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Mixed Media Monday – January Art Collection

January Mixed Media Collection by Adria Black Art

Atizle loves to pick out fresh bouquets when we go to the grocery store.  In an effort to preserve this month’s bouquet, I decided to have a mini photo shoot with them.  In this way, this gorgeous mixed bouquet lasts beyond the few days cut flowers often do that we purchased in the store.  As the colors of the cut flowers fade and the petals fall, these images will remain frozen in the perfect condition that they were captured in.

January’s Mixed Media Collection is focused on love and Valentine’s Day themed.  I wanted to create a fun, whimsical collection that is perfect for gift giving to your loved ones.  Have you ever found yourself in the situation of trying to find the perfect gift for your loved one, only to dawdle until your only remaining options are flowers or chocolate?  Giving unique and personalized art lasts much longer than chocolates or flowers ever will!

January Mixed Media Art Collection

These photographs showcase four flowers – Dahlias, Daisies, Carnations, and Alstromeria.  I created several different still life layouts of these flowers both together and separate and using flower petals from the daisies.  This series of still-life flowers are Giclee prints, available at Society 6, and are printed on archival paper using archival inks.  The colors are as fresh and vibrant as the flowers were when they were first purchased, and they won’t fade or decay over time.  Making these flowers a piece to treasure in your home for your whole life.  These still-life bouquets will remind your loved ones how much you care with the perfect piece for their home.

 

Daisy and Alstromeria Flowers Photograph by Adria Black Art
Daisy and Alstromeria Flowers Photograph by Adria Black Art
Dahlia Close Up Photograph by Adria Black Art
Dahlia Close Up Photograph by Adria Black Art
Alstromeria Flowers Photograph by Adria Black Art
Alstromeria Flowers Photograph by Adria Black Art

Alstromeria and Dahlia Bouquet Photograph by Adria Black Art
Alstromeria and Dahlia Bouquet Photograph by Adria Black Art
A Flower Bouquet Photograph by Adria Black Art
A Flower Bouquet Photograph by Adria Black Art
Loves Me, Loves Me Not Photograph by Adria Black
Loves Me, Loves Me Not Photograph by Adria Black

Daisy and Petals Photograph by Adria Black Art
Daisy and Petals Photograph by Adria Black Art
Carnation and Petals Photograph by Adria Black Art
Carnation and Petals by Adria Black Art

Mixing Conversational Hearts and Watercolor to Complete Collection

Another thing we picked up at the store were conversational hearts. Even when I was a child, I loved to read all the little messages on these candies and create sentences and dialogues with them.  As I sorted these candies into corresponding messages, I couldn’t help but giggle and laugh at some of the combination that naturally occurred.  I knew in that moment that I would have to capture these messages in the collection for this month.

This series of conversational messages are Giclee prints, available at Society 6, and are printed on archival paper using archival inks.  The colors are vivid and vibrant and they won’t fade or decay over time (or make your teeth hurt as you eat the candy!).  These conversational messages add a bit of whimsy and humor to your home.  These whimsical expressions of love are the perfect gift for your loved ones!

 

Marry Me Hearts Photograph by Adria Black Art
Marry Me Hearts Photograph by Adria Black Art
Kiss Me Photograph by Adria Black Art
Kiss Me Photograph by Adria Black Art
Forget Me Not Hearts Photograph by Adria Black Art
Forget Me Not Hearts Photograph by Adria Black Art

I also wanted to mix in watercolor for this collection, and I had a blast creating several backgrounds in the red, pink, and purple color scheme.  The abstract watercolor backgrounds led to the words and phrases and the heart icons.  I always love playing with watercolor and seeing what fun things the paint will do.  These turned out to be some of my favorite pieces once they were layered over the watercolor backgrounds.

This series of watercolor abstracts are Giclee prints, available at Society 6, and are printed on archival paper using archival inks.  The colors are soft and muted, and they won’t fade or decay over time.  These watercolor abstracts add a touch of color to any room in your home.  Plus, they make wonderful room accents in the form of throw pillows.

Purple Watercolor Abstract by Adria Black Art
Purple Watercolor Abstract by Adria Black Art
Red Watercolor Abstract by Adria Black Art
Red Watercolor Abstract by Adria Black Art
Red Watercolor Splatters Abstract by Adria Black Art
Red Watercolor Splatters Abstract by Adria Black Art
Purple Watercolor Splatter Abstract by Adria Black Art
Purple Watercolor Splatter Abstract by Adria Black Art
Blue Watercolor Abstract by Adria Black Art
Blue Watercolor Abstract by Adria Black Art
Pink Watercolor Splatters Abstract by Adria Black Art
Pink Watercolor Splatters Abstract by Adria Black Art
Pink Watercolor Abstract by Adria Black Art
Pink Watercolor Abstract by Adria Black Art

Learning Digital Art Techniques

This was the first collection that combined digital art techniques, photography, and watercolor pieces (backgrounds and elements) from my sketchbook.  It definitely had a bit of a learning curve to figuring out how to digitize my art for the first time.  I worked on removing the white backgrounds from my sketchbook, combining different pieces into a whole new composition, and only creating little bits and pieces that could later become a full piece of artwork.  The whole process was new and different and a bit challenging, but I love how this collection turned out!

 

Original Drawings from Sketchbook

 These pieces are originally from my sketchbooks and are unaltered using digital techniques.  This series of drawings and watercolor brushwork are Giclee prints, available at Society 6, and are printed on archival paper using archival inks.  The linework is hand drawn, and these pieces won’t fade or decay over time.  So each piece will be a long-lasting treasure in your home for your whole life.  These hand drawn pieces will remind your loved ones how much you care with the perfect piece for their home.

 

Winter Gloves Doodle by Adria Black Art
Winter Gloves Doodle by Adria Black Art
Triangle Doodle by Adria Black Art
Triangle Doodle by Adria Black Art
Tangled Hearts by Adria Black Art
Tangled Hearts by Adria Black Art
Floral Circle Doodle by Adria Black Art
Floral Circle Doodle by Adria Black Art
Always and Forever by Adria Black Art
Always and Forever by Adria Black Art

Combining Elements to Create New Compositions

It was a lot of fun to create whole new compositions using digital art techniques.  This grouping of artwork combined photography, watercolor, and hand lettering in a way that was completely new for me!  And I’m in love with this process for art making.  This series of artwork available as Giclee prints, at Society 6, and are printed on archival paper using archival inks.  The colors are as fresh and vibrant as the original artwork, and they won’t fade or decay over time.  Making these artworks a treasure in your home for your whole life.  These pieces will remind your loved ones how much you care with the perfect piece of whimsical expression for their home.

 

XoXo Watercolor by Adria Black Art
XoXo Watercolor by Adria Black Art
XoXo Heart by Adria Black Art
XoXo Heart by Adria Black Art
Winter Gloves Doodle on Watercolor by Adria Black Art
Winter Gloves Doodle on Watercolor by Adria Black Art

Triangle Doodle and Watercolor by Adria Black Art
Triangle Doodle and Watercolor by Adria Black Art
To The Moon Watercolor by Adria Black Art
To The Moon Watercolor by Adria Black Art
Small Watercolor Hearts by Adria Black Art
Small Watercolor Hearts by Adria Black Art

Pink Tangled Hearts by Adria Black Art
Pink Tangled Hearts by Adria Black Art
Love You Type Mixed Media Piece by Adria Black Art
Love You Type Mixed Media Piece by Adria Black Art
Floral Circle Doodle on Watercolor by Adria Black Art
Floral Circle Doodle on Watercolor by Adria Black Art

Conversational Hearts on Watercolor by Adria Black Art
Conversational Hearts on Watercolor by Adria Black Art
Candy Heart on Watercolor by Adria Black Art
Candy Heart on Watercolor by Adria Black Art

I’d love to hear what you think of the January Mixed Media Collection.  Let me know what your favorites are in the comment below!  To purchase any of these pieces, simply click on the photo, which will take you directly to the Society 6 shop page.

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