Sometimes creating art is like an apple… It can be tart and sweet!
I started this mixed media piece I showed you in yesterday’s post – with watercolor and walnut ink on hot press watercolor paper.
I color copied a cut apple directly on my copier! I learned this technique recently from Lendon Noe in an online class hosted by Carla Sonheim: “Meaning Making: Inspired by Poetry.”
After I color copied my apple, I transferred the image to my paper with matte medium. I like how the background colors show through my apple!
Next, I drew three crabapples directly on the right side of my page with Stabilo CarbOthello which are Chalk-pastel coloring pencils.
I added the words, “Apple and Autumn” with a Pilot Parallel Pen with a 2.4 mm nib – which is a calligraphy pen that uses water soluble ink. I discovered that the ink bled over the apple transfer when I tried to write the word, “Autumn” using the “A” from the word, Apple.
Instead of scraping the whole project, I tried first to cover up the letters with tracing paper where I had lightly drawn apples as you see below in the photo on the right:
However, I still wasn’t satisfied with it so removed the tracing paper and covered the letters with computer typed letters. How do I blend the typed letters with my piece?
I solved the problem by gluing a piece of Gelli-printed deli paper in a light orange color over the typed letters.
I added three autumn leaves that I color copied and transferred the same way as the half of apple.
The words describe an apple to me: Tart and sweet, juicy, fresh, round, red and green, yellow.
I learned a lot from this art piece! It may not be frame worthy but I learned how to persevere and FINISH it! Sweet, I say!