Thursday, March 31, 2016

a little inspiration....on thursday

Was able to do a couple of Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday's this past month - finding it harder and harder to make the time for myself lately.  Need to really make it a priority!

If you haven't been following along with the class, or would like to sign up - head over to Donna's here.  No, I do not get paid to send you there, I just thoroughly enjoy Donna Downey and her process!

Here we go....

My take on iw3.2.16

Working in my homemade journal - this spread is actually in the center of the signature so I have a full tag to work around this time (ugh). Out comes the big pail of Gesso - yes, I buy mine by the gallon!  I go through it quickly, a pail will last me about a year.  It is not the best quality of gesso, but for the art journals and the amount of experimenting I do, it is perfect.

This is the idea I had with this weeks inspiration.  Donna did numbers, but you know me, I never follow rules!

Here is the color palette I will be going with and the medium - Golden Clear Tar Gel, to act as my 'resist' with Donna Downey Stencil (Silhouette Duo)

So firstly, I used the 'mask' part of the stencil (or the guts as some call them) and painted over top of it using Dina Wakley Media  - Lime (one of my fave), one per side.


Once the paint was dry, I offset the stencil on each image and applied a good coat of  Clear Tar Gel over each one. 

This takes a while to dry, so I left mine over night (but not before touching it at one point to see how it was doing and having to do another layer over the one on the right, so DO NOT TOUCH it for many hours...says the girl talking from experience! 

The next day, dry and clear!

Now it was time to see how it would react to the next layer of paint - this time Lemon

I left it for about 2 min, then wiped off what I wanted gone.  It cleared off the tar gel perfectly.  I made sure I left some of the yellow on as I wanted the layers to show. 

Now wanted to try a layer (or four) of Umber, Some times I did it straight up, other times I mixed with the Glazing Medium.

wasn't happy enough with that, so tried using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Quinacridone Violet 

The interesting thing here was that it tinted the Tar Gel, and I kinda liked it! 

Ya, time for yet another layer! This time Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso (White). And since it takes a while to dry and I was working with an inclusion...I had to get creative in my drying technique! 

Speaking of drying techniques - I missed taking a few pictures, but I'm sure you can figure it out!  I used Golden Artist Paints High Flow Green Gold to get this effect along with a good amount of water; which I applied using a brush so it added a good amount at a time. The journal was tipped up so I could follow the lines and it was able to drip down in the direction I wanted. Then just at the end, I turned it upside down and smacked it on the top edge to get some drips going up.  Love it!  Now it was time to dry, so out came another drying tool rig!

Once it was dry, I went with another layer - glazing medium and quinacridone violet.  As usual, I wiped off too much and after doing it twice (yes, twice), I decided on another technique. 

Again, pulled out the Golden High Flows - this time Quinacridone Magenta.  I followed the lines of the green, having the journal upside down let it flow!


Once it had sat for a minute or two, I wiped away a access. 

Now I decided I wanted it darkened a bit, so applied some glazing medium mixed with burnt umber (DecoArt this time).

Once it sat for a minute or so, I wiped off the access.  

I search 'fire quotes' on pinterest and came up with one that I adjusted to suit my layout.

Really enjoyed this one.  Because this is such a long post, I will save the next Inspiration Wednesday for another post.  be sure to come back and check it out!

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