This week’s prompt from Journal 52 was “Colouring Book”. This one gave me a chance to practice using my watercolours. I found this image online and I chose it because it had a lot of open space to colour. Because I wanted to use my watercolours, I didn’t want an image with too much detail so that I can learn some of the basics of how the paints move and mix together. I printed the image on regular printer paper, not ideal for wet media but it served its purpose. I painted the image first and then prepared the background to glue it down. I started the background with a layer of gesso and then “pounced” some pink acrylic paint down using a dry paper towel to leave some of white showing through.
After I glued the image down I outlined it with a white oil pastel. When I took a step back I realized that I wasn’t happy with how bold the violet circles were around the edges. I felt that they were taking away from the main image so I went back over them with some gesso applied with my finger. This helped to tone them down and push them back into the background. I almost left this page like this but it was nagging me that it needed a sentiment of some kind. I searched online and found “Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons” by Al Hirschfeld. I stamped this out onto cardstock and glued it down the left side of the page. Voila!
Americana craft paint – Baby Pink, Vivid Violet
Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters
Circle stencil (small and large)
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Faber-Castell PITT pens
Uniball Signo Pen – white
Golden Soft Gel (Matte)
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