September 15, 2008
September 10, 2008
In a previous article, I wrote about my love of Sharpie markers in creating drawings of birds. I also like to use them to create bold, abstract drawings. Like the following:
What happens if we take those same markers, same bold colors, and apply them to a different surface? Below, you will see how the Sharpies look when I drew on a sheet of light beige foam.
This foam, used in kids' crafts, is sold in craft stores and in some discount drug marts. It's inexpensive and fun to use and comes in all sorts of colors. I first started buying it when I began incorporating collage and paste into my acrylic paintings; to build them up and create texture.
I decided to make some Artist Trading Cards using the same technique, and cut the foam to the 2.5 x 3.5 inch size.
The bold color remains, but the effect is softer, more impressionistic and dreamlike.
Take your favorite art materials and apply them to a new surface--see what happens!
Here are some surfaces you might not have thought of:
Recyled materials such as:
- the nice white inside of a milk carton.
- Old pieces of glass, old windows, old bottles,
- old glass lenses, removed from frames and with a pin backing added
- scraps of wood
- old slate roof tiles
Materials you can find most anywhere:
- Kids' board books can be found at most Goodwill and Salvation Army stores
- Felt, foam
- A variety of paper surfaces: rough, smooth, textured
- Apply a coating of gesso or acrylic paint to fabric, then draw or paint on the fabric. How does velvet compare to felt? How does linen compare to fleece? For inexpensive fabric, cut up clothes you are going to give or throw away or buy clearance items at Goodwill.
- Browse online catalogs from Dick Blick and the like and see what other surfaces are out there.
September 6, 2008
How frustrating is it to create a beautiful ATC or altered book or collage or greeting card, reach for a "gold foil" pen and the result is a huge blob of goldish paint right in the middle of your creation?
I love gold and silver pens, but some I've bought went right into the trash. Others consistently work. My problem is keeping track of which is which and remembering when I'm in Hobby Lobby or shopping at Dick Blick or Jo Ann Fabric!
I am thinking about materials because I recently paid many bucks for Micron Archival Ink Acid-free pens. One set of black in various widths and one set of colored. Turns out, I love them. They were worth the price.
I usually draw with fine and extra fine Sharpies. I love the bold colors, the layering of colors, the ease, convenience and portability. In my perfect world there would be 256 colors of Sharpies.
My son, Jesse, introduced me to Poster Paint markers, and the white has been a good addition to my marker box.
But, back to the Microns, the .005 size, in particular. A drawing done in extra-fine Sharpie looks good, but the same drawing done in .005 Micron looks much more sophisticated. Suddenly, my drawing looks hip, looks Wow, looks...I don't know...more professional. I really like the results I'm getting, and nothing about me has changed! Only my tools. How great is that.
Here are some examples:
Here is a drawing I did this week of Tyler, guarding his birthday bone. It is with the Micron pen.
Next, we have a drawing I did last year with Sharpie Extra-Fine markers. I call it Tiny Dancer. You'll see the difference between the two pens.
Here is another drawing of Jackie done with Sharpie markers.
September 1, 2008
I began looking at some of the links to online databases for images of people with their pets. This led me to two websites that were goldmines: http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/ and the Library of Congress.
The images that caught my eye gave me a glimpse into life with pets in an earlier time in American history and several images and articles that sparked ideas for future art and writing projects.
Photographing pets is a great hobby. For more on photographing pets, see this previous blog article.