I am not really fussy about my brushes when I am using a lot of mixed media products, such as gesso, modge podge and modeling paste. In fact, I have allowed on of my favorite palette knifes to stay grungy because I like the textures added when applying heavy body acrylics in layers to a canvas.
However, I am really fussy about the scissors that I use to fussy cut. I use two fiskers products. A pair of teflon coated scissors and a smaller pair of spring-loaded scissors.
Tonight I gathered several figures that I plan to use on multiple canvases to fussy cut out of plain 65 lbs. weight cardstock. This gives me a smooth surface to apply papers and paints to complete the figures.
Now when I am done, I can set aside in the studio to keep moving through the creative process rather than having to stop and laboriously cut the fine details before I can move on.
Wow, I don't know where the time has gone. I have been so busy with school that it has been 3 weeks since I worked in the studio.
This week I worked on drawing I started a few years ago but never added watercolour. I prefer to draw on tracing paper then use graphite paper to trace my drawing on to the watercolour paper.
I used my new Dewert Inktense pencils instead of traditional watercolours. They have vived pigments and once dry are permanent.
I lightly added color in a few places on my drawing. I always start with my lighter colors first. I used a 12 round brush to activate and wash the color across the piece. I used my heat gun to dry the paper between colors to take advantage of the Inktense permanentcy.
How to use the final piece on a canvas was a challenge for me. I decide to keep the background simple and added my word for the year "explore"! Now the canvas is ready to take to school, I teach 5th grade Science and Math, where I can be reminded to continue to take risk and explore.
As we finished up 2013 and welcome in the new year, I began to think what goals did I want to explore.
I started in the studio by organizing and straightening up...helps me work and makes me aware of what I have or lack in supplies. I was short on canvases, but found sets of four 6 x 6 canvases at Ross.
I strive to move my artistic pursuits forward both in techniques and as a business endevor. These smaller canvases challenge you to focus and edit your design since space is limited. They will also give me new original inventory at a lower price point for art shows and my Esty shop.
I was able to use the Dewert Intense India Ink Pencils I recently purchased. I hope to revisit some of my watercolor techniques but enjoy the benefits of the permanent pigment of the intense pencils allowing them to easily be used with mixed media gel mediums. Once dry they will not smear or bleed.
Finally, I hope to continue to expand my blog readership and explore the challenges of creating videos to upload and share.