Its been a busy week, with more to come.
I am in the process of finalizing my paperwork for my new studio over at the Coleman’s Artist Studios in Phoenixville, PA. This is very exciting stuff, but a lot of work to come to get the studio set up and running. Keep an eye out for classes to be scheduled there, as well as details on the open studio that all the artists onsite are hosting on November 21st.
Did a quick tile for Its A String Thing #114 last week (but not in time to send it in to Adele). I went Renaissance on this one and used a sienna colored pencil for shading instead of regular graphite. Really pleased with the affect.
IATS#114 Teenos, Ta-da, Ahhh
And I have been busy working on water color backgrounds for my next series of work. Here’s a sneak of some of them in my current work space – the kitchen table. I can’t wait until I can share new work in progress with you from the studio!
Last, but not least, for today. This week my Zentangle for Beginners had their card making class. We learned the brand new release from Zentangle HQ – Gourdgeous. We did a few rounds on apprentice tiles before beginning the final tile for the card, as gourdgeous can be a bit tricky to get a handle on. Overall the class did great, and we have a little happy mascot from one of the students! 🙂
Our Gourdgeous mascot
Gourdgeous, Zander, and Sampson, with Zenith borders
I’ve been doing some experimenting with creating colored backgrounds for some of my artwork. I am not sure exactly how I am going to use these yet, but am having a blast just playing with color and seeing what happens.
These first pages were done with Dylusion ink sprays. My daughter and I took the sprays and a bunch of paper into the backyard (so we could be really messy) and started spraying. We used the ink as well as plain water to really get the colors running together.
Because we were just playing we got a little carried away and ended up with some really wet pages. I decided to experiment a little more and make a print from the sheet on another piece of tinted water color paper. These came out pretty cool too, and I can’t wait to start some drawings on them.
Originals on the bottom, pulled prints on the top.
Fully blended background
Print from the above original that is calling out for a landscape drawing.
We have also been starting to work with Gelli plate printing. These used a very lightweight drawing paper that tended to buckle as we were printing. I now know not to use this paper with any kind of liquid medium, but it did give us some interesting results.
Trial 1 – let my daughter take the lead on this one
Trial 2 – needs more contrast
Trial 3 – Love this one! Diamond pattern is from the bottom of a styrofoam tray. Re-use is the best!
Trial 4 – paper buckled on the red pull, but love the giraffe/ Eiffel tower that resulted.
Trial 5 – daughter jumping back in with the bubble wrap.
Trial 6 – One last pull to clean the plate. Should have spritzed with water first to get a little more off.
What creative things have you been experimenting with lately?