I am trying to stick to my original plan when I signed up for Life Book 2014, and that was to follow each lesson as closely as I could. To really step outside my comfort zone and try new things. Life Book 2014 has over 20 teachers, which attracted me because I would be exposed to a multitude of new artists with different approaches, styles, techniques and inspirations. So far, I am have had some mixed reactions to the lessons. Some I love and will definitely re-create in my non-Life Book art journals in a different fashion. Others I am still trying to get my head around, or just not feeling ‘it’.
Using this grey as a whole background was scary. I gave a nod to current trends in home decor and paired the grey with hits of yellow and teal. It still felt very… grey, so I made the words large and bold to try and bring a bit of ooomph to the page.
This is a ‘warm up exercise’ that carries a positive message.
This is my Artist’s Guardian Angel. The word connection is about what I hope to achieve through Life Book 2014. Connection to my feelings and thoughts, connection with my loved ones. The wing of the angel gave me a lot of trouble. I originally wanted small butterfly wings, but couldn’t make it look right. In the end I just copied Tam’s example and am happy with how it turned out. I am looking forward to getting more practice at shading faces, as I find this challenging. Sometimes I can only see the mess that is currently in front of me; I have to keep reminding myself “layers, layers, layers”. The paper I used for the angel is Reeves 300gsm Acrylic paper. This is the very first time I used it, and I found it stood up well to all the layers of watercolour, brayering, gesso and collage. It has a distinctive texture that is different to the watercolour paper and is less absorbent. Note for next time I use vintage book pages and sheet music in a collage that will have watercolour applied over the top: Use gel medium to glue the papers down, then cover with a coat of clear gesso to seal the edges down and protect the paper from the wet media.
I used: Reeves Watercolour and Acrylic paper (300gsm), Caran Dache Neocolour II crayons, Derwent watercolour pencils, Chromacryl gesso, Chromacryl and Sullivans acrylic paint, Reeves gloss gel medium, Faber Castell PITT artists pen, Daler & Rowney Acrylic ink and a dip pen, Steadlter 2B graphite pencil, Speedball brayer, Claudine Hellmuth Studio and Monte Marte brushes, bubble wrap, vintage book pages, sheet music, and ephemera, and a scrap of patterned paper brand unknown.