I've made a few more bookmarks to give away. These are made with old scraps of watercolor experimentation. I used Inktense Blocks for these and a bit of white acrylic paint. You can read about the process here.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Pass the Fire
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks Notan is cool!
When you're making Notan artist trading cards, you don't have a lot of space to work with (2.5" x 3.5"). I started with 1" x 1.5" scraps of paper for these.
Pass the Star
The cutting gets kid of fiddly and it is harder to do multiple cuts than it was with the larger piece I did in my sketchbook.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
I did cut into a pristine 3"x 3" piece of origami paper for this "Notan" experiment, so I'm not sure it qualifies as a "scrap", but it's my blog, right?
I've been wanting to try Notan for awhile, and this post by Diana Trout inspired me. I haven't got the book yet so I just used her video.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Upper Room, Jerusalem
5.5" x 8.5"
This sketch was based on a photo I took in Jerusalem:
I played around with the Heat Map functionality in Picasa, and then created a collage in PicMonkey to finalize a color palette.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
I have become more interested in the reasons that we make art, both the inspirations and emotions behind a piece of art and the effects that creating art has on us. The coloring book craze, for example, has shown us that some people color because they find it relaxing. So, when Quarto Group offered me a review copy of their Drawing Calm: Relax, Refresh, Refocus with 20 drawing, painting, and collage workshops inspired by Klimt, Klee, Monet, and more, I accepted.
Drawing Calm is dedicated partly to "anyone who is looking for a bit of artful calm", and is divided into 3 main topics:
- How to get started - finding time and space, supplies you'll need, and some warm-up exercises
- 7 chapters containing an emotion and 3 or 4 projects each inspired by a work of art by a known artist
- Maintaining the calm - a chapter with more ideas and exercises to continue your artful calm
The projects involve a variety of media - acrylic, gouache and watercolor paint, pencil crayons, collage, and pastels. A beginner might follow the step by step instructions for each project and a more experienced artist might adapt them to their favorite medium.
Art is very subjective, so naturally, not all of the works selected for inclusion inspired me. The selection is broad enough, though, that I found several that I hope to pursue. Similarly, the warm-up exercises and ideas for continuing the journey are varied so that something will appeal to everyone.
The book is an interesting collaboration between an artist and a Creative Healing Educator. Together, they provide the art instructions and commentary about how and why we respond to art to send you on your creative journey.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017
April is tax season and this month has disappeared in a blur. I've been doing a bit of simple journaling of the "cut and paste" variety, inspired mostly by my talented friend Penelope who is teaching an art journaling class at the local community centre. I haven't been able to attend but she started a fabulous blog full of inspiration! Check it out if you want to start a simple art journal.