Sunday, December 31, 2017

Scrap painting

branch lisa fulmer mixed media

This is a small 8x10" piece I made this past week for a gallery show. It started as a "scrap painting," aka leftover paint on the brushes and palette from another project that I'm too miserly to waste. I add excess paint randomly to a canvas or paper board, then I smudge and swipe bits of additional colors to create a crazy background. I paint a negative design in black on top - paint markers help with smooth lines. Really fun and unpredictable!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Another pear with Aqua Pens

watercolor pear lisa fulmer

More fun painting another pear with the Marabu Graphix Aqua Pens! This time I brushed my some of my shapes and lines with a clean wet brush on the watercolor paper first, then drew and colored with the pens on the wet surface. The ink traveled a bit along the water's edge and gave me some lovely unpredictable shading.

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.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Cardmaking daze

This stamp of three pens is beyond cute! Super fun to color in with brush-tip markers, too. This was an easy card to make with stamped images and layered cardstock. One special touch I like is folding it so the front panel is a bit shorter than the back. Because the burgundy paper is dark, I placed a strip of the green paper inside for writing on, and it peeks out on the edge.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Gotta love a quick card

lisa fulmer greeting card

Tomorrow is our big July 4th festival and a few of us from the Concord Art Association are sharing some tents and selling our art and craft. I'm whipping up a batch of quick cards with some cute new papers and a new birdie punch. Fun and so much cuter than a store-bought card for the same price!

greeting cards lisa fulmer

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Painting - Triple Moon Goddess

lisa fulmer goddess painting
Triple Moon Goddess - 16"x20" mixed media

This piece is hanging in the Raquel Amaral Gallery this month - the show's theme is "Gods and Goddesses." I chose this Neopagan iconic symbol of the Triple Goddess - it was fun to put my own spin on the shapes and colors. And of course, my favorites - circles and texture! I worked with mediums from one of my new clients, Marabu Creative - they make these very cool Art Sprays and Art Crayons.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Painting - The Abyss

lisa fulmer abyss painting
The Abyss - 16"x20" acrylic

There is an art gallery in town that accepts new work each month, so I have been trying to paint more. This piece expresses the frustration I've been feeling about our current political I just really like circles and texture, lol. It hung at the Raquel Amaral Gallery for the month of June and it will hang at aRt Cottage for July.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I love drawing pears

lisa fulmer pear drawing art crayons

Pears are my go-to shape for drawing and painting, especially when I'm playing with new mediums. I'm not so interested in realism, just the curves and plenty of space to blend colors and textures. This time I worked with several different colors of my Marabu Art Crayons.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Cute little frenchie card

lisa fulmer french greeting card art crayons

For this card, I smudged a rainbow of colors (Marabu Art Crayons) on watercolor paper using a damp brush. Then I stamped the background text with permanent ink. The fleur-de-lys is a foam stamp that I colored with an art crayon to stamp the shape, then I used a paper stump to blend in a more solid tone.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Experimenting with Marabu Art Crayons

lisa fulmer marabu art crayons painting

I am currently working with Marabu Creative and I am so very happy to start experimenting with their fabulous Art Crayons

I'm totally in love with this medium for about a million different reasons...deep pigments, wax-based and water-soluble, buttery soft and smooth, plus the retractable barrel and cap makes it easy to hold, apply and store. 

marabu art crayons

Art Crayons are wonderful to work with in layers because they activate with water for reducing and blending colors, but they won't RE-activate after they're dry.

Here are a couple shots of my work in progress while everything was still wet - this piece is 9"x12" on a treated canvas sheet.

doodling with marabu art crayons

lisa fulmer marabu art crayons

After my work was dry, I used the crayon without water to intensify the color in some places. I also used Marabu Art Spray with a stencil at the bottom. I mounted the canvas sheet to black fabric wrapped around felt and cardboard.

Such a fun experiment - can't wait to paint some more with Art Crayons!

lisa fulmer happy thoughts painting
Happy Thoughts - 9x12 (watercolor crayon)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Photo transfer on canvas board

image transfer mixed media canvas lisa fulmer

I'm playing with the Designer Crafts Connection this month - we're celebrating "National Mod Podge Day" on May 19th with Plaid! Boy, any excuse for a holiday, eh?

Each of us received different kinds of Mod Podge - I got their Photo Transfer Medium, so I snapped lots of pictures in my mother's yard this past weekend. I decided to play with this shot of her mock orange bush.

mock orange blossoms

I went to the office supply store and make some copies of my photo on their laser printer (can't use inkjet with this medium) then I stained an 8x10' canvas board with a sea sponge. I was curious to see if the sepia tone underneath might soften the image, even though I had read that this medium is opaque.

Following the tips I read on the Mod Podge Rocks blog, I brushed the medium on my image, flipped it over to the canvas board, smoothed it out with a brayer and let it dry overnight.

The next day, I spritzed the canvas board with water and carefully rubbed off all the paper with my fingers. This is the tricky part - I realized that I was working on a cheap canvas board that wasn't really canvas fabric - I think it's actually thick paper embossed with a canvas pattern. It was primed, but I had to be careful with the water - wet enough to peel off the paper from the laser copy, but not so wet that I might tear the canvas.

I actually did rub a bit too hard in one place and the medium "skin" that actually holds the image started to come off the edge. But I was planning a distressed look for this project anyway, so no harm, no foul. I just used my sanding block to further distress the edges all the way around. Then I re-stained the edges with the sepia ink.

I added sand medium on the green areas and highlighted the blooms with iridescent paint.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Stencils - the positive and the negative

I used the same sunshine plastic stencil for the background on each of these greeting cards - the "hello" card is misted with both yellow and orange ink sprays through the stencil (aka mask). I inked the white "negative" space in the center of the sun with bright pink, which peeks through the little blossom punch-outs in the banner.

Then instead of immediately wiping away the ink from the top of the mask after misting and removing the cardstock, I turned the inky wet mask over and pressed it on to another sheet of cardstock like a stamp. This gave me a "positive" image of the sun with a random watercolor effect.

I added washi tapes and baker's twine at the bottom of the card, and dabbed a little interference turquoise sheer paint over the sun for a bit of shimmer. Pretty!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cardmaking and collage with Rinea Foil

I'm happy to be playing along with the Designer Crafts Connection this month - our sponsor is Rinea Foils. We received lovely sampler packs of this double-sided paper foil to create our projects. I lightly embossed a sheet of gold foil for this simple greeting card design by just rubbing it inside an embossing folder with a wood brayer. It was easy to punch out the circle from the foil, too.


Sadly this sheet of beautiful purple foil cracked a bit inside the same folder when I ran it through my embossing machine, the pressure of the plates was a bit too strong. But I actually really like the cracks for this piece. I wrapped and glued the embossed foil around a 6" square piece of thick illustration board, then added my collage elements. After sanding the surface to get rid of the purple on the raised lines, I brushed a coat of sheer iridescent silver paint over the top, then I roughed up the cherry blossom rub-on with a white pencil.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Flower Power show

lisa fulmer flower power painting
Rose Tile - 10x10 acrylic

I painted this to hang in a group show called "Flower Power," sponsored by the Concord Community of Artists. During the month of May, flower paintings from a variety of artists will be featured in a large display case inside the entrance of the Concord Library. All of our work is done on the same size canvas board - we each had to paint a single bloom of any style, using any mediums.

I took a photo of a rose in my front yard as inspiration for the basic shape of my rose. I worked with acrylic paint, ink and sand texture medium - I wasn't entirely sure where I was headed as I painted, but I like what I ended up with! It looks like a stencil, but it was all freehand.

The final touch was a layer of sand medium over the white areas. I love the texture - and I also love the hint of peach color underneath that just barely tints the white. I've seen some of the work from the other artists - it will be a fantastic variety of blooms!