Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What's On My Work Table Wednesday

Blue Green Stars Page

I spent yesterday playing in my art journal. This is still on my work table today because I cannot decide what else it needs. Maybe someone dancing among the stars? Or someone hanging around on a moon? 

It started in a totally different color scheme. I had not played with Tim Holtz's tissue paper on the roll yet. It's not as absorbent as I was expecting - being tissue paper and all. Water and ink practically beaded up on the surface. The many pieces of crumpled tissue in the background began as a rainbow of colors adhered to the page with matte medium. 

It wasn't pretty! It got "muddy" looking after a while.

Blue Green Stars Page

So I painted over it with phthalo blue (green shade) fluid acrylic, phthalo green (blue shade) fluid acrylic, and some yellow craft paint. I made the paint more translucent with matte medium and some GAC 100. This works better for me than just thinning them with water. 

Blue Green Stars Page

This star stamp is one I created with fun foam and cardboard. These were stamped with a thinner glaze layer of paint. 

I've noticed in some artists' work that I love there is often a bit of shading around elements in the image to blend them in. I had to play around with a few different media to duplicate this effect. First, I tried a water soluble graphite. It was too gray and shiny like pencil marks - not black. So I busted out the good Conté pencils and used the pierre noire B grade pencil. The B made a nicer blending mark than the H did. After I traced around the stars I blended the marks with a paper blending stub. I like how it worked out and plan to use this more often.

Head on over to the Stamping Ground blog to see a lot more work tables!

What's on your work table this week? 

- Vickie


RosA said...

I love that colour scheme of blues and greens! And I like to use the medium also. Happy WOYWW!

VonnyK said...

I really love the colours and texture on your journal. Mine are still blank as I'm not game to try anything yet. Love the starts.
Von #38

Mynnette said...

This is amazingly gorgeous! I'm no good with paint--I'm always amazed by people like you who have a gift with it! Stunning! :)

Samantha Kira said...

I love it! I just got some GAC 100 and have to agree...I love using it instead of water when painting, and it's marvelous when brayering onto foam stamps!

About the black around elements: you want a Stabio black pencil. Have you seen Dina's work? She's the one who told me about it and it is wonderful! Will be like night and day for you!

As to where to go? I'd add highlights to the stars with a white Conté crayon and write with swooping, overlapping white in the light green area. Just where i'd go. Just love this! I'm a sucker for stars, too!

Karen said...

I love the green and blues color combination that you are working with, its gorgeous :)

Happy WOYWW and have a great week, Luv Karen xx

jill said...

Great colours & texture. Happy Crafting

Clare with paint in her hair said...

Turned out nice in the end!

Gwen said...

This has turned out so well. It is always worth experimenting with tissue paper...gorgeous colour too!
xx 101

sunshyne_silverwear said...

Your project came out beautifully. I wouldn't change a thing. :)

May said...

Don't change a thing, its Fabulous love the colours of green & blue,Have a great week, Hugs May x x x my fifth attempt with these words we have to type before comments hope it works or will have to sadly give up!!! x x x

Kathryn said...

Little late stopping by.
Love the color scheme, theme and texture of your journal! Amazing!
Thanks for sharing (and explaining the process)

Trish Latimer said...

oooh right up my street! messy art with stars on!! love it!!! Trish #63

Helen T said...

I love the colour & it looks great. Helen T #96

Raven's Rest Studio, Jennifer Conway said...

Nice work! I love that you shared your whole process - isn't it fun playing around and working out the "bugs"?! *smiles* ~Jen

Maria said...

Love the colorcombination and the stars, looking forward to see the rest.
Nice weekend

CraftygasheadZo said...

Such fab colours and that shading really makes the stars pop. Hope you enjoyed this week's snoop around the creative desks for WOYWW. I'm still nosing, I know it's Friday, but I will get to everyone! Take care Zo xx 81

MaggieC said...

That is such a lovely blend of colours and shapes, so pretty. xx Maggie #11

Catie Cuddles said...

What a beautiful journal page...those colours just sing! Love it!

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