August 25, 2015

Azaleas & Honey: Watercolor, Pastel, Ink and Struggles

Sketchbook: Azaleas and Honey

The azaleas were blooming in the mountains. And I put it to use along with some compositional inspiration from this inspiring artist on Instagram. 

Sketchbook: Azaleas and Honey

I love the fluidity and comfort of watercolors.

Materials:
These watercolors and my trusty Faber Castell Pen

Sketchbook: Azaleas and Honey

Yet. I'm a glutton for punishment. Or maybe it's a refusal to give up? Maybe it's working opaquely against a dark background after working for so  many years with transparent watercolors. Yeah...maybe that's it.

Sketchbook: Azaleas and Honey

Sheepishly, I return to the box of pastel pencils.  Attempting to get that bright white against a dark background. I cannot resist it's pull. Again, I fail and pick up the white gel pen - the agony of it all. 

Sketchbook: Azaleas and Honey

Really...agony? Meh. I'm surprisingly okay with it.

Sketchbook: Azaleas and Honey

That texture calls out to me.

Sketchbook: Azaleas and Honey

Sketchbook: Azaleas and Honey

Struggling with a challenge? Do tell.


August 13, 2015

52 Weeks of Print: 32/52 Antique Scissors

52 Weeks of Print: 32/52

I did a lot of searching online to find an ornate pair of small embroidery scissors for this weeks entry. Wanted a bit more variety and challenge. I love this pair I found. 

I can't possibly draw a mirror image...like to claim it...but I can't. How do you think I got both sides of the scissors symmetrical? 

52 Weeks of Print: 32/52

I used tracing paper. Folded it in half and drew one side. Then traced the other half to add symmetry. Worked like a charm.

52 Weeks of Print: 32/52

52 Weeks of Print: 32/52

Hopefully, next week I'll have a little project involving all these scissor prints complete. Until then, have a wonderful weekend.

Click here to see weeks 1-31 of this series. I also have a dedicated board on Pinterest.

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August 11, 2015

Sketchbook: Pastel and Pen

Sketchbookery: Pastel & Pen

I've always been afraid of pastels and suppose it's because I never received a formal introduction. They remain a mystery to me. Bought a book years ago - still afraid. Picked up a set of pencils. Afraid. 

Have you been challenged by a technique? Feel comfort with the knowledge that I probably have you beaten as it only took around 20 years to put pencil to paper.

Sketchbookery: Pastel & Pen

Now, I know that I'm not using official pastel paper but having laid down a layer of matte acrylic paint, I figured it had enough tooth. With my unschooled eye, I think the tooth was sufficient.

Sketchbookery: Pastel & Pen

Sketchbookery: Pastel & Pen

Sketchbookery: Pastel & Pen

I'm not quite getting the process of layering. Do you go dark to light or light to dark? I opted to go with the former and had an issue getting a lighter layer on top. (missing fixative will do that) Hence, the white gel pen. Hey. It's my journal and if I want to break a rule or two, I will.

Still...

A question to you pastelers (pastelists?) out there. Dark to light or light to dark?

Sketchbookery: Pastel & Pen

Materials:
I used a regular mechanical pencil for sketching and generic acrylic craft paint as well.


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