by Chelsea Johansen

hair painting January 30, 2013

i am very excited to say that i made my first piece of my “body” series today!!

the first of at least 5 works was painting with my hair using india ink.


i had to buy 20 2.5 oz. bottles of india ink

(because that’s the only size i could find)

to ensure my hair would be totally soaked.

this was the first time i have used india ink so i thought the consistency of it would be thicker.

turned out i bought way more than i really needed because it was quite thin

(all well, i want to make another one anyways!).

instead of using canvas like i usually do,

i bought a 10 yard roll of arches paper and had it shipped to my house.

paper is something i have never worked on,

but i thought the ink would sit better on paper than canvas.

i measured out 8 feet of paper and got to work!

(p.s. i know how awful i look. it was a messy job!)










and done!


the final product!

i am sooo happy with how it turned out!

i thought about going over it a second time, but i think it looks perfect just how it is.

all it needs is to be framed,

which may cost a small fortune.

especially if i decide to do another 🙂


and then came the cleanup process.

i was sure the ink would come out of my hair,

but it took a lot longer than expected….


my hair after one wash…


it started to turn a little green and gray.

so i went home and shampooed it 4 more times

and it’s almost all gone.

thank goodness!!


if you have comments, suggestions, etc. i would love to hear!


new snow photos January 24, 2013

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last weekend i dug out my camera after over a month break.

the photography class i took in the fall really discouraged me from photographing.

i needed a break for a bit.

and i was plenty busy over christmas!

but i couldn’t avoid taking photos any longer.

at least not when there was snow on the ground!!

pullman in the snow is absolutely beautiful!

rolling white hills in every direction.

here are a few photos i captured before my battery died 😦




they didn’t turn out as great as i hoped.

a little rusty i suppose.

but shooting these photos made me remember why i love photography,

especially landscapes.

check out more of my photography here!

updates on my current painting project will be up soon!


new photography website! January 11, 2013

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hey ya’ll!

i have a brand new photography website!

check it out at

i designed the site with the help of my wonderful boyfriend, nick gourlie,

who put it all together.

he did a fantastic job so go check it out!

and check out his site and blog here.


body paintings January 8, 2013

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yesterday was my last first day of school


i have one more semester of college and i’ll be thrust out into the “real” world.


i can’t wait to graduate,

but i savor every last experience before it all becomes a distant memory

of which i’ll reminisce one day.


this semester i will be taking advanced painting,

which is essentially a graduate student course!

this means that i can work freely on my own projects

and get critiqued whenever i need it.

i want to focus on doing a complete body of work this semester

instead of individual projects.

my idea is to do a series of paintings that are made with different parts of my body.

i was inspired to do this when i took a 20th century art history class.

one of the women we looked at, janine antoni, i believe it was, painted with her hair.

i have been wanting to do this for a long time

and think it would be a different and exciting experience being a part of the painting,

as opposed to being distanced by a paint brush.

and it’s a great excuse to get messy!!

stay tuned for updates and photos of works in progress.

janine antoni 1993