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Pods, flowers and gesso

I was surfing the web for art journal inspiration and found this youtube video by DeeDee Catron. I decided to play along. I gessoed a sheet of watercolour paper and used a pipette to apply ecoline (liquid watercolours). First warm colours, then cool colours, as suggested in the video.

I may not have a green thumb figuratively speaking, but I have coloured fingers at times for sure! ;-)

The idea is to let your background dry, draw shapes on it (I chose to go along with the pod shapes from the example) and block out the background around the shapes with gesso. But maybe my background hadn't properly dried up, or it didn't work because of the materials I had used. Anyway, the colours from the background started to mix with the newly applied gesso and smeared. In a rather nice way, I thought. So I went with it and didn't try to fix it.

I used black acrylic paint thinned with some water to trace the lines of my pod shapes and add some splatters to my work and the surrounding objects on my table (including my laptop). I wrote text around the shapes using india ink and a dip pen.

Because I still wanted to try blocking out shapes with gesso in the way the example showed, I had another go. This time, I forgot to gesso the page, so my colours didn't turn out as vibrant as I wanted; the paper sucked up a lot of the ecoline. But blocking out the circle shapes went better this time.

Again, I drew lines and made splatters with black acrylic paint that was watered down a little. I decided to make my circles into flowers. I wrote text along the stems with india ink and a dip pen.

Geplaatst op 11-10-2016.
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