White on black makes Tipple sure look like bubbles.
In this case...carbonated.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Preparing for teaching the Yupo Class
First small sketch w/grid lines, second tiny color sketch (on Yupo scratch paper),
and final drawing on 13 x 20 half sheet of Yupo
If you are planning on taking my Sept 18 Yupo paper WC class I want to remind you to bring your watercolors and brushes and water container...I like several size flats brushes and whatever else you like, a box of tissues (non lotion kind), a roll of paper towels, scissors, masking tape, an old shirt or apron (it is messy), newspapers and/or plastic to put down on the table. Bring a ruler and a yardstick (or T-square), pencil, and please choose your subject ahead of time.
The key actually is to pick things that have simple lines in them...a simple still life, a simple figure or figures, etc. Remember we are going to play with "textures" and it will be more fun if you have some larger less complex subjects. It is especially fun to have a "border" around your subject out of which the objects can emerge. Optional.
It would be VERY helpful to actually have your subject drawn on tracing paper or very thin drawing paper ahead of time as well. Then we can tape up the two papers and trace the subject onto Yupo. The dimensions of a half sheet of Yupo that we will be using are: 13 x20 which is a half sheet.
The idea for this drawing/painting came from a poem written by my son-in-law who is a poet. I would hope that the painting might turn out well and I can use it for Christine Alfrey's poetry in WI project next month.
Here is the poem:
A Burr Oak We Pass
by Mark Nesslar (Madison, Wi)
A tree will sometimes grow in a way such that it appears unnatural.
Say it grew around another tree and that one died, was cut into pieces,
and hauled from the forest by draft horses and log chains,and of the scars,
where it pealed the earth, none remains.
If you choose to look, not at the tree, but the space it describes,
you see where two shapes entwined. The powerful barked limbs
curled to hold the air as delicately as the lover holds the beloved,
while the space, remembering most patiently the years embrace,
extends outward to encompass all.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
|Dex (v), Gyro|
3.5" square with white jelly-roll pen and pastel pencil. Even I think this is weird. :-)
But it "felt good" to just be nutty today.
Everyone needs a "do whatever" once in awhile.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
|Ginny, Karen, Jane with their newly created books!|
Emily demonstrating how to trim the cloth corners during glueing.
What a wonderful day at the book making workshop yesterday (Wednesday)!
Just three of us so it was like private lessons! Emily Umerntum is a professional bookbinder! She brought tons of interesting tools and all the paper and the covers were pre cut for us as we only had 4 hours to complete the project.
This particular process is called a Japanese Stab Binding book. We used fabric (special coated fabric in this case) for the covers, pretty papers for the inside covers and then gorgeous tinted pastel paper for the 25 pages inside. The books were placed in a press that she brought along (I was amazed). More photos to follow in a subsequent post. We completed the books by "sewing" the bindings. What a special journal this will be!!! All this for $15!
Incidentally if you put "Japanese Stab Binding" into YouTube you can find several nice videos of how to do this. But nothing beats an actual teacher helping you! And by the way, Emily has a special "punch tool" she uses for making the holes in the cover and papers. But in a pinch you can use an awl.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
|Tangles top left to right around the frame:|
Fiore, Yew-Dee, W-2, Aurakonot + Hollibaugh, Vortex, Dex (or A-3 Grid), Germies, Knightspeek, Hibred, Hurry, Fishnet, Opus, Rain, and Schway
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Zach and I made Zentangles on a chilly day in the north woods. We used post card sized Zentangles so we had a little more room. He loved adding color to his...we used watercolor crayons, watercolor pencils, and marker pens.
My friend, Florie, took this photo at the July Art Show Zentangle demo table. I thought it was a good shot of my Zentangle Apron. I had people do little Zentangle book marks if they had time to stop awhile. I had a lot of visitors. It was fun.