First a word from our sponsor...
Miss Roxie (our little drama queen Boston Terrier) says, "Cold weather is for hibernating!"
|Seriously Mom? You're going to make me go out?|
|The rear view always cracks me up.|
This form really appeals to me, and I've done a number of prismatics other than the two we did for the course. The piece of which I am most proud is a birthday painting for my daughter, and she had asked for a theme of feathers. I was very careful to take good "WIP" pics, so I thought I would use this project to share the process.\
Prismatics (in my mind, anyway) have two integral attributes.
The first is the prisma lines... lines you draw on your paper, and every time you cross a line, you change your color. Think of the lines the way you would think of the leading in a stained glass window.
The second is the grouping of warm and cold colors. If there is a subject, you might consider doing the subject in warm colors and the background in cool colors. If you have no subject, you try to group them in the shapes within your piece.
Our first piece had no subject, and this was my result:
|First try, no subject|
Our second project involved a subject... daisies. When you add a subject, prisma lines crossing the subject also require a color change, so you try not to have too many intersecting your subject. Incidentally, this was also my introduction to making an art journal spread:
So here is the process, demonstrated with my daughter's birthday present:
|Twinkling Feathers, sketch|
|Feathers base coated.|
|Background color in.|
You will see above, that the next step was to add the background colors... we ended up with a little pink and purple in there... Well, skies do have sunrises and sunsets. lol
|Next step: Texture and detail|
I detailed the feathers with gold metallic pen, added a few doodles to the background with silver pen.
In this final shot, you will see the prisma lines drawn in, more doodle details, and texturing and shading with pastel and pan pastel. In the course we have used matte watercolor paint, Caran D'Ache water soluble pastels, Derwent Inktense, colored pencil and pastel at various times, to tone down and in doing so, enhance, the twinks.
Here is the finished piece:
|All finished... a little shading "popped" the feathers.|
I would encourage you, if you enjoy water soluble art media, to check out the classes offered by Dion Dior at http://www.diondior.com/p/workshops.html . She is a very dedicated, gifted and effective instructor. She's done a beautiful job of constructing her online courses, and her warmth, knowledge, and sheer love of creating is really contagious.
If you have any questions or comments about this process, or my experiences in the course, please feel free to leave them in comments, below. I always love to hear from you!
Create because YOU CAN!