I really am on a daisy-kick in my drawing lately! Such happy little flowers, resilient too.
I did do this drawing last Monday, but decided to post it today after I spent much of my morning colouring one of the templates for Entangled Butterflies (available to preorder).
I dug out one of my Lamy fountain pens, which had a black ink cartridge in it. I swapped the black for green, and drew this on some bristol board.
From time to time I dipped the nib in the black ink so I had some gradients and variation in the drawing.
It was fun to do. Also, it’s been a while since I drew with pen on paper; most of my work of late has been digital drawing, with the occasional pencil/pen sketch on paper.
Today I give the second of my anti-stigma talks for Time to Change Wales. Today, it’s just a couple of miles down the road from me.
I was tired yesterday after my talk; not physically tired, emotionally tired, and I still feel a little so this morning.
I started drawing this before I went off yesterday, did some more work on it last night and finished it this morning.
Art really helps soothe my emotions and helps me find that place of calm, contentment and balance.
That’s my #tuesdaytip. Find something you can lose yourself in, that brings you peace and calm and contentment and a break from the stresses, worries, problems of life. It’s all about self-care. For me it’s art or making music, sometimes taking a walk, and mindfulness meditation. For others it could be gardening, baking, woodturning, swimming, cycling, or any one of a myriad activities that bring peace and contentment.
Believe … in yourself.
I thought I’d spend sometime today finishing off this bookmark design.
I’m not too happy with the colours, a bit too dark, but I can always re-colour at some point.
Digitally drawn and coloured, though I did sketch the writing out and scan it in to help me write it on my Microsoft Surface book with my Microsoft Surface pen.
#fundaysunday #sundayfunday #weekendvibes
Last two of the six Distress Oxide coloured 14 x 10 cm sheets of paper.
I really need to learn to take better photos! This doesn’t do the artwork justice at all, neither does the curled paper. If I manage to take a better photo I’ll update it.
*Update* The image on the left is a scanned image – the iridescence and metallic sheen are lost in the scan, but the image is clearer.
There are patches of textures ‘verdigris’ which has a rainbow iridescence on them, as well as similar colours and patterns elsewhere.
The background shimmers with copper and other iridescent colours, over a soft, chalky coloured surface achieved by using Distress Oxide inks.
I loved the background so much that I really didn’t want to work over it. However, this morning I decided to be brave and to wield a Pebeo Posca black pen to draw circle patterns on it, with the aim of adding colours that would be reminiscent of verdigris on copper.
I think I’ve achieved that in some small measure, and perhaps in a different way.
I learned a lot of things along the way, not least of which is to paint the circle BEFORE I add patterns to them with a pen! What I may do is prepare sheets of paper with the colours on I want in the circles, draw the patterns on them, cut them out and then collage them on the background to give a more 3D look to the art.
Art is all about experimentation, learning when things don’t work out as you’d like. However, when things don’t turn out or you think you’ve made a mistake, learn to accept it as a ‘creative opportunity’ and work with it. There are many ‘creative opportunities’ in this mixed media piece!
- Distress oxide inks
- Perfect Pearls
- Liquitex, Decoart Media and Pebeo Dyna iridescent and metallic acrylic paints.
- Posca pen
- Stencils by Prima
- Fresco paints by PaperArtsy
- Rusty Patina paints by Imagination Crafts
- Inktense pencils from Derwent