I have loved getting to know Connie, Carly's mama, and she invited me into her studio (you'll have to wait a bit to see that interview) to see where she works. She says she creates in nature, but takes the concept back to her workspace to make.
Yesterday she invited me to a play date with her art group.
What fun! Want to see what we did?
It's been a minute since I painted on paper. Connie combined the fun of stamps, water soluble markers and brushes, allowing us to use her supplies, while she taught us a new technique. Just look at all the stamps and inks she brought along.
* I learned you need to make a mess first, then make art
It is so much more fun to see the array of stamps and pens spread out on the table, than to have everything in it's case.
We taped a small piece of cardstock to a large piece of same weight cardstock to be used as a test for the images we were going to stamp. We had small brushes and water, some paper toweling and chocolate, good music playing and lots of conversation as well.
* I learned how to use color in an additive way to layer, deepen, blend to create shadows
*keep going because it's not over til it's over
We do that with quilts right?
*have your supplies at hand and organized but available to use
|Connie's handiwork yesterday!|
|One of my finished pieces|
*sign all work even if you think it's not good
I went in at the end and added yellow to the center as it needed warmth.
The paint was diluted by rubbing the marker on a slick palette then diluting with a bit of water, and dropped onto the dry card.
*be brave and try it. Life is about learning and experimentation, don't be afraid to mess it up
|my other finished piece|
*random is really pretty
as much as I like my two small works, and I do, I think I'm captivated by my scrap sheet of paper even more.
*unplanned random images can be the best work
I'm going to show you close ups of the test paper next because cropped into a composition image for the blog, I realize the value of the test work!!!
It is very pretty to me in it's random nature, and I spent no time nor decision making on any of it unlike the actual artwork.
* there is something to just play, don't you think? Unplanned and layered , overlapping images create vignettes you couldn't have planned.
Like the image at the top of my post, this was just a way to test mixing color on the stamp itself, and how direct marker application over watered down pigment would blend.
The blue is strong but not too strong for a future boat bottom or distant depth of water.
The blur of purple introduced when the blue was wet on the paper makes a nice blend.
The yellow green looks subtle but really pretty stamped over the blurry sky
*I also think gold warms up a piece in subtle ways.
It's really quite easy to approach doing a watercolor this way
Stamps and some watersoluble markers, some heavy textured watercolor paper, a brush are all that's needed.
And a sense of play
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