Last week, I read a blog post by Kelly Barone, where she issued a challenge to do something creative every day this year. I have a bad track record when it comes to following challenges for a long time, but I decided that this was the perfect opportunity for me to start doing more art, rather than just reading about it and watching YouTube videos.
I'm going to do a show & tell blog post once a week to show what I'm up to.
Here are my pieces for week 1.
I always enjoy drawing mandalas, and it occurred to me that it had been a while since I created a mandala template, so I made that my first piece.
A more recent art form in my repertoire is celtic knots. This is from my sketchbook, where I tried different ways to shade the same image, using the three different greys available in Prismacolor coloured pencils.
This is an experiment. I started with a page of sheet music that I covered with red acrylic paint. The flowers are cut from a Gelli print and glued on the sheet. I then added some line work, shading, and stamping for decoration.
For the second year, I enrolled in Nathalie Kalbach's Creative Jump Start. It's an online class that consists of video lessons by 23 mixed media artists, released throughout the month of January.
In one of this week's lessons, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer showed how to create a stencil using your own face. Now I don't think this looks much like me, but I like it!
This is the cover of one of my sketchbooks. It started out as a Gelli print, but this week I decided to turn it up a notch by adding a little stencilling and stamping. I haven't decided whether it's finished or not.
The next two pieces were unfinished mandalas in my sketchbook, now finished!
Finally, today's piece is a hummingbird in pen & ink and coloured pencil on coloured card stock, based on a template by Ben Kwok.