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.
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.
When I paint, I tend to make a mess. Like tonight, for example.
This isn’t even the worst of it. My hands are covered in paint, so are my legs. I’ve had to wash to wall tonight, and cleaned as I went and I was still left with this mess.
The gold and metallic paints were the final touches.
I decided I wanted to do tonight’s girl from behind. Not a perspective I’m an expert in at all. I don’t think it turned out bad for a first attempt but I definitely need work.
I knew I wanted to draw this one from behind and I thought who better to depict from behind than a mermaid? I think the skin turned out neat – she’s no little mermaid, more like a siren who lured sailors to their death in the depths. I think that my favourite part though turned out to be her hair. Super textured and fun, full of pearls and gems and seaweed.
I haven’t had to wear my glasses in a while, usually only late in the evening when I’m tired. I’ve pretty much hit a wall tonight and I’ve been wearing them all evening. I think I’ve been go, go, go for too long and I’m just exhausted (and here I am a 20 after 11, still up). Anyways, the glasses got me thinking, I’ve drawn a lot girls lately but none with glasses. So I decided to create one tonight.
we refuse to see
as we are so we
Tonight’s girl is done with mixed media; acrylics, ink, Distress Crayons, and Neocolor II. I’m enjoying learning and experimenting different ways to build these pieces. They always turn out different and, as long as you’re not hung up on perfection, just perfectly imperfect.
I actually am loving the art project. I was worried I’d get tired of it and quit half way through, but although I’d taken days off from it (dad’s funeral and Etsy MIC), I’m still enjoying it.
Tonight’s page is another in my little monster journal.
Don’t fear the reaper.