Volume 10, Number 2, July 2008
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Be Ready for a Cool Snap—with Wearable Art!
By Janean S. Thompson (Click on any photo for a larger view!)
We may be in the middle of summer right now, but it will soon start to cool down. During really nippy days it is great to have a soft, comfortable stocking cap or ski band to keep your ears nice and cozy. But most of the ones you find for sale are pretty boring—like the black set I have. I think it’s time to jazz up my cap and be ready for winter. What could be better than experiencing the first cool snap decked out in wearable art?
There are lots of ways to customize caps and bands to make them uniquely your own, but I think the black will provide a great background for bright tonal additions. I will be adding hard-edge color patterns with overlapping curved shapes to create an eye-catching style. The last thing I will add are some "zingers" in the form of small star shapes.
your materials: Since I want to change colors easily, I will use the
Iwata Revolution HP-CR 4500 - my favorite; the air supply I use is the
Studio Series Smart Jet - so quiet, so capable and a joy to use; airbrush
acrylic fabric paints; mask material - I used scrap cardboard cut in curved and
straight shapes, but you could use card stock, found objects, torn paper, etc.;
small stencil of star shape – or you could use any small stencil.
Because of the stretchy nature of the cap or band, it is best to pull them over a cardboard form that enlarges them slightly. (Photo 1) The form does two things to help you with your project: 1. The form gives you something to hold that is rigid and can be moved with ease, allowing you to airbrush the entire item before you stop. Without the form, you would have to do one side at a time. 2. With the item slightly stretched, when the paint is applied, the colors will not diminish when the garment is pulled on. That will make the colors more intense.
a soft, gentle stroke, create the first layer of color. Do this along a
straight-edged mask material. (I use cardboard.) (Photo 2) This
material is free, holds up to repeated uses and can be tossed into the recycle
bin when you are done with it. Any straight edge could be used:
office cardstock, wood scrap, ruler, plastic scrap, etc. You could also
create a design edge by cutting the scrap into a special shape.
Since I want to overlap and mingle the patterns and colors, I move the straight-edge around to different angles. (Photo 3) This way I create a somewhat textured base for the next colors. In reality, a project could be airbrushed with nothing but straight edge designs. The look is great and it is really easy to do. Angles and overlaps create their own texture and interest that look good.
With the curved cardboard piece I airbrushed curved shapes over the red straight-edge areas. Then, with the fresh color on the edge of the curved form, I rolled the form to create a very distinct line in lime green. When I saw how that looked, I picked up the red straight-edged shape and did the same with the paint remaining on that edge--nice, simple and another texture.
create hot spots I chose a small patriotic star shape from a set of
Airbrush Templates Kustom FX from Artool Company. (Photo 4) They
offer many different templates, but stars worked very well for this
project. I have used them on many of my artworks.
The finished cap is funky and fun to wear. (Photo 5) Expect to get lots of comments on it - so have some fun!
The Home Stretch — How to Stretch and Prime Your Own Canvas
By Thomas Adams (Click on any photo for a larger view!)
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As an artist, I sometimes feel a responsibility to pass on some of the passion that I feel for art to the children of my extended family. I have five young grand nephews ranging in age from 4 to 10, and I occasionally enjoy getting them together for an art project. I can still recall, after a past art project, hearing one of them exclaim “Uncle Bob, this is your best idea ever!”
So it was with this in mind that I began to plan an art project for the boys. But I had to somehow surpass the “best idea ever” project. Why not ramp it up a bit, I thought. We’ll paint self-portraits this year. It was going to be a challenge to plan this project for a group that is high on enthusiasm but low on art skills. A number of steps had to be completed beforehand to make the execution fast and simple, ensuring a successful, educational and satisfying experience.
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Look through your collection of art books and explore online resources to gather examples of pop art. Show these to your “students” and talk about the visual aspects that define that school of art as a style of art that derives from mass popular culture, including consumer products and cartoon characters. Some leading artists of the style include Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Show some examples of Andy Warhol’s work, as this defines the portrait painting approach.
This is where the project begins for the artists-in-training.
It’s necessary to varnish the “masterpieces” in order to protect the surface and establish an overall even sheen. Use matte or gloss varnish or mix any proportion of the two for a satin sheen. Apply two coats of this varnish using your Iwata airbrush, allowing each application to dry before applying the next. Spray application will ensure an even, brush stroke-free application without the worry of clouding the varnish by over-brushing.
The Artist and Artists-in-Training holding their finished masterpieces.
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