Really, that sounds too hilarious....as if I should be writing the september class assignment "what I did during my summer holidays"...anyway, here's what I learned today.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The quote here is from a poem by Rupert Brooke called The Old Vicarage, Grantchester. It fitted the image quite nicely!
So that's it for today. Back soon.
Friday, January 27, 2012
In the meantime, the birds are singing outside and the days are getting longer. And today the sun will be shining. It's all good!!!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I'm frustrated that I can't draw or paint with watercolours on top of matte medium once I've affixed something to one of my pages. So I experimented with Yes! paste. I used it to paste some tissue paper onto a page (that had not been previously prepared with anything). I then drew on the page with permanent pens and HB pencil. I did some shading with the pencil as well. Then I painted into the page with watercolours. I tried lifting some of the paint at one point and the permanent pen lifted as well (!!). Also, where I had done some drawing and shading with the pencil, the watercolour, that is, the water, lifted away all the graphite as well. Before painting, any graphite marks smudged badly . I used inktense pencils on the tissue and it seemed to hold. But it does mean I can paint onto a page once I've affixed something with tissue paper and so far, the edges don't seem to be a problem because I find they sometimes show quite badly with matte medium. The page might need to be set with a fixative once completed. So lots more experimenting to do yet. But I think I will use the Yes! paste again, just keeping all of this in mind. I still have to try it with a page that is already painted on...I forgot to paint a bit before I started laying on the paste and tissue. Next time....
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
This is a piece prepared with crayon-rubbed rice paper inked over with procion. Two methods I really enjoy. And colours I really enjoy.
And I enjoy a cup of rooibos tea. Good sipping to read by. Yup, definitely reading.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Here is my latest, done with hand-made (by me!!!) stamps and painted in quite pale watercolours. I liked the starkness of the images and didn't want to mess them up with dark colours in the background, but I may have erred on the side of too-pale. Oh well!!! I have lots more ideas bustling around about these images and have prepared a page with gesso to begin.
Friday, January 6, 2012
check out Jane's on-line classes. http://www.janedaviesstudios.com/
Monday, January 2, 2012
And one of the Jane Davies' classes I'm taking is about the self-portrait.....and I realized that that means that I have to look at myself to work the pieces.....omg, I didn't think of that!!.....have you read Sylvia Plath's poem 'Mirror'? So.....I cannot believe how quickly the time is passing.....