The paintings continue

I don’t have multiple photos of this one in process, because it was a bit of a disaster for a while and kept changing until I turned it into a painting of succulents, but if you’re really curious this is what it looked like at one point.

See, sometimes my stuff looks awful too 🙂 and can go through some really ugly stages, but my main point is that sometimes I like a good challenge to see if I can pull something decent out of a total mess before I toss it out.

These paintings are all 8 inch squares.

First I painted this bee using only purple acrylic ink. The dots of the fur are full strength, and then I did washes (colored ink and water) of transparent purple for shading.

Next I painted the background magenta and used washes of warm yellow over the bee, knowing that the purple would turn soft golden-brown.

To make the bee pop, I painted soft greens over the pink, letting it show through around the bee.

To make the background more interesting I painted a floral motif over it.


For the next painting, I decided to really push the colors

painting mostly complimentary colors on the base painting.

The key thing is to not paint over everything, but to allow colors from underneath to show through.

Adding little pattern details of stripes, dots and blades of grass made it a lot more interesting.

I’m really pleased with how the flowers came out.



New Product Review

As many of you who have taken classes with me know, for years I’ve been using Pebeo Setacolor as my go to textile paint, but it has become harder to come by in the US over the last year, and I’ve been exploring other options for textile paint. I ran into Lynn Koolish at a SAQA meeting a couple months ago and she told me about Marabu paints from Germany.

As a result, I now have a box of delicious new Marabu textile arts and mixed-media products to try out. I haven’t had a chance to try everything yet, but the first thing I played with were the art crayons.

I have been looking for an alternative to using Shiva paintstiks in my Tea & Ephemera class for a while because I really dislike how stinky and messy they are.

Marabu art crayons are a water based crayon that can be drawn directly on paper, canvas or fabric (not meant to be washed), and blended with a stiff brush, or mixed with water to make paint.

I love these!

I used a stiff brush and stencil to make the honeycomb pattern, and then drew directly on the fabric and blended it with a stiff brush for the heart. Art crayons have a lovely smooth and creamy consistency and can be applied transparent with a brush or opaquely when applied directly.

After 24 hours, they are set and no longer blend-able. I think if you wanted to make them more permanent on fabric, you could brush a coat of Jacquard colorless extender over it after it has set.

Very fun!!!.

Keep creating,


I’d love to spark your creativity at one of these upcoming events:

June 1-2 Meissners, Sacramento, Blooming Inspiration

July 27-28 Meissners, Santa Rosa, Blessings in the wind; mixed-media prayer flags

August 14-18, 2018 Woodland Ridge Retreat, WI
5 – day Paint and Print-a-palooza retreat

October 19-21 Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, KY
Tea and Ephemera and Blessings in the wind: mixed-media prayer flags

October 27 Meissners, Sacramento, Fiesta Ornaments


IMG_5538Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, speaker, creative alchemist, and purveyor of inspiration, helping others channel creativity on a daily basis.

One Response to “The paintings continue”

  1. jeannievh says:

    It always amazes me how your paintings transform as you work them. I treated myself to some of the crayons, too. Now to get the garden in so I can play. Have fun on your travels!

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