Thursday, 29 June 2017

I've been on holiday...

...in the studio, doing nothing but playing.

I've been doodling up a storm with gel markers on black paper.


While the metallic ones photograph poorly, they're fun to use and give the original pieces a good deal of sparkle.


Even the white pencil on black has some great impact, and with the coloured ones, I've already incorporated some into a journal cover.



I can't seem to stop; I worry that my family will starve, the rivers will dry up and dust bunnies will creep out of the house and take over the world as I work my way through this current obsession.


I also spent a couple of afternoons this past week playing with Lynne Mizera in her studio...we got heavily into her supply of Pebeo products, testing the Vitrail colours (check out that intensity!!!!)


as well as the Cerne Relief, the Prisme and Moon paints.  While this test project is pretty butt-ugly, I had a lot of fun doing it and could see how one could get addicted given the possibilities.


I tested both the Vitrail and the Relief on a panel that had been sitting around waiting for action.  I first added six different sections of mediums over top of a red cheesecloth monoprint including (clockwise from top left) fibre gel, no addition, texture gel, bird seed in heavy duty medium, clear tar gel, white opaque flakes and glass beads.  I scrubbed the sun yellow Vitrail over all and added a splash of red to the bottom.  The black Cerne Relief, while adding nothing to the overall composition (what WAS I thinking?), was fun to do!


I also rolled some printed paper scraps into fake beads and will incorporate them into something sometime in the next decade.


All in all, my Meandering Muse kept me well occupied this week, even if it was doing nothing that but playful exploration.  These are the things that lead to the 'something more' that leads to the bigger and better.  I πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–  studio play.  How about you?

24 comments:

  1. Well my dear no worries in my experience the dust bunnies always wait patiently, the rivers are definitely not going to dry up this year and all the folks who keep bugging you eventually grow up and move away...except for one stubborn old geezer who is still hanging in there... lol

    Love all your doodles very cool. Please enlighten me what is the difference between Vitrail, Cerne Relief, the Prisme and Moon paints and good old regular acrylic paint. I'm feeling really out of touch.
    Oh also I looked all over for something that was butt ugly and I couldn't find it.

    P.S. A Winn Dinn background is coming up next week see if you can spot it.

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    1. It's a good thing that stubborn old geezer's hangin' in; he keeps my laughing at the dust bunnies! :D

      The Pebeo products are at http://en.pebeo.com/Mixed-Media/Step-by-step/Pebeo-Mixed-Media-featuring-Fantasy-Prisme with a host of products and some good vids...just more tools in the playbox!

      I'll be watching your backgrounds this next week with special case...can't wait to see what you come up with, and with what! :D

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  2. Oh How I am loving your doodles... makes me want to break out my gel pens and go play (smile). But I am in total awe over your Blue Tree, love, love, love what you did!! But are you finished yet? Something tells me that you may not be done yet! Can't wait to see what you do with that yellow panel... and I really like the back squiggle...

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    1. Many thanks, Lynne on all counts. And goodness knows, nothing is EVER finished until it heads out the door to a new home! :D

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  3. I saw the thumbnail of your blogpost and had to come over immediately! Your doodle patterns look fantastic Win! And Pebeo test project WOW - how can you say that's butt-ugly LOL- it's beautiful! I've got some of those products, but never used them - not sure how as they're solvent based and therefore alien to me. Love the strong primary colours in your piece! Loving the beads too!

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    1. Thanks, Zsuzsa - I love the look of the opaque gel markers on the black paper and can get lost for days in the patterning. Pebeo products are fun, and as long as the ventilation is good, the solvent is not an issue...you'll love them for the vibrancy, I know.

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  4. Fantastic pieces - I love the doodles!
    Happy weekend! Playing is always great!

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    1. Thanks, Susi...I love the way the doodles shut my mind down! ;-)

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  5. I would only worry about the pens running out of ink and you have to go out and get some more. Oh wait, buying more supplies is not a worry, right!!!! LOL I keep looking at the Pebeo products but so far I haven't bought any YET!

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    1. I'm with you on the pens running out, and I keep eyeing a 60-piece set for sale in the next town. So many colours! :D You'll love the intensity of Pebeo when you try it, Karenliz...right up your alley!

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  6. You keep on playing, I'm loving it. The doodling is fab but then so is the rest! Have a great week, Angela xXx

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    1. Thanks, Angela, it's just so lovely to have the time to follow the what if's, isn't it?!

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  7. What a lot of fun you have been having, Win. so many interesting pieces to continue to play with - enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Val - you're right, and I am!

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  8. Love, love, love those doodles! Such vibrant colours. Who doesn't love a good play?

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    1. Thanks, Tracy - they're great fun to do, and the small size (about 3 x 4") means I can do at least one a day!

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  9. Wow great doodles and I love those colors. xx

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  10. Thanks, Gerda...I'm terribly addicted at this point!

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  11. I disagree about the black Cerne Relief adding nothing to the yellow piece. It's a vital anchor! Some seriously wonderful doodles going on here. You are a creating machine. I've done so little art since last November and it will likely be this November before I get back to it but I know I haven't forgotten 'how to' and I trust my Muse is patiently waiting for me!

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    1. Kind words indeed, from the master of design and colour! I am much looking forward to the time when you're back to being a creating machine; the world is missing out on a great deal while you are repairing your body. Your Muse will be overjoyed when you return to the creative fray! xoxox

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  12. So loved seeing your 'doodles' - awesome! BUT... call me crazy... my favorite piece was the one you felt was butt ugly. I ADORE it. I have a bit of a fetish for unique roots and trees though!!! So enjoyed this post Win. Xj.

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    1. Thanks, Joi - I'm a tree lover, too, and that is one tree that I've done over and over again...thanks for enjoying it!

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