The Alchemy of Art

2014-02-28 14.25.29Conte/ Powder charcoal made with red iron oxide and yellow ochre mixture with an addition of kaolin whilte china clay/ DIY spray workable drawing fixative

Spray fixative for Drawings
1part Casein
2parts Vodka/alcohol
5parts distilled water
Mix well and strain in cheesecloth / pour strained liquid into a fine mist spray bottle.
Use as a workable fixative on pencil, pastel, conte or charcoal drawings.

Impasto painted Bluebirds made entirely from DIY paints:
Bluebirds

While I am on a renaisance enlightened path to making your own art supplies I highly recommend taking a peak at this blog – two artists who enjoy sharing wonderful ways of creating their paintings from scratch.
The site link for the blog and the artists in Duncan David Gluck and his partner Kate Stone HERE –
David Gluck and Kate Stone
IF you really cannot bring yourself to be part of the new rennaisance of art supplies then you can have them made from natural materials by this wonderful company HERE:
http://www.naturalpigments.com/
For my LOCAL PEEPS:
Pigment suppliers that are less expensive than art stores Victoria Clay art but I prefer Vancouver island pottery in parksville  and
Seattle pottery supply  but will need to be ordered and shipped .  Also Greenbarn in surrey sells pigments.
For my blog PEEPS HERE IS THE LINK TO  suppliers such as the mason stain site
http://www.masoncolor.com/ceramic_stains.asp

NOTE:
Also check out cement supply stores and cement pigment – I am not an expert but I believe it is the same as mason stains or artist pigments from the same suppliers.

ron red oxide & yellow ochre is less expensive to purchase at the pottery supply stores and makes the
orangey red conte artists  know and love.
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PASTELS:
The basic ingredients of pastels are simple: pigment, a filler, and a
binder. You start by dissolving the binder, mix in the pigment and binder,
get the consistency right, then roll out your pastels and leave them to dry.
It will take a bit of practice and experimenting, so keep records of what
you do so you can recreate your successes!

Cheap Pastels Recipe:
• Quarter cup of rolled or crushed oats (combined with the water to make a
binder)
• A quart (just over a liter) of water (preferably distilled so there isn’t
any chlorine in it)
• Two tablespoons of powdered tempera or poster paint (for pigment). Another
option is to collect leftover dust when using bought pastels and use them to
make new ones (the mixture of colors can give a beautiful grey)
• Half a cup of unscented talcum/baby powder (for filler)

Step 1: Put the water in a pot and set it on the stove to boil. Add the oats
and leave it to boil for five minutes.
Step 2: Pour the oats mixture through a fine sieve to strain out the oats.
You’ll be using the water only.
Step 3: Mix the talc with the paint powder, then add a teaspoon of the
strained oats water. You’re after a consistency like dough or putty
consistency, which sticks to itself not your fingers.
Step 4: Roll out into sausages, put on absorbent paper (newspaper is a cheap
option), then cut into pieces about two inches (6 cm) long.
Step 5: Leave to dry at room temperature, at least 24 hours.

Tips:
• If your pastels are very crumbly, your binder was too weak; add some more
oats next time. If your pastels are very hard, your binder was too strong;
break up the pastel and dissolve it into some more binder.
• You could use diluted wallpaper paste as a binder.
• Create tints of a particular color by adding more filler or white pigment.

True Pastels Recipe:
• Gum arabic or gum tragacanth (binder)
• Distilled water
• Pigment
• Chalk or kaolin/China clay (filler)

Step 1: Dissolve the binder in the water in the ratio 1:20 (one part binder
to 20 parts water).
Step 2: Mix filler and pigment in the ratio 2:1 (two parts filler to one
part pigment).
Step 3: Add the binder liquid to the filler/pigment slowly, until it has the
consistency of dough or putty.
Step 4: Roll out and dry as described above.

Tips:
• Gum arabic makes a harder pastel than gum tragacanth.
• Damar resin mixed with plenty of white spirit or turpentine can be used as
a binder.
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Basic Pastel Recipe
Ingredients
1 part Gum Tragacanth
Alcohol or wine
30 parts distilled water (approx)
The making of pastels is fun, easy and surprisingly economical. It is felt
by many that handmade pastels are much better quality than the extruded type
typically sold to artists. One of the first pastel-works was Leonard de
Vinci’s “Portrait of Isabelle d’Este” in 1499.
Preferably used dry, these pastels may also be diluted with water providing
infinite nuances and ranges of permanent, non-fading color. An artist can
achieve varying effects by further working the pastels with his or her
fingers. The key to making pastels is the right balance between hardness and
softness, as this will affect its ability to adhere to the paper and to be
manipulated.
Prepare gum by placing it in a covered glass bottle or container. Begin by
pouring a small amount of alcohol (grain or denatured ethyl) to moisten the
gum, then add water and shake the container. Leave this solution for 1 or 2
days. Tragacanth can’t be rushed. It will not dissolve, but instead will
form into a gelatinous solution. When ready to mix with your pigments, warm
the tragacanth and strain it through cheesecloth. Mix the pigments with
distilled water to make a paste. You may wish to use the pigments alone, or
mix them with chalk, for example in a 1 part pigment to 2 parts Whiting
Chalk ratio. Crush the pigment paste with the gum solution until smooth and
evenly distributed.
Spread the wet pastel onto absorbent paper to help pull excess moisture from
the mixture. While it is damp before complete drying, cut or break into
shapes to work with. Test to see if the proportions are correct. If the
pastels crumble in your fingers, there is not enough gum. If they slide on
the paper without leaving color and texture, there is too much gum. In
addition, linseed oil or wax can be added to your preparation to make
pastels last longer.

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Art sites

A comprehensive list of internet sites for Artist competitions, calls for entry, marketing and juried exhibitions :
This is for the artist that likes to apply themselves in as many directions as possible all at once.
I spent hours on the computer over a month collecting these sites on my favourites hopefully they will be helpful to all my artist friends out there. If you find something of value let me know or if you are not happy with one of the sites listed here for some reason let US all know so that we can help each other.
Current information: 
http://www.canadianartauction.ca/pdf/CAA_EmergingArtists.pdf
http://www.artshow.com/juriedshows/page2.html
http://www.artelagunaprize.com/?gclid=CKrL0fKQoaMCFQNigwodnHl-5A
http://www.gamblincolors.com/torrit.grey/index.html

Book cover:  Art will be accepted through December 31, 2010
http://www.lanevonherzen.com/id1.html

http://www.artworkinternational.com/grant.html

Grants:
http://www.artworkinternational.com/grant.html
Here is a site with lots of excellent opportunities for artist residencies (with some paid stipends) and international opportunities – worth checking out and probably one of the best sites on the internet for artist opportunities.
scroll through the pages for many different types of opportunities:
http://re-title.typepad.com/opportunities/
For artists focusing on feminist approach and women
http://www.ceresgallery.org/invitational-membership.htm

drawing competition: http://www.manifestgallery.org/nda/
Canadian Institute of portrait artists:  http://www.portraitscanada.ca/  
Artist competitions and designers —-Designboom.com
Anyone want to design a puzzle go here: http://www.masterpiecesinc.com/AboutUs/ArtistSubmissions.aspx
or for prints and publishing artist submissions you can check this out:
http://www.artinmotion.com/aboutsubmittingart.aspx
Great idea and want to be published?
http://www.larkbooks.com/submissions
Have a need to exhibit in a craft market?
http://www.americancraft.com/BMAC/artist/PDFs/PDF_PF08/ProspectusIndividualPgssmall.pdf
For next year you can also check out one of a kind show and sale for toronto vancouver new york etc.
http://oneofakindvancouver.com/participate.php
ART Competitions:
http://www.susankblackfoundation.org/
http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/submission_guide.htm
http://www.artshow.com/juriedshows/page2.html
http://www.manifestgallery.org/ drawing competition deadline dec31 2009
or their other competitions here http://www.manifestgallery.org/about/submit.html
http://www.artistsnetwork.com/competitions/
http://www.graphiccompetitions.com/
http://www.americancraft.com/NICHE_Awards/index.html
http://www.artshow.com/juriedshows/
Want to be on a stamp? http://www.whc.org/en/stamp-print-program/
http://www.kingstonprize.ca/index.htm
http://www.artshow.com/juriedshows/
http://www.dezignare.com/competitions.html
A free artist opportunities site: http://www.studiochroma.net/art_opportunities/about-2/
CERAMIC
  artist /sculptors
http://www.tilecompetition.com/
http://www.sculptor.org/old_default.htmhttp://www.callsandopps.com/index.php?list/27
Design a small teapot http://gallery.saddleback.edu/shows/11FEB10/ 
http://ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramics-monthly/call-for-entries/#international-exhibitions
http://www.vickihardin.com/links/callforentries.html
Live in New York? http://www.nyfa.org/opportunities.asp?type=Opportunity&opp=OppArtist&id=95&fid=1&sid=54
http://www.newamericanpaintings.com/
http://americanwatercolorsociety.org/
http://www.utrechtart.com/contest/
Portfolio space: http://www.lwcr.com/artistfront/
http://www.artshow.com/juriedshows/
http://www.visualoverture.webs.com/
Marketing
ARTbook :http://www.internationalcontemporarymasters.com/artists.html
http://99designs.com/contests?page=10
http://www.artbyus.com/
invitation to design invitations? http://www.invitationconsultants.com/designcontest.aspx
Interested in tile? http://www.tileheritage.org/TileHeritage-home.html
Deadline for submission dec 8th (tile)http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=224
Call for artists: http://artistsonline.biz/call_for_entries/craft_show.htm
Ok here is where ART and SCIENCE collaborate apparently: http://www.asci.org/
http://www.strathmoreartist.com/
CONT”D http://www.artcalendar.com/adlisting/index.asp?EntryFee=1

Zelli Porcelain: http://www.zelli.co.uk/award2009.html
A national ceramic competition:
http://www.samfa.org/ncc.htm
ART Fair/ shows:
http://re-title.com/
http://www.friezeartfair.com/
Too late for this year (held in late oct) but really early for next year!! 😉
http://www.artrenewal.org/articles/2004/Salon/winners1.asp
Gallery submissions
Charles cummings gallery : http://claylink.com/zen/index.php?main_page=page&id=18&chapter=0&zenid=07bb5fb63d09ffc2a2b9591020a3509e
ARTIST SITES FOR EXHIBITING:
EBSQ http://blog.ebsqart.com/2009/08/03/ebsq-announces-revamped-featured-artist-program/
ETSY etsy.com
For How to information for artists or anyone check out:
http://www.howtd.com/
http://www.instructables.com/
Would like to get into the movie industry go here:
http://www.talentmatch.com/
A construction material that artists are using as a substrate for watercolor, acrylic and oil  etc :
http://www.magnesiacore.com/art.html
Artist Projects to get involved with:
http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject/rules
For Encaustic artists:
international encaustic artists – this site is not user friendly you need patience.
http://talk.international-encaustic-artists.org/index.php
Competitions cont’d
http://artelagunaprize.com/  added extra bonus wine label competition !!

Greenhouse gallery portfolio submission: http://www.greenhousegallery.com/portfolio.html
Greenhouse gallery 2010 prospectus for competition submissions for traditional representational artists:
Salon international 2010 http://www.greenhousegallery.com/si/
http://www.internationalmastersoffineart.com/view.asp?file=main.html
Publishing:
http://www.ipcny.org/
Emerging Artist auction NYC
http://www.igavel.com/aboutUs/emergingartists.php

Wine labels usually held annually
http://www.calonavineyards.ca/artist/artists_calona.cfm

If anyone has some more sites of interest do not hesitate to add them to this post. I am currently interested in wine label competitions.
Angela