Thursday, July 17, 2014

The JOURNEY is the Inspiration

I am so honored to have my work chosen for "The Journey is the Inspiration" feature for the Dan Eldon Project!! Eeeek! How cool is that?!!!

"By Ancestry I was born to RULE" ~Nelson Mandela~

Over on the blog, you can see TWO full illustrations and also, I share my thoughts on how I discovered him and his work. Take a look and get to learn a bit more about this extraordinary young man, who presaged the art journaling movement but lost his life too soon, due to civil war in Kenya. His legacy continues to thrive through his mother Kathy and sister, Amy.

Here's a peek at a *NEW* piece that I created in response to my discovery of Dan Eldon, Artist/Activist/Photojournalist.

There's more to come! Stay tuned to this blog or better yet, sign up here: for the EXCLUSIVE!

This is a collage showing some up close areas on my contribution to the Dan Eldon Project.

Oh! To see the full image, you gotta meet me on The Journey is the Inspiration!!

See y'all on the flip side! Peace & love ;)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I'm Published in heART Journal Magazine!

Guess What!?!  I was just published in heART Journal Magazine!
Artist Martice Smith II published in heART Journal Magazine, Issue 8!
heART Journal Magazine, Issue 8!
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

A mixed up, doodled collagraph

I've never made a collagraph print before...from my understanding, a collagraph is kind of like a stamp...if you know more about them, please share some info!

here's the approach I took with the collagraph prompt
Day 12: Collagraph of cardboard and foam by Martice Smith II
For both collagraphs, I used a USPS mailing envelope as the base (printing plate). For the first collagraph, I used Mod Podge® to glue on some cereal box (Captain Crunch!) cardboard shapes. (That bottom piece is from yesterday's prompt.)

some close-ups of the collagraph...
Day 12: Collagraph of cardboard by Martice Smith II
I didn't like the look of the yarn when I printed onto the paper. It looked too fuzzy and unintentional. It looks pretty on the collagraph plate, though!
Day 12: Collagraph of cardboard by Martice Smith II
Here's another collagraph I've started. I used a USPS cardboard mailing envelope and glued some heavy-duty cardboard on top. I also added some yarn, which you can see in the lower, right-hand corner.

Day 13: Doodle 
I pulled a few test prints to see if my collagraph would behave properly. Let me just say, I'm glad I went into this with the mindset "Oh, I'm just gonna play around and experiment". Ha! I now have a *new* pile of paper to scrap and reuse in future projects...

HOWEVER, I did not give up! That's the key, here :) Since my collagraph print didn't come out as expected (it looked a bit unfinished, to me), I decided to give it a new life. I combined days 12 and 13 and "a mixed up, doodle collagraph" was born! 

All I did was embellish my print with acrylics and a few dots of metallic 3-d paint. I like it much better, this way. What do you think?
Day 13: Doodle, detail by Martice Smith II
I can't help but ask: don't those two swirls, on the left side of the page, look like googly eyes?!

Day 13: Doodle, detail by Martice Smith II

I hope you enjoyed days 12 and 13!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Organic patterns

Patterns, patterns, patterns!!! I love all kinds of patterns, especially those that are fluid, organic shapes. So raw and natural in form; not too complex (but can be). I often look at nature for inspiration on patterns that resonate within me.  

Architecture is my other favorite place to find the most exquisite designs...which can, actually, be found in nature, too!

Here are a couple of patterns that I've been drawing and painting, repeatedly, in my sketchbook:

Day 11- Pattern; monoprint by Martice Smith II
teardrop-shaped circles and a vintage inspired flower and leaf foam stamps

Day 11- Pattern; monoprint by Martice Smith II
This is a monoprint created with a personal foam stamps. Acrylic paints on paper.

Take a closer's almost hypnotizing! I like following the curvy lines with my eyes.

Day 11- Pattern; monoprint by Martice Smith II

Day 11- Pattern; monoprint by Martice Smith II

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Art Journal & my two brayers

Today, I'll be sharing days 9 & 10 of Traci Bautista's Printmaking challenge with you! If you're just joining me here - WELCOME! Jump right in if you wanna play :)

All you need to do is upload your photo from any or all of the creative prompts, to your social media platform.

Oh! Don't forget to use hashtag #printmaking unleashed (without the space in between the two words) so everyone who is playing along can see it too!

Here's the chart of creative prompts
printmaking unleashed chart

Day 9: Art Journal

This particular art journal keeps a collection of my various collages, textures, handwritten letters & notes and gelli printing papers.

 Day 10: Brayer
 Such a simple looking tool but extremely versatile in terms of application techniques. I use two kinds of brayers: a 3.5 inch, hard rubber brayer (pictured below) and a 4 inch, soft rubber Speedball brayer.

I like to use the hard rubber brayer to get uneven textures in my paint, like this:
Martice Smith II's brayer: 3.5 inch hard rubber
This is my first experiment with foam stamping...I loved this technique! Simple process: draw onto the foam (with firm pressure), ink the "plate", then stamp.
 The second brayer is used for stamping, applying paint to journals, printing plates, etc. It is very important not to scratch the surface of this brayer. Any impressions will affect your final print.
Martice Smith II's brayer: 4 inch hard rubber by Speedball
This brayer is called a "Pop-in"; the soft rubber part can be popped out and cleaned.

Martice Smith II's brayer: 4 inch hard rubber by Speedball
Here, I used my Speedball brayer to ink a hand-carved chevron stamp on a phone book page.