Thursday, February 21, 2013

My Creative Space: She Background #1

If you haven't noticed, I'm really enjoying Christy Tomlinson's She Art 3 class. In fact, it's all I've been doing over here (besides reading of course)! Along with sketching, I've started working on backgrounds this week.

For my first one, I chose to start with a sheet of watercolour paper instead of canvas since I'm not planning on selling it. The paper is cheaper and bigger than any canvases I have (or will be picking up soon). I also used a very similar process to what I usually do - Christy only challenged us to go a step further than we normally would: experiment and have fun.

So that's what I did. I'll need to add another layer or two if I want to take it a bit further than I normally would though!
I started with a layer of collage. I used various papers including scrapbooking paper, text, tissue paper, painted tissue paper, napkins and vintage papers.

Next I doodled a bit with some Sharpies. I tend to forget about doodling with pens when I'm painting but I'm so glad I did. I love the effect and the added texture.

Lastly, I added a layer of paint using both brushes and a palette knife. I mixed the yellow first (soft gel medium + titan buff + hansa yellow medium + Indian yellow hue), then using the leftover yellow I added some blue (smalt hue + cerulean blue deep) to make a pale green. Then using the leftover green I added more blue (cerulean blue deep + ultramarine blue) to get teal. In this way, I can be sure that the three hues I mix will complement each other nicely.

Next, I think I need to break out my inks and stamps and add some more details. And probably some more doodling and maybe a bit more collage. And maybe I'll try adding some oil pastels in there too, though I don't have water soluble ones, so that might be interesting. It's all about experimenting though, right?

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1 comment:

Miss Adelaide said...

Beautiful work. I love seeing the process of the building of layers in your photos.