Over the past week or so I have been playing around quite a bit in my art journal. I watched this video and then started following Diana Trout's process and ended up with this:
There are quite a few hours of work in this. but it is a lovely relaxing way to destress after a busy day. It was done over a few nights of the past week. I used a medium Pitt Pen, acrylic paint, water colour pencils, metallic water colour pencils and glimmering H2O paints. The colours in real life are much more vibrant....just don't know how to get it from a piece of artwork on to the computer and keep the intensity! I have done similar things previously, but it was fun to try a slightly new take on and old theme!
Today I have again been creating! A few weeks ago I bought Carla Sonheim's book 'Drawing Lab for mixed-media artists - 52 creative exercises to make drawing fun!' I have been working my way through some of the activities and today did Lab 8. The idea is to use water colours (I used watered down acrylic paints). You do random swirls of red, let it dry, swirls of blue, let it dry and then swirls of yellow and let it dry. You then look at the result and break out with the pens and in my case charcoal pencils and start creating little critters with your swirls of paint. If you need to you can come back with a little more paint to complete the image. I did these four this afternoon and really enjoyed the process. I think I will be trying these with my boys at school because they are nice and quick and the results can be lots of fun.
The great thing was that while I was waiting for the paint to dry I finally (after having been stopped by many months of coughing and spluttering), got my saxophone out again....I am very rusty, but had a great time getting back into it! It will not be so long between tunes again!!
After all that 'playing' I still need to do some prep for my classes next week! Can I find yet another distraction?