Little Artworks

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Little artworks.

Earlier last week, I spent a couple of hours colouring some pieces of Bristol Board and Mixed Media Paper with either Distress Inks or Distress Oxide Inks.

I brayered the Distress Oxide inks onto a small Gelli Plate and then sprayed them with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and water. Then, I used a piece of paper to take a print and let it dry. Once dry, I used a rectangular die and a Sizzix Big Shot machine to cut out rectangles from the print. The panels are 4.25″ x 2.5″ in size.

For the Distress Inks, I used mini foam blending tools to achieve a pleasing colour gradient. I then sprayed them with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and water. These panels, not shown here, are larger at 4″ x 5.5″.

Last night I got around to drawing on a couple of these panels. I chose some of the smaller, Distress Oxide background panels for this as well as some Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens. 

The first panel I drew is on the top left. I didn’t leave much blank space in this one! It’s much more my typical kind of entangled art. I did use a white coloured pencil to lighten some parts of the design to help them stand out a little more.

In the other two, I left a lot more blank space, and added a simple hand-drawn border, though in the top right panel I just had to add some embellishment to the right side.

I couldn’t resist using a gold glitter gel pen from Uniball to add some shiny highlights to the panels.

I’m quite pleased with each panel. I do like my entangled art at the top left. However, I’m surprised at how much I like the floral panels, particularly the top right one. The one on the bottom left needs something to be done to the petals. I don’t know if shading with coloured pencils will help to add some depth and dimension to them. I may come back to them in a day or two.

What am I going to do with these panels? Well, I most probably will mount them on card blanks and make some coordinating envelopes to send out as mail art at some point in time. There’s undoubtedly space on the floral panels to add a sentiment or a quote. For the more detailed panel, I could add a sentiment to the card blank, or use a ribbon banner.

The best-laid plans.

This seems to be a recurring theme in life at the moment for me. I plan what I’d like to do on a given day, and then life goes on a crazy roller-coaster ride.

Maybe I’m over-dramatising, but unexpected things came along that meant I had to put those plans aside, and that’s included my blog posts.

Today, I hope that life will take a diversion around my house during the day so that I can settle to work. I need a few hours of uninterrupted focus time to get most of a project completed before I venture out early evening to an event.

So, with that, I should get on to work asap.

So, Angela, how are you today?

I’m feeling fine and tickety-boo. I had a disturbing dream which is still haunting me a little. That will pass.

My unexpected break from ‘work’ has refreshed me somewhat. I have the oompf and focus I need to complete a project, and I’m looking forward to it.

In previous days, I had felt totally overwhelmed by the project. Today, I think I can manage it, and do it well.

So, despite it being Sunday and a gloriously sunny day outside, I will turn today into a working day. Not that any creative/artistic activities ever feel like work to me. However, this one needs some particular focus from me as I have to use Affinity Publisher to create materials to go to print. 

It’s not that I haven’t done things like this before – I have. I’ve just not done them for a very long time, and I used Microsoft Publisher previously. These types of materials are new to me too. I’m doing the artwork and typography for the CD for a prog-metal band called Anubis Gate, who hail from Denmark.

This is an exciting commission for me, but also overwhelming as I so want to make sure I get things just right. And that is where the focus comes in! I usually find myself in a flow state when creating art. However, I have to focus so much when laying out images and text, setting up templates, checking my typing, and so on, that I have to pay close attention to what I’m doing.

So, I have to be kind to myself and recognise that if I’m not in the right place to do this kind of work I give myself a break from it. I end up making mistakes and getting more and more frustrated with myself. As I get frustrated with myself, the inner critics wake up and start telling me how useless I am. They take their opportunity to attack me.

Fortunately, the days when they do this are fewer and further between them. However, there are still days when they fill their lungs and scream at me and get to me.

Today is a day where I feel strong enough to forge ahead with this project, a day where I feel stronger than the inner critics.

So, I’d better finish all my social media stuff and knuckle down to the CD designs!

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