Jill Berry Design Blog

Twinks, Silks, and the Gelli

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Creative Exercises | 0 comments

Twinks, Silks, and the Gelli

I am not a glittery gal, in fact, I banned glitter from my house when my kids were small and I realized that the glitter lodged permanently in the cracks in my hardwood floors. There are other ways to add bling and luminesence to your artwork and Twinking H2Os and Silks are among my favorites. Both products are made by ColourArte. Twinkling H2Os are watercolors with mica suspended in them. Silks are iridescent acrylic glazes. They come in the same colors and work incredibly well together to create layers of color that reminds me of seashells....

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Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

I have been making book ornaments for about 15 years. I love books, love the holidays and what is not to love about combining the two? This year was special because I got to decorated them with papers I made with my new stencils. I started with a saturated piece of paste paper. Added a layer of Silks (acrylic glazes) using my stencils. I kept adding layers until I was satisfied. Love that.  Did a few more papers. And a few more. For this project you need: 2 pieces decorative paper 3″ x 3″ 2 pieces mat board 2.5″ x 2.5″...

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Map 2015: The Wheel of Life Compass Rose

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Map 2015 | 1 comment

Map 2015: The Wheel of Life Compass Rose

Welcome to Map 2015, a project that Tara Gill and I are doing to get you thinking and mapping the upcoming year. We hope that this project, making any kind of simple or complex map of your intentions for 2015, will be a fun and fulfilling exercise to broaden your artistic experience. We are on Facebook and Pinterest, and hope when you finish your project you will share it in those places. Tara Gill, my partner in this project and photographer/designer extraordinaire, introduced me to a coaching tool that I thought we could use to create...

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Make it New, again.

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Being an Artist | 2 comments

Make it New, again.

Lesley Riley has a new book out, and it is a beauty. Each page is a artistic interpretation of a quote by artists that Lesley knows, and I am happy to be one of them. The pages are perforated, so you can remove and frame them. Click on the cover above to buy this treasure. This is the piece that I have in the book. It has a funny story. It is a three panel altar piece made with masonite, copper foil, copper wire, and gemstones. I painted it with acrylics and Twinkling H2Os, a watercolor that has mica suspended in it. These paints add a level...

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Gel Skins and Collage

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in My techniques | 11 comments

Gel Skins and Collage

After taking a class last summer at Art Unraveled with Chris Cozen and then going to London with Patti Brady who wrote a book on Rethinking Acrylics, I have been introduced to the fabulous world of gel skins. There are so many ways to make these, and this one is the lowest technology possible. First, spread some Gel Medium on a page protector with a palette knife. I did this, then dropped some High Flow Acrylics on top to see if I could get them to “bloom”. They did not (my gel at the bottom was too dry I found out). So, my first...

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Wayne Thiebaud, my guy

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Visual Inspiration | 7 comments

Wayne Thiebaud, my guy

Everyone who knows me or has taken my classes knows that my favorite artist in this world is Wayne Thiebaud. Here is an article on the uniqueness of this man. Last year I flew to San Francisco with my friend Mary Ann, just to see his newest show. His art is the kind you have to stand in front of, but since most of you cannot, I am going to legally share his show with you now. The gallery gave me permission to share the photos I took. Thiebaud is known by many as a pop culture artist because in the 70s he painted cakes and pies. I missed that...

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My UK Adventure: Finale

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

My UK Adventure: Finale

After traipsing around the Cotswolds I returned to London for art seeing and adventures in the Ancient Mysteries of Britain. For two days I walked around seeing art, at all the museums I could handle. One of my favorite small galleries is the Courtauld. The first time I went there was just out of college, and I remember the impact this painting had on me. This is by Degas. What struck me the first time I saw this small beauty was how very little he touched the canvas to create this very complete scene. I stood in front of it, 22 years old,...

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My UK Adventure: Chapter 5

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

My UK Adventure: Chapter 5

On my second day in the Cotswolds I had a little car tour with Tim, the farmer. We drove through many small towns and he told me stories. There is nothing like having a local historian guiding your way. I was in heaven. The tiles on the roofs of many of the houses are stone slate. In the winter, they took large blocks of limestone and laid it on its side. The snow and rain would drip between the layers, freeze, and crack the stone apart into tiles by springtime. Mother Nature makes a roof.  Thatched roofs are less common, but there are still...

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My UK Adventure: Chapter 4

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Art Adventures | 2 comments

My UK Adventure: Chapter 4

Outside of Chipping Campden, a town in the Cotswold hills where the Arts and Crafts Movement was born. “Chipping” means “market”, so all towns with this name have or did have a central market area like this one. It also means the streets are wider, to allow for more carts. This is the local bus stop, which is on a block that runs down the middle of the town. The buildings were built from the 14th to the 17th centuries. These are 21st century teenagers. I stayed on a farm that had been in the same family since 1760. The...

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My UK Adventure: Chapter 3

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My UK Adventure: Chapter 3

After my glorious week in London training with Golden Paints, I took the train to Middleton in March, the only train to get close to the Cotswolds, the hilly area in south central England that is a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty and  a great place to walk. I took a train to Moreton-in-Marsh and then a drive to Chipping Campden, outside of which I would stay on a fruit farm b and b. The first thing I did was head up to Hidcote Manor Gardens, and Arts and Crafts Garden of growing outdoor “rooms.” They really did feel like...

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