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Let’s Face It

Creating a face every day on Instagram can be challenging for the 100-day project that I started April 4th.  Yet, probably not in the manner you think!  😉

Let’s face it… I cannot draw a face with the SAME materials every day.  I need variety!

I have created faces with collage papers but not on a collaged background.  So this began my recent challenge for myself.

I started by randomly gluing pieces of papers in my sketchbook with a glue stick.  I chose papers without a lot of pattern and light in color so my pencil sketch would show up.

Here is my collaged background and my completed pencil sketch of my first experiment:

I tried to select papers in colors that went well together but not spend too much time on it.  In other words, I didn’t over think it!

My second one, I added color pencils to my pencil sketch:

Tomorrow, I will show you how I created my third collaged piece a little differently.

These were super fun to do!  I hope you give it a try!

Cheers! 🙂

My First “REAL” Selfie

I have been reading about drawing faces from various sources and decided to try a go at a more “realistic” selfie using my new set of Rembrandt Soft Pastels:

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I have only used soft pastels for drawing flowers so this was a bit of a stretch for me!

It helped me to focus on the “shadows” when drawing my face and NOT see it as a face – or MY FACE, eek!  That’s really scary as I would spend waaay too much time focusing on wrinkles and double chins…

OH, I see I’m digressing! Lol! 😉  Here I am in my red glasses:

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So I’m proud of myself for completing this first “REAL” selfie and to posting it here and on Instagram!!

Phew!  🙂

Happy Monday!

Jane Austen

I’m a little behind on my assignments in my year-long class with Carla Sonheim.  So yesterday, I combined two lessons into one.  This quote from Jane Austen on writing:

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And secondary, Carla’s tip on sanding magazine paper.  Roughing up this glossy paper gives it “tooth” which adds a nice texture to my collage.  It also gives a nice vintage feel to this piece which I like.  I added other papers, including an old postage stamp.

As many of you know, I love experimenting in art!   So this page was super fun to do. 🙂

Do you have a favorite book that Jane Austen wrote?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Colorful Faces

I made quick random marks in my mixed media sketchbook using watercolor and water soluble Tombow markers.  I only had a few minutes to create before I fixed dinner so I didn’t even let the page dry before I went onto the next one.  I did 10 pages in about 15 minutes.

Next, I decided to make quick one-liner sketches of faces from a magazine with ink without thinking about my backgrounds (paint had dried).  It was super fun!

Here are my 4 favorites:

Do you have a favorite?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers!  🙂

Moonrise

Sometimes I like to put brush to paper in watercolor without thinking about an outcome.

This experiment I did in my art journal recently.  As winter fades and Spring awakens:

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The colors in nature change from greys and blues to greens and yellows.

I also painted similar colors and patterns on Lutradur in watercolor.  This photo tells you about this product if you haven’t heard about it.

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The product can be used in sewing and paper arts. It feels like a heavy interfacing used in sewing.

I cut out a few strips of the painted Lutradur and glued them over my watercolor paper.  I like the subtle contrast with the paper.  I added a gelli-printed circle to represent the moon.

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Have you ever used Lutradur?  I’d love to hear how you have used it!

Cheers!  🙂

What?!

I had a little leftover glass bead gel from a recent art experiment… so instead of wasting it, I added fluid acrylics in Turquoise and spread it on a scrap piece of hot press watercolor paper.  I decided to add watercolor to it yesterday:

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What would YOU do to complete it?

I’d love to hear your ideas!!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S.  I’m thinking of making this a weekly feature on my blog… would you like to hear other creative ideas on how to complete a piece of art?!  🙂

Poking Holes

It is interesting to me how one art experiment often leads me to another…

In this case, poking holes in my paper, led to playing with circles – first with Tombow markers:

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Then cutting circle shapes from a variety of papers and stamping acrylic paint with a wine cork and adding a little glitter:

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And using the holes from the previous page to add an interesting layer:

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I’d love to hear how an recent art experiment led you to an unexpected outcome!

Cheers!  🙂

Yep It’s Yupo

I wanted to try yesterday’s technique – the crayon resist on Yupo paper.  In case you aren’t familiar with Yupo, it is a plastic surface – polypropylene to be exact.  Watercolor doesn’t soak into the surface and sits on top.

I started with quick drawing using crayons and covered them with water soluble markers.  I knew if I used a damp paper towel over it, it would remove color so I chose a dry one which basically just softened the crayons and didn’t add much interest.  I decided to try watercolors on top as you can see on the drawing below on the right:

I discovered that I could add texture with a paper towel if the area was still wet.  So I stamped my background with a clean foam stamp to create more interest.

After the watercolor dried, I decided to add Neocolors – which are a water soluble crayon.

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And another layer of watercolor to add some shadows and create depth:

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I really like how interesting this turned out.  I want to continue to experiment in this medium.

Cheers!  🙂

Abstract Landscape

I haven’t done one of these abstracts in awhile.  I find them very meditative to do.  I did this one on Sunday while watching the Oscars.

I started with several layers of watercolor on 140 lb hot press paper:

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Next, I outline shapes I see when the paint changes color with a black Micron .01 pen:

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It is very meditative to choose which shapes I want to include:

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This time, I left some shapes without outlines:

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I think it gives the eyes time to rest.  You can choose to see individual shapes or the big picture.

I want to try using an actual photo as a reference for my next one.

Cheers!  🙂

Dreaming Of Spring

We still have lots of snow on the ground but I couldn’t help but dream about Spring in my art journal lately…

I created this doodle from my imagination and memory of Nature with Micron pens:

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Yesterday, I added watercolor.  I found this so relaxing!

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It reminded me of this doodle I did last August, that you can find here.

So I started a new piece on the right.  I plan to doodle on top of the watercolor for this one!

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How do you “branch” out to try something new in art?  I’d love to hear from you!

Cheers!  🙂