Completed Envelope Book

I finished up the envelope book I showed you last week. I decided to use my own handwriting for the poem even though I generally dislike my own writing. But I went with it anyway. I used a poem by Joan Graham called ‘Nature Knows Its Math’. It seemed to fit and I added in a few more sketches on several pages that referenced the poem.

Here’s the front again. I used a painted piece of rice paper for the binding. The binding paper has a couple layers of acrylic medium to make it stronger. It almost feels like fabric.

I really enjoyed creating this book. It is a very easy book construction and can be decorated in an infinite number of ways. Have you tried creating your own books? I’d love to see them if you have.

 

Take care and stay safe!

 

Rock Studies

As promised, I worked on rock studies this week. I found a variety of rocks including some semi-precious stones.

Here are a couple of studies looking at line and value.

And a color study. I suddenly remembered that I have the names of each type of rock somewhere and I need to add that to my documentation.

Here are a couple of texture studies. I have a few more of these in the works.

And here is what I think that Montana river rock would look like as cobble stone. It is interesting what you can come up with when you examine things closely!

Color

Today I painted some paper using a layering technique with paint brushes, dry brushes and sponges to get some texture for backgrounds. I used a combination of water color and acrylic paint.

Some of these are a bit spotty but they should still work OK for backgrounds.

Some of the paper was wet first and then painted. Others were painted on to dry paper.

This one I painted by dragging a sponge across dry paper. It was painted in two different layers.

This one has multiple layers starting with yellow and adding blues and greens.

This one was done with a small cosmetic sponge so doesn’t have as much texture as the bigger sponges.

The lines are from a dry brush technique just dragging the brush across the paper.

We’re supposed to be working on getting a feeling of movement.

It was fun just to play with paint and be a little looser.

Not sure what all these will turn into but now I have a variety of painted papers to play with. Have a good weekend.

 

Color Homework

Hurray! I finally finished my Free Motion Stitching on Felt online course preparations. I have set the date for March 17, 2017 and registration will open in February. So if you’re interested, you can see more details about the class here. It’s going to be a really fun class so if you’d like to learn how to machine stitch on felt or improve your free motion skills, I think you will learn a lot!

In my spare time (Ha, what’s that?), I have been doing a few color homework exercises. My Level 3 Art and Design course starts in February and since it has been nearly three years since I took the color course, I thought I should brush up on my color scales and other suggested exercises that I didn’t finish before.

Color Homework

So I have been working on color scales, made a colored pencil color chart for my newer colored pencils and in general, playing with paints. I always forget how fascinating it is to mix different colors and see the differences between, for example, two different reds with the same green. I always learn something every time I mix paints.

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I also have been working with colored pencils and watching a few videos on YouTube on how to use them. I have never been really satisfied with my use of colored pencils so I thought I should learn a bit more about how to use them correctly. Lachri Fine Art has some really good videos and she does some beautiful colored pencil drawings. So the Instagram photo above is my start to a colored pencil drawing. That is just the very first color on the background. It takes a long while to do this correctly so I will show you stages as I go along. I also have to get some odorless mineral spirits to help blend the colors. I think this is going to take me a long while to finish.