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The Princess Frog and the Jester

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These frames are perfect for my frogs ~  fancy, ornate, maybe a tad too much?  I don't care.  Today I love them. Tomorrow ~ who knows?

Anthropomorphized Frogs - the Princess and the Jester

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The Princess Frog and the Jester
The Blender Pencil works miracles.  Filled all the divots, looks much better. Background complete. Now I need to find the perfect frame,  these royal characters deserve the best!

Anthropomorphized Frogs - the Princess and the Jester

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The Princess Frog and the Jester
My new "Colored Pencil Paper" is different, not awful, just different. The color does not fill the toothy divots. I'm hoping the blending  pencil will do the trick.
I've also decided these portraits  need a background. Lots of penciling to do!

Anthropomorphized Frogs - the Princess and the Jester

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The Princess and the Jester Colored pencils -  one of my favorite mediums. I purchased some new paper specifically for colored pencils. I normally use Bristol which  is very smooth. This new paper has more  tooth than I'm used to. So I choose a subject matter that warrants my blind jump into new territory.

Art Journal Collage

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C O L L A G E
Wonderful medium ~  collage Versatile Inventive Resourceful
The Art Journal  - your art journal -  can benefit from collage.
These are small, 8 x 10" pages. 
I am able to use the scraps of collage ephemera  that I have accumulated over the years. 
I've collaged color copies of my own art,  images from magazines, tags, buttons,  motivational words that I love.  Anything is fair game.
The hinges in the center of the page  are color copies from a catalog.  But they look real don't they?




Collage and Greeting Cards

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C O L L A G E
Wonderful medium ~  collage Versatile Inventive Resourceful
I've made these little 8 x 10" collagse specifically for greeting cards. The background of the collage starts with a canvas board, pages from  old books, hymnals, and stamped with acrylic paint.
Because they are small, I am able to use the scraps of collage ephemera  that I have accumulated over the years. The colorful border at  the bottom  is collaged fabric, also saved scraps.
Once I am satisfied with the collage, I scan it to my computer and  add the text. I save the collage and text as a JPEG file and send it to an  on-line company to make a 4 x 6" photo print.
Double sided tape is the secret ingredient.  I tape the photo print to a blank purchased card with matching envelope.  The photo prints are the perfect option for me, since  I do not own a professional color printer.


Collage and Greeting Cards

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C O L L A G E
Wonderful medium ~  collage Versatile Inventive Resourceful
I've made these little 8 x 10" collages specifically for greeting cards. The background of the collage starts with a canvas board, pages from  old books, hymnals, and stamped with acrylic paint.
Because they are small, I am able to use the scraps of collage ephemera  that I have accumulated over the years. The colorful border at  the bottom  is collaged fabric, also saved scraps.
The blue birds were a resident of my sketchbook.  I trimmed the extra paper and collaged them here.
Once I am satisfied with the collage, I scan it to my computer and  add the text. I save the collage and text as a JPEG file and send it to an  on-line company to make a 4 x 6" photo print.
Double sided tape is the secret ingredient.  I tape the photo print to a blank purchased card with matching envelope.  The photo prints are the perfect option for me, since  I do not own a professional color printer.

"The Rose" Acrylic & mixed media painting

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Hufnagle Library Glen Rock, PA
"The Rose" on exhibit at the library through July


Collage and Greeting Cards

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C O L L A G E
Wonderful medium ~  collage Versatile Inventive Resourceful
I've made these little 8 x 10" collages specifically for greeting cards. The background of the collage starts with a canvas board, pages from  old books, hymnals, and stamped with acrylic paint.
Because they are small, I am able to use the scraps of collage ephemera  that I have accumulated over the years. The colorful border at  the bottom  is collaged fabric, also saved scraps.
Once I am satisfied with the collage, I scan it to my computer and  add the text. I save the collage and text as a JPEG file and send it to an  on-line company to make a 4 x 6" photo print.
Double sided tape is the secret ingredient.  I tape the photo print to a blank purchased card with matching envelope.  The photo prints are the perfect option for me, since  I do not own a professional color printer.

Collage and Greeting Cards

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C O L L A G E
Wonderful medium ~  collage Versatile Inventive Resourceful
I've made these little 8 x 10" collages specifically for greeting cards. The background of the collage starts with a canvas board, pages from  old books, hymnals, and stamped with acrylic paint.
Because they are small, I am able to use the scraps of collage ephemera  that I have accumulated over the years. The colorful border at  the bottom  is collaged fabric, also saved scraps.
Once I am satisfied with the collage, I scan it to my computer and  add the text. I save the collage and text as a JPEG file and send it to an  on-line company to make a 4 x 6" photo print.
Double sided tape is the secret ingredient.  I tape the photo print to a blank purchased card with matching envelope.  The photo prints are the perfect option for me, since  I do not own a professional color printer.




Trolls in the Attic - Middle Grade Book

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Here is a mock-up book cover for TROLLS IN THE ATTIC.
The title and other verbiage show up well in a white font. This will give the author an idea what it could look like with the words. A book designer will be used to actually design the cover using my art.
Look for Joanie Findle's book. Hopefully it will be published this year and I'll show you on this blog.

Trolls in the Attic - Middle Grade Book

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TROLLS IN THE ATTIC
This art was created with colored pencils on bristol board paper. Colored pencils require many layers of colors until I reach the desired effect or outcome. Then I use a "Blender Pencil" to blend these many layers of colors. You can see the before picture at the bottom.  I had just started to blend the walls of the attic.
 The transformation is amazing!




Trolls in the Attic - Middle Grade Book

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Here we have the finished approved artwork for the cover of TROLLS IN THE ATTIC.
Seven trolls, yellow eyes, ferocious looking teeth. Young innocent girl who has no idea of the trouble she is in for!

Trolls in the Attic - Middle Grade Book

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So, this is the cover with the new trolls.
The author thought the girl's hair should hang loose, I added more hair, but I really want the hair tied back so we could see the tilt of her head. Now I have too much hair. And I have an even number of trolls - I like odd numbers. Back to the drawing board.

Tyronne the Turtle

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TYRONNE THE TURTLE
Reptile & Amphibian Art Exhibit June 17th thru July 30th
at the Richard M. Nixon County Park
Come visit Tyronne and cast your vote for him!

COLLAGE -

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On May 31st, I received this email:
Hi Judy, My name is Anuj Agarwal. I'm Founder of Feedspot.
I would like to personally congratulate you as your Judy Grupp Studio has been selected by our panelist as one of theTop 40 Collage Blogs on the web.
http://blog.feedspot.com/colla ge_blogs/
I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world.

This is the most comprehensive list of Top 40 Collage Blogson the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!
Needless to say I was quite surprised and honored. Especially considering the huge number of fabulous blogging collage artists that I was in competition with. And, as you can see from my blog, collage is only one of many forms of art that I create. Thank you FEEDSPOT !
To celebrate, I will share some of my favorite collages. Most have already been featured on my blog. I also included many collages in my book, ART JOURNAL, available on Amazon.







Trolls in the Attic - Middle Grade Book

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My trolls needed tweaking. The feet and hands were too big. The noses too long. Too tall. The author wanted squatty trolls with pointed teeth.
 Yellow eyes.
 I practiced until we were able to get the trolls in her head down on my paper.


Trolls in the Attic - Middle Grade Book

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The author had a visual in her head of how she wanted the cover to look. This is a self published book, so I am able to meet with the author and try to create what she wants. I am just a tool for her. This is not about me creating art, it's all about creating for the author. In the publishing world, I think the author and artist never meet, let alone talk about the work.
After seeing my first drafts, the author wanted this scenario - the girl sitting in a sideways position and looking in the box. The trolls needed to be squatty and ferocious and no trees.

Designing Book Cover for Middle Grade Readers - trolls

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I have been commissioned to design and create a book cover. A book for middle-grade readers, a  book with no illustrations inside. The book is filled with short stories about the supernatural. The author wanted the cover to illustrate the story titled: TROLLS IN THE ATTIC.

The author wanted to show the scene of a young girl in the attic looking in a box she had found. The box is magical and when she opened it, trolls were released. I conceptualized it by adding the trees which showed up later in the story. 

In the designing of this cover, or any cover, I must remember to leave room for the title, authors name, the ISBN code, and possibly a blurb on the back.  I added the graytones so she could see the dark and menacing atmosphere in the attic.

I created two versions to give the author an idea of what the cover could look like. It is just a starting point - an avenue for communication between the artist and the author. 







Jeremy Duck - Acrylic

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Jeremy Duck  Love this super bright and fun painting.  I think the Library kids will love it too.  Who doesn't like rubber ducks!
You can see more of Jeremy in my book, The New Adventures of Jeremy Duck. It is available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. 

Jeremy Duck and Rubber ducks - Acrylic

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Another kid's painting for the Hufnagle Library  exhibit in Glen Rock, PA. this summer.

You might recognize the duck, it's Jeremy from my book,  The New Adventures of Jeremy Duck

Just a quick peek at my messy studio!!

Baby Goats in Pajamas

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The kids at the Library should enjoy this painting.
I did use layers of glazes in the sky and the clouds. I don't usually use glazes in my children's art, but it worked well up there in the sky.
Don't you wish you were a baby goat!

Baby Goats in Pajamas

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The goats are progressing nicely -  up in the clouds -  wearing pajamas!

Baby Goats in Pajamas

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Nothing cuter than baby goats - unless it's baby goats in pajamas!

I was invited to exhibit at the Hufnagle Glen Rock Library this summer. The kids at the Library need something fun and whimsical to look at - baby goats it is!



I found pictures of baby goats and created a composition I thought was fun - the goats would be jumping in the air. I used gesso to paint in the bodies and acrylic markers to draw the outlines.

Trees in Acrylic and Collage

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JUST TREES
Painted Paper saved this painting. Lots more collaged paper filled in the foliage of these trees. More definition and more color. Some of the leaves even fell onto the shadows. 
BEFORE . . .

Trees in Acrylic and Collage

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JUST TREES

More Painted Paper. The foliage needs more collage. I got out my stash of painted paper and cut little squares of matching colors.
The foliage before . . .

The foliage after . . .