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.