Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Mixed Media Playshop With Suzi Blu: Distressing Transfers

34 comments:

doulanana said...

Your art is absolutely magical and I am sure that you will become one of the most affluent folk artists of our time!

Shonna said...

I just wanted to thank you for the videos you make. I am a new artist and I have absolutely no formal training whatsoever. You help make my doubts in myself diminish with your outlook on art. So I just thought I would comment so that you know how much your art means to me personally and how very inspiring you are to me. Thank you, thank you , thank you.
Shonna

angel said...

serious? I thought it was serious art you were making, it makes us seriously happy, life has so many moments (maybe too many) when you have to be serious, please let us be lost in art then, art is expressing, art is living, art is relaxing etc, keep on doing what you do girl!!! we seriously love it!
xxx

-mari- said...

I love your art! It makes me happy and inspired. I think being original and true to yourself is more important to an artist, than trying to achieve something that others call "serious".

Kimbo said...

In a world so focused on violence and sorrow, your "little girls" show us how we can dance our way through in spite of it all - a serious celebration of that joy and beauty ! Thank you for knowing that sharing that "real" art is so vital !
It is also such a joy to see you so in love with that little black and white bundle ! I love that you have her basket on your art table !! Has she spilled your paints or tea yet ? Tee hee!
Take care,
Kim

iHanna said...

Happy is valid. Love that suz!

ladylulu said...

Thank you so much for your videos - I discovered your blog last night. I have just started playing with acrylic mediums and transfers AND I am battling against all sorts of self-doubt and labels. Discovering your blog could not be more aptly timed!

Iris said...

You say all the right things Suzi. =) I completely agree with what you say about art. So many people will knock stuff because it is happy or because it looks like the meaning lies on the surface (rather than something 'serious' where you need to be depressed and make a month long study before you 'understand' the 'meaning'). Happy paintings are just as valid and meaningful as sad ones. And sometimes we feel happy and paint sad stuff and sometimes we feel sad and paint happy stuff. And sometimes we create something and don't set out with a certain goal or to create a certain meaning, but in the end the piece is meaningful anyway to us as an artist but also to people who look at the art. Art becomes meaningful because people interpret it.

I have a question about transfers by the way. I've been trying gel medium transfers and I just cannot get it to work. I work in a moleskine sketch book (same as yours I think) and I use prints made with a laser printer (toner). I apply the gel medium and burnish the back of the paper of the transfer but what always happens is that the paper of my JOURNAL comes off and sticks to the transfer rather than the other way around!! It's rather frustrating because it makes me afraid of ruining a page that I'd like to add a nice finishing touch to. I don't use transparencies by the way, I was using prints on normal paper but I thought I saw you do that too in your previous video and it looked like it worked fine. Got any tips?

nanakin1 said...

Thanks for being a bright spot in an often depressing world. Your positive impact on others is obvious, just check your comments!
Your work encourages us to embrace joy, as well as acceptance of others and ourselves. Your funny videos stimulate us to try new ways of expressing our interest in art. That's serious enough for me.
Hugs,
Nana (Nancy, Nanakin)

suzi blu said...

Iris, I will try exactly what you did later today. so far I havent tried with a laser print, maybe that is the problem? I dont know. Ive just used inkjet but I have laser prints around. we will see if that makes a difference.

also - are you applying the gel to the image or the paper? apply it to the paper and then place the image onto it.

*~Niki~* said...

Another awesome video Suzi! I totally agree what you said about art making people happy :D

Thanks for the tips on the transfers I was having the same problem as Iris, I will make sure I put the gel medium onto the paper first. xxx

Iris said...

Hey Suzi, thanks for your reply! I'd been using laser jet copies because that's what it said in the instructions in some art technique books I've got, but I'm definitely going to try with an ink jet print too, since it seems to work well for you. I have tried with applying the gel medium to the transfer image, or to the page I want to transfer on. The first technique is a right disaster (the paper comes off completely), the second technique works a bit better but the paper still comes off. But yeah, I will put my regular ink printer to work tonight and see how that goes!!

aprylian said...

Hey Suzi--

You hit the nail on the head--happiness is what it is all about. It reminded me of this quote:

"Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization."

~ Abraham Maslow, 20th century humanistic psychologist from Motivation & Personality

We go where our joy leads us. It's the joy we are after anyway. Your paintings make me smile!

Apryl
www.creatingconsciously.com

Lynne said...

Hi Suzi. I love your work as usual.I was just wondering if you could answer something for me?

I seem to be in a bit of a funk at the moment. Mainly in my life which is spilling over into my art and into my creative soul. I have this one canvas in particular that i keep starting and then halfway through i hate what i have done so i stop and come back to it later. Each time starting something new ontop of the layer below. Anyway, i am on like my
4th layer with this poor little canvas and the stuff that i have done tonight just doesnt look right.....*sigh*

Is there anyway to stip off the paint layers without damaging my canvas? Part of me just wants to throw it in the bin!

Just wondering if you know?

suzi blu said...

Hi Lynne!
I do that often. sometimes Ill work on something and overwork it cause Im tired and screw it all up and become
very upset with the results. at that time the only thing to do is SAND IT ALL OFF! I get medium stregnth sandpaper
and go to it. is it on regular canvas? it can take it. just be moderate with your pressure at first. dont throw the canvas away.
Its much more satisfying to scrape it off and build over than to give up. although sometimes things are so bad
parting is the best thing to do.

suze said...

Suzi Blu you are the queen of happy art! You know that's not a bad idea, the card I mean. You could have an awesome line of greeting cards.
Thanks for the video's!
suze:)

Ms Dragonfly said...

your art has depth for sure. i can't image why someone would say that. i suppose i can, but i can't. what you do is art and beautiful, valid and inspiring. i've been through hell and back several times in my life and the last thing i want is to have to stare at more of it. i need something inspiring, uplifting, joyful. your art!

katie said...

Suzi, I love you!!!

Apple said...

Yay...another video!!! I love all your paintings (even if they are all little girls). You do what feels right to you girl!!! :)

Bonafyde said...

You create the way YOU were meant to.
As far as that teacher goes....what`s wrong with Hallmark (have you seen the cards in there???? it`s like a whole gallery of artisits in there...if No One painted stuff that would look good on a Hallmark Card....the card industry would be soooooooo boring and depressing! Se3nd that comment to all the artists working for them...that what they do is not art...LOL I`m sure he meant well as did that person who left you that comment. That`s their reality and I`m sure that way of thinking is really real to them but it just doesn`t apply to those who create from within, without RULES. Might I suggest an awesome radio host who discusses these issues really well...

Michael Neill over at Hay House Radio
http://www.hayhouseradio.com/episode_archive.php?show_id=24

some great episodes are
The War of Art
Romancing your Creative Genius
Success Leaves Clues

crimsoncat05 said...

wonderful video! sometimes I get too caught up in what I "should" or "shouldn't" try to do or make, because it might not be "serious" or because art should "say something" (meaning make a serious statement of some sort). I like creating things that simply make me happy, without having to worry about what I'm saying; thanks for your take on "happy" art!!

Soaked In Violet said...

Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo did not paint just to have their works put in some gallery. Who's to argue that their work is not art. Art reflects ones existance, no matter if it sits in the back of a closet, on a nail in some fancy NYC gallery, or through my computer screen on YouTube--Suzi, you're right up there with Kahlo & Van Gogh in my book! Forget getting serious-just keep being you.

blendedcolors said...

hey suzi blu... i saw your awsome page on art-e-zine! i've been a member of their yahoo group for awhile and a fan of yours for awhile as well! you inspired the piece http://blendedcolors.wordpress.com/2008/03/21/believing/ after i watched your flower youtube video! never stop being the wonderfully creative spirit that you are! please!

blendedcolors said...

oh you also inspired my "breaking" tulips piece in this post... http://blendedcolors.wordpress.com/2008/03/26/reaching-higher/

mercury said...

ha! Sometimes, I buy cards JUST to copy the artwork. I sometimes even put greeting cards in FRAMES (oh no!) and hang them on a WALL (EEEEEEK!)

what does that teacher know? remember: those who can't "do", teach.

Your art is magical and deep... Just look at all those layers! ;o)

Iris: is your page sealed? I had the same problem working on an unpainted page.

Jess said...

I could be called a serious artist as I have my paintings in a serious gallery, but it's my belief that art should bring JOY and HAPPINESS to people. I celebrate beauty with colour. There's enough pain and misery in the world, why should artists add to that? x

Nerd Bunny said...

Suzi, you are so amazing. Everything you say seems to hit the right note! I adore your art and your videos. Thanks again for sharing your beauty.
I'm loving the transfers - I'm making loads of mess and getting sticky fingers! And yes, I'm making art :D

ArtyEm said...

I love your videos and I have a question - what video editing program do you use? You have inspired me to take my blog on creative journaling to a VLOG level!
and I have always wanted to do that medium transfer thing and never quite got it - and now I do, and will get to trying that right away.
Thanks!

suzi blu said...

ArtyEm:

For these videos Ive used iMovie that came with my iMac. I HIGHLY recommend spending money to get a Mac if you want to do video - pcs are so hard to work with if you are not a techy type person. mine locked up all the time and the programs were very hard.

I also recently just bought Final Cut Express which is a bit more complicated and Im scared to use it. but I shall!

RAWVOLTA said...

Suzi, thank YOU!

My landlord is an art teacher and she recently stopped by to my house , looked at my paintings, smiled and just said : Keep going, keep going..
She didn't say : HOW, WHAT IS GOOD, WHAT IS BAD, and her art is totally different then mine. Total freedom, because that's what is important : a gut feeling, not somebody's approve.
But, yes, we all hear those voices in a head from time to time : not enough, childlike and such. BUT ; JUST KEEP GOING, BABY! ;-)
and as Julia Cameron advises : talk to these voices, make some conversation with them .
Sometimes serious isn't boring, but really who knows what serious is.
Greetings, hugs, kisses for everybody who likes to fool around!! :-)

RAWVOLTA said...

Suzi, thank YOU!

My landlord is an art teacher and she recently stopped by to my house , looked at my paintings, smiled and just said : Keep going, keep going..
She didn't say : HOW, WHAT IS GOOD, WHAT IS BAD, and her art is totally different then mine. Total freedom, because that's what is important : a gut feeling, not somebody's approve.
But, yes, we all hear those voices in a head from time to time : not enough, childlike and such. BUT ; JUST KEEP GOING, BABY! ;-)
and as Julia Cameron advises : talk to these voices, make some conversation with them .
Sometimes serious isn't boring, but really who knows what serious is.
Greetings, hugs, kisses for everybody who likes to fool around!! :-)

anni said...

Suzi,
I love, love, love, love, love, your girls you paint. You have such a unique and wonderful artsy style. I don't think of it as cutsey, or anything but true art. Someone once said to me that if I just took a little more time, my art would look more real. What he was saying to me was that I should draw more realistically. Well, that just isn't me. I love texture, and texture and more texture!!!
Be true to yourself, I say. And Suzi, you do just that. You also have such a magical way of sharing your thoughts and inspiration with outhers. Keep doing what you are doing.
Anni

Zom said...

Thankyou for what you said about happy art. Just yesterday we were watching a tv program about art that was saying how optimistic art isn't taken seriously. My husband said "that is what you paint, isn't it?"
I want my art to be optimistic, it is how I feel and what I feel I have to give.
So you go girl.
I love your girls, and I am sure you could paint them your whole life and each would be unique and beautiful.

drie said...

Hi Suzi! I love your videos and your artwork...i really look forward to watching each week, and you make me laugh! You've inspired me to start blogging, too, you just make it look so fun. Happy is powerful! Thanks for being you!
DRIE