June 28, 2008

Paper Beads

I'm having fun making some paper beads this weekend. Here's my first batch made from catalog pages. Whee!!! Finally a use for all those magazines I have laying around!

June 16, 2008

Bird Doodle 2

My second bird doodle. This one uses only greens, blues, and purples for the background colors (Prismacolor pencils). Then I did a wash of black india ink all over it, wiping it off quickly, so it left a lot of the color showing through. The pencils are a little waxy, so they repel the ink. The white outlines are done with the best white ink pen in the world! It really is the best white pen I've ever used. I was especially leery of ordering it since every gel pen I've ever used dries up, clogs up, or in some other way, totally pisses me off - but this one is AMAZING. Really! It writes smoothly even over the top of other media, like acrylic paint, and the colored pencils. I've had a lot of trouble in the past getting anything to write over them because of their waxy nature.

June 14, 2008

Happy Birthday, Robert!

Warning: horrible picture quality - I had to take it with the flash on.

I put together this collage for my step-dad tonite. He found and cut-out the pilot picture from an old magazine, and asked me to use it in a collage for him. He also came up with the words he wanted on the collage: Final Approach. Flaps down - Ready to land. I used my new Twinkling H2O watercolors to paint the background and made the clouds from torn mulberry paper. I found the trees on the horizon in a couple different ads in an old National Geographic and added the modern plane cutout. The pilot is not quite as rippled as it appears in this picture - that must be from the glass and the flash. The finishing touch was to add a little color to the pilot with my Prismacolor pencils. He's got a green hat and strap, and blue eyes now. Hope Robert likes it!