Monthly Archives: December 2011

Sanctuary Painting


This is the watercolor sketch on its own. The colors are actually pinker but my camera doesn’t do pink.

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Sanctuary


This is a quick watercolor sketch I did with the super cheap no-name watercolors in my Strathmore Watercolor Journal 8×5, next to the paints themselves so you know which ones I’m talking about!

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Niji Pearlescent Watercolor test


This is a test of my new Niji Pearlescent watercolors, about $4 anywhere. The colors turned out more brilliant than it looks, but they are soft, and there is a bit more pearlescence in real life. I like the way they layer.

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Super cheap watercolors test


I got these super cheap watercolors and did this test of colors. It’s dry-brush over Strathmore Watercolor Journal 140 lb. They’re hard to hydrate but brilliant in color. I’d say they’re guache. They dry to a chalky consistency. These are the little round paint sets you probably see at your art store counter for $4. I got these for the nice palette they came with and paid just under $4.

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Testing my homemade stamps

I carved some relief letter stamps out of craft foam from the Dollar Store (soooooeasy) and tested them out on this page using glossy enamel craft paint on a book page.

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The Fall/Transformation

This is a new spread in my journal called “The Fall/Transformation.” It is mixed media and the process of its creation was very, very spontaneous.  It is done in a Strathmore Watercolor Journal, size about 5 x 8 inches.

For some reason, wordpress reversed the order of the images uploaded, so the closeup of the tarot card is first, then the two pages individually, then the spread.  I’ll get better at this posting thing, promise.

Anyway, this started with a couple of magazine clippings I liked and stuck on two pages, totally unrelated. The foreign money in the bottom left corner and the big butterfly watercolor collage on the right page. Then I used some Pentel oil pastels and watercolor around the money, then added some acrylic gold glaze craft paint, then a funky tarot card from a deck I got at the Dollar Store, then made a stamp of acrylic craft paint and some rubbings done in colored pencil of some fake plastic pirate coins I had and glued those on, then I took an old necklace and cut up the chain and glued and stapled it on, and took some red plastic gems off the ugliest earrings in the world and glued those on. Then I saw how the unrelated butterfly on the next page could relate! So I painted black acryclic all around it, added in harmonious colors of other craft paint, then added paint and glaze on the clipping itself to blend it in.

This is my VERY FIRST mixed media piece ever and it was soooo much fun! I just took advice from a book I read that said stick something down, then just build! I like it!

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Hello world!

Coming Out of the Dark

Coming Out of the Dark

This is my first post to the blog!  I drew this freeform line drawing (one of my favorite type of art to do) on January 6, 2011 after a bout with depression.  I do art to help me deal with bipolar disorder and anxiety…and also just for fun.  I play with a variety of media and sometimes I do a lot and sometimes not much at all.  This blog is an attempt to make myself accountable so I will perhaps do “something”…even if just a little thing…every day.

Thanks for dropping in!  Comments are appreciated!  😀

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