fulmer

Art Crayons are so. much. fun! I'm currently playing around with a reverse stenciling technique that I love. It's super fun and easy (my kind of art) - just blend a multi-colored background, then take color away through a stencil with a baby wipe. These were 4x6" canvas board samples I made while demonstrating for Marabu at the UC Davis campus bookstore recently.

gingko leaf stencil lisa fulmer

stenciling with art crayons lisa fulmer

layered stencils lisa fulmer

Monday, December 04, 2017

Easy paper Christmas trees

easy paper christmas trees lisa fulmer

Yep - this is the extent of my holiday decorating. A few super quick and easy paper Christmas trees on my coffee table. I cut 6 isosceles triangles from patterned cardstock - any width or height is fine. After scoring down the center and folding in half, you just start gluing them together on the back, using the fold as a guideline. The right side of triangle A adheres to the left side of triangle B and so on. You can use more that 6 triangles if you want a fuller tree that shows just a hint of the paper patterns. This technique is popular with circles to make ornaments - any symmetrical shape will work. It's fun and kid-friendly, too.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Studio facelift

My studio/office desperately needed some TLC - so I thinned out a bunch of craft supplies I wasn't using and replaced some bulky storage units with a tall worktable. By making better use of the center of the room, I now have lots more workspace without really losing any storage space. A clean and organized studio definitely helps generate more creative mojo!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Promo video for Graphix Aqua Pens

I just produced this promotional video for Marabu Creative to help launch the arrival of their Graphix line of pens and markers in the US. It was really fun to hover over the shoulders of some of my artist pals to see what they would do with the products. The awesome music is courtesy of my talented friends, The Vatcher Brothers.




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Collage on wood

seaside collage lisa fulmer

The background for the above collage, Seaside, was started with art crayon on wood. I followed the natural grain of the raw wood panel as I chose colors and then I saw that it looked like sand and surf. The collage evolved from there with the little girl and the polka dots.

time collage lisa fulmer

The background of this piece, Where Did the Time Go, is Art Spray by Marabu Creative, using a floral stencil. For the foreground, I knew I wanted to use some crackle paste with my favorite birch branch stencil, but then I got stuck. So I put this one down for a while and started working on the Seaside piece. As I was digging through my stash of collage images, I found this little girl and a clock and everything clicked!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Painting - Busy Intersection

busy intersection lisa fulmer

For this painting, I used Art Crayons by Marabu Creative. All the colors are pretty bright and opaque - I worked on a canvas board that I covered first with a coat of black gesso. Art Crayons are a wax-based media that's also water-soluble. Very creamy and blendy and fun to work with!

wip lisalisalou

Since I love circles so much, I wanted to try a painting in the style of geometric abstraction. I just started laying down circles and rectangles, giving each intersection a different color.


It was great to design something that allowed me to use many different colors. I had buildings in mind at first, but it wasn't until I was totally finished that I realized how much it felt like a busy downtown street to me, congested with people and traffic. At the final stage, I saw wheels and a truck cab, tire tracks, traffic lights...each shape and color ended up representing something else.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Watercolor texture techniques

lisa fulmer swarming watercolor

I just took a class with my friend Manon - she paints gorgeous abstract watercolors with loads of interesting textures. She showed us all the different ways she adds interest to her paintings - things that react with the water or the pigments to create something a little unpredictable. We played with salt, saran wrap, cheesecloth, inks, resists - so much fun!

These are the two works I started in class and finished at home. The one above is called Swarming (12x12") and the one below is called Misty Mountains (9x14").


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Playing with Aqua Pens

pear watercolor lisa fulmer

I work with Marabu Creative and they have these cool dual-tip markers - Graphix Aqua Pens. I had fun drawing and coloring this abstract pear.

I got these nice watercolor effects by pulling the color from the marker lines with a wet brush, and also by wetting small areas of the paper first. I also blended pale colors from the marker ink by mixing it with water on a glass palette. The watercolor paper I used is very thick and textural.

Pears are usually my go-to subject for playing with new mediums, I just love the organic shape!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Handmade mini book

handmade mini book lisa fulmer

I took a class with an artist friend here in town, Joani Share - she showed us how to make this little mini books from matte board covered with handpainted papers, with watercolor paper hand-bound inside. This book is only 4" square with just 12 pages. Now I can have fun doodling and filling the pages with some of my favorite quotes.

handbound mini book lisa fulmer

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Fabric bulletin board

fabric bulletin board lisa fulmer

Here's my latest project for the Creating with Joy blog - this fabric bulletin board is a fun way to make use of all the little punctuation marks in the package of iron-on numbers.