watercolour

it's the 100 days of art :: january recap y'all!

i did it!  i've truly started and so far so good.  back in january i posted about my 100 days of art { read that post here }.  i am so excited about this challenge that i'll be carrying straight thru the whole year of 2016.

yay me right!!!

my original plan was to do a weekly recap { whoa girl..pull up on them britches a bit! }.  don't think that's feasible so instead i'll be doing a monthly recap.  you'll see all the artwork i've worked on during the month but not all of them will count towards my 100 pieces, some of them are works that i started before the challenge and pulled out to work on them some more or, in some cases, finish them.

{ if you follow me on instagram, which you are doing right???, you'll see me countdown the numbered pieces that are part this challenge }

and here goes...

playing with alcohol inks & white signo pen doodling. { you can purchase a print of this bad boy here }Doodle on Alcohol Ink-100 days of art

last year decided to wanted to work in the round...ehh, not enamored with this one, she thinked too much on this one In the Round-100 days of art

playing with alcohol ink again, research work for a class on alcohol ink i'm developing for later this year { sign up here to get email notice when this class goes LIVEAlcohol Ink Play-100 days of art

when i created this one i was feeling sick most of day but needed to be creative so a quick jaunt to my artspace and then back in bed for me { completing this just about wasted me. ha! }Experience Life-100 days of art

more alcohol ink play... flipping heck i love this medium!!!!!detail-100 days of art

inking it up again!!!  whoop whoop! Vase of Alcohol Ink-100 days of art

ok i did tell you that i'm experimenting with alcohol ink right? heehee.  this one i worked up on a previously painted page in my art journal Flowers in Her Wake-100 days of art

have been having this love affair with watercolours for the past few months.  girl cannot get enough of watching the colours move and pool across the paper. Watercolour Feather-100 days of art

"green girl"  she's one from before....love her!!!! Green Girl-100 days of art

okay that's it folks.  february's artwork will be coming up rather soon.  gonna try for posting these monthly recaps toward the end of the month rather than in the middle of the following month.  so.....

what creative artplay did you get up to?   

share whatcha been doing over on instagram using the hashtag #ARTPLAYeveryday.  let's keep these creative juices flowing people!

toodles y'all, G

15 minutes of colour explosion { #99of 100}

when we moved to portland the only space for my studio was in the corner of our bedroom.  so the walk to work takes all of 3 steps { heehee }.  the other day feeling totally yucky but, knowing i had work to do, i gathered my computer, a notebook, my fave coleto pen and snuggled under the covers.somehow i knew i'd be working in small bursts cause as the tired 'n yucky and can-do-no-more-or-my-head-will-burst feeling arose all i would have to do is push everything away and rest.  that was my day.

...till about 5pm when the push and pull got to me and i needed a change of pace.  that's when, 2 feet away, my muse began calling to me.

you ever have a conversation in your head where 1 side says "DO IT!" and the other side says "nahhhh, let's not...no really.....don't."?  i was fighting and urging myself at the same time.

my muse won with 1 compromise.  she got 15 minutes max then back to bed cause i could feel  my body still wans't feeling all that good but my mind needed the distraction.

i began with a swath of watercolour across a page in my art journal that had already had the papers glued down.

it needed bold strokes.  i felt the muse direct me next to a big flower stamp.  most of the rubber stamps in my collection are much smaller, less bold.  when i bought this { and another one like it } oh so long ago i did wonder what the heck i would do with them.  last time i think i used either of them was at least 3 yrs ago, but today, i was just doing as i was bid.

i stamped them twice.  at first, this unnerved me because  i usually don't use stamps in this way but then, was called to stamp a few more all over the page instead of my usual of smaller stamp used for detail work and sprinkled throughout but, as this was just supposed to be 15 minutes i didn't argue with my muse.

wanting to add more colour but not knowing where to head next i rummaged thru my art cabinet and came upon my cray-pas oil pastels.  because i love colour sooo darn much i pulled out 6 - orange, green, blue, pink, red, yellow - and coloured each flower in.  the thought popped into my head "where the heck was i going with this?".  yet i stayed the course.

there seemed to be a competition between the watercolour background and the oil pastel flowers.  you know who won out don't you?  watered down gesso came next to tone down the background a bit.  and then in a move that made no sense { since i had just muted things } i sprinkled colorburst watercolour powders all over the page in just warm colours at first { see video of them coming alive with water }.

looks a total mess right? and yet still, i stayed the course.  i came upon a quote to use but ended up using something different in the end, not wanting to add too many words.  i wrote using the white oil pastel to act as a resist to the colourburst powders.

 

as the watercolours powders dried the colours receded a bit.  i like where i left it but i think there's more to be done and will revisit this page another time.  for now.....my muse was satisfied and let me lie down again.

G

#99of100    #ARTPLAYeveryday    #redbarnstudiosart

working in the round art journal

what type of art journal do you like to use? for some reason recently i've been called to work in the round.  what is that you might ask?

for me it means working within the confined parameters of a circle, my favourite symbol and one that finds itself in showing up in my artwork time and time again.

Art Journaling in the Round

this week i began with this watercolours from my new grumbacher transparent pan set { santa must have thought i was real nice last christmas, huh }, a recommendation from this book.  the green around the edges you see is masking fluid i applied so that the watercolours stayed within the boundary of the circle.

WIP Watercolour Round Art Journal

still struggling with using watercolours in abstract { which is usually how i like to work in acrylics } i then went to my regulars and added torn paper and a birds-on-a-wire stamp.

I Will Shine My Light

i worked it a bit more, covered up my initial beginnings, got to this place  ...i will shine my light...  and stopped there.  not my fave piece by far and truth be told,at one point i even wanted to throw it away.  i didn't.  but i think i'll be reworking this so i can include it in my round art journal and, i definitely will work in the round again.

still......i got to work on some art today.  my aim is to do this much, much more often this year of 2016.

toodles y'all, G

p.s.  are you guys a part of JAM2016?  you should be.  tiare smith runs the embrace your art challenge and this year it's all about creating a "journal about me" { JAM for short } and i'm a guest artist this year.  how flipping cool right!  so look for more JAM/journaling-in-the-round journal pages from me this year and check out and sign up for the challenge. 

 

#creativeeveryday   #watercolour   #artjournal

i'm at it again. oh my.

i've been making an effort these last couple of weeks to practice with watercolours, taking note of how it reacts with certain amounts of water and salt and other things.  well here's an "other thing" i recently tried , lol. tcv poppy frangments stencil

on a recent girl's day trip to an awesome store, called collage, here in portland { Liz McNabb you would love it! }  I picked up this stencil { among many, many other things....heehee }.  it's a crafter's workshop stencil called "poppy fragments".  and it sat on my new artspace table staring at me as I worked.  my immediate thought was, how could I use the stencil without spraying thru it which i really didn't want to do { i'm using watercolours people! }.

what i decided to do was spray the backside with adhesive so that as I painted, the juicy watercolour wouldn't seep underneath.  welllll......the only problem with that plan was who knows where my spray adhesive is?  remember i still have at least 65% of my studio supplies in our storage units downstairs.  ugh.  big UGH.

what I did instead was to rub a glue stick on the backside, stick that puppy down and use a fine brush to paint inside the stencil.  this way i don't have to have spray over the outside edges of the stencil thereby controling  where the colour ends up.  and.......

IT WORKED!

Fleur Watercolour

isn't she the loveliest lil thing?  totally doing this again { ahem! } ....once I find the other gazillion and one stencils I own.  storage here I come again.

toodles y'all, G

watercolour-y ....is that even a word?

the number 5

my muse these days is watercolor. once upon a time I would shy completely away from using this medium but today I love the watercolour-y effects I can get with it.

plus have ya seen the rainbow of colour I can use all in one piece? oh my! my mind is racing with all the cool things I can come up with. for now tho i'm enjoying the this playtime.

for this one I drew my fave number in pencil then went to town adding the splashes of vibrant colour { I tend to go for bold not subdued pastel-y colours even with watercolours ha! }.

I wanted the five to be in black but in brush stroke like it was written with a large sumi brush in Japanese script. it didn't turn out that way and the bold black looked a bit stark against all that colour so I added the line work in white with a signo pen { my new fave writing tool }.

loved how this turned out. the experimenting continues.

toodles, G