Partial Pushed Painting Technique

Here’s another idea for the pushed abstract painting technique. On this piece I’m going to show you how it looks when you let some of the underpainting show through. I started with a reddish-brown latex underpainting on an 18 x 18-inch canvas.

Cassandra Tondro DIY painting project

The color palette of leftover house paint I chose for this piece is reddish-brown, rust, gold, yellow, light green and grass green.

Cassandra Tondro painting color palette

I poured each color of paint onto plastic on the floor, but not as much paint as I would normally use. Notice that the paint doesn’t completely cover the 18 x 18-inch area I have marked off on the plastic.

Cassandra Tondro abstract painting

I laid the canvas face-down onto the paint, and I DID NOT press it into the paint. I just laid it down gently and then pulled it back out of the paint, pulling from the top of the canvas. This will leave air pockets between the canvas and the paint, which is where the underpainting will show through.

Cassandra Tondro abstract painting technique

Here’s the finished painting. The large dark brown areas are the underpainting showing through.

Cassandra Tondro abstract art

If you’re not familiar with this abstract painting technique, check out my Create Your Own Original Abstract Art tutorial available for immediate download. This is a fun and easy technique anyone can use to create amazing abstract art. No art school training required!

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Mauve Mistint Challenge

I recently found this mauve paint on the mistint shelves at Home Depot, and thought it would be fun to see what I could do with it. Maybe it will give you some color ideas for your own work.

Cassandra Tondro abstract painting in progress

The mauve is a subdued color, so I paired it with some brights and some complementary colors: purple, turquoise, rust, olive green and lime green. I like to use unusual color combinations for my paintings

Cassandra Tondro abstract painting in progress

Here’s how the paint looked poured onto the plastic, before pressing the canvas into the paint.

Cassandra Tondro abstract painting in progress

And here’s how the finished painting looks after being pulled straight up out of the paint. The lime green paint was a little watery, and spread out more than the other colors. It also created a lot of bubbles in the painting. This piece is 18 x 18 inches, and it’s titled “Primordial Life.”

Cassandra Tondro, "Primordial Life," abstract art

Here’s the second pull from the same pour of paint. Notice that with the second pull the colors have become softer and more blended, and there aren’t as many bubbles. This painting is 20 x 10 inches, and it was pulled from the top edge of the canvas. It’s titled “Early Bloom.”

Cassandra Tondro, "Early Bloom," abstract painting

Once the leftover paint on the plastic is dry, you can peel it off and reuse the plastic.

Cassandra Tondro abstract painting in progress

If you’re not familiar with this painting technique, you may want to check out my Create Your Own Original Abstract Art tutorial available for immediate download. This is a fun and easy technique anyone can use to create amazing abstract art. No art school training required!

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New Tutorial – Create Your Own Original Abstract Art

I’m excited to share my latest tutorial with you, Create Your Own Original Abstract Art. I take you step-by-step through the easy-to-learn process I developed to create my Organic Series of paintings using leftover house paint. I share helpful tips for successful paintings, and you’ll be making your own amazing abstract art in no time.

This is a fun project for both children and adults. First I show you how to create the paintings yourself, and then I explain how to adapt the project to small and large groups. It makes a great classroom project for about 30 children, and can also be done at large outdoor fairs with hundreds of people.

The illustrated Create Your Own Original Abstract Art tutorial is a PDF file available for immediate download, and is for everyone who would like to learn a special technique for creating original abstract paintings.

Cassandra Tondro abstract painting tutorial

Cassandra Tondro abstract painting tutorial

 

Check out the new painting tutorial now!

 

My previous two tutorials are also available: An Introduction to Leaf Prints on Paper and A Study of Leaf Prints on Paper.

Keep me posted, and let me know how these tutorials are working out for you!

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New Unbleached Euro Flap Envelopes for Leaf Prints

I’m kind of excited about these new unbleached Euro Flap envelopes from LCI Paper. They have little bas relief lines running across them, and the unbleached color is a warm natural tan.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print art

Look how beautiful they look with a leaf print card printed on a Fabriano Medioevalis card blank (affiliate link).

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print art

So elegant! I highly recommend.

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New Painting “Harmony”

I thought I’d share this recent painting with you before it ships off to its new home in San Antonio, Texas. It’s titled “Harmony,” and it’s part of a new series of work.

Cassandra Tondro abstract painting "Harmony"

I really like the open quality of this painting, the bright colors, and the interesting balance of the design. It’s 36 x 12 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on natural unprimed canvas.

Cassandra Tondro contemporary painting "Harmony"

My best paintings are the ones that come together easily, without having to think about them too much. I think that’s the secret to creating great art — learning to turn off our critical minds!

“Harmony” is sold, but “Ascension,” from the same series, is available.

Cassandra Tondro abstract art "Ascension"

“Ascension” is a beautiful painting in its simplicity and grace, with a Zen-like quality. It’s 24 x 18 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on unprimed natural canvas, and ready to hang with or without a frame.

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Leaf Print Frameable Art Cards

Leaf prints on the Fabriano Medioevalis card blanks look awesome! These lovely off-white deckle-edge cards come in several sizes, and I like the 4.5″ x 6.75″ cards best. They come in sets of 20 cards with matching envelopes or boxes of 100 cards and 100 envelopes (affiliate links).


Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print Frameable Art Card

Leaf prints on these cards give beautiful golds, rusts, umber browns and occasionally a bluish-green. The prints are an interesting combination of clear and crisp and soft focus.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print Frameable Art Card

The inside of the card also picks up a lot of color, and it’s difficult to write a message there.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print Frameable Art Card

So I cut a piece of off-white paper to fit inside for the written message. You can leave it loose, or lightly glue it to the inside fold of the card.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print Frameable Art Card

When opened showing both sides, the card is a gorgeous piece of art, suitable for framing.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print Frameable Art Card

If you’re not familiar with the leaf print process, check out my Introduction to Leaf Prints on Paper tutorial for instructions on how to create the prints. Printing with leaves is an easy and fun project for both children and adults.

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Leaf Print Bookmarks with Solvent Transfer Text

Leaf prints make great bookmarks, and this is a project anyone can do. If you’re not familiar with the leaf print process, check out my Introduction to Leaf Prints on Paper tutorial for instructions on how to create the prints. Printing with leaves is an easy and fun project for both children and adults.

Tear the paper into 2″ x 7″ pieces, either before or after creating your leaf prints.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print bookmark DIY project

I used Fluid 100 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper (affiliate link) for these prints. It’s an interesting paper that gives lovely rusts, oranges and golden browns, and dainty dotted outlines of some leaves.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print bookmark DIY project

I put a saying on the back side of the bookmark, such as “to be continued…” or “more to be revealed.” I prepare the text in Photoshop, and print it out to make sure it’s the right size.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print bookmark DIY project

Once the text looks OK, I flip it horizontally in Photoshop to create a mirror image, and print it on a laser printer. If you don’t have a laser printer, you can use a photocopy machine to mirror the image and create a print using toner. It’s the toner that transfers to the leaf print. Ink jet prints won’t work using this technique.

More information about solvent transfers here.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print bookmark DIY project

I use a Chartpak colorless blender marker (affiliate link) to transfer the text to the print. You can also use a solvent or Citrasolv.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print bookmark DIY project

Place the text upside down against the leaf print. Hold the paper with the text in place, and rub the blender marker over the text two or three times.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print bookmark DIY project

As you lift the paper away, you will see that the text has transferred to the leaf print.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print bookmark DIY project

I finsh my booksmarks by punching a hole at the top and adding some yarn or string. The string on these two bookmarks was dyed when it was used to hold bundles together when steaming leaf prints.

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print bookmark DIY project

These handmade bookmarks make a beautiful and easy-to-create gift that nicely accompany a book.

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Zen Painting

Cassandra Tondro abstract art "Ascension"

I’m kind of in love with this painting right now. It started off as a drop cloth to catch drips and clean brushes for another painting I was working on, but then I noticed that it was really beautiful. So I stretched it and gave it the title “Ascension.” It’s 24 x 18 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas.

When I TRY to paint like this, I fail. But when I’m not thinking about it at all, these drop cloth pieces look great. How do I turn off my mind so that I can paint like this intentionally? It’s definitely a Zen practice!

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Creative Leaf Print Postcards

I like to send cards to friends so they’ll find something cheerful and handwritten in their mailbox along with the usual plethora of bills, catalogs and junk mail. It’s fun to create your own, and small leaf prints make lovely postcards that are just the right size for a “thinking of you” note.

Leaf Print Postcard DIY Project

Supplies needed for this project:

Leaf Print DIY Postcard ProjectLeaf Prints
Make your leaf prints 4″ x 6″, or tear larger leaf prints to this size. 4″ x 6″ is the USPS regulation size for postcards. These leaf prints were created on Saunders Waterford 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper (affiliate link), which gives lovely rusts, umber, and golds and soft focus leaf prints.
Leaf Print DIY Postcard ProjectPostcard Backs
Leaf prints bleed through to the back side of the print, so I use Fabriano postcards (affiliate link) for the back of my cards. They come in pads of 20, and give the finished postcards a nice substantial weight.
Leaf Print DIY Postcard ProjectGlue or Paste
I like YES! Stikflat Glue (affiliate link). It’s a paste that’s acid-free and easy to use. It spreads easily with a finger and adheres very well.

The process:

The Fabriano postcard backs are 4″ x 5-3/4″. I like to trim a little off of the 4″ side so that they don’t show through to the front of the leaf print.

Spread YES! glue on the postcard back with a finger, and press it onto the back of the leaf print. Place under a heavy book to dry.

That’s it!  Write your note, address the card, add a stamp and pop it into the mail to brighten someone’s day!

Who wouldn’t enjoy receiving one of these beautiful postcards in the mail, and they’re also frameable as art.

Leaf Print DIY Postcard Project

If you’re not familiar with the leaf print process, you might want to check out my Introduction to Leaf Prints on Paper tutorial. Printing with leaves is an easy and fun art project that anyone can do.

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Woven Leaf Prints

Here’s a fun and easy idea for leaf prints. For this project I used two 10″ x 13″ leaf prints. I cut one into 3/4-inch strips vertically and the other into 3/4-inch strips horizontally. Maintaining the order of the strips, I wove them together using a simple in-and-out basket weave. I think the result is spectacular!

Cassandra Tondro art woven leaf prints

I taped it on the back to keep the woven strips from shifting.Cassandra Tondro art woven leaf prints

Then I put it under a double white mat in a wood frame.

Cassandra Tondro art woven leaf prints

It’s a great-looking piece of art, and so easy to do.

Cassandra Tondro art woven leaf prints

For this piece I used two leaf prints with similar colors, and you can also try it with two leaf prints that have very different colors.

If you’re not familiar with the leaf print process, you might want to check out my Introduction to Leaf Prints on Paper tutorial. Printing with leaves is an amazing and addictive art form that anyone can do.

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