Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year (with doodles and varnishing technique)

Here are a few doodles that were made with the intention of testing out some new varnishing methods. I have been working with mixed media for a while now and I was investigating some alternatives to framing under glass. While the presentation of a matted and framed piece is very traditional and protects the image very well, it is very expensive and in some instances can be down right boring.

So in order to explore other possibilities, I made these little mixed media bird doodles and varnished them with varying techniques. The watercolor paper is mounted to a piece of professional quality hardbord (I like Ampersand's products). I like to use a cradled hardbord for mounting the paper. This way, a wire is easily attached to the back for framing purposes.

I found that the best method proceeds as follows: Since I work on watercolor paper with water-based media and drawing materials, I needed to seal the drawing in order to prevent the varnish and isolation coat from smearing the watercolor. The best method for this was using a resin-based artist grade fixative. Several light layers were applied. After the fixative dried, an isolation coat of acrylic gloss soft gel mixed 2 to 1 with water was applied. This permanently seals the image against moisture and creates a barrier between the final layer of varnish and the artwork itself. A UV blocking archival spray varnish is then applied for the final protective coat. The varnish is removable for conservation purposes.

In essence, the piece becomes a mixed media acrylic painting due to the application of the soft gel. The watercolor paper is sealed to prevent buckling or molding due to moisture and the watercolor/drawing materials are fixed in place. The piece can then be displayed without glass, just like a traditional oil or acrylic painting.

I'll be making several small paintings using this method. Check back for more info!

Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Etsy FAE Team

I've just joined the Fantasy Artists of Etsy Team or "FAE Team" over at Etsy. This is a collection of artists, artisans, and craftspeople who create works with a fantasy theme. Check out the various shops at the Team's website: or visit our blog at .

If you see any items here or on my website that you would like to purchase, you may request to do so at my Etsy shop: Click on "Request Custom Item" and leave a message with the title of the piece.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Goblin Garm

Here is another piece in the Goblin series. This little guy is an eccentric aristocrat that likes to squawk and sing in an unnaturally loud irritating voice. See him on display at the Beep Beep gallery in Atlanta, GA until December 20.

Ink, watercolor, graphite

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Warlord Preview #3

I just got permission from Phoenix Interactive to post the next preview from the Warlord CCG. The game will be arriving in the US soon. Visit to order.

copyright Phoenix Interactive 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

Warlord Preview #2

Here is another preview from the collectible card game "Warlord: Saga of the Storm" originally released on the Warlord weblog. This one is watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, and I think I threw some ink in there as well.

copyright Phoenix Interactive 2008