Mixed Media Art Journal: How to Make a 3-D Cover

30 Nov
Spiral Journal Cover made with shells, drift wood, leaves and feathers

Shells, drift wood, leaves and feathers adorn this Art Journal cover by Katie Turner.

I find it invigorating to switch to a different medium once in a while.  It seems to help keep my art fresh.  My art journal is where I can do that.  Actually, I keep several journals and use certain ones for watercolor ideas, other ones for mixed media ideas and even one for business ideas.  The picture above is the front cover of a Mixed Media journal.  I made this into a three-Dimensional cover by using shells, drift wood, leaves and feathers I found at the beach.  Using found objects is a great way to remember a special trip or event.

To make one of your own, follow these steps:

  1. Find a sturdy cover to use as a base. If it’s too flimsy, it won’t hold up to paint or epoxy.
  2. Paint cover. I used a deep red acrylic.
  3. Clean the shells and wood with bleach and let dry several days.
  4. Cut and layer several different textures and colors of paper for center piece.
  5. Place all items in a pleasing arrangement before mixing the epoxy.
  6. Mix epoxy and pour onto items and page. Remember to protect other pages with plastic and work in a well ventilated area.  My favorite product for this is Envirotex Lite.
  7. Sprinkle glitter and beads into center area. Let dry several days or until it’s not tacky.

Artists Have Resonance

15 Nov
beautiful watercolor painting of white and pink baneberries by artist Katie Turner

Watercolor on paper, 20″x 16″ by Katie Turner

Art is an extremely reflective process that brings the artist closer to his/her own beauty and sensitivity.  It connects the artist to his/her inner thoughts and feelings as well as connecting others in the general population.  Artists become sensitized to patterns, content, narrative, movement, and nature. Art is a deep form of communication and great rewards stem from that create process.

Harvest Time Show

14 Oct
harvest-flowers-in-vase

Harvest Flowers in Vase, Watercolor by Katie Turner

For local art enthusiasts, come join me for the Central New York Art Guild Semi-Annual Fine Arts Show at the Aspen House in Radisson NY.

I’ll be demonstrating some of the techniques and paper I use in my paintings throughout the day Saturday.
Saturday October 15th, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday October 16th, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Enjoy the beautiful works of art by the Central New York Art Guild including watercolors, ceramics, pastels, oil paintings, photography and more.

Free Parking and admission, light refreshments served.

Artwork donated by Karen Goldman, Liliya Lifanova and Don Seib. Drawing for the donated artwork will be at 4:30 pm on Sunday and all proceeds benefit the CNY Art Guild Student Scholarship Fund.

For more information go to: http://www.cnyartguild.com/ or to my website: KTArtStudio.com

Hope to see some of you there.

 

It’s Not All in Your Head

3 Oct
A sketch painting in Katie Turner's art journal.

A couple of pages out of one of my art journals.

Concept is a key part of the creative process.  A lot of times I come up with the concept in my head.   Inspiration can be fleeting sometimes though … and that’s why I keep many of my concepts in my art journals.

 

Weeds as Inspiration

28 Sep
goldenrod-pic

Goldenrod is from the aster family and native to North America.

yellow flowers, watercolor on terraskin by Katie Turner

Goldenrod, Watercolor on Terraskin paper, Katie Turner

I have a patch of weeds that I’ve purposely left in my back yard.  It’s about 5 feet by 5 feet and sits just inside my fence.  This year I watched as Goldenrod took over the section and grew vigorously.  This week it bloomed into beautiful rich yellow flowers.   The flowers are bunched together on branches of the tall plant and so heavy they are bending over.  Individual delicate flowers grouping together to make a large mass of yellow.

Goldenrod, or Solidago is a perennial that some people say causes hay fever but other sources say it’s really Ragweed that makes people sick.  Native Americans used the plant for food, tea and medicine.  Bees and butterfly’s love it and its the state flower of Kentucky, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Delaware.  I’m finding it irresistible inspiration for my watercolors.

 

Art Reception at Kirkland Art Center, NY

13 Sep
watercolor painting of seaweed

Maine Coast Seaweed, a watercolor painting on paper by Katie Turner will be on display at the Kirkland Art Center, NY through October 30th.

Maine Coast Seaweed was accepted into the CNYWS (Central New York Watercolor Society) Annual Juried Exhibition.

The show runs from September 15 through October 30, 2016

Kirkland Art Center

9 1/2 East Park Row, PO Box 213, Clinton, NY 13323

For directions and hours go to kacny.org

For those who are local, please join me and all the CNYWS artists at the reception this Sunday afternoon.

RECEPTION held on Sunday, September 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Signature Exhibition at the View

11 Aug
Two Vases

Two Vases 17″x13″ Watercolor by Katie Turner

Two Vases, a new watercolor painting, by Katie Turner will be on display at the View in Old Forge, New York.  The Central New York Watercolor Society will hold its 2016 Signature Exhibition at the View from July 23 through September 25, 2016.  The View is located at 3273 State Route 28, Old Forge, NY 13420 and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The show will be in the upstairs area.  Reception will be Friday, August 5th from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with the ANEAW opening.  For more information on the View, go to their website: http://www.ViewArts.org or the CNYWS at http://www.centralnewyorkwatercolorsociety.org.  To view more of Katie’s paintings, go to http://www.KTArtStudio.com.