Thursday, August 09, 2007

All change!!

...my new oil pastels and gesso have arrived and this afternoon I grabbed a few moments to experiment a little using the well known technique of "slap it on , smudge it around a bit then see what happens".

Big markings with the oil pastels and dry brushwork gave two quite different looks.

They started off as ATC's using the splash bg from Hermines blog, (but the only evidence of that now is the pink splash on the girl creation -I'll try again another day to keep it more visible), so the backgrounds of these are essentially oils and gesso.





I had a lot of fun with the oil pastels and really got into applying loads of colour, and now you can hardly see any trace of its original starting point.

And as you can see...they are no longer ATC's either rofl

Images are by Paper Whimsy.






46 comments:

joanne wardle said...

ooooo wow what an amazing effect. I absolutely love it. must try that "technique" lol, you explained it so well, hmmmmm.

Kaz said...

yes your explanation is as good as any tutorial lol these are brilliant Jo, gorgeous work. absolutely gorgeous.

deb said...

FANTASTIC, love both these pieces Jo, must say the technique is one of my faves ;o)

Mike.LMP said...

Slap it on and smudge it around a bit (must try that ) probably end up looking like something the cat dragged in .....LOL

Way to go God just stunning accidents you are having there XX

Penny said...

Wow!

Just Wow!

OK, I'd better say some more... if I slapped it on it would NOT look like this LOL! Really great, love the shape of the second one too.

Chris said...

I'm amazed that slap it on is so good:) Beautiful tags Jo - love your technique.

Gillian said...

oh i love this new work, the oil crayons and gesso work so well, stunning work:)

kathywas said...

Simply stunning as always, Jo. I love the 2nd one. It looks like it could be a slide card, where the top and bottom pieces are connected underneath and slide up and down behind the image. Is it?

Leslie said...

Beautiful Jo! Sigh. Another product I must buy and try!

Suzan-- said...

slap it around and smudge it...ummm...that works for me...did you use a lot of fingers...I always use my fingers, and have to stop 30 times and clean them...cause it drives me nuts...

These two are FANTASTICALLY WONDERMOUS!!!!

Suzan-- said...

slap it around and smudge it...ummm...that works for me...did you use a lot of fingers...I always use my fingers, and have to stop 30 times and clean them...cause it drives me nuts...

These two are FANTASTICALLY WONDERMOUS!!!!

Nellie said...

Wow Jo very very stunning! Love the colours and the composition of both so much!

ingeniouslycreative said...

Very, very nice Jo. You just can't seem to mess anything up can you??!!!!! Stunning!!! xoxox Carol

Greensleeves said...

Fab effects! stunning backgrounds!

Sija said...

These are stunning backgrounds Jo!
Love them both. I totally understand your enthousiasm about the oil pastels.

Em's Blog said...

WOW! absolutely stunning!! love the effect :o)

Carrie said...

Please can you bottle your inspiration and send me some =0) I'll even send you large letter stamps in return LOL. These are absolutely amazing!!!!!!!

Ilka Wilczek said...

Such nice things...! I'm very impressed of your artwork...everytime again...

Hermine said...

WOW WOW WOW!!!!! Beautiful!!!

Paula W said...

I love the slap it on technique lol but mine do look Ive slapped it on though lol,not like yours which as always are stunning *sigh*

Sharon said...

Jo, I am forever 'slapping and smudging' but I rarely get results like yours! :D

These are amazing. I will have to have a go at this! Thanks for the inspiration.

bockel24 said...

Fantastic.

Viola said...

Fantastic, Jo!!!!!!!

audrey h. said...

I am loving the backgrounds.......awesome. As usual, these pieces are stunning :o)

Clau said...

Wow! Jo, this is amazing. I LOVE what you've done with the colours!!!

Rein said...

beautiful work JO!

Paula said...

Awesome, Jo.
I wouldn't dare touch oils!!!
You should see the mess I create with alcohol inks.

KraftyKitten said...

"slap it on , smudge it around a bit then see what happens"

If i did that the end result would have been some blob mass that even NASA could not tell you what it was - but this is absolutely amazing and inspiring... Jo - again you astound me.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

the effects and designs are simply amazing - but then your work ALWAYS is! love these pieces! :)

esther said...

Isn't it amazing how art work can develop and sometimes turn into something completely different! That's where your wonderful creativity comes in!

johanna said...

wow that just turned out great!! i also love oil pastels, but so far i mostly used them for edging. must try your technique!!

Petra Tillmann said...

Great background, great colours with the oilpastels, Jo! I like your work very much.

Angela Sumner said...

jo these are just so beautiful! the colours are fantastic with the black gesso - youve inspired me to try my pastels again :)

Barbara said...

I sure love your experiment even if you did cover up the BG. The other posts are so rich and beautiufl.

Barbara said...

I sure love your experiment even if you did cover up the BG. The other posts are so rich and beautiufl.

Gisele said...

Love the backgrounds Jo....will have to have a go a this "slap on & smudge technique". From now on I think you should be known as the "Queen of Tags" LOL....they are always fantastic & so creative!

sharon (glitterangel) said...

Gorgeous work Jo, your backgrounds are great, and I love that little boy image.

Rainowgirl said...

Hi Jo

I haven't had time to blog surf recently, but my runner-up prize in your draw arrived today, so I logged on to say thanks and lo and behold, I see you have featured it on your blog - it's the gorgeous 'Through your Eyes' card. I do love the effect. I've got some oil pastels and some gesso, so will have a bash myself.

Just wanted to say thank you so much for sending it to me. It will be much treasured.

Di

Sarah said...

Gorgeous as always Jo!!

Kristy C said...

aren't oil pastels just fab? they are one of my faves! I love what you have done with them :)

carlene federer said...

"slap it on, smudge it around a bit then see what happens"...Hey, that's how I put on my make-up, lol! Somehow it looks better as art than make-up, ROFL!

Lana said...

lol at Carlene - me too! Gorgeous work Jo - you've inspired me to dig mine out! (Oil pastels that is, not make up!)

Mieke said...

WoW,WOW,wOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

sue said...

Just found your blog through Suzan's link-and I'm glad I did! Your work is so gorgeous, and these backgrounds are wonderful! I'm adding your link to my blog, if that's ok with you?

Tootie said...

Jo, stunning! Especially the layered backgrounds!

ATCLindaB said...

oooh the BGs are delish!!!