March Classes Scheduled

Although there may be a few more added the roster, March is filling up with classes. I’m excited to be getting back to doing some instruction, I love interacting with creative people! All the classes, the details and online registration are all available via my website: http://www.lynnemedsker.com/calendar.html

Here’s a quick recap of what’s coming up –email DSC01099

Wednesday, March 13th 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Intro to Mandala Art at 3040 Indie, Indianapolis, Indiana

Sunday, March 17th 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Acrylic & Watercolor at Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, Brownsburg, Indianaprogress photo 2 (c) lynne medsker

Wednesday, March 20th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Mandala Art II at 3040 Indie, Indianapolis, Indiana

mandala #61, 5x7 matted to 8x10, SOLD © Lynne Medsker

Saturday, March 23rd, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Introduction to Web Presence & Social Media for Artists at 3040 Indie, Indianapolis, Indiana

Monday, March 25th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Introduction to Web Presence & Social Media for Artists at ArtSplash Gallery, Carmel, Indianablue hands

 

Upcycled/Recycled

Not long ago I blogged about trying to help the “green” effort with materials in my studio and hinted that I’d been getting creative with some of those materials. Today I’m going to show you some of the items I’ve created and what they are made of!

aluminum covered shipping envelope material with copper nuggets attached, $15 © Lynne Medsker
aluminum covered shipping envelope material with copper nuggets attached, $15 © Lynne Medsker
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finished pieces, ready to assemble

I love to explore something new and this idea had been bouncing around in my head a while until I couldn’t contain it any more.

Earrings created from plastic drink bottle, old necklace parts and red stones, $15 pair © Lynne Medsker
Earrings created from plastic drink bottle, old necklace parts and red stones, $15 pair © Lynne Medsker

Earrings from recycled/upcycled materials? Oh, yeah. I made a few pair from plastic drinking bottles to see if it would work (and it did!) and the rest of this initial group were made by covering old packaging/shipping envelops with aluminum.

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shapes cut from packing envelope, ready to be covered with aluminum and colored
Earrings from packaging envelopes and old book pages, SOLD © Lynne Medsker
Earrings from packaging envelopes and old book pages, SOLD © Lynne Medsker

Since that time I am looking at every container that comes through the house as potential supplies. 🙂

materials waiting to be transformed
materials waiting to be transformed

I’ve got a nice pile of “almost ready” pieces for the next batch of earrings, including these painted book pages that are sandwiched between pieces of packaging plastic.

I’ve been wearing one pair and they are fabulously lightweight, which I love! And the compliments aren’t bad either. I’m thinking this may be a potential new class for me to teach, anyone interested?

Lynne

Updated Class Schedule

Although this could change again I at least wanted to get the most up-to-date version online! I am looking at adding a second “Web Presence for Artists” class the last Saturday of September and we may also schedule one more “Industrial Art Duo” in October since it was so popular the first time. Of course you are always free to request a class that interests you! (Email me at info@lynnemedsker.com with your requests.) Stay tuned for updates, I’ll post them as I know them!

Wednesday, August 29th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Web Presence for Artists – Sugar Creek Art Center, Thorntown, Indiana, $20 per person.

Wednesday, September 5th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Acrylic & Watercolor on Paper – ArtSplash Gallery, Carmel, Indiana $45, includes all supplies.

Thursday, September 6th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Mandala Art II – Lynne Medsker Studio, Brownsburg, Indiana $35, includes all supplies. (See link/info below, same class, different location)

Thursday, September 20th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Mandala Art II – ArtSplash Gallery, Carmel, Indiana $35, includes all supplies.

Friday, September 28th, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Layers & Lattes – Artistic Designs Gallery, Brownsburg, Indiana $30 includes all supplies

Friday, October 26th, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Layers & Lattes – Artistic Designs Gallery, Brownsburg, Indiana $30 includes all supplies

Abstract, Contact, Watercolor

Another recap of a spring class, this one from May when we created abstracts on illustration board.

waterecolor, wax, marker
watercolor, wax, marker on illustration board

The process begins by rubbing blocks of wax around the surface of illustration board, creating an unseen design with the edges, sides and corners of the wax blocks.

drawing a design
student, drawing their design
design on contact paper
design drawn on contact paper

After that the entire surface is covered with contact paper and the design is drawn onto the contact.

removing contact
removing contact layer with x-acto knife

After selecting a color scheme then the contact paper is removed, section by section, using an x-acto knife and watercolor paint is applied.

adding paint
student adding color to their design
watercolor added
watercolor added, wax design showing

When the paint is added then the wax design pops out from underneath as white lines and dappled areas of color.

still painting
still adding paint
more color
adding more color
getting close
almost finished

As one area dries we moved on to a different section until the entire piece is covered with paint – if that’s what the painter desired. When the painting is done then the areas can be detailed and/or outlined with marker, paint or ink if desired.

Yupo Play Images

I’m blushing a bit at how long it took to get these photos online and posted! These are all from a “Yupo Play” class last March! Better late than never I suppose. We had a good time exploring this interesting “paper” which is synthetic and machine-made in the USA of 100% polypropylene. It is waterproof, stain resistant, extremely strong and durable, PH neutral, amazingly smooth and Recyclable!  Here are a few images from the class:

mash-up with yupo paper
“mash up” two pieces of damp Yupo paper & watercolor “mashed” between them, then taken apart
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One side of a “mash up” watercolor & Yupo paper

These were fun and reminded me of a more colorful/interesting version of the ink blot images we used to make as kids – we could all see different things in them! What do you see in the image above? I’m curious if it’s the same as what I do.

One thing we attempted wasn’t very successful, but that’s what happens in a class titled “play” – we were experimenting with media, not aiming for masterpieces. 🙂 The technique was to take the paper outside and use stencils, lace, etc. and spray a clear acrylic paint over them to leave a pattern that would be blocked out in white when we added the watercolor. It probably didn’t help that it was a windy day and we had spray paint issues! You can see in this image that there was a bit of success but even that eventually disappeared as more watercolor was added.

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stencil dots on Yupo paper
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stencil stripes on Yupo paper

Oh well! Perhaps a repeat on a non-windy day will have better results. 🙂

Washing on a layer of watercolors and then laying plastic wrap on top made for some really interesting abstract patterns. Well, if you were patient enough to let it dry before you took the plastic off!

plastic wrap
plastic wrap over watercolor on Yupo paper
brayer
rolling paint with a brayer

We had so much fun moving the paint around on the paper that even our paper towels ended up looking colorful!

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palette, paint, paper towel

The last technique we tried involved tissue paper layers on painted Yupo. Some were removed, others were kept, some moved to new placement and were adhered to the paper with clear acrylic gel.

tissue paper
tissue paper collaged on Yupo

And, yes, it was as much fun as it looks – you should come try it sometime. 🙂

New Classes at ArtSplash Gallery!

I’ve added several classes to the schedule, all to be held at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana. Here are two leaflets about the classes with dates & details. Feel free to contact me (info@lynnemedsker.com) when you are ready to sign up – or if you have any questions. mixed media class flyer with Lynne Medsker

mandala class flyer with datesLive on the westside of Indy? I’ll be scheduling classes in my Brownsburg, Indiana studio soon! Be sure to email me if you have any requests for specific classes! 🙂

(7/21/12 NOTE: Ooops! I originally uploaded flyers without the dates on them! Sorry!)

Press Release: Roundabout: Scenic Sojourns & Symbolic Circles

In the Gallery…at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library
 

“Roundabout: Scenic Sojourns & Symbolic Circles”

Work by

Diane Gardner

and

Lynne Medsker

June 17  –  July 20

 

Diane – “Diane creatively expresses her love of the natural world through her photographs. Whether she is exploring the backroads of Ireland or Indiana, she uses her photographic skills and creativity to produce images that reflect her contemplative view of landscapes, animals and people. While she appreciates the many benefits of digital photography, Diane strives to capture the image she envisions with her camera, using minimal digital editing.”

ballyran © diane gardner
“Ballyran” © Diane Gardner

Lynne – “Creating art is the purpose of my life. It keeps my life in balance, letting me escape the tensions of the everyday world. No matter what method I am using, when I create I feel alive! My subject matter begins as images of nature but is transformed into the abstract. The final result is often highly detailed and layered in appearance. As I gain experience, not only artistically but in life as well, my artwork continues to evolve. It has become more complex, with more texture, detail and dimension. I challenge viewers to not only enjoy the imagery of my artwork but to find evidence of things hidden within, waiting to be discovered.”

waves of joy © lynne medsker
“Waves of Joy” © Lynne Medsker

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Back In Time: More Monsters!

Watch out! There are monsters all over this post!

monster 15 © lynne medsker
“Monster #15” © Lynne Medsker
monster #10 © lynne medsker
“Monster #10” © Lynne Medsker

Yes, there were more monsters left over from my last post!  I also thought since I posted them over a holiday weekend I might need a follow-up post this week when people have gotten back into their normal blog-reading routines. 🙂 These are simple creations…some of the first totally creative things I ever did. Here are instructions if you’d like to try them yourself, or share them with a youngster who is “bored” and can’t quite find something that entertains them!

!. Starting with a piece of watercolor paper randomly paint a shape on it with some loose watercolor paint.

2. Before the paint dries cover it with a piece of plastic wrap.

3. Smooth the wrap and squish the paint around under the surface then set it aside to dry.

4. After the paint has dried remove the plastic wrap.

5. Turn the paper around and study it until you can see the beginnings of a creature.

6. Add the details with more paint and/or markers, pens, pencils.

The textured/mottled surface the paint and plastic wrap create is really interesting. Here is an image of “monster #10” (shown above) before the details were added:

© lynne medsker

monster 5 © lynne medsker
“Monster #5” © Lynne Medsker
monster 8 © lynne medsker
“Monster #9” © Lynne Medsker

This is a dinosaur that eventually was framed and sold for a little boy’s bedroom.

watercolor dino © Lynne Medsker
“Dinosaur” © Lynne Medsker

I often wonder what he thought of it, he seems a little battle-scarred and intimidating!

monster 13
“Monster #13” © Lynne Medsker
monster 11 © lynne medsker
“Monster #11” © Lynne Medsker

That’s it for the monsters – unless I decide to create some new ones!

Back in Time: Prehistoric Monsters!

How’s this for something completely different? 🙂 I like to post things that perhaps you weren’t expecting, predictability is boring!

monster 14 © lynne medsker
“Monster #14” © Lynne Medsker

The “Back in Time” in the title has a double meaning – first (and most obvious) is that fact that these imaginary monsters were inspired by the creatures that roamed our earth long, long ago. The second reference is that these are some of my first creations playing with watercolors, probably close to 10 years ago!

monster 6 © lynne medsker
monster #6, watercolor © lynne medsker

Creating these “monsters” would be a fabulous activity for kids this summer when the weather isn’t fit for playing outdoors. Great for exercising those creative muscles! Here are the simple instructions:

!. Starting with a piece of watercolor paper randomly paint a shape on it with some loose watercolor paint.

2. Before the paint dries cover it with a piece of plastic wrap.

3. Smooth the wrap and squish the paint around under the surface then set it aside to dry.

4. After the paint has dried remove the plastic wrap.

5. Turn the paper around and study it until you can see the beginnings of a creature.

6. Add the details with more paint and/or markers, pens, pencils.

Pretty simple, right? I really like the textured/mottled surface the paint and plastic wrap create. Here is an image of “monster #6” (shown above) before the details were added:


I created several of these fun creatures, one was even framed & sold. The rest I still have, nice memories of exploring my creativity a bit and stepping out of my comfort zone.

monster 3 © Lynne Medsker
“Monster #3” © Lynne Medsker
monster 7 © lynne medsker
“Monster #7” © Lynne Medsker

Works of fine art? Well, no, probably not…but I learned a little more about using watercolors and I let me imagination take over. You have to take small steps like that to get to where you want to go!

monster 4 © lynne medsker
“Monster #4” © Lynne Medsker
monster 8 © lynne medsker
“Monster #8” © Lynne Medsker

I’d love to hear if you play with this technique – even better I’d love to see the results!