Gel or Paste ?

I often get people asking me What is the difference between Gel Medium or Paste?

Simply put….

Gel Medium is usually White when wet and dries Clear  ( with exception of Coarse Pumice gel and Extra Coarse Pumice Gel).

Paste is White when wet and stays the same colour when dry!

Gel mediums can be used an adhesive for  collage , to add texture to your artwork, to thicken paint, and added with paint can make a lovely glaze!

Pastes can add a lovely texture to your artwork, and depending on the type of paste you use you can get lots of different effects. examples of pastes are Crackle Paste, Fibre Past and Molding pastes light, hard, and coarse.

For more information regarding gels and pastes check out my upcoming Workshop to be held in Christchurch on March the 25th 2012!

Another Quick Tip – Blending Acrylic Made Easy with Golden Glazing Liquid!

Blending Acrylic  Made Easy with Golden Glazing Liquid !

How many times have you had trouble with trying to blend acrylic colours?

Acrylic dries fast so can be a real issue for people trying to blend with it!

Glazing is a wonderful way to add depth to your artwork !

There are, several great ways to Blend colours but today I am just going to talk about blending with Golden Glazing Liquid!

Using Golden Glazing Liquid is especially good for those that are new to painting?

You will need : Gel Medium Gloss, Glazing Liquid and 4 different colour Acrylic Fluid paints. (I like to use fluid paint as it doesn’t show brush strokes )

* Golden is the Brand Name, and the name of their product is Glazing Liquid.

1 – Seal your surface  that you are about to paint on,  with a layer of Gloss Gel Medium and allow that to dry.

2- Paint a straight layer of Golden Glazing Liquid over your surface, now it is very IMPORTANT : NOT TO LET THIS DRY B4 THE NEXT STEP!

3 –  On your palate, side by side (do not mix them together!) put an equal amount of  Golden Glazing Liquid and Paint.

4 – Dip your brush into the paint and then glazing liquid and apply straight onto your surface, starting from one side of your surface to about the middle or 3/4 off the way across at that point stop and wipe off any paint left on your brush. ( you should notice that the paint where you started should be way more intense in colour and starting to lighten toward the middle of your surface.)  After you have wiped off  with a cloth or paper towel excess paint on your brush, continue to spread the glaze and paint toward the middle and right across your surface until you reach the other side. ( you should notice by the time you get to the other side you probably will have hardly any paint left just glazing liquid, that is good ! ) * If by this stage the paint is starting to dry and get sticky then STOP  and wait till it is dry b4 you paint any more!

Blending Glazing Liquid, Cad Red Med and Hansa Yellow Med Fluid acrylic paint

5- Now starting  in another area or corner repeat above process with 2 different colours.

Have Fun !!

( and don’t be shy I would love to hear how you got on ! )

Drawing – A Process that Starts with a Mark..

I would really like to thank my good friend Deanna Gracie, not only is she a dear friend but a fabulous Jewellery Designer living in South Shore Christchurch … http://www.nzjewellerydesign.com/news-blog for inspiring me to get back to drawing again ! 

I have a habbit of wherever I go I seem to collect interesting objects… so I have started out to draw some of the interesting things I have collected.

Just a quick tip!  sometimes it is easier to take a photo of what you are drawing to see it in a 2 dimensional way rather than the 3d way we see from our perspective… looking back at these quick sketches I can see lots of things that I needed to do to make them more 3d etc… but must admit haven’t drawn in a very long time… so will be trying to draw one a day for a while and will post on here.. will be interesting to look back and see the improvement over time😉

Still life drawings

My entrance to the art world started about 36 years ago as a child…. “drawing”.

In those days I didn’t start out by drawing objects or  still life as I now know it, but used to copy from a favourite Walt Disney Book!

I have fond memories sitting for hours upon hours drawing, sketching, rubbing out, sketching some more and then adding colour to my finished sketches.   Then as I started High School I fell in love with the process of Art  and Painting, I painted my way through School, but  life flies by so quickly and as our lives get busier and busier, work, marriage and then family, over time I grew away from painting.  When my children were young around 5 and 10 I picked up a paint brush for the first time in years! and like an old glove I just slipped right back into it!

Who would have thought that sitting at my kitchen table at  7 yrs old nearly 36 years ago would have attributed to my major passion and focus in life today!

Thank you Deanna for 1st being a great friend and 2nd for reminding me of my Art Roots ! and allowing me to return to them for a while and share them with you all!  

Check out my latest Christchurch Greeting Cards!

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Art Classes 2012

Art Classes 2012

Art Classes with Donna Steel Contemporary Artist.

Class Mission Statement

LEARN* GROW* CREATE * while having fun discovering your “Creative Self” and unearthing your own “Artistic Voice”.

Explore various forms of Contemporary Art and Mixed Media in a fun and relaxed environment.

Grow in confidence as you learn product knowledge and different techniques to create your own unique works of art.

Things are a little different at the moment, the venue I normally use for my classes is out of use at the moment because of the Quakes, so I have started to teach from home.

Classes are for 3 hours at a time and class numbers will not exceed 7 Students.

For Bookings or more information please contact me here donnasteel1@xtra.co.nz or please feel free to phone me to have a chat about the classes  and what we do Ph 033599125 or Mobile:  027 5070426

Monday Classes – 10am to 1pm – –  Next Classes Start Monday 23rd January 2012  10am to 1pm

Tuesday Classes – 10am to 1pm – Next Classes Start Tuesday 24th January 2012 10am to 1pm

Friday Classes – 10 am to 1pm – – Next Classes Start  Friday 27th January 2012 10am to 1pm

For those of you that cannot make it to a day art class I do teach on a Monday and Thursday Night at Papanui High continuing education Art Classes !

(Monday Classes) Art and Painting  and Mixed Media –  7- 9pm  13th February 2012

Here is a little insight into what we weill be doing in this class…

Ground Work – COMPOSITION! Looking at the differences between Paint- Mediums- Gels – Pastes and Pigments.

  Preparation Of Artwork- Prepare your substrate that you will be creating your artwork on. Learning how to Paint – learning some tried and true painting  techniques – Washes  and learning how to Blend,  layering, using correct pigments and looking at gesso as a great fix it! Looking at Feathering,  Scumbling, scragfitto, and impasto techniques,  . Looking at ways to prepare your substrate, (Gesso) and looking at what mediums and how to use them in your artwork.

  Getting your painting Dressed!  Layering  starting with under painting starting to experiment with washes and blending paints or impasto depending on what style of artwork you are painting and layering with colour texture and detail.

How to paint from photos, images and getting composition correct – graphing etc…  Painting  Landscapes –  hills – trees – sky – water – stones – rocks and looking more closely at blending and shading adding light and highlight effects.

Looking at different types of mixed media ideas – Skins, Transfers, Layering, Embedding and experimenting with different collage ideas.

(Thursday Classes) Art the Next Step- Painting and Mixed Media for Teens – 6-8pm 9th February 2012

To enquire about Term 1 classes for  2012 –  contact Papanui High Continuing Education (03) 3520701

                           http://intranet.papanui.school.nz/mod/glossary/view.php?id=3799

A Small Selection of Artwork created by Students in my Art Classes.

Some thoughts…..

Our “Mind” is a funny thing!  I always try to think positively in my life, and try to see good in all situations, not always an easy thing to do !!

I have started up biking again to get fit and shed some unwanted excess pounds !! and I have found that I just love that time to loose myself in my thoughts !  I use this time each morning to help set me up for the day ahead, I feel it centers me and allows me to time to “just B”….

As I was biking this morning a wonderful sentence just came to mind  …

“Nice thoughts – Kind Words” 

 and then when I opened up my little book of Zen Gems tonight, this is the quote that met me!

“Mind is the forerunner of (all good) states.

Our life is the creation of our mind.

If one speaks or acts with pure mind,

happiness follows one as his own shadows that never leaves.

(Quote from The DHAMMAPADA)

Aside

Finding space and creating time are two of the most important things I think you need to think about to help you get in a good creative Place!

1. Find a place where you can get into “the zone” without being disturbed…

2. You only need a small space just enough room for maybe a table easel, and some paints, brushes and palettes….

3. Think about atmosphere, maybe have your Ipod there set up with speakers, I find music really relaxing and it helps me to loose myself while painting….

It is always a real bonus if you  have a space that you can set up and leave your paints, canvas, art pads etc there without having to pack up after each art session, this saves so much time and effort, and usually allows you to be able to glide in and paint for any amount of time and just glide out and leave everything…..

Dont panic if you don’t have a space as you just need to be a little more organised that’s all!

1.Think about organising your paints and brushes in a carry box… like a tool box that you can easily pack away after use.