I am enjoying classes; it has been so long since I’ve taken a class! A fellow participant from Vienna commented that the classes were loosening her up from University, allowing her creativity to flow. It is certainly doing that for me. As an artist, I have my comfort zones, and explore my ideas within those zones. Sharing space or having artist friends, is a good way to learn techniques, but I have been working in a vacuum for a long time. These classes are teaching me new tricks.
I get high checking in on the two groups I am part of, and seeing the wonderful pieces others are posting daily. Being in the groove, so to speak, is priming the pump. I saw my acupuncturist the other day (I’m a big baby about needles) and he was able to leave the needles in much longer because I was so preoccupied with a vision I had for some turtles to paint!
This morning Lisa Patencio offered a lovely video on a fun way to create a book-card. Being a notorious non-follower of the rules I did it my way. I am on a honu-drawing kick. I love texture and random patterns, and working with a speed-ball roller to lay in color was a kick. I pulled out architectural templates and added some Hawaiian words appropriate to the the images, and off I went.
I am enjoying Faber-Castell’s Pitt pens, and used them in tandem with Tombow pens, which I have used forever. I think I like Pitt’s better, mostly because the colors stay put, whereas Tombow is watercolor and will blend. It is all what I want for this time, now. I wish Pitt had more colors for the fine tips (versus brushes), especially in the white — I LOVE the white india ink. To be able to come back and do this or that and use white as a color is lovely. I am sure that if I had a skinny nib I would do color on black with white as a reverse ink.
I started with a sheet of 100lb watercolor paper, 11×14-inches. I added Golden liquid acrylic color with the roller, then played with my templates to locate the words I wanted in the pieces. Then I cut them into the lengths, and began detailing the book-cards. I loved the way the ink went darker over the plain paper then textured into a lighter hue over the acrylic. Process above, on my first one, which was the trial. Details below.
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