Friday, 29 November 2013

Prismatic Painting: Fun With Twinkling H2Os (and other media)

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?
Miss Roxie says, "But it's ok if I can go with Dad and wear my sparkly purple parka!"
The rear view always cracks me up.

As some of you know, I have been taking Mastering Twinks I with the amazing Dion Dior. It is with her permission that I share one of my favorite parts of the course. Dion introduced prismatic painting as a way to play with color and texture, and generally getting to know our materials better.

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
With the very sparkly twinks, you need something to tone them down and emphasize the shine, and in this example, I used color pencil.

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:

Subject: Daisies
Can you see how the colors change in the daisies and leaves as the prisma lines cross them?

So here is the process, demonstrated with my daughter's birthday present:

Twinkling Feathers, sketch

This shot is not the best, but the sketch began with the feathers, and then the prisma lines were drawn. Kate decided she would like the feathers in hot, parrot colors, and the background in cool, sky colors.

Feathers base coated.
In the above picture, you see just the feathers painted in. I darkened the prisma lines where they crossed the feathers, so that I would remember to change the color. You can see both the color of the feather, and its vein, change. To maintain cohesiveness in the subject despite the divisions, I used subtle tones of the same colors. With the subject, you have a color scheme in mind... mine was red at the base, to orange, yellow, green. Because of this, you will see color changes in the subject at the prisma lines, but you will also see them where I intended them to be, changing shades between the prisma lines.

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 hope you have enjoyed this little demonstration. I love painting these! In future, I think I will explore different ways of filling the "panes" in the background. Perhaps some tangles?

I would encourage you, if you enjoy water soluble art media, to check out the classes offered by Dion Dior at . 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!


Monday, 18 November 2013

Art Adventure Give-away. Two Great Mini Courses (online) by Dion Dior

As some of you know, I'm just finishing the last project for "Mastering Twinks 1", a fantastic course with an amazing instructor... Dion Dior. 

Have to do this quickly... My office managers are keeping a close eye on me, today! lol

Dion is offering two of her mini-workshops beginning January 1, 2014, and once you are in, you have unlimited access (forever, from what I can see).

Sparkle-Arkle is about learning to add visual interest to your masterpieces and art journals with "all things sparkly".

Sacred Circles is about learning to create beautiful mandalas that have deep personal meaning for you. The starting point is a story based in Arthurian legend.

I can certainly vouch for Dion's talent in putting together really great teaching programs, and for her caring, compassionate nature and love for art, which makes her a really wonderful instructor.

Hop on over to her blog and have a look at the short videos she has put together to explain both. Then, if either or both workshops tickle your fancy, leave a comment at the bottom of her post, for a chance to win.

Good luck!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Rant Alert

You know, I belong to a number of groups on FB. More often than I would like to see, someone makes a comment about Zentangle copyrighting what people have been doing for years, and how Rick and Maria must be "laughing all the way to the bank".

They make me see red.

I would bet my bottom dollar that none of them have even ever read about exactly what it is that Zentangle has under copyright.

This morning, I went on FB to find a picture circulating. A big, beautiful, colored doodle. Inevitably the comment comes below... "and before Zentangle was ever heard of."

Well, enough already. I've hit my limit. Although I am not exclusively (now) a Zentangle artist, I will be forever grateful for the process, and what it taught me about focus, relaxation, enjoying the process. I will be forever grateful for all the wonderful, welcoming people who make up the Zentangle community. I still tangle when I need to relax, and probably always will.

So get your facts straight, people. Take the time to learn about what you scoff at, before you write it down and make a fool of yourself.

Find the FACTS about what, actually has been copyrighted, so you understand the distinction.

Here are the legalities relating to Zentangle:

I wonder how many will bother to read this, or whether it's just more fun to blindly bash.

-end rant-