Birdie-Do

bird-Bad news.  I have discovered that expensive paint really does make a difference.  I usually use cheap craft acrylics in my art journal, but I’ve recently purchased a few Golden brand acrylics because most of the artists I follow carry on about how vibrant and wonderful they are.  I’m sorry to say that, yes, they are vibrant and wonderful.  And expensive.  But a little goes a long way.  Unless you spill it all over the floor and the table and yourself when opening a jar of the yummy fluorescent pink stuff.  Of course that’s exactly what I did, and silly me, I was not wearing my new hand-painted apron (it was tossed over the back of my chair in easy reach).  But I did find that a little fluorescent pink paint on my denim shorts actually looks kind of cool, and now I’m thinking maybe I should paint on them some more.

Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with new materials and techniques.  I sketched a tree back in July of 2013, and never did anything with it.  After watching a 21 Secrets workshop on gel medium transfers, I dug up an old photo of Shaylie at the Wild Animal Park, made a color laser print copy, and transferred it onto my page with the tree sketch, then painted around it.  It worked great, and I think I will be doing more gel transfers in the future.  The actual lesson was called Communing with the Ancestors.  I obviously didn’t use an ancestor as my main subject, but they are hovering about in the tree.

Shaylie-tree

Another 21 Secrets workshop taught me how to mix acrylic glazing medium into my fancy Golden acrylic paint and make gorgeous, shiny, transparent glazes.  I experimented with that on my bird background.  I also played with some shading techniques using prismacolor pencils.  I’m pretty happy with the way that one turned out.  I wish I could take credit for the overall design, but much of the bird was copied from a piece I found on the internet.  Except for the crazy eyes and feather-do–those are my addition.  :)

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