Abstract Spatter Bicycle Gears Steampunk Cyanotype Handmade Unique Artwork 8×10 matted to 11×14

This abstract image draws you in to inspire your creativity and imagination. I created this with a spray bottle and a collection of various size of bicycle gears. You can see ghostly images of the gears at the edges. Perfect for the fan of biking or Steampunk. What do you see?

This cyanotype is 8 inches x 10 inches in size. It is matted to an overall size of 11×14. It comes with the mat, backing, and a plastic bag which encloses them all.

A cyanotype is created by mixing 8.1% potassium ferricyanide and 20% ferric ammonium citrate. The substance is sensitive to light. I then paint a surface with that concoction and lay objects on top of the paper. The shadows created by those objects leave a pattern. Each cyanotype is a one-of-a-kind hand crafted work of art. I create each cyanotype by hand myself. Every cyanotype is unique.

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Lisa Shea Artwork

Lisa Shea Artwork

Our time on this Earth is incredibly brief – and we never know when it will end. Life is truly ephemeral. The one thing we know is that each day is a blessing. Each day is a precious, one-time-only opportunity to share love and appreciate beauty.

Every day matters.

I love exploring a variety of art forms. Digital photography. Film photography. Cyanotypes. Origami. Polymer clay and precious metal clay. The possibilities are nearly endless – and each one has its own unique beauty.

Here are just a few of the realms I’ve explored. I hope they inspire you in your own creativity!

Lisa Shea Origami

I adore origami. It is made from paper – it is something anybody of any age level or financial status can enjoy. It can create objects both simple and beautiful. You can make jewelry, table decorations, wall hangings, flowers, Christmas tree ornaments, and just about anything else you could want. It is meditative and serene.

Lisa Shea’s Origami

Lisa Shea Cyanotype

Cyanotypes pre-date photography. You mix up light-reactive chemicals, paint a surface with them, and then lay objects on top of that surface. When the sun shines down, it turns the exposed areas blue. The areas left in shadow remain the base color. You can create beautiful prints, T-shirts, curtains, and other items with this technique.

Lisa Shea’s Cyanotypes

Lisa Shea Monoprint Printmaking
Monotype Printmaking

A monotype is a one-time-only, unique print made off of a one-time-use surface. Compare this with woodblock printing where you can just keep churning out the same image over and over again. With a monotype setup, when that print is made, it’s done. There’s no going back. There’s no redos. It’s a quite mindful way to create art.

Lisa Shea Monotype Printmaking

Lisa Shea Polymer Clay
Polymer Clay

Polymer Clay is an amazing style of plastic clay that can be baked in a normal oven. You don’t need a special kiln to do it with. It comes in a wide ranges of colors, styles, and textures. You can make sculptures, pendants, earrings, rings, and a wide variety of other items. Covers for journals.

Lisa Shea’s Polymer Clay

Lisa Shea Photography

It’s interesting that, not too long ago, the word “photography” meant film photography. It was just assumed. Nowadays photography by default for most people means digital photography. If there’s a photography show that’s open to the public for submissions, nearly all submissions are done digitally. It reminds us of how ever-changing life truly is.

Lisa Shea’s Photography (digital)

Lisa Shea Film Photography
Film Photography

For those who still remember film photography, they often think of 35mm roll film in neat cylindrical cartridges. But I like to go back even further in time. Back to when film was in 120 large, square format and you only got 12 photos per roll. I use a Holga camera for this, which is a plastic-based camera made in China. It creates eclectic, artistic types of images.

Lisa Shea’s Film Photography

Lisa Shea Redscale Film Photography
Redscale Film Photography

Remember that 35mm film we were talking about? There is one way I enjoy using it. If you put it into a camera backwards, so you’re shooting through the back side of the film instead of the front, then colors take on this rich, red hue. It’s about the way the light interacts with the backwards film. You get stunning effects by doing this.

Lisa Shea’s Redscale Film Photography

Lisa Shea Cross-Processed Film Photography
Cross-Processed Film Photography

In the days of film, there was regular photo film and then slide film which was meant for creating slides for slide projectors. Different chemicals were used for developing the two types of film. However, if you took slide film and then used regular photo chemicals on it, something fun happened. The colors would pop and alter. That brings a new way of viewing the images.

Lisa Shea’s Cross-Processed Film Photography

Lisa Shea Art Books and DVDs
Lisa’s Art Books & DVDs

I love to write and to help others learn. You can probably guess that from the hundreds of thousands of pages on this website. I’ve written a number of books about art, cyanotypes, Holga photography, jewelry making, origami making, and more. Here are a few of my books which touch on artistic topics.

Lisa Shea Art Books and DVDs

Ask with any questions!

Depth of Field

The challenge for the week of Feb 26 to March 4, 2018 at 52Frames.com is the theme of “Depth of Field”. This is about exploring the ways in which the aperture setting on a camera cause a shallow area of focus in an image. Here’s an example done by me, of a flower blossom.

See how the petunia itself is in focus, while the world behind it is out of focus? This is created with a shallow depth of field. The aperture of the lens was wide open, causing that to happen.

Be sure to sign up at http://www.52frames.com so you can participate in future weekly challenges! This is a great way to stretch your photography wings :).