Happy Spring Equinox!

Hello there peeps! Happy Spring Equinox!

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It has been a gorgeous day here in FL. Spring has definitely sprung! The Spring Equinox is all about new beginnings and I’m feeling it! I was in such a good mood I added a whole bunch of original art for sale and some new art classes. Check it out by clicking on these links!

Art Classes

MERMAID CLASS

Originals for Sale

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Studio Play – February – Lighthouse Mini

Hi guys! I was playing around in the studio yesterday and decided to prep a bunch of surfaces for some new work. I got some great ideas from other artists about using some recycled materials for backgrounds that I had never thought of and decided to try it out. I literally combed through my garbage bag near my work station and dug out some packaging that I had thrown away. I gesso’d it up, and began to play with it.

In this blog post I am sharing the transformation of the packaging strip in the photo below, marked This One. I will show how I took this packaging and transformed it into a piece of art – my Lighthouse Mini!

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The first thing I did was add a gesso layer to the front and back of the cardboard packaging. After the gesso layer, I added some dimension and stability using modeling paste and some stencils.

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I then added some paper layers to the front and back. By this time, it was firm enough to work on, and there was no indication that it was ever a piece of packaging!

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I added some pigment so some of the modeling paste and added a bit here and there.

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Then I added some bits of this napkin (which did NOT come out of the garbage). I love using these beautiful napkins in backgrounds. I find that I prefer to open the napkin up and separate the layers so that I can use just the printed layer like tissue paper. I add this layer with matte medium or decopauge glue. I literally melts into the cracks and crevices created by the previous layers and looks amazing.

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Once I had my background down, I added some paints and  a bit of ink to it, then finished off the piece with my embellishments. I used some die cut paper decor, a bit of burlap, vintage ribbon, twine and of course a sea shell.

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It’s a little shiny because it was still a little wet when I took the photo. I cover everything with a coat of matte medium so that it has a flat look because that’s just what I prefer.

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I love the way it turned out. There’s no way I would look at this and know that it was made from recycled packaging!

Originally, I wasn’t planning on making this a tutorial. I just took some shots while I was working just in case I wanted to review them later. Anywhoo, I hope you enjoyed it!

~Danita Lyn

Studio Play – January

Studio play is such a joy for me because I can create with an end goal or specific Ifinish line. I literally just allow myself to play and experiment with whatever is on hand. I never know what is going to come of it. Some I love, some….not so much. Some I keep, some I do not. Some I completely paint over with gesso and start over, because I can.  I allow myself that freedom, and it really provides a nourishing nest, so to speak, for the creative juices to swirl and gather.

One thing I’ve learned through this studio play time is that if you show up, with your brushes up, the creative gods will rain down upon you and shower you with lots of ideas, nudges, and whispers….but you gotta be ready to receive.

In this recent session, I created these 5 piece, using new colors, trying new things. I don’t loooooove all of them, but I love the time I spent making them.  So, here’s to more and more studio play time….where I will show up….with brushes up… and await for creativity to rain down upon me.

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Life is a Circus!

life-is-a-circus-016Hello there All! I bet you can relateto Life is a Circus! It sure does seem like that from time to time.  There’s clowns running around, someone on the highwire(maybe us), a Queen Goldfish floating around, and you, in awe of the One-der of it all!circus-girl-face

This is how I have been feeling lately, and thought it’d be fun to put it into a painting. I love the sweetness I was able to capture in the girl, and all her wild curly hair. admit-one

Her pocket says Admit One because when it comes down to it, that’s all we really are in charge of, ourselves.  If each person took care of themselves, their One, then the whole, the ONE would be so much better. gold-fish-queen circus-girl-print high-wire

Until that happens, let’s try to take care of our own circus, and enjoy the show!

Prints will be available soon!

Cute Butterfly Journal Tutorial

 

 In this tutorial I am sharing how to take a plain ole journal and Jazz it Up a bit!

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Hi guys n gals! As many of you know, I love butterflies.  It’s one of God’s magical creations.  I made this little butterfly journal the other days and I thought I’d show you how I did it!

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I started off with this small journal I picked up on the clearance rack at BAM. I think I paid $3 for it.  It was boring, but just the right size for my purse, so I grabbed it and thought ‘I’ll just jazz it up later’. It sat around my studio for a while, but I finally got around to it.

First step was to select a color scheme. I went through my paper stash and picked some papers I liked, then selected some paints to compliment the papers.

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Then I just started adding the papers, tearing and placing them where it felt right, and glued them down with the deco glue.
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After the paper is glued down and dry, I added some paint to the back cover, and around the edges of the paper. I smeared it on the edges to give it a bit of a blend. Next, I added some texture using recycled materials as stencils, just to give some interest, and then put the butterflies on with the deco glue.
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After the main elements were in place, I added some shadowing, and ink to give a bit of an aged look, and used the white paint pen for highlights.

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The final steps were to add some tape embellishments, stamps, and rub-ons until I was happy with the layered look I was going for.  Then, I sealed the whole thing with the deco glue.  I love it!

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Now I have a cute place to keep my notes and sketches!  Next time you see a plain ole journal on the clearance table, snatch it up, take it home…and Jazz it Up!  Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoyed this post.

Loves n Hugs, Danita

A New Place and Space….

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit my webite/blog!

As many of you know, I have been working as an artist for some time now, trying to build my brand, get my name out there.  Now, I think it is time for a website.  A home base, of sorts, where I can create a space for my art, meet friends, get to know you all, and share my thoughts.  A place where we can visit, and get to know one another and I am so pleased you are here.

I’d like this to be a place to communicate and network with each other. A community where we can inspire and uplift one another.  I will be sharing ideas of other artists, things that inspire me, and tutorials from time to time, and of course, my own artwork.

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It means so much to me that you have taken a few moments out of your day to check out my website.  I am really really happy that you are here.  No…..really, I am.  Poke around, check it out… tell me what you think.

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Because of your kindness, I will be having a Grand Give-Away in honor of the Grand Opening of my new website, and my new Etsy store, Danita Lyn Art Gallery.

I’m giving away a FREE signed art print of your choice, matted and ready to frame! 

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The winner will get your choice from the prints listed in my Etsy shop.  The print will be a signed 8×10 high quality Giclee print, in an 11×14 mat.  To view them, you can also click on the Shop tab at the top of this page.  I will be adding more this week, so the winner will have plenty to choose from.

What do I have to do to win?

 All you have to do to register to win is this……just leave me a comment on this post, or comment on the Grand Opening Announcement on my Facebook page Danita Lyn .   I will draw a winner from all the peeps who do either of these.  For those that do both, your name will go in the drawing twice!

 I will announce the winner here next Sunday!!

Hopefully….it will be YOU!

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St. Pete Art Mash

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I was able to show some of my work at the St. Pete Art Mash last night.  It was great to meet some other artists, and share ideas.

Hidden Truths

This is one of my newest pieces. It is called Hidden Truths. I painted it when I was going through a difficult time in my life. She can’t open the book of Truth because she’s can’t move and she can’t get out of the cage, she’s stuck. So, she has closed her eyes to the reality of it all.

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It was great fun to do the show with my son Milo Rossi. He’s a fantastic artist too! Those are his pieces on the right, next to a few  of mine, on the left.

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This owl is another one of Milo’s. I’m a proud Mom, what can I say!

Playing in the Paint

I have been working on some pretty intense paintings for a while now, requiring a lot of my attention.  But, for the last two days, I decided to take a break from all that and play in the paint for a bit.

I love to do mixed media work, playing with materials, and seeing what develops.  The painting just seems to grow on its own.  I had a lot of fun with the ideas, and all the bright colors….and created some new fun pieces.