Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Terrific Tuesday




This piece was done using a technique learned from my former watercolor teacher, Shirley Hathaway.   Shirley also taught me how to batik.

I pulled out the crayons (regular children's crayons), scribbled some color onto a piece of mixed media paper and then covered the scribbles with black gesso.   (If I remember correctly, I was supposed to have used black acrylic paint, but I couldn't find any, so I painted with the gesso.)

Once everything was dry,  the gesso was gently scraped away with an X-ACTO knife in short strokes, and this lion appeared.

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I picked up a couple of library books that look pretty interesting.    Both books are full of exercises designed to encourage experimentation.  

It will be fun to pull out a few lessons per week from the books,



and the books will help me make time for art while getting ready for the move.



34 comments:

  1. While it may have been a terrific Tuesday, I think your artwork is terrific! This is an amazing piece, my friend!

    Hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie!
      I think YOU are pretty terrific!!

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  2. A beautiful work of art by Leo
    This technique is great and lots of sap with the books!
    happy Day Elke

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    1. Thank you, Elke.
      Looking forward to diving into the books.
      Happy day to you!!

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  3. I know this technique, but I did not know that someone can make such an artistical piece with it! The lion is fantastic!
    I wish you great fun with these two books, dear Chris! The Collage Lab I call my own since last year.
    Best regards, Rike

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    1. Thank you, Rike. Lots of people learned this technique as children in school. My teacher was always showing us how to see different possibilities.

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  4. Looks like you are having fun experimenting and this lion is awesome! Looking forward to more fun things :)

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  5. I suppose you could make some lines into the foam/spume/froth of the milk coffee and a lion or elephant will appear :)

    I have that collage lap too. But I didn't looked at it for a long time. Thanks for reminding me!
    I read in it today and thought: How very interesting!
    Ciao Beo

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    1. Hahaha! Very funny, Beo!
      Yes, I'm enjoying the book. Like the author says, doing the exercises gets your brain "out of the way."
      Ciao, friend.

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  6. Wow, Chris... This is SO beautiful!!! And so unique. I never heard of this but maybe I can try it someday!!!! Thanks for sharing... I hope you do another animal someday using this technique!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Hilda. Yes, try it!
      When I was taught the technique, we first did an apple & then a tree. Just remember to use a good quality crayon (like Crayola). The cheap ones (Dollar Store) are more waxy and have less pigment in them.

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  7. This is so beautiful, Chris! I agree that it is unique, too! Fantastic, dear friend.

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  8. A very impressive work and effort put into it. Greetings.

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    1. Appreciate your comment, Mr. B! Thank you.

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    2. Yes Chris , LOL ! it just appeared. !! Magic. ! thanks for your visits.

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    3. It was magic, Barbra Joan!! Thank you...

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  9. Thank you for all of your ideas, Chris! And for Sweet Dreams....reminds me of my beautiful piece from you.

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  10. the scratching of the lines really helps create the lions fur texture :)

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  11. Chris - Your lion is wonderful. What a great way of painting friend. Those books do look interesting. So glad to read you are moving. I am sure all will be well. Enjoy the weekend. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie.
      I am trusting all will be well.
      Enjoy your weekend, too!

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  12. Yes, I know this technique and I like it very much - this scratching I have always liked as a child, but with wax.
    You're gorgeous here with black Gesso - he looks wonderful, a real Lion King! Greetings from Ulrike

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  13. Thank you, Ulrike. I never did this in school, but my watercolor teacher was also a school teacher & she taught this in her art class.

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