Saturday, February 18, 2012

Doodles Unleashed Workshop & Pink Saturday

It has been a while since I've posted, but I've been making art just the same. Today I want to post a few of the pieces I've made taking the Strathmore Online Workshop, Doodles Unleashed, by Traci Bautista. The Strathmore Online Workshops are a series of three free workshops and this one has been fabulous. You still have time to join in. There are two more this year, along with this one. I did it last year and it was fabulous. And they are absolutely free! I am learning so much!

These are my first attempts, so I'm not totally happy with the results, but I've learned a lot. The best thing is the freedom to just play that is an integral part of the workshop. I have never worked on this large scale before, so that is also a huge learning curve. And another huge bonus is that I have convinced both of my daughters to "art" with me. That has made it much more fun and meaningful - spending quality time with my girls.

This is from Lesson one, "Playful Printmaking".

Close-up detail.

This piece is quite large (18"X24") and is done mostly with water color and ink. It is from Lesson 2, "Spontaneous Watercolor Backgrounds".

Another Try at Lesson 1, "Playful Printmaking". Work in progress.

I have done more, and will post them later. The last two workshops are making her "Stylized faces", which she calls "Girly Glam." Lots of fun!

I am sharing over at Beverly's Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound. Join in the fun and check out many wonderful pinks!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Heroes & Villains Altered Book Spread

In the altered book round robin I participated in, one of the themes was "Heroes and Villains". I chose to do Frodo and Sauron from Lord of the Rings.  I did a spread in my own book first and then did an improved version in the Round Robin book. The Round Robin book was really grunge board from Tim Holz and was the first time I had worked with it. The final pages were a bit wonky, but I like them.

 Frodo and his valiant hobbit supporters
The evil Sauron
The two pages side by side

I am linking up with Paint Party Friday this week, although a bit belatedly. If you love to look at fabulous art, go over and check out Eva and Kristin's blog. It is phenomenal!