Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Make Your Own Deckled Edge

Hello all! I have had a lot of changes lately and with that I have taken the time to think through a few things 😊 I began my you tube channel, posting here to the blog, and getting my art out in the public all at once. It was a bit much and I needed to stop and figure out what I am trying to accomplish.

I would love to share my art with you all and teach anything I can to help others on their art journey. But in order to do that, I needed to get a bit more organized (gasp). I love flying by the seat of my pants as much as the next gal but that doesn’t work so well if you are trying to blog, make videos, make art and above all, homeschool your kids!

So with this realization, I have decided to blog or video on Tuesdays. And I am considering going live at 8:30 on instagram on Friday nights with a little art 🎨 I hope to share my journey with you and maybe I can teach a little art or we can learn together 😉

Now for today’s actual post! I recently began line and wash practices and I am completely in love with it! This has always been a favorite of mine and I have no idea why I never tried it! Maybe I didn’t really know what it was, if that makes sense. That’s why I want to share what I can on my little corner of the web, maybe someone will come across this blog and discover something they always wanted to try!

With these little wash practices, I decided to turn them into cards! They make a wonderful gift because they are a card and a painting that someone can frame! But to make them look extra nice and watercolory (that’s a word now 😉) I wanted to give them a deckled edge. If you aren’t familiar, it is a loose, somewhat torn edge instead of a hard cut line. Here is how to easily make your own deckled edge!

First run a steak knife straight down the side where you want your edge to be. Press down and pull back making a deep indention.

You will then fold on the line you made with your knife. Fold it back and forth a few times.

Last, you will pull the edge away from your painting. Don't pull it up toward you to tear, pull it out to the side, away from the painting and this will give you a nice deckled edge.

And the finished edge!

If you like this little bumble bee line and wash you can follow a tutorial for it by Peter Sheeler on you tube! I can't recommend his channel enough!


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