October 8, 2010

A Few Details on Working Materials

I have had a few comments asking about the process of how I paint, mediums I use etc...So I thought I would take a picture of my actual work space. I most often use Liquitex soft body acrylics for the colors and Benjamin Moore Super White flat interior house paint as my white. Water based paint almost all of the time. My palette is a plastic plate...easy to throw away and since acrylic dries very quickly, it is not worth trying to save what has been mixed. I often also paint with coffee...regular coffee with milk in it, as it makes a beautiful beige hue. For my textiles, I paint on raw canvas, not the expensive type from the art store but rather drop cloth from the paint store....as it holds the paint well and allows me to control the designs I am painting. For wallpaper designs, I usually use paper...either drawing with pencil or cutting with paper. To get an idea of this, my LULU DK Sunshine wallpaper design is all hand drawn and shaded with pencil. You can see it on my website. HERE. The collages from the book are a whole different story...I use every medium possible with the exception of oil based paints...I rarely use oil based products, I used them so much in Tromp L'oiel school in Paris that I think the mess and scent of it started to kill me. (literally and figuratively). The only remnant of toxic paints I use are white-out pens, which I love to use as the negative space and Elmer's Glue and Liquitex Matte Medium with I use on all my cut outs and collages. I also use every type of pen and pencil imaginable...that is pretty much it!

5 comments:

  1. hi. you have a lovely blog. i recently discovered your blog via the pink wishbone project. i am a big fan of your textiles (and loved seeing your home + beautiful family in the new lonny magazine). being an recent architecture graduate it is fun to see where your draw your inspiration from. take care. thanks for all the fun posts. if you'd ever be interested in a designer q&a with me on my blog, i'd be thrilled to host you. take care. have a fabulous week! -julie

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  2. oh my goodness, lulu, i'm crazy in love with the photos of your LA home in Lonny Mag! i'm about to post a few on my blog. i'm blown away -- your family is beautiful, and your art collection is *incredible*. i also love all the little touches, like the photo of your twins when they were babies and the monte carlo pillow. thanks for the amazing inspiration! xoxo

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  3. actually, i have a question -- i love the oversized photo of the man and child swimming -- is it a family photo, or a photo that you purchased? i'd LOVE to write about it and just wanted to know which it was! joanna_goddard at yahoo -- thank you SO much!!!

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  4. How lucky to have found your blog. I am buying a copy of Lonny in print solely because of your home--you have such style! All the best, Julie

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  5. Hello! What a beautiful home. I was wondering if the striped fabric on the two small pillows in the bedroom is a Lulu DK print?

    Many thanks,
    Eliz

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