Saturday, November 26, 2016

"Sketchbook West 2017" - Pages 3 to 12

I mentioned on this blogpost here l that I'm participating in Las Laguna Gallery's "Sketchbook West 2017" exhibit. I've been working on multiple pages of this sketchbook at the same time. It's similar to the way I work on my other art projects. I usually have at least 3 projects going simultaneously.

The size of this sketchbook (3.5" x 5.5") still feels a bit limiting still to me. Hopefully, the more I work in it, the more I will become comfortable with the small size. 

Pages 3 and 4: Turquoise acrylic paint was painted on the ground with Turquoise Blue crayon scribbled on top. I painted cheap paper with black acrylic paint then tore pieces so the edges would be ragged with some white paper showing. I finished by gluing yellow tissue paper with gel medium for a transparent look.

Pages 3 and 4

Pages 5 and 6: I distressed bleeding tissue paper to get some variation of colors. Then I tore them into strips and glued to the sketchbook with gel medium. The white acrylic paint area at the bottom section was the third ground. First, I thought to leave the sketchbook paper showing as the ground. It didn't look interesting enough. Then used brown oil pastel and scribbled over the area. This made the page look messy but not in a good way. Finally, I covered the area with white acrylic paint. If you click on the image, you can see a bit of nice texture.
Pages 5 and 6

Pages 7 and 8: These pages started with a wash of Yellow Oxide acrylic paint. All the paint that I used on these pages is acrylic paint. Once that layer dried, I quickly brushed  white paint on top. After the white paint dried, I dry brushed Red Oxide into a square. Next I painted a loose circle with Burnt Umber and curved line with Cadmium Red Light Hue.
Pages 7 and 8

Pages 9 and 10: Once again, I used all acrylic paint on these pages. Light grey area has a ground of white then I dry brushed light grey on top. The dark grey area has a ground of black with dark grey paint dry brushed on top. The thick curve was made using Cadmium Red Deep Hue. This element gave a nice transparent feel to the simple design.
Pages 9 and 10

Pages 11 and 12: More distressed bleeding tissue papers were used for these pages. If I had to do it over, I would offset the orange area. 
Pages 11 and 12
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  1. Each of these pages could be stand alone works of art. Your sense of design is magnificent.

    1. Thank you, Linda! I'm realizing that this small size is good for jotting down ideas.