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Monthly Makers Something I’ve Never Tried Before / Underwater Crystals

Ok so this past month has basically been me a) being sick b) painting. Because I’ve become obsessed with painting with watercolours! It’s SO MUCH FUN and calming and a lot more relaxing for the eyes than digitally creating.

Anyway, it feels like ~a new era~, which is fitting since the theme for this months Monthly Makers is “Something I’ve never tried before”. I think this might be one of my favourite themes we’ve ever had! Such a fun concept! (Ironically the picture above isn’t really made with classic watercolours but watercolour crayons we’ve had all my life but anyway.) At first I was just going to make the whole concept of abstract watercolours as my creation for this month, but I felt like I would EXPLODE if I weren’t allowed to tell anyone about it until today, so I just threw that out the window and decided I’d come up with something else for Monthly Makers this month.  Consequently I spent some time trying to come up with new ways to create where I could still paint (did I mention I was obsessed?). I even tried painting with coffee (I wanted to write covfefe haha), wine and vinegar. It smelled LOVELY. Especially since the wine was an old bottle of cheap cooking wine I found. :))) Anyway, as you can see the result was kind of underwhelming for someone who loves working in bright colours. So I left that. A few days later I thought I’d try a technique I’ve seen my sister work with when she’s been painting with watercolour – negative painting. Negative painting basically means you paint around the shapes you want, and you can get really beautiful effects by painting a pretty gradient first and then another layer where you paint “around” the leaves or whatever you want.

I made something similar but created something abstract!I also used a lot of salt. Because salt and watercolour is the FREAKING MEANING OF LIFE OMG. After they had dried I went over them with white Posca and just a black pen and drew some patterns and they were done!

And here’s the finished result! I really like the colours but think they look a little bit sloppy and messy in a way. But I still like them!!

Monthly Makers is a challenge for anyone who wants to be more creative. During 2017 we’ll be launching twelve themes – one for every month – to inspire and challenge you. For June the theme is SOMETHING I’VE NEVER TRIED BEFORE and Julia is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/7 to be a part of the compilation. More inspiration can be found over on Pinterest.

The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are AliciaBeatriceElsaEmiliaFredrikaJohannaJuliaMikaelaRuthStinaWilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.

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my art & creations, photography & digital art

Adobe’s #MunchContest

Adobe have issued a contest! They’ve recently digitized Edvard Munch’s actual brushes (!!!) so that anyone can use them to paint in Photoshop and Sketch! So cool. 

So they’re challenging people to paint something using these brushes, and I’ve made something for it!

I actually started by checking out the other creations that were uploaded under the tag on Behance, which wasn’t a very good idea as I instantly got insecure about what to create myself. But I gathered some courage and decided I wouldn’t be affected by all the Scream-like images that others had created and make it in my own way! I thought I’d talk you through the process today! So I thought we’d start with looking at the finished result! Here it is! I’ve used the brushes to create the stars and some structures, and the main Scream-like thing about this is the general composition.

Here’s what I’ve written in my submission on Behance:

I decided I wanted to interpret “The Scream” in my own way, and convert it into something abstract that still resembled the original and – most importantly – remained as emotional. I’ve kept the general shapes and composition from the original but changed the rest. Where the original is conveying great anxiety and fear, this image is the expression of a scream that might not have come out of fear.

When I wrote this I mainly thought about Ronja’s “vårskrik” in Ronja the Robbers Daughter. But this image isn’t really a vårskrik either, idk what it is. Anyway!

I started by sketching the composition + the colours I wanted using the brushes. This image is so ugly that I don’t want to show it but IT’S PART OF THE PROCESS SO YEAH.

I used the displacement in Photoshop to make it a little bit more interesting.

I used this picture of some swirling acrylic paint as a base. The composition kind of resembles that of “The Scream”, as I see it. With the different coloured shape at the top and the white face in the middle.

I then liquified it and edited it a little bit to make the shapes a little bit different.

After that I added the first sketch on top using “color” as blending mode. I also added stars by using the actual Munch brushes, though I had to use a layer mask to make them a little bit more scattered.

And then I edited it a little bit and added noise. 

And lastly I put it into After Effects to pixel sort it!

Here are a few detail pics!!

And that’s about it!! So let us hope that I win! I want to go to Las Vegas and Oslo :)))


DIY & Crafts, my art & creations

how to: fluid painting

This post is sponsored by Creativ Company.

For the Monthly Makers theme that was “Paint/Colour” I experimented with creating abstract art using acrylic paints diluted with water. (You can check that out here!) Since then I’ve wanted to try it again, but it requires quite a lot of room and an area that’s safe for splashings of paint, which means I just haven’t done it in a while. But I finally got the opportunity to start again and have spend a few months playing with this technique!

I used our dining room this time, and to make it paint safe I purchased a gigantic wax-cloth to protect the table. And it worked! So that’s a pro tip from me.

This is an amazing activity to do together with friends (I have since I started working with these tried it out with both my sister and Mikaela and they both found it a lot of fun – which it is!) and I thought I’d give you some advice about how to do it yourselves!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • acrylic paint
  • water
  • cups or bottles to mix the paint with water in (I use plastic cups but reuse them!)
  • something to mix with
  • canvases
  • a spray bottle (optional)
  • something to protect the surface you’re working on

When it comes to choice of paints I would advise you to pick something that isn’t too expensive because this takes quite a lot of paint! Pick some colours you like (or mix them yourself!) and just start playing around. I think it’s really pretty to mix in some metallic paints in it!

You can find paint and canvases to use for this project on Creativ Company’s website!

The most important thing to have when doing this though is a PLAYFUL ATTITUDE. Hehe. But honestly, this technique is at its best when you don’t have TOO MUCH of a plan and when you just let yourself follow along with the process! Like we got so messy and had so much fun with this (my sister started painting with her hands and just swooshing the paint around <3).

The process of fluid painting!

  1. Protect the surface you’re working on.
  2. Lift the canvas off of the surface using upside down cups under all four corners.
    This will stop the canvas from sticking to the paper/cloth under it when it dries!
  3. Mix acrylic paint with water.
    The ratio depends on the consistency of the paint you start with, but people seem to agree that the consistency you should aim for is that of melted ice cream. If it’s to watery the colours will mush together while it dries and turn out brown and muddy, and if it’s too thick it just wont blend.
  4. Pour the paint onto your canvas.
    I find that I get the best results if I pour the general shapes I want from the beginning and bigger areas of the same colour at once, but you can get cool effects by pouring thin lines and dots and stuff. Experiment!
  5. Tilt the canvas.
    To get the marbly cool patterns you just start tilting the canvas.
  6. Blow on the canvas.
    Blow on it just using your mouth, a straw or a hairdryer or just anything. This will move the paint around in different ways!
  7. Spray the canvas with the spray bottle.
    This can give really cool splatters and tiny marble patterns! Be careful though as this splashes paint everywhere haha.
  8. Keep experimenting – but know when to stop!
    My best advice (to myself and you) is to not get carried away with how FUN it is to watch the paint move around and pause to look at the painting while you’re working to know if it’s looking good and if it might be time to just stop. I’ve ruined my pieces many times by just adding more paint and tilting and tilting until it’s way too messy. Then again, if you just want to have a freaking enjoyable time – screw this and just enjoy it!
  9. Let it dry.
    It can take a while (especially if you’ve used a little too much paint or water (I’ve never done that of course because I’m a pro…….)) but be patient.
  10. Varnish it!
    Make sure it’s completely dry before you do this!! I was really disappointed the first few times as the wet paint was so rich in its colour and depth and when it dried it just looked matte and bland. And then I realised that I could just varnish it! It doesn’t look exactly the same (unless you varnish it like 50 times but who has time for that!) but it improves it a lot. Most importantly it makes dark colours really DARK again.

Bonus tips:
If you want to get different effects you can supposedly achieve cool ones by using alcohol and silicone, but I’ve never done so myself. Some people also mix paint with resin in some way which looks AMAZING but then again I know nothing about how this works. If you want to explore this further I would recommend the group on Facebook called “Let It Flow” which revolves around fluid painting!I also experimented with actually pouring varnish onto the canvas to make the paint blend with something that dried clear, which resulted in a way glossier end result! This is actually my favourite one I’ve made! Here’s what it looked like wet.

And here it is dry! 

My sister blew a lot on her canvas, both with and without a straw and she got these smaller patterns and general amazing result. 

Here’s her entire one!

I would really recommend this technique, it’s so meditative and fun at the same time! And while my results have varied (some have been a bit meh) I’ve kept improving and I really love the effect!!

my art & creations

the fawn

So I told you in my creative life #9 that I had been struggling creatively that week (I’m not anymore – I’m on FIRE right now) and that I got the advice to use a different material to get the creativity flowing again! So I took out my Super Sculpey clay and made a little fawn. I HAD SO MUCH FUN!! Well I had fun making the clay shape, not so much painting it. Stupid paint. Anyway, here are some very fancy pictures of it.  Fawn + fern = <3 I’ve actually put it under a bell jar! Cute huh? I want something for it to stand on though!Put my bunny under the other bell jar and now they’re stood in the living room being all cuuuuuuuute!!

I struggled so much when I was making it for it not to look like a 1) dog 2) fox 3) idk. But I think I got there in the end, even if the head isn’t perfectle fawnshaped. But yeah! I’m happy!

And that was it for this time!