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Blank Canvas VS Drawn Canvas

I had to take a break from the Cheap Art Challenge because I had an order for Koda’s Kountry.  This was probably the hardest order to fill.  Not hard as in to fill, hard as to staying awake.  I found myself falling asleep on the couch a couple of times during the day.  So the good news, my insomnia may be over, the bad news is it is during the day where I need natural light to work with.  So my internal clock is screwed.  Oh goody.

I didn’t have time to take many photos, but here of what is going to Koda’s Kountry.

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Would someone please remind me to see if they have a blog or a website so I can link this blog to.

Back to the challenge. Some artists have difficulties or even fears of “The Blank Canvas”.  When I was in art college, we had a visiting artist who would splash some color on the canvas even before her classes began in order to get rid of her fear.

You are right when I first started this challenge, I had that fear.  I did not know of what to draw.  When I finally picked out my subject and sketch it out.  Which by the way, I did this at night and without wearing my glasses or contacts.  I am nearsighted.

In case, you are wondering, I used this pencil and eraser.

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The eraser was a prize from a cereal box, many years ago.  And the pencil was just lying around the house.  I still have all of my pencils from collage and highschool.  I might be a hoarder when it comes to that.  Either way, they were free.

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I am hoping that this link work.  Somehow this photo is not in my phone.

I now face a new challenge, how to color it.  Obviously melted crayons will not work.

So I could go with acrylic paint from the Dollar Tree.  But I do not have much of a selection.

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Or the watercolor pencils.  Or I can use both.  Watercolor pencils for the background while the acrylic paint for the horses or reverse.  This is suppose to be fun, not causing stress.

Speaking of fun, I took 2 sheets from the art sketch pad.  Remember where the computer paper was better than that paper?  One sheet, I coated it with white paint while the second one, I didn’t nothing.  Actually I forgot.  I brought some rubbing alcohol spray at the Dollar Tree, and added a few drops of the paint.  I sprayed the paper, and sprayed it in several layers.  The green had the white paint undercoat.

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I am quite please with the result.  The green reminds me of the Northern lights.  But if you are asking of what I am going to do.  Simple, I haven’t got the foggiest idea.

 


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Breaking Surface

I know that it has been months since I last wrote.  I have been super busy and going through some personal stuff.  And unfortunately, I know that the next few months is going to be really insane for me.  So this is a quick post to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about you guys, just been busy.

One of the things that I have been doing is cleaning out my yarn collection.  I have 7 huge plastic bins of yarn, two storage ziplock bags, a trunk full of yarn, and not to mention the little boxes around the house, full of yarn.  Then my hairdresser gave me some yarn that one of her other customers gave her.  And when I said some yarn, I mean two huge boxes. My plan is to try to get the yarn down to 5 plastic bins and maybe a couple of small decorative boxes.  Those boxes are by the couch where I watch tv.

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That is bag number 3 and 4 that I had sent to donation.  There is a church here that is looking for yarn donation so they can knit blankets and other items for the homeless.  I already been going through my patterns to see of what to take off my list of things that I want to knit and crochet.  So far, I had removed 65 items.  I am still wittering down the list.

I have been doing some art journaling lately in order to relax.  One of the journal prompts is to do 4 backgrounds, don’t think about it, just do it.

20160502_141304[1]  That is fingerpainting with modeling paste.  Actually I had fun doing that.  It reminding me when I was kid.  I am tempted to pick up some fingerpaint, but I easily use my acrylic paint.

20160502_141138[1]  I used Dylusion spray with my own alchol sprays.

20160502_141221[1]  This one, I did some thought into it because I had to pick out the paper from my scrap box and of course, cutting them into shapes.

20160502_141243[1]I used white glue resist technique and Tim Holtz Distress paint.  I am thinking this is going to be an underwater scene.

20160502_141341[1]  I had this pattern paper for years and I had no idea of what to do with it.  I finally put a coat of thin white paint just to tone it down.  I am thinking of using the one word prompt challenge.  But so far, I haven’t found a word that I like.  I have been using one word generators on the computer, but the words they come up are either ones that I have no idea of what it means, or hard to do.  For example, how I can art journal about flinching, bending, or northern.  I want art journal to relax me, not to stress me out.

I am hoping that I will be more vigil with my blog.