Thursday, March 23, 2017

Summer of '42

Charcoal on watercolor paper - 6X6

This is a quick smudgy charcoal to prep for a a journal entry - "Decades" theme.

One of my favorite songs from the 1940s is "I'll Be Seeing You."  It was actually written in the 30's, but my mom told me it became very popular during the war.  I have warm memories of my mom humming this song when I was a little girl - probably why I love it.

Almost everything below was done with a Charpak blender (transfer pen) - washed with a warm tone of watercolor.



And the beautiful song, if you care to listen:   

   



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday


Watercolor - 6X6


This is a watercolor from last week.

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Art journal:

I was looking for a different way to transfer laser jet copies of images into the journal and found something called a Chartpak blender marker.  There are many YouTube videos describing how to use the pen.  Unfortunately, I got a little carried away with the pen and ruined the journal page, so I did what my favorite watercolor teacher suggested - crop it.

After cropping the page, I thought it would be nice to make a "favorite songs from every decade" grouping.   The one below, of course, is from the 1930s & the song is "The Very Thought of You."  These will be small - 4X4.





Friday, March 17, 2017

Vendredi


Art journal:

What to do with deli paper strips? Because artist Helen Moreda said the strips reminded her of her old quilting days, I downloaded some free quilting patterns from Jinny Beyer's website (thank you, Helen).   The strips were cut and combined with black card stock and can be used for pages.




As far as the inked translucent single deli paper sheets go, I decided to try cutting and piecing them for a stained glass effect.



Found this cute pattern here:  Stained Glass Patterns - Free - no drawing.  I made two copies.

The individual pieces from copy #1 were cut as you would cut a dress pattern.   The deli paper pieces were then cut to fit the pattern pieces and glued onto photocopy #2.   Even at this size, I found cutting the smaller shapes awkward, but I liked the result.

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My watercolor painting today (a leopard) was not looking too good, so I will fight with it and hopefully post it next week.

Have a great weekend!





Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mardi


Watercolor - 7X5

A small watercolor practice.

Art journal entry:
I've had a song stuck in my head all weekend - Purple Haze.  Didn't mind this one, though, because I've always loved Jimi Hendrix's guitar. 



Still learning - still fun.



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Two for the Road

Two for the Road / Watercolor batik on rice paper / 16 X 20

Another crazy week, so another oldie.  This is the last of the photos of batiks, I think.

This scene was also done in a red / green color palette during one of those 30-30 challenge months, but I wasn't too happy with it; hence the blues and greens here.

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Art Journaling:

I was wondering what to do with some of the deli paper sheets that were done in class.  Some of them had been heavily stamped and weren't too appealing.

I ripped strips from each piece of deli paper and laid them across a sheet of printer paper:

The strips were affixed to the printer paper with a glue stick:

When dry, I turned the printer paper sideways and cut it horizontal strips so colorful bits from each piece of deli paper would show: 

Some strips were cut thicker than others.  These will all go onto the fun pile for future use:

A few more of these were done in different color palettes.  The edges were trimmed,  but I left the pages whole so different shapes could be cut from the pages.



Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lion of Lucerne - Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 16 X 20

We got busy doing other things the last few days, but I found another photo of a batik never posted on the blog.

It is a shortened version of a sculpture carved into a Swiss cliff commemorating the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss Guards.  The lion lays mortally wounded.  I cropped out the spear that pierces his side because it broke my heart.

Wikimedia Commons 

Mark Twain referred to the monument as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." (Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, 1880)
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Have a wonderful weekend.  Hope to see you next week.



Monday, February 27, 2017

Montag



Oberon / Watercolor batik on rice paper - 18 X 18

We updated our Apple computer last week and I'm disappointed to have lost iPhoto.  The new Mac photo application completely changed the way years of photos were arranged and now we have thousands of individual pics to put into computer albums.

The good thing, though, is that I found this photo of a batik that has never been posted on the blog. I met this beautiful horse when I lived in Michigan a few years ago.

Well, it's time to get back to those photos, and then onto some artwork tomorrow.

Hope to see you in a few days.

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Here's a watercolor batik tutorial, if you're interested:  http://chrislally.blogspot.com/2015/08/how-to-watercolor-batik-step-by-step.html