Saturday, October 31, 2009
I was glad my dentist was running late, so I could draw this unusual scarecrow in his office. It stands about 3 feet tall and reminds me of the birds in the old Heckle and Jeckle cartoons.
With a 9B Cretacolor Monolith pencil in the journal. Happy Halloween!
Friday, October 30, 2009
The rest of the alphabet, this time to play with mixing stamp pads, gel medium, and watercolor paint.
The small cats eye stamps that come in a stack (6 colors) are so convenient to daub on paper or . . . even stamps! I stroked gel medium over the dried letters, which lifted some color, but added to the grunge look.
Then a splotch of watercolor paint, which makes interesting patterns over gel medium. It all works for learning how the different media work together.
In the journal.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I bought some letters for stamping BIG messages.
Stamp pad ink, then acrylics brayered on and monoprinted on (from waxed paper), then a line with a dip pen in india ink: "With 26 letters, you can write everything."
Of course, I only used 13 here. In the journal.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
One of the collage techniques I learned online is to use torn strips of masking tape. Great for simple, paintable layering.
The gold strips were from another paper. I'm liking collage without imagery, just for texture.
In the journal, where all the lines are covered up.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Random acrylic swaths of color, Then roaming doodle lines to make a shape for focus.
I intensified the hues of various areas with added w/c pencil, undampened. I love the glow of this palette.
The journal lines do nothing for this composition . . .
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The base of this was an opening seedpod on a dark gray background. I added lots of colors by doing a form of monoprinting--putting paint on waxed paper, then using a brayer to roll the back of the painted paper onto the piece, or vice versa.
Random monoprinting transfers paint in erratic blobs and patterns. Great fun! The unexpected results make every roll an experiment.
Acrylics in the journal.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
There's much discussion among the members of my online art journaling class, that we love creating the backgrounds and learning new painting techniques, but we don't really know anything worthy to write on the pages.
I don't either, so I made this pretty unreadable.
Friday, October 16, 2009
One of the fun things about acrylic paint is what's left on the palette after several sessions.
First I saw a bear--looking to the right, with a red eye and a teal nose.
Then I saw a green ear and a dark blue stocking cap--on a dog.
If only I could plan an abstract as well.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
20 minutes outside Las Vegas is a circular drive through Red Rock Canyon. In August I took this photo of the vista from the wayside stopping point that is at the highest point.
This is the path back from another viewing stop on the drive, where a stream occasionally flows through the canyon.
I love the subtle, ever changing desert colors much more than the repetitive shouting electric colors of the Strip.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Cooking a beet (sliced, 1 min, 20 seconds, in the microwave with a bit of water) produced such gorgeous liquid, I had to use it as paint.
Sploshed on hot with minimal redirection. I like the subtle tones that appeared, perhaps because of the paper expanding and rippling.
Now I'll ponder further development. On 140# w/c paper.