Been busy lately with Life Book 2014. Great fun and highly recommended. I have noticed that I am initially reluctant to do some exercises; “It’s too easy/hard/complicated/simple…” but when I knuckle own and get on with it, I find myself challenged and engrossed. Some of my results have been a little… well rubbish. Others have turned out better than expected. For more see my blog, Art Journaling.
This week’s exercise was presented by Alena Hennessy, and I enjoyed it so much, I grabbed a small canvas this afternoon and produced another one.
It’s taken a while, but finally we have a glimpse of summer in Wales. I know that some parts of the UK have have a decent amount of nice weather lately, however poor old Wales gets more than its fair share of downpours and dull days. Spent the afternoon with a friend yesterday (the owner of “Freedom”) helping her put together a huge trampoline for her kids. When I got home, I was so full of sunshine that I made this piece.
9×7″ Watercolor & mixed media. £25.00 plus p&p. See Galleries for more details.
It’s tough trying to write a blog on abstract art… especially if you haven’t actually done much art all week. I did manage to produce one piece – ‘Friendship’ in the doodle-pips gallery – but I was highly motivated to
do so in order to avoid having to buy a gift for my girlpal’s birthday. That sounds awful, but I find shopping in soulless stores and shopping centres pretty uninspiring. I would so much rather give something I have created, wouldn’t you? My friend will know that it is unique, that I thought about her lots while I was making it and, of course, it’s a pretty thing – well, I think so anyway.
Want to know how these are done? Okeydoke. I use Fabriano Artistico hot pressed 140lb watercolour paper. Generally begin with the word – experimenting with placement on some scrap paper first, outlining in pencil and then going over it with a waterproof fineliner pen. I spray Liquitex spray acrylic paint over a few random stencils and masks. In this case it was a bright acid green. When the paper is completely dry, I dampen it with clean water and lay down some watercolour washes – all different colors. The paint I’m using at the moment is Peerless Watercolors. They are awesomely ‘different’ and deliciously vibrant – I’ll see if I can find some product links and add them at the end of this post.
Next step is to doodle some flowers, paint them with either paint, markers or watercolour pencils – these were done with Inktense. I thicken up the lettering, add colour to it and doodle on it. (I like zendoodling!)
More doodling, more filling in with color — sometimes I’ll use brush markers. I go over the doodle outlines with my black pen — the scribblier, the better. Finally I add white, either with a white gel pen or a correction pen.
Anyway, I’d like to say, “Hello World, this is my new blog.” By its very nature it will be more visual than writey, so please forgive if I don’t update it very often. If you want to read my ramblings, then you might visit Tarot Journal – I promise it’s not all woo-woo-nonsense, you might even request I turn a card on your behalf!
Supplies mentioned above, both US and UK – look I’m not about to miss out on a small commission, am I? 😀