I have been playing with my little whimsical pieces a lot lately, and realized that I had a problem.Well, a “need”.
I needed to be able to emphasize a word or have one word bigger than the others.I needed to have a way to create contrast.
The problem is, I’m using gel pens that are monoline.There’s only one size of the line that it makes.So off to the drafting table I went to experiment.
First I used my Crayon Cursive with a black crayon and sparkly gel pen highlights.But that ended up being actually too big.And I wasn’t wild about my results with a colored pencil.It needed to “go” with my gel pen hand printing better or something.
Then I tried drawing a cursive-style, coloring in the thicks and thins with the gel pen, but I was sorely lacking in enough skill to pull that off.
Then I tried using two colors of gel pens for an almost double-stroke, which looked crummy, but it gave me the idea to use a colored pencil to “shadow” the gel pen line.And that looked kinda neat.And soft.And I generally love soft.
And I don’t know what got into me, but somehow I got the idea of putting polka dots on top of the monoline.Polka dots??I truly have no idea how that occurred to me.But I tried it, and they were fun, and sorta worked!So, yay!J
Then I graduated from a “shadow” to a “halo”.It reminds me of the outlined words of my junior high days.HahahaDid everyone else do that, too?Outline around complete words, kinda like puffy clouds?…Ah, youth.J
Anyway, that’s what this new combination is:my fun cursive made with a gel pen + a halo done with a colored pencil + polka dots using a gel pen.
Oh, and done with neon colors, too!How much fun is that?!
And just think of all the possibilities:you can use the same color for both for a low-contrast look, or something like neon yellow dots on top of a neon green cursive for a high-contrast, very whimsical look.(I find myself using that combo a lot.)
So that’s the latest from the studio…Fun, fun, fun!!
Today I am thankful for my husband being my very own art patron.JHe is so supportive and so generous.Plus, his stargazing ways have inspired yet another painting.
“Moon over Venus”, though, apparently isn’t possible, sky-wise.
I painted the crescent moon going the wrong way for that…It should’ve been painted like a backwards C.Aarrgghh!!!!
Mr. Man said it was covered by “artistic license”, but I think another painting is in order. Too bad, eh? HahaI guess I’ll just have to paint another one! J
This is about the most realistic that I paint (being a true Lover of Abstracts), and it’s the view that we had each night in Missouri, at the condo on TableRockLake.Venus really was setting then, behind just such a hill, but I added in the moon myself.Moons are so romantic, aren’t they?I find them to be utterly irresistible.
To crescent moons and the starry sky...
And to my sweet husband who buys me pastels and glitter
and gel pens and black paper and and and…. !
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable,
and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.
Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
May I just say, that I absolutely and totally love the Internet.J
Oh sure, it has its perils, but it’s here to stay, despite them.
But the ability to look up just about anything at any hour of the day, with my laptop in my, well, lap, is so totally convenient and sometimes still seems downright amazing.
Whether it is looking up “How to Read A Knitting Chart” or what actor played that role in that movie we saw 15 years ago and I can’t remember his name and I think he was in Frasier last night … the ability to “google” whatever you want and come up with so much information at the click of a mouse simply astounds me.
What a blessing these girls are to me --I read their blogs daily.Check them out, and then go take a look at their Etsy shops!(They both have links to their shops on their blogs.)Christmas is coming, and Etsy is the perfect place to buy *handmade* gifts from artists you know and love.www.etsy.com
p.s.Don’t forget:10/10/10 is Sunday!Sounds like a
great time for some special memories to be made!!J
Mr. Man and Mr. Furball and I had an absolutely wonderful vacation to Branson, Missouri.
Mr. Man had gone online to find a place for us to stay that was dog-friendly, but one that wasn’t just a crummy motel room, ya know? He wound up booking us a condo (owned by Yakov Smirnoff, as a matter of fact) that was wonderful.
We had a gorgeous view of TableRockLake, and the condo had the best floor plan. It was so spacious and nice. Between that and the view, we didn’t want to leave, it was so relaxing! And we weren’t even trying to get an incredible lake-view condo, just a nice place that took dogs. (!)
The sunsets every night were so beautiful... And we saw 3 meteors the first night there. The next night we had a flock of wild geese fly right by us while we were out on the balcony, honking the whole way! J And one morning the fog had rolled in, and you couldn’t even see that there was a lake out there. Very wild and cool.
We got in a lot of good tourist-stuff, too, but more importantly, we got some much-needed R&R. And we are very thankful for that.
The crazy thing was, we had no idea that the area would remind us of west Austin and LakeTravis. It was like being back home.
I imagine it won’t be our last visit there… ♥
Lucky Dog J
p.s. This photo was the view from our balcony!
See, this is how my mind works:okay, I did one white on black with yellow glitter accent and a line border.What would it look like if I did another checkerboard-style border and filled in some of the boxes with yellow glitter this time?But less boxy, this time.
And that’s how I play.One experiment begets another.J
And I’m still working on the alphabet…Combining capitals with lowercase seems to work well and provide the *variety* that characterizes whimsical art.We’ll see how it goes.It is all a work in progress.J
This little piece is another in my newest series of handprinted quotes. They are so much fun -- they’re like eating potato chips: you make one and you just want to make another one!
This piece was done on black charcoal paper with a Uni-ball Signo broad white gel pen and just a touch of yellow glitter on the back of the bee.
This was all done freehand with no rough draft. I don’t know why I work that way a lot, but I do. It seems like a little planning and a pencil layout would make my life easier, but there you have it.J
Its little drawn frame reminds me again of the beauty (and usefulness) of the irregular line. Oh, and I drew it on last, after finishing the lettering. The whole piece of paper probably measures a little over 4 inches square.
Today I played and made lots of these, so I’ll be posting more later.