A few weeks ago, I briefly wrote about dirty pouring, a new acrylic pouring technique that I discovered. Basically, acrylic paint pouring uses acrylic paint poured onto a canvas or another substrate. This method of paint pouring is currently influencing and inspiring my new patterns and artwork, especially the acrylic swipe technique. A fun acrylic pouring technique to try is the swipe method. It creates a very different look from the dirty pour technique. I found 5 awesome examples of the Swipe Technique that I’m showcasing today to help inspire you to give the swipe method a try!
What is Paint Pouring?
Paint pouring is done by mixing acrylic paint with some kind of pouring medium. The pouring medium allows the acrylic paint to become more fluid, flow better, and increases the drying time. First, the artist mixes the pouring medium and acrylic paint together. Next, the artist pours this acrylic paint mixture onto a canvas. It creates a look a bit like marbling. There are a number of techniques that can be used for creating different looks with paint pouring. Some of these techniques are dirty pours, puddle pours, swiping, and dipping paper into the excess paint from the pour painting. A few weeks ago, I showcased some of the amazing artwork I have recently discovered using the dirty pour technique. Today, I thought I would highlight 5 awesome acrylic pour paintings that use the acrylic swipe technique.
I love winter! It’s truly one of my favorite seasons. There is such beauty in the winter. From the pristine look of new fallen snow to the intricate snowflakes that fall from the sky. I suppose winter is one of the reasons that I enjoy living in the Midwest. I created several new winter photo mandalas using my nature photography to celebrate my love of this season! Hopefully, these new winter photo mandalas will help to shake away some of those winter blues!
I love mandalas. And I love photography. Therefore, creating beautiful mandalas from photographs is something that I really enjoy. I love how combining photographs can create something completely different from the original. Basically, I created several templates using Illustrator to combine my photographs into a mandala.
Consequently, I created several new winter photo mandalas in celebration of the beauty of winter. These winter photo mandalas use photographs of icicles, ice sculptures, winter icons, and other elements found within my nature photography. I placed these photos into the various photo mandala templates to create these new digital artworks.
Reminisce about childhood and building snowmen on those fun winter days with this photo mandala. Ice Snowman uses a photograph of an ice sculpture. I love how this photo mandala forms into a snowflake design. Yet, it still retains the details of the ice sculpture. In addition to the art print that is available in the Adria Black store, I also have this mandala available on a number of home decor products through Society 6.
Another fun photo mandala for winter is Snowflake. I created this piece using a photo of a white, lighted Christmas tree. Again, this photo mandala forms a glowing, white snowflake design! The art print is available in the Adria Black store. Additionally, I have this winter photo mandala available on a number of home decor products through Society 6.
Another interesting artwork, this photo mandala features holly berries that had fallen onto some brick pavers. The details that were captured in this photograph are amazing! Additionally, the geometric patterns in this piece are very interesting. The art print is available in the Adria Black store. Additionally, I have this winter photo mandala available on a number of home decor products through Society 6.
Another holly themed photo mandala. Holly uses a photograph of an actual holly bush, capturing a festive and wintery feel. In addition to the art print that is available in the Adria Black store, I also have this mandala available on a number of home decor products through Society 6.
Another winter photo mandala that used a Christmas tree photograph is Merry Christmas. This photo mandala truly captures the traditional feel and colors of the Christmas season. The art print is available in the Adria Black store. Additionally, I have this winter photo mandala available on a number of home decor products through Society 6.
I hope these new Winter Photo Mandalas have helped you see some of the beauty of winter in a different way. I know that we all get a bit blah due to the winter blues. Plus, dealing with the yuck that comes with this season. But let’s not forget that there is beauty in winter, as well. I’d love to hear what you think of the new winter photo mandalas in the comments below! To purchase any of these pieces, simply click on the photos above.
Every year people around the world tend to set New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, most people fail to see any headway on these resolutions, whether it is the desire to lose weight or become more organized or whatever. I am definitely one of those people who discovered that New Year’s Resolutions just don’t work for me. Instead, I believe in choosing a word of the year to help guide me. This word helps me to set and focus the various goals that I desire to accomplish. For 2018, my word of the year is going to be Intentional.
Word of the Year
If you haven’t ever heard about this way of setting yourself up for success for the new year, I would recommend you check out Ali Edward’s One Little Word. I first learned about the idea of choosing a guiding word for the year from her. I have been doing it for about 6 years now. In the past, I’ve chosen words such as Create, Explore, Action, Focus, and Flow. Each year these words help to guide my business and my creativity. Additionally, they also effect and influence other parts of my life.
Examples of Past Word of the Year Choices
For example, I chose Create many years ago when I was feeling stifled and frustrated. I filled 5 art journals that year. I created quite a bit of artwork. However, I also created new relationships and friendships, started a new job, and created the foundation for this awesome business here at Adria Black Art – even if I didn’t know it then!
Another year, I chose the word Flow. This was the year of dealing with a new baby. I spent this year figuring out how I could still create my artwork with Atizle needing almost constant attention when I was not working at my day job.
Intentional in my Business
This year, I have chosen the word Intentional. I am often distracted by what I call the “Ooooo, shiny” syndrome. I get distracted and run around on rabbit trails on the occasion. Or I may see a squirrel. If any of you feel this same way at times, you know exactly what I mean!
This year, I want to be more Intentional about how I am using my time, primarily in regards to my art business. Especially, since Atizle is in regular preschool, and I have several hours every day to devote to working and creating. Also, I seek to be more Intentional with the artwork I am making, including the reasons behind that artwork. I love creating art for art’s sake. However, I also want to be thinking about the final presentation of my artwork. Is it a pattern for new Society 6 products or a stand-alone print? By keeping these presentation factors in mind, I will stop wasting so much time going back and forth. Additionally, I need to be more Intentional with developing systems and standards to guide my business.
How I think Intentional will Effect my Personal Life
Obviously, I don’t always know what effect my word of the year will have on my personal life. However, I seek to be more Intentional with my work hours, so that I’m not working ALL THE TIME. I’ve decided for this year that I will try to stop work hours around 4 p.m. each day, so that I can properly spend time with my family. Instead of the usual, mmhmm, sure type responses that I know they currently receive, because I’m distracted trying to finish something work-related.
So I’m aiming to be more Intentional this year, instead of relying solely on New Year’s Resolutions to make me achieve a certain set goal. In a way, claiming a word of the year is like agreeing to a habit. The habit of being more Intentional with my time, my limited resources, and my relationships. What do you think about New Year’s Resolutions? Do they work for you? Have you ever tried using a Word of the Year? I’d love to hear all of your thoughts in the comments below!