Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Scarlotto Idiotum Ballare

Otherwise known as The Red Boogy Fool.

This is completely inspired by the spread I did for Pattio, below.

I used some really cool printed tissue paper that I picked up from The Papery downtown and parts of a paper napkin I kept from the Lavender Tea at my aunt and uncle's church for the backgrounds, along with some acrylic ink on a fan brush. The Red Boogy is done with acrylic paints, gloss medium, some pencil crayons and acrylic ink with the dipping pen for the outline. The lettering is just white gel pen again.

I'm thinking of making more critters like this... lord knows I have some imagination to spare. But of course, every time I think I've found "THE THING" that I like to do, my brain seizes up and points me somewhere completely different.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


This is a spread I did in one of Pattio's amazing art books. I took her beautiful painted background and, as I've been advised to do, had a HECK of a lot of fun with it! ;-)
I used an acrylic ink, with a paintbrush for the border and a dipping pen for the lettering and outlines; acrylic paints for the base colours; pencil crayons for shading (and just experimenting to see what they'd do on top of the paints' textures) and finally a white gel pen for the inscription to "Peggy Sue".

What a hugely fun project for my weekend!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

I have been glued to my new art journal this evening. Not literally, thankfully!

None of these are finished yet, but I like the stage they're at currently and wanted to share.


I found all of these wonderfully cathartic to paint/touch/draw.

The Music Tree and Weekend Art-ing

This was done in my regular sketchbook using just the Prismacolor pencils and some really lovely sepia acrylic ink with dipping pen for the outlines.

Normally I would have taken it out of the book and scanned it, but the paper is just slightly too large to fit my scanner. I took a photo of it instead, and am not too terribly pleased... I don't think the photo does justice to the deep layering that these pencils are capable of. However, it's better than having to crop most of it out to make it fit!

Next time I'll try to remember to leave enough white space around my drawing that cropping won't matter.

Funny, it used to be that I struggled to fill up a whole page but now I struggle to stay within it!

I had the most wonderful time with Pattio yesterday, hanging out at her fabulous new studio and drooling over her art journals. What a talented lady! She let me dabble in the wide variety of mediums she has on-hand and I got to start my first journal. I'm still working on it, but I'll share once it's done. My afternoon over there was SO inspiring. If you're reading this, Patti, THANKS AGAIN! It was so wonderful to spend hours talking and doing and sharing everything ART.

I can't wait to carve out some space in my own house and give myself more room for more art.