It's been another busy, busy month but I have been looking forward to having some time to do the lovely Michelle Ward's challenge for May. I've grabbed what time I could over this weekend and decided to go large! This challenge was all about size and working outside of our 'normal' range. I usually work in A5 size or smaller so I decided to go to A3 as that was the paper size I had and also the workspace. So first up I decided to gesso my paper. The first time I didn't really think about how I was gessoing so it went on rather randomly. After letting it dry overnight I then decided to try a technique I have read about but not tried before - spreading acrylic paint with an old credit card. This was fun and quite therapeutic in many ways after a day of, how shall we put it, exacting relationships!!!!
I wasn't at all sure how I was going develop this piece but knew I wanted to use some rubber stamps so this is what happened. I used several stamps with archival black ink and then used white paint to add swirls and a white pen for doodles around the edge.
And there was some script of course - just have to have some writing on there.
The second piece was quite different. First of all I decided to swirl my gesso on the paper making a different sort of texture altogether and then I used water colour crayons which I love to bits. This gave a gentle effect and the colours were calming. Again I had no idea what I would do to develop this but went for a big starfish stamp with distress ink and embossing powder (which gives it shine and sharpness and is something I haven't done for ages). More doodles all round the edge and some distress ink blending all round the edge too. A favourite quote in the middle which I discovered in the wonderful Tim Holz's range of stamps finishing with a large word stamp again embossed for clarity. I like this quiet, unassuming result, although I am not sure the photos really show it as it is.
Here above is an idea of size with the tiny tag on the large sheet.
But I didn't stop here - oh no, I was on a roll...
Using gouache paints, I painted wavy stripes and another favourite quote.
Here I used gouache again and played with freehand swirls and rubber stamping with white paint (not sure I like the effect of this but good to try) and of course there had to be some script again!!
All in all this was another great fun activity and I just love this idea of a monthly challenge and Michelle's gentle but freeing guidance. I'm learning a lot and loving it. Thanks again Michelle!