A friend of mine hosted an artist trading card swap during a small art show opening. Since I have only participated in art swaps that involve the post office, I was excited to go out and be an active participant in selecting the art I would receive in return for my cards. You could do up to five 2.5″x3.5″ cards, but I ended up only having enough time to draw, ink, and paint three.
Rihanna in progress.
I have had these screenshots on my iPad for MONTHS from various music videos I loved. For some reason, it occurred to me that I could finally use these screenshots as inspiration for the cards. Unexpectedly, I ended up enjoying doing the series so much, that I have continued the theme onto larger sizes of watercolor paper for an art show I have been accepted into. Definitely having a blast creating the work and can’t wait to see what more comes out of it! 🙂
Madonna and Jessie J inked and ready for paint!
The first drawing I had completed was Jessie J so it didn’t occur to me until I had sketched out Madonna that I should fill the background with my doodles. There are a lot of people now who are familiar with my doodles, but have no idea that I can draw more realistic. I have played with mixing the two before, but not quite in this way. I did end up choosing to use only three colors: red, green, and blue to paint with for all three which made them pull together as a series even more than in ink form.
The final three.
I can’t remember what I named Rihanna, but Madonna’s piece was named: “I was sad and blue.” Jessie J’s card was named: “Stomp stomp I’ve arrived!”
Medium: Mixed media (ballpoint, Prismacolor Illustration markers, and Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint) on watercolor paper.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
I haven’t mentioned this, but I did finally have a chance over the weekend to redesign this blog to give it a fresh look. It’s shameful how long I allowed it to become stagnant, but honestly I have struggled lately with creating art. Inspiration wasn’t far away, but once I would get home and try to put pen to paper I would give up. Maybe I needed the break? Hard to tell because I did feel horrible about not making art. As a child, I was constantly drawing my favorite cartoons, making up my own newspapers with comic strips in them, creating cards for people’s birthdays, etc. Maybe it can be too easy to not make time for the things we love because of our adult responsibilities.
The doodle above is the beginning of me breaking through my Artist’s Block. Since I have been incredibly inspired with painting pottery, I have begun to cut 4″ x 6″ rectangles out of watercolor sheets to doodle various flowers with my Sharpie’s that could potentially end up on a piece of pottery. Though I drew on the watercolor paper because I thought I could play around with watercolor on top of the Sharpie ink at some point. Or even use acrylic, which is what I have been doing in the past.
Here’s to hoping that I will continue to make time for my art and to stay inspired. Sometimes you have to jump in head first. 🙂
For my Kiwanis service club, we were going to have our first silent auction to raise money for several programs that were geared to helping children. I went to several local businesses asking if they would like to donate some items for the auction, and this included asking the local art studio. The owner was extremely generous by letting me hand paint a serving platter to go in the basket along with two items for the people to paint themselves along with a gift card to the studio!
Since this platter was going to be in the silent auction, I wanted to keep the color palette simple. One of the studio workers suggested a lovely Robin’s egg blue color for the base (most people love blue), and I was planning on doing my doodle flowers in black. You can see the brown water-soluble marker outline I freehanded in the image below. This helped me because originally I thought I would only do half the design on one side but decided to cover most of the plate in the doodles. Even if I had decided not to paint everything I drew with the marker, it would be all right because the kiln makes the marker disappear completely.
Even though I am using black glaze, I still did about 3 coats of glaze on the outlines. I was so excited to see how the blue and the black would look after the glaze and firing!
Once fired, it looked absolutely beautiful, and I almost felt sad it was going to the auction! Lol! I was still proud to place it in the art studio’s basket (which was a beautiful red one that I found at the thrift store!). The auction was a great success by the way! We were able to make about $4,000 that night. Not bad for our first silent auction!
This summer, my bestie and I went to a store where you could paint pottery and make candles. After the first mug I painted, I was hooked and my artist fire had been lit! I found out my local art studio also had pottery painting available so in August, I decided to stop by and check it out. As soon as I walked through the doors, they were incredibly welcoming and the space was the perfect place to create.
MY POTTERY PAINTING PROCESS
The item I chose to paint was this a lovely round plate. I decided to experiment with multiple colors of glaze as a base. It took a very long time to paint because you need to do about 3 coats of the color to make sure it doesn’t show brushstrokes after it is fired. It was hard to make sure your third coat was strong on the edges of the shapes I was creating. I had to wait for the background to dry before I could use a water-soluble marker to draw my doodles. When I tried to draw on it before it had dried, it pulled up the glaze.
When I was able to stop in another day, I freehanded my doodle flowers onto the plate using the water-soluble marker. I wanted to cover it in flowers, but I realized it was going to take a lot of brush work to make sure it was all outlined. One of the gals, Megan, had suggested I use a bottle that came to a point (reminds you of those puffy paint bottles but it is full of glaze). It was hard at first because I was having trouble controlling how much glaze came out of the bottle, but it was complete in a matter of minutes.
After a week, I was able to pick up the plate and I was excited to see how it turned out. When you first paint the glaze, it is more pastel in color than what it will really be after it has been glazed and fired. It was definitely more colorful than before, but the lines bled a little because of using the bottle of glaze. It does create slightly raised lines too which makes the plate feel neat, but I still say it was a successful experiment!
For the sake of getting something on paper, I decided to doodle in my mini sketchbook. Sometimes it is best to put pen to paper and work with the mistakes. Especially since there can be beauty in the mistakes.
“Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.”
Mini Sketchbook Doodle
There hasn’t be enough time to start on my silhouette project that is bouncing around in my head, but I realized I had a post I never finalized. Sorry this is old news, but it doesn’t mean I can’t share the work I created. 🙂
The same people who organized The Sketchbook Project had another project last year called the 4×6 Exchange. Their idea was to have creatives sign up for an art swap on a global scale. The artists who wanted to join in the fun had to mail Art House HQ a 4″x6″ piece of artwork, and it would be exchanged with another artist’s submission. I have done something similar to this but with a bunch of Twitter artists (@davidpringle taking the lead). So, I knew right away I wanted to be a part of the project.
Of course, I was in the doodle mood and broke out the Sharpies. Most of the time when I draw these doodles, I end up deciding whether I really want to add the acrylic or leave it alone. To preserve what it looked like before color, I scan it and that way I always have a before and after image to keep.
The BEFORE is only Sharpie ink. The AFTER is acrylic on top of the Sharpie.
4×6 Exchange WIP
4×6 Exchange Final
Artists are forever hoping the hours slipping by will freeze so we can finish our projects. It’s amazing how much time can pass when you are dealing with every day life. I feel I have sorely neglected my blog and intend to get back into it. Lately, I have had a HUGE artist’s block and putting aside some time to work on my craft has rendered me useless or furious that the thoughts swirling in my head are not coming out on paper the way I want them to.
Once I spoke with some fellow artists on Twitter last night, my mind’s squeaky wheels were finally starting to turn. On my drawing board was an inked drawing I had worked on in the fall of last year. It is tentatively a work-in-progress because I had originally wanted to paint lovely colors or a pattern behind the woman I had drawn. Many of my friends chirped their opinion to leave it alone because they enjoyed the B&W drawing that I share with you below. Not sure where I will take it from here…
When I was younger, I used to love drawing silhouettes, and I realized maybe it is time to go back to what I used to create. Possibly, a series of silhouettes will help break me out of this creative block! Wish me luck!