Surviving the Elements

March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
February 14 - Week 10
Art Challenge:  As a Layer Element
Journal Prompt:  Surviving the Elements

Sometimes my art journal pages are a place to process what is going on in my life.  There are occasions where my pages are serious and pensive and sometimes I just like to PLAY!  This week, I PLAYED! 

Reading the prompt, the only thing that kept popping into my mind was the Periodic Chart of Elements.  I kept thinking of chemistry, charts, and graphs.  I just purchased a new set of Derwent Inktense pencils and really wanted to see how each color looked so I decided to make a periodic chart using swatches of color from the pencils.

In keeping with the Chemistry theme (elements) I pulled out an old notebook I found in an antique store:

This notebook is amazing.  It's dated September 17, 1915 and every page is full of equations, chemical formulations and lab reports.  I hated to tear the pages out but knew they would enhance the design I had in mind.  I used Dina Wakley's Gel Medium to apply the notebook pages to my Art Journal. My son saw the page and said, "Oh, you're doing a challenge on Stochiometry!"  Ummmm, no - I have no idea what that means - haha!

There are 72 colors in the box of pencils so I doodled 72 boxes.  Just for fun, I arranged them to look like a periodic chart. Because our theme this month involves mark-making and doodling, I did not measure and I casually drew each square with rounded corners using my Tul Fine Marker.  It's waterproof and writes over top of the gel medium with ease.

Using the Inktense pencils, I colored in one half of each block, then brushed them with water using my Niji water brush.  I did this quickly and did not blend the color and water so that I would get variations within each block.

When the color was dry, I began the task of writing each color number and name on the associated block.  I gave them each an "initial" to identify them, just as you would see in a periodic chart.  Kind of cool looking, don't you think?  I also began doodling around and in each block, just for fun.  To add some interest and depth, I drew a line on the left side and bottom of each block with a Kuretake Zig Twin Tip Art Marker in Warm Grey and then brushed each line with water to blend.  It added a dropped shadow around each block to make them look as if they are sitting on top of the page.

I labeled the page then wrote some words around the edge of the page for a border.  And there you have it . . . a playful, quirky page - just for fun!  I am looking forward to seeing your mark-making this week!  And don't forget to visit the Art to the 5th blog to see our featured artist this week, the fabulous Robin Mead!

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