Thursday, March 19, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy!!

I can't believe how long it has been since I posted.  I have been relatively busy doing new things and have been concentrating real hard on learning!  It takes me a lot of concentration these days.

I am continuing to art journal.  Although, I am realizing how little I know about mixed media.  I was trying out every new style I read about and realized that just buying the materials doesn't mean the style can be reproduced.  I am in the dark about techniques which are very important.  I decided to quit buying and start practicing with what I have on hand.  Although I am reading about techniques, I really need to see it done to thoroughly understand what to do.

Here are a couple of my journal pages with a brief statement of the prompt and materials used.

1.  Music:  What music inspires you?  Represent.
I love big band music.  I drew a large "Ennies" because it reminded me of bubbles (Lawrence Welk), and couples swinging around the dance floor in their swirly dresses.  I used Twinkling H2O water color and Derwent watercolor pencils.

The next prompt was,"What I know for sure."  The only I really know for sure is the nothing stays the same forever. Here I used Twinkling H2O paints and Derwent watercolor pencils.  I attempted to use some alcohol ink, but oviously, they aren't kidding when it is recommended to use these inks on a non porous surface.  I keep reading about Yupi paper, but I am infamiliar with it.

This week's prompt is really just an activitiy which is to draw stacked tangles.  This is more up my alley.  Here I used a Micron 01 pen, a fine point Sharpie and 
Staedtler ergosoft colored pencils (which I think are wonderful).  In fact, I love all Staedtler products.

Have a great week.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

All fired up!

I finally did it--fired up my kiln!  I don't know why I was anxious about doing so.  The whole process was easy!
I can't wait to start fusing glass.  I have so many ideas that I want to try.

I have been very busy working on a stained glass (cut and leaded) project that I have not spent a lot of time tangling lately!  My work shows it too.  I am not a natural at drawing, so it takes me a lot of practice to control my strokes.

Anyway, I will post some of my fused glass work as I create it.  I plan on including Zentangle in the glass work, too!