How to Use a Mood Board for Inspiration – August 2019 ART Joy of Sharing

How to Use a Mood Board for Inspiration – August 2019 ART Joy of Sharing


Hello everyone it’s Shel C from PaperOcotilloStudio and today I’m sharing with you how I use a mood board
to inspire art this project was started on the ART Joy of Sharing LIVEstream
program last Thursday and then I finished it up later on camera and then
this is my speed through voiced-over version of the art so you may have
already seen it over there if you watch the live stream you can still watch the
live stream it’s a recorded version of the real-time art but if you prefer to
watch it in a sped up version and with me talking over the top of it then this
is the place for you so our joy of sharing is an art community on Facebook
and we offer all kinds of different things we have periodic challenges we
have load boards each month like this which I created this one this month we
kind of trade-off between Peg Robinson and myself we have the live streaming
channel every week on Thursday at 10:30 Central Standard Time which is 8:30 for
me and we have other artists who contribute by making videos things like
that so it’s a great place to hang out if you do want to join the link to
request that you join is below the video please remember to answer the questions
because we can’t accept you if you don’t answer the questions that come up when
you’re joining so I wanted to make a piece that I could hang on the wall and
I have a I think it’s probably I’m gonna say it’s probably 12 by 15 or 12 by 14
cam canvas pressed board it’s not got actual canvas on it it’s just a canvas
texture and I want to do an abstracted piece on it using the mood board as
inspiration so the first thing I did my printout of the mood board is terrible
because my printer is just really jacked up so I went to the to the screen and I
picked out the colors that I wanted to use
and a lot of them ended up being dilutions paints because they just
happened to have the colors i was looking for that tomato red that kind of
orange red that was my starting point and it turned out the postbox red was
the one that i had that was closest to that then I also wanted a bright yellow
a green like the lettuce in the mood board I wanted some olivey greens and
then maybe an orange or yellow color and I ended up finding all the colors I
wanted plus then this chocolate brown which is kind of like the ladies head
scarf all from delusions I did throw in Naples yellow from my liquitex line
which is a lot like the corn the color of the corn so I found my colors and I
was inspired by that then I went through and I found some different scraps of
painting papers you know when I hoard these I have lots of them they’re a lot
a lot of them are from a gel printing some of them are from happy mail that
people have sent me like that one in the upper corner there
that one was sent to me my Laurie recently and it looks like she used that
up alcohol dripping technique to make that piece I didn’t had the right colors
in it so I picked it I just threw I just got some different pieces then I got out
some stencil girls stencils and I will list all the stencils that I used in the
description box below if you’d like to go and look at them on stencil girl that
doesn’t help me at all it’s just you know you might be interested they’ve got
great stencils over there I’m on their design team this year and yeah they’ve
just got awesome stuff it’s a great company they pay their artists well the
ones that design for them and you know I recommend I recommend stencil girl
stencils so I picked shapes like that kind of grid shape that looks a lot like
the corn I picked some round shapes because the tomatoes and
the berries around I picked some arched shapes because of the arches at the
Mediterranean market and then also the arch shapes and the lettuce leaves and
the arched shapes in the artichoke leaves that’s a common shape so I’ve got
my colors I’ve got my shapes I’ve got my painting papers stenciled some of them
but I’m starting out by just layering them on also because of that very
dominant grid there in the center with the berry baskets and also the grid on
the corn I am tearing my shapes into you rather than tearing rounded or you know
curvy shapes I’m tearing them mostly just kind of inches squares they’re not
perfect squares there’s some of them are rectangles but I am filling them up I’ve
filled up the whole board in the background then on top I’m putting some
of the pieces that I stenciled and when I was making the mood board the reason
that I picked these pictures of women with the vegetables I’m August to me at
a time for picking fresh vegetables for eating fresh vegetables I have a raised
garden where I’m growing some tomatoes and we’ve been eating a lot of fresh
vine ripened tomatoes which are delicious you know all this food is
coming out in August it that is so so delicious and fresh and one thing that
that that I really think about that is that people who are nurturing the people
who are growing the people who are providing and concerned about these
foods are women and I think that that seems pretty evident a lot of the people
maybe not in our country but a lot of the people in other countries who farm
the rice who from the vegetables who sell the vegetables are women and so I
wanted to make this also about femininity and nurturing and growth and
so for that reason I picked this stencil that I had stones earlier feminine I
think it’s called Sacred Feminine maybe I’m not sure but
I’ll certainly link it in the description box below but it’s a
feminine piece stencil without a face or anything like that but then I also
wanted to the thing that bothers me about this stencil is it doesn’t have
arms and I don’t know why it just doesn’t but I decided to cut out some
arm pieces and a face piece from a fashion magazine from the ABS and the
fashion magazine it’s actually from I think the pieces are from three
different no I guess one the one arm the right arm is and face are from the same
piece and then the left arms from a different ad but I just wanted to add
them in so I laid everything out my composition laid it all out to see how I
wanted it to look to see if it was all balanced and then I glued it all down
with my liquitex matte gel medium and my Tim Holtz flat collage brush which I
really enjoy so I put the spiral shape behind the the feminine figures head
because I was kind of thinking about halo or an aura and I also liked this
this thing that kind of looks like three rocks that are stacked one on top of
each other from one of the stencils you know I didn’t use a whole stencil that’s
one thing about stenciling you don’t have to use everything that’s on the
stencil you can use just the piece that you want and so that’s how I did it I
just I was looking for shapes and pattern rather than like a whole stencil
to cover the entire thing so then I also had some little die-cut pieces that were
sent to me my Laurie in the same happy mail package that I received some of
these pretty papers that I used and then this really bright piece of paper is
actually from Carly she sent that as a note in my package with the punch
remember that video that just came out with the gadget challenge
that paper with the bright bright yellow on it almost almost fluorescing the
other one it is from her so once I had everything glued down and all the pieces
I thought I wanted I ended up adding something but all the pieces I thought I
wanted to make collage then I went back in with stencils this tower moon stencil
has some interesting vine patterns on it and I wanted to kind of make my collage
more cohesive by stenciling that vine pattern with some of the Naples yellow you can certainly stencil before stencil
after you can stencil in between there’s lots of ways to to take your collage and
make it more cohesive by using stencils so that’s what I was doing just adding a
little bit more interesting pattern it’s about growing it’s about Mother Earth I
mean there’s a reason why it’s called Mother Earth right the mother earth
nurtures us and keeps us alive by providing plants whether we grow them or
whether they are naturally grown for us to eat and you know animals to you if
you happen to be an animal eater so then another way to unify your collage and to
unify your composition is to use your finger to just kind of add some paints
so I was adding some of that bright green I’m thinking it’s like
fresh-squeezed lime or something like that is the name of it anyway I’m sure I
will list it all I promise I will list it all I’ll go back I’ll look what I
used I’ll list them all in the description box below and then this post
box red such a warm color I don’t know represents fire and and warmth and heat
and things that you know other things that keep you alive so I guess my
feminine figure maybe might be some sort of it a representation of Mother Earth
or earth wire or in earth goddess or something
I’m not sure that that thought wasn’t complete in my head I just wanted to use
a feminine figure on here as part of my answer was inspiring me from the mood
board from August so I did put on some interesting different die-cut shapes
that I also cut out some shapes and glued them on the right-hand side of
like little sprouts coming out of the ground I put this piece down here at the
bottom that’s kind of the dirt in the feminine figures growing out of it and
I’ve got it partially the stenciled piece which I cut out and partially this
piece which I collage it on from a magazine so it’s kind of it’s kind of
about two sides to it a little bit of duality going on there the darker side
of Mother Earth and the lighter side of Mother Earth because you know mother
earth can kick our booties if we don’t behave and you know nurture our world
there’ll be natural events that will you know kind of will be in trouble
so she’s not always a happy cheerful jolly faced person sometimes she can be
a mean mean person so well I mean she’s not a person at all spirit or entity or
force or whatever you want to think so I think that was pretty much the end of
the live stream right there and then I continued to work on this piece in bits
and I was trying to work on it than I would get interrupted and I would work
you know so I ended up being like maybe six little videos but all spliced
together because I kept having to go do this and get to that and yeah it was it
crazy so now I decided that what she really needed on that one side was a
wing and so I’m drawing it with my Stabila all pencil I
also have been making you know how I love to make shadows and highlights
around collage pieces if I’d like them to be more integrated into the
background I will often go around the edges and make a shadow that then blends
out so I’m using my Stabilo all pencil the black one which is highly water
reactive so then I can go ahead I can draw it and then go ahead and I can
blend it out using a water tank brush this is a tank that has a tank a brush
that has a nice very pointy synthetic bristle and then it’s got water inside
which makes it a lot easier than dipping dipping dipping so then I decided that
the wing needed more color it just didn’t look right with only being drawn
on there like a skeleton you know so I filled it in with some of the red and
some of the the color the orange color called pure sunshine and then I also
went back in and highlighted it all with a white pasta pen and now you’ll see me
doing that now how I did it and I think I even I’m gonna slow it down a little
bit so you can see I kind of just draw a point with the white pasta pen now wipe
the pasta pens have acrylic paint in them acrylic ink in them it’s a
permanent when it’s dry it’s also very opaque and because it’s in a pin form I
can very accurately apply it and then smooth it and blend it with my water
brush so I get a very intensely bright highlight and I think that that really
made the wing it looked so much better after I put the white highlight on and
it did it any of its its forms before that at first I thought I would let the
colors from the background come through the wing and it would be kind of you
know the same but then I decided I wanted to stand out more so it
definitely looks cool after I put the white pasta pen on there so then
at some point I felt like the left hand side had a real big blank spot up at the
top so I went back and I stenciled a piece of deli paper that had that Naples
yellow color on it already with a tree stencil from I think though I think it’s
the one that has the sacred feminine form on it I think and I used that
chocolate brown color which I thought was lacking a little bit in the
composition I didn’t have enough of it there was some on the right so I’m at
the bottom but there wasn’t really any up on that other side so when I put the
tree there it kind of to me that’s kind of a second focal point sort of and I’ve
got the rocks the earth the rocks I’ve got the molten core at the bottom and
then the rocks are coming up and then the trees are growing out from it so I
was really happy with that after I figured out that I needed to put
something up there it just wasn’t complete and then I also added on this
die-cut piece over here on the side it stopped
it was very rectangular at the ends so I added some leaves to that piece as well
cut out leaves and then I thought well what if she had kind of the the idea of
a wing on the other side made out of leaves so I took that same paper and I
cut a few leaves and just started to create a different wing on the other
side with the leaves same kind of olivey green color and of course shadowing them
highlighting them to make them stand out more from the background I ended up
adding a little bit of the pure sunshine and the red to it then the other thing I
wanted to do was paint over the top of my cutout pieces that I put on from the
fashion magazine they don’t blend in as much when they just look like cut out
pieces from the magazine so I’d like to paint over the top of them and they
them look more more painterly yeah like I actually made them this is this is
this really almost kind of like a shortcut if you don’t feel comfortable
making faces and bodies you can certainly cut them out and paint over
them and it already gives you the idea of where the shadows and highlights are
and it’s it makes it an easy way to do a figure so I also thought that she needed
some hair and I decided to make black hair because the original person that I
cut out had black hair so I started with that and I’m using the nail color to
water-soluble crayons to do this and I mix it a little bit with some acrylic
paint you see my hand going over to the left side everyone’s involved to pick up
some acrylic paint onto my brush which helps it blend more smoothly and there
are this jumping around not jumping around but there are pieces missing
because I would have to turn off the camera then I’d come back in forget to
turn the camera back on it was it was oh yeah I just kept getting interrupted all
day long couldn’t get things done at all then I added some real fine details with
an extra small pin and also used a black pasta pin on the hair a little bit I
added some blue highlights to the hair because lots of times when you have very
dark black hair in the Sun it looks like it has blue highlights so that’s where
I’m doing that still using the crayons and I’m just just scribbling the crayons
onto my under paper and picking it up with the water brush then I use the
bright green on her eyes and then came back in with some pupils and the process
of painting over the picture is multiple layers so you know you just keep going
back in and going back in until you’re happy so that’s what I did
here’s the pasta pen just adding some some darker undertones to the hair
adding a pupil to the eye things like that so I hope you’ve enjoyed this video
just remember that if you want to be inspired by a mood board if it has a
piece of corn on it that doesn’t mean you have to put a piece of corn in your
art it doesn’t mean you need to let us in your heart or an artichoke it means
that these are the colors and shapes that are inspiring me right now and
maybe so they will inspire you too and so you see how I came to this piece of
art from that it’s not the same it’s just inspiring it so I hope you’ve
enjoyed it thumbs up comment subscribe all those
things share and that’s it for me thanks bye bye

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