Here is the final drawing. I decided to try some YUPO paper and that turned out to be quite the adventure. It’s a very smooth paper. As I tried to layer pastel chalks, one layer would rub off as I tried to apply a second. I persevered and came up with the drawing above. It’s a more pastel look than I had originally imaged. Why didn’t I just switch papers? Good question. I have no idea. I was like a dog with a bone determined to get a picture out of it.
Next I photographed the drawing and reduced it in size so that I had four images that would fit a standard A2 card.
Originally I was planning on hand stamping each image with text and the lines running across the antlers. I realized it would a lot faster to put them in with Photoshop. This is little Rudy before the each section was cut and hand embellished.
After a lot of punching and die cutting, here is this years Christmas card. Tah Dah!
I got out my first ten cards today. More to go tonight and tomorrow.
What did I learn from this exercise? I love cracks. YUPO will not be my substrate of choice.
These creatures emerged from very watery blobs of watercolor put on cold press watercolor paper. The paint was allowed to run, drip and splatter. I penciled in the shapes that I saw then put in all the detail a combination of watercolor, Prismcolor pencils, white ink, and Copic markers and multiliners.
Diving into to something new like art journaling will, of course, lead to internet searches of other art journal blogs. I was looking at painting styles, lettering styles and types of media used on paper.
Somehow I stumbled onto Carla Sonheim and fell in love. Something about imaginary creatures just resinated with me. So I began to throw down water color washes and sketch shapes from sidewalk cracks and photos I had taken of texture like the one below.
The textures above became line drawings.
On this page shapes were colored using pencils and copic markers.
Before Carla, I had imaged a journal with some nature backgrounds and maybe some fluffy little birds. This is a departure but I love it.
I am now working on water color blobs and drips on paper. Results to be posted soon.