Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pop on Over to StencilGirl

Join me today on the StencilGirl Talk blog where I show you how to subtly use your stencils to make your art pop!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Antiqued Angels with VerDay Paints & StencilGirl

I really enjoy the look of old things. I collect antiques and love it when my new paintings can get an old feeling to them ~ worn, loved, with a story. That is one of the reasons I was excited to use the VerDay paint & patina kit.

I can not tell you how much I LOVED working with these Verday paints! There are so many possibilities.  I started off by making myself a little "cheat sheet" to see how the different layering of paints and patina gave different effects.  I suggest you do the same.

Once I decided on my palette, I began by brushing on bronze and brass paints on to my canvas.

I quickly decided to add some texture into my paint by rubbing some of it off with Carolyn Dube's crossword stencil from StencilGirl Products.

After that dried, I added some copper paint with Maria McGuire's Stitch A Greek Medallion stencil from StencilGirl Products.

I immediately sprayed the wet copper paint with the patina to activate the metal paint.

Once it dried, I got this beautiful background. LOVE.

I turned the canvas horizontal and sketched out some old world angel figures.

I finished up the canvas by adding in acrylic paints with a palette knife to give the canvas more texture and bring the angels to life with a little brush work.

Here are some close ups:

I hope you enjoyed and find some new things to make old with this great set! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @kirstenkreed or follow me on Facebook at Kirsten Reed Designs. I love hearing from you!

4-piece VerDay Kit of Reactive Metal Paint & Patina
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August 17

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Kirsten Reed - you are here now 

August 19

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

My Funky Skyline

This canvas of mine has been in the studio for quite some time...evolving with layers.  Nothing had really jumped out at me.  I worked on the layers for months, adding cool colors adding warm colors, making marks.

Until this week..and it became my Nashville skyline, a view you see as you enter the city from the south.  It is a little funky, sitting in an envelope of clouds where dreams are wished.  

Bright lights. Big dreams. Amazing Tennessee sunsets and warm Southern hospitality all wrapped around our "small big city".  Music City.

I will be bringing my new piece to the Tomato Arts Festival in the east end of Nashville this weekend.  It should be fun ~ if you are in town, come see me in booth #527!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Inside my Heart

Come over to StencilGirl Talk and see how this piece came together with lots of layers! See you there!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Fun with Seth Apter & StencilGirl

Welcome to the StencilGirl blog hop featuring Seth Apter's newly released stencils.  

I love incorporating stencils subtly into my art for an extra layer of texture and interest.  I started with a canvas I had already prepared with collaged papers and paint - it was waiting for inspiration.  I immediately saw Seth's stencils in this to finish my vision.  In my mind they were just "enough" to add that final touch but still allow the background I created to shine through.

I sketched out my girl reaching for the sky.

I used Golden Fluid acrylic Titan buff and Titanium White with Seth Apter's Techo Insiders Star Stencils and Seth Apter's Urban Outsiders Stencil.

I used some Burnt Umber on the abstract ground and background with Seth's Techo Insiders Tag stencil and the Urban Outsider's stencil again.

I finished up with the details on the piece.

And this is how she turned out.

I may add a word or phrase later or just leave her like this.  I hope you enjoyed. Be sure to keep hopping along with all the artists listed below.  Also if you leave a comment, you will be entered for a giveaway!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Collaboration Fun with a Friend

On my way home from a visit to friends in Ohio, I decided to make a slight detour and visit my friend and artist Carolyn Dube.  I was SO EXCITED to play in her studio with her! You know those kind of people that just "get" you? Well, she does and we wasted no time playing, video taping and laughing. Laughing a lot!

She is the video queen and has TONS of great tutorials on YouTube including this one below.  Please excuse the disheveled look of me in the intro...she did NOT tell me we were going to tape and so I didn't get hours in the make up chair like she did! ;0

Anyway, hope you enjoy our little canvas play as we paint a layer, switch canvases and paint more.

Here are some snap shots of the canvases as we played.  Below is the video.

Does anyone else laugh when they see these words and how they "happened" together??!!

Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Creating Owls

Come visit me on StencilGirl Talk all day today where I show you how to create this textured owl.  
It will be a hoot! (okay I couldn't help myself) 

Hope to see you there!