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Spray Paint Art Ideas – Inspiration Monday

A warm up painting for the start of the 2018 spray paint season by Adria Black. Check out Adria Black Art for more spray paint art ideas.

It’s officially spray paint season!  In celebration of the 2018 spray paint season, I’ve gathered up a round up of some of my current favorite spray painting artists, videos, and spray paint art ideas on Youtube.  These artists are currently inspiring my own artwork for the 2018 painting season.

I’m starting a new series for the blog on Mondays called Inspiration Monday.  These posts will detail what is currently inspiring my newest artwork and creative projects.  The first installment will feature spray paint, since it is finally warm enough for me to paint here in Illinois, if perhaps a little too warm.  This series will give you a glimpse into what inspired my artwork and a peek behind the scenes of my creation process.  Hopefully, this series will leave you also feeling inspired and ready to tackle your own creative projects.

A look at my spray paint work station. Spray Paint Art Ideas and Inspiration
One of my spray paint work areas that I use to create my paintings. This one is in my backyard and is set up for the first spray paintings of the 2018 season!

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Pantone Ultra Violet Fashion Mood Board

Pantone Ultra Violet Fashion Mood Board and trendy products to add some ultra violet purple into your everyday style.

The new Pantone Ultra Violet color is quickly becoming the latest thing in fashion and interior design.  Incorporating this ultra violet purple into your wardrobe or home decor can be a challenge, because it is a very bold and provocative color.  Today, I have some inspiration for adding this trendy color into your fashion for 2018.

Who is Pantone?

You may be wondering just what is Pantone.  Pantone is a company that releases color swatches that will print accurately and remain true across computer screens, across various industries such as the design industry, the fashion industry, and the interior design industry.

According to Pantone,

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

For more information on Pantone and what they do, visit the Pantone website.

Additionally, every year, Pantone selects one or two colors to represent the year.  For 2018, Pantone has chosen a purple color called “Ultra Violet”.  The Color of the Year represents not only what is trending around the world, but also a reflection of our world today.

Pantone's Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, explaining the meaning behind Pantone's Color of 2018 - Ultra Violet Purple
Quote from Pantone’s Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, regarding Pantone’s Color of 2018 – Ultra Violet Purple

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 – Ultra Violet

Traditionally, Purple has represented luxury, mystery, and passion.  Pantone’s Ultra Violet expands on these ideas even further.  Ultra Violet brings with it a sense of exploration, originality, discovery, and mystique.  Ultra violet is a blue-based purple encouraging hope and innovation.  According to Pantone’s Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, [Ultra violet] “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.”

Tips on Wearing Pantone’s Ultra Violet in Fashion

While the purple shade that Pantone has chosen for 2018 is a really gorgeous color, there are some issues with wearing it.  First, purple can be a very overpowering color.  Often, unconventional pop culture icons have used this purple shade such as David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince.  Second, purple has long been one of those colors that mainstream fashion avoids due to the awkward and overpowering features that this color has.  So how can we incorporate this trendy ultraviolet color into our fashion style in real life?

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Abstract Paintings in Photoshop – Digital Acrylic Pouring

Digital Acrylic Pouring - Abstract Painting with Photoshop and the Liquify filter by Adria Black

Acrylic pour paintings are typically done on canvas, however today, I will show you how to create abstract paintings in Photoshop, similar to an acrylic pouring. For more information on the actual acrylic pouring process and techniques that have inspired me in creating this digital process, check out The Dirty Pour and The Swipe Method.

Abstract Paintings in Photoshop Inspired by Acrylic Pouring

Do you love the look of acrylic pouring, just as much as I do? Do you feel like it is simply outside of your wheelhouse and there is no way you could ever figure out how to do it? Are you having issues getting your exact mixing formula down with your acrylic paints and your pouring medium? Then, today I have a fantastic solution for you! I will be showing you how to create an acrylic pour painting using Photoshop, instead of having to fiddle with acrylic paint, plastic cups, and the proper mixing formula of your acrylic paint and pouring medium!  That’s right!  Easy abstract paintings in Photoshop with a similar look to acrylic pour paintings.

Using the Liquify Filter in Photoshop

For this tutorial, I will be using Adobe Photoshop CC. Under the filter options, you will see the Liquify Filter. The Liquify Filter is a way to pour paint without getting messy! The Liquify filter turns any image or layer in Photoshop into a fluid, free-flowing canvas. Additionally, you can push or pull the design, just like you do in traditional acrylic pouring when the paint is poured onto the canvas.

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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!
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Dirty Pour Painting – An Acrylic Pour Painting Technique

Paint pouring is a new acrylic painting technique that has been taking over the abstract art world for several years.  The look is similar to marbled paper that I wrote about yesterday. Basically, 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 dirty pour painting style. So, I wanted to share some of the inspirational artwork I’ve been looking at lately!

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 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.

Inspiring Dirty Pour Painting, Fluid Artwork, and Marbled Paper

I’ve been really inspired by the various techniques and looks of paint pouring lately.  I’ve compiled a short list of current favorites that have been inspiring my new artwork.

You can check out my Pinterest board below:

How do you do a Dirty Pour Painting?

One of the acrylic pouring techniques that I have found very inspiring is called a “dirty pour.”  The basics of this technique involve mixing multiple colors into one cup or container. Then, this “dirty” cup is poured onto the canvas.  In order to prevent muddy colors, these colors are layered into the pouring cup.  An acrylic pour painting that uses the “dirty pour” technique is called a dirty pour painting.  Below, I’ve highlighted 5 videos on YouTube and blog articles that showcase this acrylic pouring technique that I thought were really cool.

1 – Caren Goodrich – Acrylic Pour Painting: Feather Pattern Technique On Dirty Pour

I really enjoyed this video.  She combines a dirty pour with simply pouring of additional acrylic paint onto the canvas.  Plus, I really loved the feather pattern technique that she explains how to do.  Additionally, the feather pattern creates a really unique look to this dirty pour painting.

2 – Nicky James Burch – HUGE CELLS with Acrylic Pouring Dirty Flip Cups and Negative Space Demonstration

In this video, Nicky uses two dirty pour cups to create a negative space pour painting.  One of the ways that she helps the paint move is by pouring white paint all around the dirty pour cups that she has flipped onto the canvas. The white paint also helps to create the negative space in the painting.  Additionally, the white paint helps the dirty pours to flow across the canvas easier.  This was a really fun video to watch, and it made me excited to try out some negative space artwork as well!

3 – DeliberatelyCreative – Dirty Pour – Flip Cup Experiment – Cheap Paint and Water WOW!

Another artist I really enjoy is DeliberatelyCreative.  She is always experimenting, testing products, and ideas to see what works and what does not.  Additionally, she almost always will provide her paint “recipe” or the mix of pouring medium, paint, and anything else added to the paint for her videos. These recipes are really helpful for new artists exploring the acrylic pouring art form.  Other videos that I have watched often have their own tried and true paint recipe but they do not always share this information.  These recipes vary greatly depending on the kind of paint (craft, student grade, or professional grade) and the kind of pouring medium used.  So I really give her props for doing so many experiments with items that people can usually find at home or acquire without having to invest a ton into experimenting with acrylic pouring!

In this video, she is testing out cheap craft paint that she added water to, without any additional pouring medium. Generally, you should not add much water (if any) to acrylic paint as it can break the formula that binds the pigment/color and the other ingredients that make up acrylic paint.  DeliberatelyCreative creates two 6″ x 6 ” dirty pour paintings using this method in this video.  Additionally, she shows the final dry paintings at the end of the video.  This is important since acrylic pouring paintings continue to morph and change throughout the drying process.  Sometimes, a painting that you loved after pouring will completely change during the drying process so it’s really nice to see what her final paintings look like!

4 – AcrylicPouring.com – Using Leftover Paint to do a Dirty Pour

Another fabulous resource for learning about acrylic pouring is AcrylicPouring.com.  This website has numerous tutorials and explains the various techniques quite well.  Additionally, this article is an excellent way to learn more about the process of doing dirty pours. This article also explains the benefits of dirty pours for using up leftover paint from your previous pour paintings.  AcrylicPouring.com is another great place for figuring out your paint mixture recipes since she often lists what kinds of paint she used on the project, the mixing ratio, and any additives like silicone.  In this article, she creates an amazing dirty pour painting just from her leftover paint!

5 – Nicky James Burch – Fluid Art OPTICAL ILLUSIONs with a DIRTY SWIRL POUR Technique Acrylic Pouring

In this video, Nicky uses a dirty pour to create a swirl acrylic painting that has a bit of an optical illusion.  She achieves this look because of the way she jiggles her hand slightly as she pours the dirty pour cup onto the canvas.  Additionally, she continues to extend the swirling design by the circular motions in which she moves the canvas as she stretches the design.  I loved how bright the colors are in this painting, and the swirl technique is very interesting as well!  This painting technique really reminds me of geodes and sliced agates.

Paint pouring is a really interesting art form that is very popular and trendy right now. It’s really easy to attempt on your own. I find the dirty pour painting style is extremely inspiring as I work on new patterns for the shop. Let me know what you think about this art form in the comments below.  I would love to hear from you!

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Marbling with Spraypaint – DIY Marbled Paper

I created these sample pieces using this method of marbling with spraypaint.
Marbled artwork is so unique and interesting!  I love how no two pieces are the same.  Artists use marbled artwork to create cards, journals, home decor items, and so much more!  Last summer, I tried marbling with spraypaint to create a series of cards.  Today I am sharing this very simple marbling process.

History of Marbling Paper

Marbling has been used for various purposes throughout the ages.  Marbling began in Japan around the 12th century.  This technique involved floating inks on water and then placing a piece of paper onto the floating ink.  This technique is still popular even today.  This Japanese technique is  suminagashi.  Another type of marbling originated in Turkey, Persia, and India during the 15th century.  This technique is known as Turkish marbling or Ebru.  This style of marbling used thickened water, similar to current marbling solutions today.  Ebru produces amazing backgrounds and usually has a design lightly combed into the foreground such as flowers or leaves.

 

During the 16th and 17th centuries the art of marbling spread to Europe.  The marbling industry kept the marbling trade techniques secret.  Often decorative book binding used marbling, such as book endpages.  In 1853, Charles Woolnough revealed the secrets to marbling in his book, The Whole Art of Marbling.  Unfortunately, machines automated book production by the time bookbinders had access to these techniques.  Marbling lost popularity until the 1970s, when handmade books emerged and helped to renew the popularity of this art form.  Today, marbling has thousands of masters who continue to explore these traditional methods and develop new ideas.

Samples of My Marbled Paper Projects

Over summer, last year, I created these really neat marbled stationary cards.  It was a lot of fun, albeit extremely messy.  Even my daughter, Atizle, got in on the fun and helped me to pick out color schemes.  I love how each card is different from the rest.  Marbling with spraypaint is a very fun process with such cool results!
Marbled Stationary Card Set - Set of 3 Marbled Cards in Blue, White, and Purple colors.
Set of 3 Marbled Cards in Blue, White, and Purple colors.

Marbling with Spraypaint

Supplies used for marbling with spray paint including spraypaint, aluminium foil pan (or other container large enough for the paper), paper.
Supplies used for marbling with spraypaint including: spraypaint, aluminum foil pan (or other container large enough for the paper), paper.
First, you must have a bucket or pan deep enough for your paper to be submerged in. This is very important!  I tried to do some different sized objects and I really struggled with the items that were bigger than my aluminum foil pan.  By the way, you can usually snag 2 pack of these pans for about a dollar or two at the dollar store.

Prepping for Marbling with Spraypaint

  1. Fill the pan with enough water so that your object for marbling can be completely covered with water.
  2. Choose the colors of spray paint that you will use.  The spraypaint cans need to be well shaken.  This process is very fast.  So it’s important to have EVERYTHING set up and ready before you spray the paint into the water.
  3. Make sure you have some sort of drying station setup.  I hung some clothesline and clothespins along the railing on my steps, so that the pieces could easily hang up to dry.
  4. Once you have your paper/objects ready, your marbling pan filled with water, chosen your spraypaint colors and shook them so they don’t clog or spray funny, and your drying rack is setup – its time to play!

Process for Marbling with Spraypaint

  1. Spray 2-3 colors into your water.  You can dip your paper or objects in now, or you can use a stick and swirl the paint.  Remember to work quickly as the spraypaint will dry very fast.  The spray paint sits on top of the water, and once the paper touches the surface the paint will stick to it!  Dip your paper/object in the water, remove, and hang to dry.  You can usually get 2-3 pieces from for each time you spray paint into the water.
  2. Warning – your hands will get completely covered in excess paint!  So you may want to use gloves.  I rarely use gloves when I paint.  However, I ended up completely covered in paint for several days after these marbling sessions!
I created these sample pieces using this method of marbling with spraypaint.
I created these sample pieces using this method of marbling with spraypaint.  For this batch, I used spraypaint made by Rust-Oleum.

Marbling isn’t just for Paper

Marbling is a very unique, and interesting art form that has been around for ages!  Each piece is a complete original.  So every piece is new and different from the previous ones, even the ones that use the same paint colors!  You can use this technique to create some new artwork or even cards to send to your family and friends!  This process makes quite the mess, so prepare for that part!  Marbling with spraypaint is super quick.  If you don’t feel you are up for the mess, feel free to snag these awesome marbled stationary cards from the shop.  Marbled artwork also looks fantastic on other pieces of home decor.  I’d love to hear from you if you decide to try out marbling with spraypaint, so please leave a comment below!
Marbling with Spraypaint to create original artwork quickly and easily.
Marbling with Spraypaint to create original artwork quickly and easily.
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Veteran Memorials in the Quad Cities Area

Honoring Our Veterans in the Quad Cities. Photograph by Adria Black Art.

In honor of Veteran’s Day this year, I wanted to showcase several of the Veteran Memorial sites located within the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois.  The three sites I focused on are the Veteran Memorial Park in Bettendorf, Iowa; the Hero Street Memorial & Park in Silvis, Illinois; and also the 74 Bridge.

Veteran Memorials in the Quad Cities

Truly, Veterans are an important part of our society.  These people have chosen to risk themselves for our benefit and our freedoms.  It is important that our communities honor these people and acknowledge their part in our history.  Thankfully, we have several sites within the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa, devoted to honoring these Veterans.  I’ve included one Veteran Memorial site for each side of the Mississippi River, so there is one accessible to you no matter where you live or visit in the Quad Cities.

The Bettendorf Veteran Memorial at the Veteran Memorial Park in Bettendorf, Iowa. Photograph by Adria Black Art
The Bettendorf Veteran Memorial at the Veteran Memorial Park in Bettendorf, Iowa. Photograph by Adria Black Art.  Prints and other products are available with this photograph at Society 6.

The Veteran Memorial Park in Bettendorf, Iowa

The Veteran’s Memorial Park in Bettendorf, Iowa honors those who have fought for our freedom.  The Veteran’s Memorial Park is located on 23rd street between Middle Road and Lincoln Road. The memorial’s pillars list about 800 names of local Veterans.  43 of Scott County’s soldiers died fighting in the Vietnam war.

Detail shot of the United States & POW flags at the Veteran's Memorial Park in Bettendorf, Iowa. Photograph by Adria Black Art.
Detail shot of the United States & POW flags at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Bettendorf, Iowa. Photograph by Adria Black Art.  Prints and other products are available with this photograph at Society 6.

The Veteran’s Memorial Park has several interesting amenities, such as the Bill Bowe Memorial Bandshell and a playground for children.  Additionally, the Bill Bowe Memorial Bandshell hosts concerts by the Bettendorf Park Band and ice cream socials during the summer.  The playground was updated in 2013, moving it from it’s previous location near the Bandshell.  The playground was moved due to frequent flooding from the nearby Duck Creek.  Also, the new playground is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, including a surface made of rubberized tiles.  It is wheelchair accessible and, truly, a lovely playground for kids.  Moreover, the park has a movie in the park series throughout the summer that features popular children’s movies.

A glimpse of the playground area at the Veteran's Memorial Park in Bettendorf, Iowa. Photograph by Adria Black Art
A glimpse of the playground area at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Bettendorf, Iowa. Photograph by Adria Black Art

Not only is it important for adults to remember and honor these brave people, but it is also important that we, as parents, educate our children on these matters as well.  Additionally, it is our duty to inform our children, so these Veterans are not forgotten.  We honor these Veterans so that we may support those who died, and those who came home.

Hero Street Veteran Memorial Park & Monument in Silvis, Illinois

The Hero Street Veteran Memorial Park & Monument in Silvis, Illinois honors those citizens of Second Street who chose to defend the United States.  Notably, over 100 men and women from Second Street in Silvis, Illinois have given service to the United States military.  There is no other street, of comparable size, that has had as many men and women give service to the Armed Forces of the United States of America than the 1 and 1/2 block long street in Silvis, Illinois.

The Grotto and United States Military Flags at the Hero Street Memorial Park in Silvis, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black Art.
The Grotto and United States Military Flags at the Hero Street Memorial Park in Silvis, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black Art. Prints and other products are available with this photograph at Society 6.

Fallen Heroes at the Hero Street Memorial

Ultimately, six of these 100 Military men and women were killed in action during WWII and two during the Korean War.  In May 1967, the former Mayor of Silvis, William Tatmen renamed the street to Hero Street USA in recognition of these men and women’s contributions to our country.  In addition, the city decided to build a park dedicated to honor the eight deceased service men from Hero Street USA in 1971. The park has a pictorial monument, a Grotto, a playground and a Pavilion. The monument has pictures and biographies of the eight-deceased veteran from Hero Street. Also, the Grotto displays the names of all war dead from Silvis.

A memorial in honor of fallen soldiers from Silvis, Illinois who have lived on Hero Street. Photograph by Adria Black Art.
A memorial in honor of fallen soldiers from Silvis, Illinois who have lived on Hero Street. Photograph by Adria Black Art. Prints and other products are available with this photograph at Society 6.

Furthermore, a group of men and women met in January of 1993 seeking to propose the building of a lasting granite and bronze monument for the park on Hero Street USA. The Hero Street Monument Committee formed and committed themselves to oversee this project.

A memorial to fallen soldiers at Hero Street in Silvis, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black Art.
A memorial to fallen soldiers at Hero Street in Silvis, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black Art. Prints and other products are available with this photograph at Society 6.

The Hero Street Memorial is a Tribute to all Veterans

Ultimately, the Hero Street Monument serves as a tribute to all American veterans who have served proudly in the Military Forces of the United States of America. Therefore, it is important that we pay homage to all those young men and women who answered the call to defend their country.  To all those who shed their blood and paid the supreme sacrifice, so that we may enjoy the rights and freedom that our country holds so dear.

The Hero Street USA sign in Silvis, Illinois. Hero Street is a Veteran memorial site located in the Quad Cities. Photograph by Adria Black Art.

The Hero Street USA sign in Silvis, Illinois. Hero Street is a Veteran memorial site in the Quad Cities. Photograph by Adria Black Art. Prints and other products are available with this photograph at Society 6.

The Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge (also known as the I-74 Bridge)

Another Veteran Memorial in the Quad Cities area is the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge, often called the Twin Bridges or the I-74 Bridge.  This is Veteran Memorial honors those Veterans from World War I to the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  Originally, the I-74 bridge was dedicated in November, 1935, in the memory of Iowa’s and Illinois’ World War I Veterans.  A re-dedication occurred with the building of the  second span of the bridge (1959) to honor local Veterans of both World Wars.   Finally, The Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge was dedicated to include local area veterans from the World Wars and those who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars when it was opened to Interstate 74 traffic (1970s).

Interstate 74 Bridge on Mississippi River - Photograph by Adria Black Art
Interstate 74 Bridge on Mississippi River – Photograph by Adria Black Art. Available in the Society 6 Shop.

Furthermore, you can check out my article, 10 Facts About the I-74 Bridge You Probably Didn’t Know, for more information about this Veteran Memorial site.

Veteran Memorial Park Events for Veteran’s Day 2017

Additionally, there are events occurring this weekend to honor our Veterans at some of these Veteran Memorial sites.

10 a.m., Saturday, Hero Street Memorial Park, 145 2nd St., Silvis, with a speech by Maj. Gen. Edward Daly, commanding general, U.S. Army Sustainment Command.

10 a.m., Saturday, Hero Street Monument, 1st Avenue and 2nd Street, Silvis, with members of Mexican American Veterans Association (MAVA) offering a gun salute and taps. Also participating will be members of the Patriot Guard Riders.

2 p.m., Saturday, Veterans Memorial Park, 1645 23rd St., Bettendorf, U.S. Army Colonel Bradley J. Cook, will speak. Mayor Bob Gallagher, Alderman Greg Adamson and the commanders from the VFW, VVA, and American Legion will attend.

Moreover, The Quad Cities Times has a full list of events honoring our Veterans this weekend.

The True Purpose Behind a Veteran Memorial

As we go into this weekend, let’s remember our Veterans.  Do not let them be forgotten, nor let others forget them.  After all, these brave men and women have fought for the freedoms that we often take for granted.  Ultimately, our Veterans are an important part of our society, our history, and our local communities today.  Show them the support that they deserve for the sacrifices they have made for our country.

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Spray Paint Art For Sale: New Spacescapes and More

New Spray Paintings by Adria Black Art (2017).
It’s officially spray paint season, everyone! I have been creating spray paint art for a bit over 8 years whenever the inspiration and weather decides to cooperate with me.  I am so super excited to finally be enjoying some lovely warm weather so that I can get out and shake my spray cans!  Last Christmas, I decided to give my dad and my nephew some of my paintings for gifts, and they have been talking about them ever since.

 

This prompted me to make a decision for 2017 to focus more on expanding my knowledge of this art form.  As further motivation, I applied for a craft show for my spray paint and I was accepted!  So my first craft show was this Sunday (May 7th) at the MIP Craft Show in Milan, Illinois at the Eriksen Car Dealership.  And it was totally awesome!  Thanks everyone who came out and said hi!

Spray Paint Art

The most important detail of my spray paint art is that it is completely created using only spray paint on poster board.  Through various techniques of scraping paint and using old magazines, I create different textures and effects that make these very realistic paintings.  It is a lot of fun to play around with this medium!  If you are interested in this kind of thing, check out SprayCasso on YouTube.

 

Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017)
A space citadel (or castle) created using spray paints by Adria Black (2017).  Original Painting for Sale – $30.00

Spacescapes – Spray Paint Art

Everyone in my family really loves the sci-fi genre.  Most of my family are huge Star Wars fan.  My dad and I enjoy reading sci-fi novels.  It’s a big deal in this family!  So I really enjoy to create “spacescapes”.  These paintings are a style of spray painting that combines planets, galaxies, stars, and so much more.  I have also recently started adding space castles and that kind of thing to my space paintings.  Below you can check out some of the new Spacescapes that I created in the last few weeks.

 

Blue Paints Spacescape - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Blue Paints Spacescape – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Exploding Planet Spacescape - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Exploding Planet Spacescape – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Loads of Planets Spacescape - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Loads of Planets Spacescape – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

Looking Up Space Painting - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Looking Up Space Painting – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Orange and Green Planets Spacescape - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Orange and Green Planets Spacescape – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for Sale – $30.00
Pink and Orange Planets Spacescape - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Pink and Orange Planets Spacescape – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

Planets in Space - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Planets in Space – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Planets with Space Station - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Planets with Space Station – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Yellow and Pink Planets Spacescape - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Yellow and Pink Planets Spacescape – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

Decorative Flowers – Spray Paint Art

With mother’s day right around the corner, I decided to create some fun and unique flower paintings that Mom would love to receive for her special day!  I used a couple special techniques to create these pieces.  For the multi-colored daisies, I layered a mixture of colors and then layered black spray paint over the top.  Using magazine sheets and a special palette knife I carefully removed some of the black paint to reveal the colors underneath.  These pieces remind me of the old scratch board art that I used to do as a kid, where you scribbled with colored crayons and then layered black crayon on top and scratched the crayon off to create your design.

 

Night Blooming Flowers - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Night Blooming Flowers – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

 

The second technique that I played around with for these decorative flowers involved the use of a straw.  I created my backgrounds for each piece and then sprayed the flower colors onto the painting.  While the paint was still wet, I used a straw to blow air into the puddle paint to create my flowers.  I really love how these flowers turned out!  They are just so pretty!

 

Growing Flowers - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Growing Flowers – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Blue Flowers at Sunset - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Blue Flowers at Sunset – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Pink and Yellow Flowers at Twilight - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Pink and Yellow Flowers at Twilight – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

Blue and Purple Flowers - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Blue and Purple Flowers – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Pink and White Flowers - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Pink and White Flowers – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Pink and Yellow Flowers at Sunset - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Pink and Yellow Flowers at Sunset – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

Landscapes – Spray Paint Art

I love the realistic effects that can be achieved using spray paint and the techniques that I have learned.  These really come into play when creating these fun landscapes.  Often the landscapes have a dreamy and other-worldly feel to them – like something you would see on a different planet!

 

Waterfall with Spring Flowers - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Waterfall with Spring Flowers – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

 

I tend to include water of some kind, mountains, trees, and other nature elements in these spray paintings.  However, my favorite from this recent work is definitely the waterfall with the spring flowers all around it!

 

Moonlit Lake and Trees - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Moonlit Lake and Trees – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
North Star Mountain Scene - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
North Star Mountain Scene – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Planets Overhead - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Planets Overhead – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for Sale – $30.00

Purple Mountain and Lake - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Purple Mountain and Lake – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for Sale – $30.00
Purple Mountains - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Purple Mountains – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for Sale – $30.00
Sunset Lake - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Sunset Lake – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original painting for sale – $30.00

Sunset with Trees - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Sunset with Trees – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original painting for sale – $30.00
Twin Moons - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Twin Moons – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original painting for sale – $30.00
Waterfall and Distant Mountains - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Waterfall and Distant Mountains – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for Sale – $30.00

Let me know what you think of these new spray paint pieces in the comments below!  All of these pieces are now available as prints, home decor, and other products on Society 6.  Simply click the image of the painting that you love and it will take you directly to all of the available purchasing options.  If you want one of the original paintings, you can feel free to email me at adriablackart@gmail.com!
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3 Historical Churches from the 1800s

3 Historical Churches in Moline, Illinois. Photographs by Adria Black

I’m always fascinated by old, historical buildings and the mix of architectural styles that you can find in the Quad Cities area.  So with Easter coming up, I decided to go in search of some of the historically important local churches in the city of Moline, Illinois.  These churches began in the early days of Moline’s history.  These three churches continue to operate, serving the local community, in their original locations in the downtown area.

I was immediately drawn to these three churches because of the similar brick architecture and their early impact on Moline’s religious history.  Despite the various ages of these three churches, they have a timeless feel, which I think is due to their use of brick materials.  All of these churches have a massive presence, gorgeous windows, and architectural features that make them unique.  These three churches have also become landmarks in Moline.

Moline’s Early History

The Sauk and Meskwaki Indians were the first permanent settlers in the Moline. These Sauk and Meskwaki Indians founded the village of Saukenuk in 1720.  The village of Saukenuk was along the Rock River.  A factory and industrial town started along the Illinois shore of the Mississippi River in 1843.  This town was originally called Rock Island Mills.  When the town incorporated in 1848 the name changed to Moline.

Moline’s founding fathers were primarily from New England and their efforts attracted Swedish, Belgian, and German immigrants.  Additional waves of immigrants came after World War II from France, Eastern Europe, and Mexico.  This mix of diverse, cultural heritage has created an eclectic and broad range of cultural experiences to this local community.

Since 1850, the First Lutheran Church has worshipped God in their downtown (Moline, Illinois) setting. Photograph by Adria Black
Since 1850, the First Lutheran Church has worshipped God in their downtown (Moline, Illinois) setting. Photograph by Adria Black

First Lutheran Church in Moline, Illinois

For over 165 years, the First Lutheran Church has been an important part of the Moline community.  The First Lutheran Church began as The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church.  In 1850, Swedish pastor, Lars Paul Esbjorn, organized the church.  Construction began on the church in 1851.  The church completed the building of a wooden church, measuring 24 feet by 36 feet in 1852.  The First Lutheran Church was the first Swedish Lutheran church completed west of the Appalachian Mountains.

The First Lutheran Church has a mix of styles from traditional Swedish elements and Gothic windows. Photograph by Adria Black
The First Lutheran Church has a mix of styles from traditional Swedish elements and Gothic windows.
Photograph by Adria Black

The church completed several more expansions and further construction projects to meet the demands of the community.  Finally, the Church decided to build a new brick church in 1875. This is the current building that First Lutheran Church resides in today.  Planning for the new church began a month later.  The new church had a mix of Swedish styles, Gothic style windows, and the contemporary style of American Protestant churches in the 1870s.  The traditional Swedish architectural styles added to the new church were the barrel ceiling, the semicircular shape of frescoes, the doorways, and even the hymn boards.

The original mission of the First Lutheran Church was to attract the growing population of Swedes that were moving to the Moline area and their descendants and help them in their worship of God.  Today the First Lutheran Church attracts people far more multi-cultural than its original Swedish roots.  The theme of the ministry is “Faithful, Liturgical, Beautiful: First Lutheran Church”, and the First Lutheran Church seeks to worship God, serve others, support one another, and invite all people to share in the Christian ministry.

First Lutheran Church Side View in Moline, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black.
First Lutheran Church Side View in Moline, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black.
First Lutheran Church Clock Tower in Moline, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black
First Lutheran Church Clock Tower in Moline, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black
First Lutheran Church Side Entrance in Moline, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black
First Lutheran Church Side Entrance in Moline, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black

Christ Church in Downtown Moline, Illinois

The Christ Church in Moline, Illinois is over 100 years old.  According to the history explained on the Christ Church website, this church was originally dedicated in 1895, and the congregation still worships in the original building today!  This Episcopal church was a late arrival in Moline’s early history, but the planning for this church began in the 1850’s when Moline was still a fledgling community.  The Episcopalians first worshiped together in family houses and then later in other denominations’ churches.  In an effort to build their own church, in 1868, a building committee formed and began fundraising efforts to create the Saint Paul’s Church.  Unfortunately, funding was not readily available and the building of Saint Paul’s was not completed.

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Next, the people of the Moline church met with Bishop Burgess in the Diocese of Quincy in 1891, and they organized a mission church with their first priest, Father Robert Hewitt conducting services.  Over the next four years, the congregation began fundraising efforts, eventually purchasing a lot.  The church constructed a simple frame building.  This building was 35 feet wide by 75 feet long.  The people dedicated this church as The Christ Church.  Within ten years, The Christ Church acquired a rectory, added the vestry and a parishioner donated the awesome rose window.

The side entrance at Christ Church in Moline, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black
The side entrance at Christ Church in Moline, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black

The Christ Church began extensive renovations in 1948.  During these renovations, the Church bricked the exterior frame, constructed the bell tower, and added an apse behind the original altar.  The Christ Church remains committed to staying a downtown Moline, Illinois church, fulfilling the hopes and dreams of the original congregation, and ministering to the local community through the sharing of God’s word.

Christ Church Entrance in Moline, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black
Christ Church Entrance in Moline, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black

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Another view of the Christ Church in Moline, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black
Another view of the Christ Church in Moline, Illinois. Photograph by Adria Black

St Mary’s Catholic Church in Moline, Illinois

The St. Mary’s Parish was the first Catholic parish in Moline, Illinois, as well as opening a Catholic school at the parish in 1884.  While I couldn’t find much information about the history of this Catholic Church, I did find some related information about the Catholic school from Illinois High School Glory Days.  According to Richard Soseman, Catholic worship began in Moline as early as the 1600’s due to the visit of Fr. Marquette and Joliet in the area.  The local area Catholics built the Saint Anthony parish during the 1850’s.  This parish was later replaced in 1878 with Saint Mary of the Assumption.

The St. Mary's Parish was the first Catholic parish in Moline, Illinois, as well as opening a Catholic school at the parish in 1884. Photograph by Adria Black
The St. Mary’s Parish was the first Catholic parish in Moline, Illinois, as well as opening a Catholic school at the parish in 1884. Photograph by Adria Black

The Catholics of Moline asked the Sisters of Charity to open a school for the children.  Saint Mary’s built a one room school-house in 1884.  This school quickly began to educate children in all grade levels.  The school continued operating for some time until the community built additional Catholic schools.  The Archdiocese decided to close the high school portion of St. Mary’s in 1949 when a new Catholic high school was built in Rock Island (Alleman).  The school continued for some time with educating at the grade school level, although this eventually stopped as well.

The St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moline, Illinois still operates today.  The old school is still used for various parish purposes.

The St. Mary's Parish was the first Catholic parish in Moline, Illinois, as well as opening a Catholic school at the parish in 1884. Photograph by Adria Black
The St. Mary’s Parish Side View. Photograph by Adria Black

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve been to any of these churches.  Also, let me know if you have any suggestions on other historical buildings or churches that I should photograph for my Documenting the Quad Cities project.  Let me know in the comments below!  All of these prints are available on Society 6, simply click on the photo of the piece you like and it will take you directly to the shop!

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#The100DayProject – Making Mandalas

For #The100DayProject 2017, I am making mandalas. Artwork by Adria Black
Tomorrow begins the #The100DayProject by Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thomson. The 100 day project begins April 4, 2017 and continues through July 12, 2017.  This project is a great way to start working towards your goals, whether that is writing, drawing, or cooking homemade food every day.  Whatever your goal to living your life better, take the next 100 days and really focus on working towards creating something you can be proud of.  Check out the official website for the 100 Day Project for more information on this awesome project!


Making Mandalas for #The100DayProject

For my 100 day project this year, I am going to be creating mandalas in some form or another every single day for the next 100 days.  I will be posting weekly updates on Mondays so that you can check out the projects I have completed.  Plus I will let you know how I’m currently feeling about the project as the weeks progress.  You can also check it out on Instagram where I will be using the hashtag – #the100daysofadriablack


My History with #The100DayProject

I have attempted the 100 day project in the past and it was a big fail.  April is always a really busy time for me.  With the changing seasons, I also seem to get more migraines and they seem to last longer than usual.  So getting through the month of April itself can be hard for me. But I’m going to try again this year.


Last year, my project was not specific enough for me.  I wanted to fill a journal that I had made by hand. However, my inspiration quickly dried up and the project got neglected so I could focus on life instead.  This year, I am hoping with a specific project like making mandalas I will have plenty of inspiration.  I’m allowing myself the freedom to make my mandalas in whatever medium or method is easiest for the day so that I can fit it into my day.  I do not want to stress out because I have to get a full piece done!  So if I only have a few minutes to work on a mandala that is perfectly acceptable.


My first mandala for #The100DayProject colored with watercolor on Yupo paper. Artwork by Adria Black.
My first mandala for #The100DayProject colored with watercolor on Yupo paper. Artwork by Adria Black.

First Mandala

On Saturday I did a test run of my mandala project.  I created this lovely piece on Yupo paper using watercolors, pen and ink.  I sketched out the mandala first with pencil on a piece of cardstock paper.  Afterwards, I placed the translucent Yupo paper on top and painted over it, using my pencil marks as a guide. Although, Yupo paper and watercolors tend to do their own thing!  When I had painted the mandala and achieved the effects that I wanted from the Yupo paper, I proceeded to outline the whole piece with pen.


The original sketch for my first mandala. I outlined the piece with ink so that it is ready for me to add color later. Artwork by Adria Black
The original sketch for my first mandala. I outlined the piece with ink so that it is ready for me to add color later. Artwork by Adria Black

I really love how this first mandala turned out.  In addition, I also inked the original pencil sketch so it is ready for tomorrow.  I can add color or paint or whatever I feel like when that day arrives!  In order to be prepared for the next 100 days, I also got another batch prepared on the white cardstock using a compass and various round objects from the studio to create some guidelines for my mandalas.


The Next 100 Days of Making Mandalas

I’m not sure where this project will take me in the next 100 days.  But I am excited to have a specific project to work on every single day.  You can definitely expect to see some mandalas in April’s new Mixed Media Collection, coming at the end of the month.  I would love to record these new mandalas, but somehow in the process of moving the art studio and reorganizing, I have lost the power cord to the camera.  Hopefully it will turn up soon!


I also want to incorporate some of the kaleidoscope photography techniques that I have been working with in March to create a series of mandalas.  So stay tuned for those pieces as well!


Digital Versions of My Mandalas

While I was uploading my mandalas to Society 6, I decided to add a couple of color variations through editing in Photoshop.  I did two different versions of each piece for a bit of variety.
 

The original mandala sketch converted to shades of pinks. Artwork by Adria Black
The original mandala sketch converted to shades of pinks. Artwork by Adria Black

The original mandala sketch converted to teal and green. Artwork by Adria Black
The original mandala sketch converted to teal and green. Artwork by Adria Black
My first mandala for #The100DayProject converted to reds and blues. Artwork by Adria Black.
My first mandala for #The100DayProject converted to reds and blues. Artwork by Adria Black.

My first mandala for #The100DayProject converted to purples and teals. Artwork by Adria Black.
My first mandala for #The100DayProject converted to purples and teals. Artwork by Adria Black.

Have you ever tried #The100DayProject?  I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!  These pieces are available on Society 6, simply click the photo and it will take you to the purchasing options.