Happy Thursday! This week’s DLP is about doodled borders and a throwback to an 80’s hit, Borderline. I decided to go with 80s neon and a nice little border frame. Of course I used gold ink again, I am addicted! I may go back and add a little museum style title sign at the bottom that says borderline, but for now I’m happy with the page. I hope you enjoy!
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I can’t believe it’s March – the time is flying! The Documented Life’s March theme is Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making). The prompt this week is Surviving the Elements. I thought of the weather — I can survive this winter knowing that spring is right around the corner – the signs are everywhere, just pointing toward spring! The time changed (we “sprung forward”), my daffodils have broken through the ground, and I have even heard birds singing! I haven’t locked eyes on a Robin Redbreast, but I have heard a lovely little boy cardinal singing his heart out. The next day I heard him again and when I peaked out I saw an adorable tiny female cardinal sitting in the tree – maybe he was trying to get her attention? Today I saw (and heard) a chickadee! They are so tiny and cute! I about froze to death with the window cracked, but it was worth it!
Sooooo, on to the art and how I pulled all this together. Click on any of the photos for a larger image.
First, I drew out a sketch of my idea and marked it in with pen. I decided to go with the lovely little girl cardinal inside of a pocket watch, which is wrapped in symbols of winter turning into symbols of spring at the top.
I then added watercolor, trying to convey the darkness of winter into the lightness of spring. I also added Snow-Tex around the bottom with some iridescent medium for sparkle. The clock is done in Liquitex gold ink – I admit it, I’m addicted to the stuff!
This week the challenge is to use at least 5 layers – and the prompt is give me a high five! For some reason my mind went to a beehive – so I just went with it! For layers I decided to choose 5 different art mediums – watercolor, acrylic matte paint, acrylic ink, sharpie style pens and colored pencils. This was quick and fun! The end result reminds me of the orange wall and gold sofa we had when I was little. Let’s not forget the shag carpet!
To start, I did a little inspiration research to get the juice flowing. Oh the 60’s!
Next I sketched in my lady in a purple micro sharpie.
Now for the fun – paint! I’m going to start with watercolor. I used my Koi travel set and added a little sparkle to her eyes with Twinkling H2O (the little blue pot).
She’s fine, but when I think 60s I think lots of color, especially orange! So. bring on the acrylic!
For the final touches I added gold Liquitex ink to the circles as well as some sharpie paint pens just to give them a little more pop. I also added a little more depth to the beehive with colored pencils. I added a shadow with the Scribe-ALL pencil and activated it with water. Finally I threw in some sharpie black dots for a touch more flavor. This beehive is done! And quite high I might add.
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This week’s challenge involved repeating elements. I’ve always thought that I hate repetition, but really, that’s not true. I hate monotony. I think stationary bikes are cycles from hell. I swear time slows down when you stare at that little red clock — it just mocks you with the vast amount of time you have left until you can hop off and eat a doughnut. ANYWAY, repetition, on the other hand, can be lovely, meaningful, inspiring, enriching. Repeating something allows minute changes to happen. It can give you the opportunity to go back and right wrongs, renew friendships, see things with new eyes, and make wiser choices. So, back to art — I used this week’s challenge to try something new, as well as to repeat images within the art.
I started with a recycled foam tray – I’ve never used one as a printing plate and thought it would be fun. I free-handed a couple flowers (lose interpretation of repeating an image).
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I added some purple matte paint and slapped it down in my journal.
I added more matte paint around the flowers as well as some iridescence to the petals and some gold, which is becoming a repeating element in my art – I just love this Liquitex gold acrylic ink.
My final image has subtle repeating elements of lines and dots in twos and threes. I added depth to the flowers with 3 shades of Prismacolor colored pencils, some Scribe All water soluble black pencil scribbled around the flowers and the circles, and some sumi ink along the flower edges as well. I added touches of white and black sharpie as well.
I hope you enjoyed my process – I had fun working on this week’s challenge! Please feel free to ask any questions/leave comments. See you next week!
I am finally braving the online blogging world! I’ve decided to create a space to share my artwork – this includes things I’m doing in DLP 2015 (the Documented Life Project, over on the Art to the 5th website), as well as various other classes and art experiments with my niece and nephew. I’ve been artistic my whole life, but most people are totally unaware of it because I suffer from perfectionitis! I rarely ever share what I create because I never feel it’s good enough. It got so bad that a few years back I lost all ability to draw — I couldn’t even create a circle and if I thought about trying it I’d start to feel sick. I’ve slow broken through that, dabbled a little here and there with a few classes, but then a big event occurred — I turned 45 — I am “middle-aged” GASP! I woke up on that fateful day, took a long hard look in the mirror and realized that if my heart was really in art than I needed to start living it out — I’ve spent half of my life being less than fulfilled. I chose the word thrive for my 45th year- I will no longer just survive, or freak myself out with over striving, I will instead find that magic middle ground of growth, joy and fulfillment — the thriving zone. So here I am, a total newbie to blogging, asking you to share in my year of growth, art and imagination. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this incredible journey with me.