#204 A bit of this and that

The diary/journal continues along with a few experiments.
This week I started doing another online tutorial from Shari Blaukopf on Craftsy. I love her work and her teaching style is delightful to watch. This class is a great follow on from her first class, and delves a little deeper into composition and techniques without dwelling too much on the basics.

My first diary entry this week was a thumbnail for the class homework using a Tombow marker which bled horribly through the flimsy paper. Aargh! It’s all trial and error.

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Then the finished sketch from the thumbnail painted in a little moleskine journal. The size is a bit limiting for this type of work so next time I’ll choose a larger format.

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Daunted by the bad bleed through from the thumbnail sketch I decided to stick to pen with dry media. I rubbed some dry pastel over scribbled ink on the pear. I also found a use for some of those little experimental swatches I have lying around.

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Ah, back to gouache. It’s so much easier to paint with on  this paper. And Danny’s new book arriving in the mail was my inspiration for the day.

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And a couple from the 2 hour challenge on Wet canvas.  One good thing about painting this size is that I am more likely to keep up a daily painting, it seems much less effort.

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Inspiration from my garden, before the flowers finish on this plant. A chance to use up the green paint from yesterday.

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Yes, the tree went up today.

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And finally another experiment. Knowing that these liners and water brush would bleed through I gessoed the page first. It takes no time, especially with a hair dryer. The paper buckles quite a bit but I can flatten it out by placing the page between two sheets of paper to protect it and iron with a steam setting. Works well.

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The diary will continue. All I have to do is keep thinking of different things go to sketch ……. or maybe just do one thing over and over till I get sick if it.

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6 thoughts on “#204 A bit of this and that

  1. I too love seeing your many experiments with media — thanks for continuing to post these! I was given a lovely hand-sewn leather journal 2 years ago that also had very challenging paper.
    I need to learn more about how gouache works; my attempts look so dark and dull while yours look quite lively and fresh!

    • Thanks Vicki. I struggled with gouache in the beginning but love it now. It’s so quick to work with, no need to wait for washes to dry.. I loved your Christmas tree texture BTW.

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