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This was a challenge with some Arty Friends……
So the latest thing that I’m playing with is carving (also called Piercing) Clay. You can do this when the clay is still wet, or when it’s leather hard, or even somewhere in between. One thing you’ve got to remember is that Greenware is REALLY fragile, so you need to handle it with care.
Lorna worked long and hard on this bowl, and I hadn’t explained how fragile the clay was, gahhhhh
I found this image of a fish on the ‘net and thought it might be neat to do it in clay, to hang on the wall. The first thing I learned is that a groggy clay is tough to work with in this format – I would be better off using a smoother Porcelain-type clay. Oh well, do what you can with what you’ve got, right?
I also made a carved bowl, but I carved it right after I rolled it out – waaaaaaaay easier, but again, this clay is not meant for really thin fine work, so I’m tossing the bowl because it’s so clunky.
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We’ve been going to Hawaii, on and off, for about 10 years now, and I finally did a Map showing all the fun adventures that we’ve had there, over that time. This was SUCH a fun project!
I’ve seen this done, and usually the Spinny-Thing is a butterfly. Here’s my take on it. A Spinner Page in my Journal. You lift the page up, turn the “thing” a few times, and then it spins around – pretty self-explanatory, right? There’s a little 30 second video of it on my InstaGram Page – @chermckittrick. I can’t add Video to this blog, alas.
I’m really pleased with this piece – it’s quite small, just 10″ x 12″. The color combo is exactly what I was going for.
I know that this is a fairly common image, done by many artists, out there in the ether, but I did it none the less. I love the playful freedom it evokes……
Here’s a technique that I am curious about. Paint random bits of color and shape, with nothing in mind regarding the outcome, and then “find” the image. I cheated a bit, by indicating darkness where I thought eyes might be.
This post is really only useful for people on Vancouver Island. My husband Paul, aka The DahliaLama, is selling Dahlia Tubers on our self-serve Flower Cart. Check out his Facebook Page for details – @DahliaLamaCobbleHillFlowers
Look at the blooms here
They are GORGEOUS!!
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NOTE: I’ll be posting 10-or-so more blog posts on this site, then I’ll be posting exclusively on InstaGram – @chermckittrick
The reason for this is that it’s actually much easier to post on IG, and I’m posting the same thing on both sites. C’mon Don (AKA LongLiveLuddites) – you can do it!!!!!
I drew this from a Drawing I saw on the ‘net. It is waaaay easier to draw from a drawing, than from a photo.
I first drew it with pencil, then added pen.
Erased the pencil Lines
This took about 15 minutes. I love the semi-abstract look of this piece, and the areas where I scratched into the paper with the end of my paint brush.
I quite often have a watercolor piece that just doesn’t work, but more often than not, I can improve it by adding some skritchy ink lines………. Hey, in my head, Skritchy is a legitimate word………. Anyway, I took this 3 hour class in Mesa, and the point was to loosely lay down color for your image, then define it slightly with ink. I was using a sketch journal, so the paper buckled a bit with the water and paint.
What do you think – are they better with, or without, the ink?
Tree – oops, I forgot to take a “before the ink” pic, of these next two
I feel like ALL my faces are starting to look the same, but maybe that’s because I’ve been mostly drawing young women. Here’s an attempt at a man’s face, using pencil and a smudger. Reference Photo at the end.
Title kinda says it all…….. I’m actually surprised that I did Faces for about 8 times, before something else caught my eye…………. The first one is Before I erased the pencil lines.
I’m constantly thinking of things I need to do, but I KNOW that I won’t remember it by the time I get home, so I have to scramble to find a scrap of paper to make a note of it. This happens a LOT, so I made this teeny little notepad for my purse. I’ve folded a few small scraps of paper into it, and they’re held in place with an Elastic Spine, so that I can constantly refill it.
I painted on canvas, and also adhered some paper ephemera, and silk scraps. I added an elastic to keep it closed, and to hook a pen onto. It took a long time to make, but was a really fun project.
I am very much drawn to, and impressed by, watercolors that use hardly any color, and yet still convey the image or feeling of the artist’s intention. I keep challenging myself with this, and here is the latest attempt. It does not show up very well on the screen, it’s quite lovely in real life……….
Watercolor in my Pentalic Journal
So, this one was a disappointment.
The initial pencil drawing was good.
Then I added Indelible Ink Pen, but apparently I bought FAKE Sakura Micron Pens and they ran like mad, and made the whole painting really muddy. (So, if you find Sakura Micron Pens for a price that seems too good to be true, then it probably IS too good to be true!)
I’ve been seeing a LOT of art lately that’s done with Alcohol Based Markers, and some of it is amazing. Blick’s had an 85% Off sale on a 24-piece set, so I bought it to give them a try.
I am finding them SO challenging. My hat is off to all the Marker Artists out there! They don’t blend like watercolor, so getting shading and shadow is incredibly difficult. I also didn’t realize that you should use a specific type of paper with Markers, and I did this piece in my Sketch Journal and it bled through the paper like crazy!
Initial pencil and pen sketch
This is how much it bled through the back of the page!