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Acrylic Pouring Technique – 5 Examples of The Swipe

5 Awesome Examples of the Acrylic Pouring Technique known as the Swipe Technique or Swipe Method.
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.

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Winter Photo Mandalas to Drive Away the Winter Blues

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! Photo Mandalas created by Adria Black Art.
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!

Photo Mandalas

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.

I discovered this technique using photographs from my VanderVeer Gardens photography session earlier in the spring of 2017.  First, I attempted this technique in order to create kaleidoscope-like patterns for my Society 6 store.  Since then I have expanded on this style to create lovely photo mandalas.

Winter Photo Mandalas

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.
Winter photo mandalas by Adria Black Art. Ice Snowman was created using a photograph of an ice sculpture.
This photo mandala, Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art uses a photograph of an ice sculpture.

Photo Mandala – Ice Snowman

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.

Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art, a winter photo mandala on a throw pillow from Society 6.
A throw pillow from Society 6 featuring Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art.
Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art, a winter photo mandala on a comforter from Society 6.
A comforter from Society 6 featuring Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art.
Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art, a winter photo mandala on a clock from Society 6.
A clock from Society 6 featuring Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art.

A tote bag from Society 6 featuring Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art.
A tote bag from Society 6 featuring Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art.
A phone case from Society 6 featuring Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art.
A phone case from Society 6 featuring Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art.
A sticker from Society 6 featuring Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art.
A sticker from Society 6 featuring Ice Snowman, created by Adria Black Art.

Winter photo mandalas by Adria Black Art. Snowflake was created using a photograph of a white, lighted Christmas tree.
This photo mandala, Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art uses a photograph of a Christmas tree.

Photo Mandala – Snowflake

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.

A pillow from Society 6 featuring Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art.
A pillow from Society 6 featuring Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art.
A comforter from Society 6 featuring Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art.
A comforter from Society 6 featuring Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art.
A clock from Society 6 featuring Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art.
A clock from Society 6 featuring Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art.

A tote bag from Society 6 featuring Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art.
A tote bag from Society 6 featuring Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art.
A phone case from Society 6 featuring Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art.
A phone case from Society 6 featuring Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art.
A sticker from Society 6 featuring Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art.
A sticker from Society 6 featuring Snowflake, created by Adria Black Art.

Winter photo mandalas by Adria Black Art. Berries was created using a photograph of holly berries that had fallen onto brick pavers.
This photo mandala, Berries, created by Adria Black Art uses a photograph of holly berries that fell on brick pavers.

Photo Mandala – Berries

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.

A pillow from Society 6 featuring Berries, created by Adria Black Art.
A pillow from Society 6 featuring Berries, created by Adria Black Art.
A comforter from Society 6 featuring Berries, created by Adria Black Art.
A comforter from Society 6 featuring Berries, created by Adria Black Art.
A clock from Society 6 featuring Berries, created by Adria Black Art.
A clock from Society 6 featuring Berries, created by Adria Black Art.

A tote bag from Society 6 featuring Berries, created by Adria Black Art.
A tote bag from Society 6 featuring Berries, created by Adria Black Art.
A phone case from Society 6 featuring Berries, created by Adria Black Art.
A phone case from Society 6 featuring Berries, created by Adria Black Art.
A sticker from Society 6 featuring Berries, created by Adria Black Art.
A sticker from Society 6 featuring Berries, created by Adria Black Art.

Winter photo mandalas by Adria Black Art. Snowflake was created using a photograph of a holly bush.
This photo mandala, Holly, was created by Adria Black Art using a photograph of a holly bush.

Photo Mandala – Holly

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.

A pillow from Society 6 featuring Holly, created by Adria Black Art.
A pillow from Society 6 featuring Holly, created by Adria Black Art.
A comforter from Society 6 featuring Holly, created by Adria Black Art.
A comforter from Society 6 featuring Holly, created by Adria Black Art.
A clock from Society 6 featuring Holly, created by Adria Black Art.
A clock from Society 6 featuring Holly, created by Adria Black Art.

A tote bag from Society 6 featuring Holly, created by Adria Black Art.
A tote bag from Society 6 featuring Holly, created by Adria Black Art.
A phone case from Society 6 featuring Holly, created by Adria Black Art.
A phone case from Society 6 featuring Holly, created by Adria Black Art.
A sticker from Society 6 featuring Holly, created by Adria Black Art.
A sticker from Society 6 featuring Holly, created by Adria Black Art.

Winter photo mandalas by Adria Black Art. Snowflake was created using a photograph of a Christmas tree.
This photo mandala, Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art uses a photograph of a decorated Christmas tree.

Photo Mandala – Merry Christmas

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.

A pillow from Society 6 featuring Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art.
A pillow from Society 6 featuring Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art.
A comforter from Society 6 featuring Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art.
A comforter from Society 6 featuring Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art.
A clock from Society 6 featuring Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art.
A clock from Society 6 featuring Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art.

A tote bag from Society 6 featuring Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art.
A tote bag from Society 6 featuring Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art.
A phone case from Society 6 featuring Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art.
A phone case from Society 6 featuring Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art.
A sticker from Society 6 featuring Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art.
A sticker from Society 6 featuring Merry Christmas, created by Adria Black Art.

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.
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Word of the Year – New Year’s Resolutions Differently

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 is my word of the year for 2018. I created this ransom letter style art piece using my word of the year. Artwork created by Adria Black Art.
Intentional is my word of the year for 2018. I created this ransom letter style art piece using my word of the year. Artwork created by Adria Black Art.

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!