Hour 12 – Brave

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The art-a-thon is almost over. How’s everyone doing? Hopefully still having fun.

The prompt for this final hour of the art-a-thon is Brave. As usual you can interpret it however you like. Some examples of what you could do with this prompt are draw characters from the movie Brave, create a poem about bravery, art journal on how you plan to be brave this year or how you have been brave in the past, use a story about bravery to inspire your art or even just be brave and try something new with your art.

At the end of the art-a-thon I will be picking a winner for the prize I am giving away. Remember the more hours you participate the more entries you will receive.
 
Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Hour 3 – Resist

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Hi all!

For this hour the prompt will be Resist. Resist is an art technique where you cover a portion of the surface you are working on with a resist layer using tape, glue, gesso, clear medium, masking fluid, wax, etc to create shapes and patterns. These areas are then protected from subsequent layers. Most of the time the resist layer is removed but not always. You may actually have done some resist art as a kid; in the form of crayon resist. With crayon resist you would draw an image in crayon, usually white crayon and then you would paint the entire surface in watercolors or watered down paints. This would then allow you to see the image you drew with the white crayon.

Below are 2 examples of resist. In the first one I used matte multi-medium on stencils as the resist layer and then used Dylusion spray inks on the entire surface. I found the stenciled areas were too white so I rubbed some of the spray inks into the stenciled areas to remove some of the multi-medium and add some of the colors. I still let some areas be white. I did not remove the multi-medium when I was done.

In the second one I used masking tape as the resist layer and used Dylusion spray inks on the entire surface. I then removed the tape. Some of the spray inks did seep through underneath the tape but that was most likely my fault. The masking tape I was using is pretty strong and can sometimes tear or peel a page when removing so I took the tape and tapped it on my pants a few times to make it less tacky. I probably did that one too many times so it wasn’t tacky enough. I still liked the way it turned out though.

There are many other ways to create resist art. A good place to look for ideas is YouTube.
 
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If you don’t wish to create something with the resist art technique, you can just use the word resist to create something else like an art journal page, drawing, poem, etc.

Have fun!

Hour 1 – Upcycle

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Good Morning all! Hope you are all well rested and ready to tackle this art-a-thon.

For this hour the prompt is Upcycle. Upcycling means to use discarded materials to create something new. This means you could use junk mail, scraps of paper, bottle caps & lids, labels, torn clothes, scrap metal, old cutlery, tires, plastic, wine corks, etc to create some awesome art.

For example in the art journal page below that I created a couple of years ago I used wrapping paper that Ruth made for a gift she sent me as the background, around the border I used halls cough drop wrappers, for the sun I used the label from a beer bottle and for the flowers I used crushed bottle caps and small scraps of scrapbooking paper.
 
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My prize for this art-a-thon can be viewed here. In order to qualify for the prize you must participate for at least an hour. However the more hours you participate the more entries you will get.

Good luck and I can’t wait to see what you all create.

Guest Host Interview – Trisha Doran

 
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Meet Trisha Doran, the third guest host for the upcoming 12 Hour Art-a-thon that will be held on the 14th of January. Below is a quick interview to help you get to know her better.
 

Melissa – Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Trisha D. – I live in Independence, Missouri with my 4 dogs, Zeke, Luna, Lily & Bandit. They are my great joy and besides reading and playing online games, political fighting on facebook and art, I have no other hobbies, really. I like to cook and I’m great at it, but I never clean, ever. I’ve finally rectified that issue by hiring it done, so it’s not such a smelly dog, artsy mess. I also curse a lot, even when others would find it unnecessary.
 

Melissa – What kinds of art do you do? Which is your favorite?

Trisha D. – Mixed media, knitting now and then
 

Examples of Trisha's art.

Examples of Trisha’s art.

Melissa – What inspires your art?

Trisha D. – Emotions, phrases, music. I read a lot and often jot down inspirational/thought-provoking words I read. I did a mixed-media wallet that was inspired by my sister “I don’t have to be honest with someone I don’t give a shit about.”
 

Melissa – Tell us about your work space.

Trisha D. – Uggh! Actually, I’ve been on a year-long quest to organize it. For people who know me slightly, they would be surprised to know that it’s very girly – now the room is painted pink and I have a pink chandelier (squeeee!). I’m a closet girly-girl. It makes me happy, and that’s all that matters. I’m also a horrible slob, so time shall tell if it will stay pretty.
 

Melissa – What are some of your favorite mediums to work with?

Trisha D. – Water-soluble anything – that really trips my trigger. Sprays and stencils – fun! Glitter of course, if that’s a medium LOL. Ink. Mostly anything messy and drippy and I’m there.
 

More examples of Trisha's art.

More examples of Trisha’s art.

Melissa – Are there colors you favor in your art? If so what are those colors?

Trisha D. – I like what I call mermaid colors – aqua, turquoise, emerald green, violet, dark blue, etc.
 

Melissa – Is there any art technique, supply or medium you would like to try?

Trisha D. – Gelli plate!
 

Melissa – When being creative what is one thing you must have?

Trisha D. – A pen.
 

Melissa – Who is your favorite living artist? Who is your favorite deceased artist? Why are they your favorite?

Trisha D. – Jeez, this is hard. Living artists are mostly people I “know” on the internet and am friends with on Facebook. Effy Wild, Sarah Trump, Nika, Tamara LaPorte. Dead artists? Renoir, Degas and Monet all trip my trigger. I love the ethereal beauty they portray. I’m also one of the few who can’t stand Frida Kahlo – yeah, I said it. it’s true.
 

Melissa – What is your favorite work of art?

Trisha D. – Waterlilies – Monet
 

Trisha's first signed piece.

Trisha’s first signed piece.

Guest Host Interview – Trisha Fettig

 
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Meet Trisha Fettig, your second guest host for the upcoming 12 Hour Art-a-thon that will be held on the 14th of January. Below is a quick interview to help you get to know her better.
 

Melissa – Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Trisha F. – I was hatched from an alien egg left on my parents doorstep in Hollis, Queens, NY in 1969. Okay, I was really hatched in a human incubator and adopted by them, but grew up wishing and hoping that my real biological parents were Cher and Sasquatch. I was lucky enough to have a father who encouraged every single one of my passions and would give me giant color books that were 3′ tall and blueprints from his job as a rebar detailer to use as art paper. So I am probably one of the only people who has had the opportunity to draw massive stick figures on the back of the plans for the Twin Towers, the Verazanno Narrows Bridge and Yankee Stadium.
As a grown up, Okay, I’m not really grown up, I’m just tall for my age, I live in Western New York, and I bowl. It’s the only hobby I have time for currently, because I am always crocheting something for my business, Yankee Rose Creations.
 

Melissa – What kinds of art do you do? Which is your favorite?

Trisha F. – I crochet, and crochet some more, and then I crochet for fun. But I also paint, sew, quilt, and really like to do anything creative. My favorite is probably painting. Especially 3D painting of sculptures and ceramics, but I don’t do it enough.
 

Melissa – What inspires your art?

Trisha F. – People inspire my art. The majority of the things that I make have all been requests from one person or another. I actually just got a request for a bunch of Sasquatch dolls for a baby mobile. I literally squealed!
 

Melissa – Tell us about your work space.

Trisha F. – My workspace is an absolute disaster area right now, and I am surprised that Sarah Trumpp has not beaten me over head with one of her sculptures or copper wands lately! I am lucky enough to be able to have a large space in her studio, which I have been neglecting lately trying to fill orders and get inventory made for shows. I will probably be spending my Christmas there reorganizing the piles of fabric, papers, yarn and books that are all over right now.
 

Melissa – What are some of your favorite mediums to work with?

Trisha F. – Since most of the art I am doing right now is fiber art, I have to say I love hand dyed wool, and alpaca is just pure heaven. I am trying to learn how to sculpt, and I really do enjoy working with clay.
 

Melissa – Are there colors you favor in your art? If so what are those colors?

Trisha F. – I dream in color. I love bright colors. I love dark colors. I love jeweltones. I love sparkles. I love black. I am messy, so me and white do not get along well. Unless it is white splotched with color. 😉
 

Melissa – Is there any art technique, supply or medium you would like to try?

Trisha F. – Pottery! I want to learn how to throw clay. I mean, I can throw it, but clay stuck on the wall like pieces of spaghetti isn’t exactly what I am talking about. And it is kind of messy. It also tends to wreck my whole cobweb interior design look I have going on.
 

Melissa – When being creative what is one thing you must have?

Trisha F. – MUSIC! Have to always have the tunes on! Because….dancing!
 

Melissa – Who is your favorite living artist? Who is your favorite deceased artist? Why are they your favorite?

Trisha F. – Living, isn’t really an artist, but a designer. Betsey Johnson. Just love her whole outlook on life. Skulls, and guns and tutus and glitter! And deceased would have to be Charles Schultz. Again, not really an “artist” in the common sense of the word, but what he did with Peanuts is amazing to me. And who doesn’t love Snoopy and Woodstock?
 

Melissa – What is your favorite work of art?

Trisha F. – A shamrock that my youngest daughter painted when she was 3 years old and learning about mixing primary colors.
 

You can find Trisha’s crochet creations in her etsy shopYankee Rose Creations. Her creations include amigurumi dolls, hats, baby attire and more.

Examples of Trisha's amigurumi dolls.

Examples of Trisha’s amigurumi dolls.