Monday, February 7, 2011
overthinking and not overthinking
Since I have posted paintings and drawings that I know my head got in the way of..here is something I did last night to get out of my head and have fun with color.
I had a very large watercolor I started from that nasty roll of watercolor paper. It was huge, had some nice textural effects and washes but I ruined it by OVERTHINKING!
I added turtles, leaves and it went south in a hurry.Yesterday I went to my studio and got out the scissors. When all was said and done..I have a pile of strips for the freebie bookmarks I give away to children who come to the open studio and 24 various small bits of the best colored parts and 5 larger ones.
Then while watching my Pittsburgh Steelers lose the Superbowl..I got out my stamps, ink pads and old Winsor Newton ink bottle and had some fun.
I stamped up the bookmarks and punched holes in the tops for the nice ribbon I will buy later. Then I took water and sprayed the various small squares and rectangles, dripped inks and gold ink afterwards. First I stamped most of them.
This was messy, fun and turned out surprisingly well if I may say so myself!!
Of course the gold ink needed shook up every so often and I shook it vigorously one time and gold ink went everywhere!!! I sopped up what was on the table and paper towels with other little bits that I had not inked yet and the wood table has a sparkle about it in the scratches.Luckily they are water soluble inks!
I had so much fun I wanted to share.
I am thinking that custom bright white mats for each and hanging them in a nice grouping will be a nice effect.
All told..I did 24 little paintings and 40 bookmarks and I feel great.