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3D Art: Thinking Outside the Box


I know it may seem a little early in the game to start teaching dimensional art, but I think this could be fun for the beginner and the experienced. My favorite art teacher once taught me something that I will never forget. She said whenever you come up with an idea for your art, don’t stop there. Go one step farther and make it unique. She also said, “If you want to sell your art, make something unusual, unique and something everybody wants.” I realized that that was what I had/have been searching for as an artist. I am starting a series of online tutorials for 3D (dimensional) art. The photo above is a piece of gessobord painted with alcohol ink then layered with fabric paper and a stencil design. I then painted a tile with alcohol ink and added it to the base. Now I know that is only going up one step, but in my tutorials, we will layer 3 or 4 pieces to accomplish the dimensional art. I want to do this because I will be teaching several techniques. Each layer tells its own story with its texture. This series will be at least 3 if not 4 tutorials. I am completing the layout video now. This goes over the layering process and shows many of the options we will be using. It will be fun and I encourage you to stay tuned for this series. Thank you again, for being a part of my program, “Painting with Marlene”. We have a long journey of learning unique and fun techniques for not only alcohol ink, but can also be applied in watercolor and acrylics. Be thinking about using alcohol ink and the techniques I have been teaching you, for holiday gift-giving. People love to receive unique gifts for Christmas, birthday, anniversary and more. Plus, it shows you care enough to take the time to hand make your gift. Below is another 3D piece. You can see more on my website. Several have won awards in exhibits locally. I personally think the main reason is that they are 3D and not as common as it should be. Let’s change that! I hope you will stay tuned for this upcoming series of tutorials. That’s all for now. Have a great week! Click on the button below to go to my website to join or to see a list of recommended supplies I use. I have just added the “gessobord” and canvas info. You can click on them to order directly from Amazon.


This piece is called “Life Goes On..After Covid”. This piece is a sample of 3D Art with blocks painted, stenciled, or applied design such as beads, stained glass and found objects. It is so much fun and you will find your creativity hatch like a spring chicken!



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