Sunday, September 23, 2012

Playing with Monotypes

 Monotype using stamps and bleeding tissue with drawing in chalk pastels
Alexis - 9

Monotype, bleeding tissue and acrylic with drawing in colored pencils
Savannah - 10

I stumbled across the work of artist Rachel Pank and fell in love with her series of monotypes with birds. I set out to do some experimenting using acrylic paints on the back of a baking sheet. I painted a thin layer of acrylic paint in several colors and removed some of the paint using stamps and sponges to create texture. This was printed onto a piece of poster board. I also added some pieces of bleeding tissue on some parts for more layer of color. I played around with a variety of media to see what I liked best. My daughter and her friend even joined in on the fun with me. My mixed media art class this week will be creating monotypes with reduction prints inspired by Panks' work. I will be posting those as they finish them.

Monotype with Sharpie and pastel

Sharpie and black acrylic

Monoprint and bleeding tissue with a reduction printed bird,
pastel and thin marker

with a reduction printed bird and stamps, thin marker drawing

This was cut in half to create the above two pieces

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Blog on Pause

This may just be the longest gap between posts I've had since I started Marymaking. I had my Mother urge me to hurry up and post something new and even a fellow blogger check in to see if I was ok. Thanks Pat! ;) Here's just a bit of what's been going on in my neck of the woods.


My after school classes have been a little lean this fall.
(This tends to be a very busy sports season for families around here)
I have been doing some of my summer favorites with my new crew.


Our lives begin and end with water these days.
Getting my son to sunrise surf sessions each morning with his high school surf team.

Sunset lap swims for my daughter at the local pool.


Tomorrow my husband Tyree and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary.

We have had many unique experiences and adventures together.
We have weathered Hurricane Hugo, rocked and swayed to more than a few earthquakes, taken a cross country road trip in a Dodge Daytona...with a dog, experienced the horrible L.A. Riots, helped one another recover from surgery following shattered limbs - an ankle for him, an elbow for me, catered weddings and events together, and of course welcomed our two children into the world. And this is just the abbreviated list!

I hope to be cranking out blog posts in a more timely manner in the near future.
Thanks for your patience!