Can You Feel It?

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)
May 30 - Week 22
Art Challenge:  Textured Paper
Journal Prompt:  I'm So Not Feeling It!


I guess I could say that I wasn't "feeling" this challenge for the week.  It took me a long time to get into it.  I have stacks and stacks of textured and handmade papers but I just wasn't inspired by them. {That's probably why I haven't used up any of those stacks - pretty to look at, but then what?}

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Whenever I have trouble getting started, I always lay down some ephemera as a base and see what happens next.  I used gel medium and a flat brush to adhere it.  After it was dry, I used a dry brush to lightly coat the surface with white gesso.

I remembered I had some old embossed paper - this was from the Recollections collection at Michael's and is years and years old, but it is something like THIS.  I also have something similar I found at the hardware store - it's embossed wallpaper and is great for using in mixed-media projects either to paint on or to stamp with. It holds paint beautifully!

I pulled out my watercolors and began to put very wet color down and let it run - the pictures aren't great, but it looked quite pretty when it was allowed to dry.  Like that cool palette?  I get asked about it all the time.  You can find out about it in another blog post HERE.

I sketched a little face and "designed" a dress and hat for her.  She looks like a "Calliope" to me.  Yes, that suits her.  I used a UHU glue stick to attach the dress and hat - the gel medium just didn't seem to work on the raised paper.

She's a bit precocious, I think.  She came to life with rough pencil sketching and neocolor crayons.  I used the crayons and a stabilo pencil for background and accents.

When It was finished, I started having second thoughts about the hat, and then it came to me!  I just wasn't "feeling it" and neither was she!


I am extraordinarily excited about this week's featured artists, Andrew Borloz!  We miss Andrew - he was a very active member last year and must hold the record for the largest DLP Planner!  But we are so fortunate he agreed to make time for us in his busy schedule and I am sure he has a big treat in store for us this week, so be sure to check him out HERE!




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