If a picture’s worth a thousand words, here’s three that accurately describe tonight’s art process.
So I did actually start this last night. Started laying down the inks in the background, wandered away, and went to bed. Whoops. Came back to it tonight and started adding more layers of colours, spray inks, liquid acrylic paints, and ink drops. Used two different stencils and just went crazy with the layering and layering and layering. I love how parts of it turned out. Some of the layers blurred together a bit, but other parts? Just sparkled.
This? My favourite part. The way the colours blended on the white raised parts, the phrase just popping out, the different layers showing though. So cool. I had fun tonight.
Tonight, I made a gigantic mess and it was glorious.
I decided to hand write a quote from Winstob Churchill and add it as the focal to the page. I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot lately. This one and the one line from my Dad’s favourite poem, Don’t Quit – when you’re hardest hit, don’t you dare quit.
Not sure why I’ve been thinking about these lines. Well, yes, I do. It’s because I’ve had a lot on my mind and a lot on the go lately. Work, school, art, finals, the Made Local Society, and trying to not only keep up with it all, but also do a good job at it all. It’s tiring and hard to keep going when you don’t remember why you’re trying to do all the things at once.
I have to constantly remind myself not to quit. Don’t give up. There are reasons you’re doing this Jasmin. You like your job. You like supporting local arts. You love making art. You’re working towards your degree, and you’re going to get it dammit. Yes you’re tired, yes it’s a lot, but don’t quit. Never ever ever ever ever give up.
You got this.
I’ve been wanting to do something with the water colours of Derwent Inktense pencils again for a while. Glad I broke them out tonight.
Well, I will give it my best shot anyways. Tonight are the two turtle doves. It’s a very sketchy drawing done in my lovely handmade art journal.
Decided the do the last page of this journal as a zentangle. Most of the pages in here were done as this kind of drawing. It really was the perfect journal to fill an entire page with. I’ll be looking for another one like it for a while I think.
I picked it up in Toronto while on my Etsy Captain’s Summit trip. Hmm. Maybe another trip to Toronto is in order?
I used up one of the pages in my journal tonight that had excess paint on it. These pages collect all sorts of paints and patterns so they can be both fun and challenging to work with. This page in particular had excess blue and gold paint swiped on. I actually started using this one before, but I wasn’t happy with the way it was looking so abandonded it to move on to something different. That’s why on tonight’s page, you can see the beginnings of a heart silhouette and the black paint on the edges. There’s also a faint pattern on the page in black from the paper towel I was using way back when I first started this page.
I added the silhouette (this time I used the interior of the shape and filled it in). I added more black paint on the edges and sprayed it down to make it drop down the page. I finally added the quote and I was done.
Tonight I did a page based on a quote from one of my favourite books, A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin. I love this book. It is unconventional both in its subject and writing style with beautifully written sentences and descriptions of a side of London seldom mentioned. I definitely recommend it.
make me a shadow on the wall
Light a candle for the loved ones who are no longer with us. Ok. Not my best art night, but it was a long day of chaos, miscommunications, and sad memories. I made s point of doing something tonight in particular because it would have been my dad’s birthday today. He would have been mad at me for not doing something because I wasn’t in the mood to do it because he’s no longer here. Happy birthday to my dad (today) and aunt (yesterday) who are no longer here. We’re all thinking of and missing you.