Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mixing up the Media

I really want to thank everyone who has left me comments and feedback, particularly these past couple of posts.  I feel really bad because I haven't been able to reply to everyone.  There's no acceptable excuse...if you take the time to leave me a comment, then I should take the time to reply to you.  However, I've been running ragged with competing priorities this past week, and some things have been put on hold. I want you to know I am grateful for your thoughts and encouragement.

We're only a couple of weeks away from the start of my "Mastering Twinks" online class, and then only a few weeks later is the start of my "Watercolor Pencil Workshop".  I've been drowning in an ocean of color, finishing off projects and putting the finishing touches on the class materials. Online classes are so exciting, and so much fun to produce, but they take a lot of work, and when you have a little 2yo and a vivacious 6yo who take first priority, it means you burn lots of midnight oil.

In the midst of all that, I've had next to no time to art journal, or do much art for my own pleasure and growth.  But I am enjoying the projects I'm preparing for my online classes, and I know that those of you who have already signed up will enjoy them as well.  I've been particularly enjoying playing with my Twinks and mixed media.  This apple was done primarily in Twinkling H2O's, with highlights, or in this case, low-lights, done in Neocolor II water soluble crayon.  

These two are an unlikely match, but as you can see, the results are stunning.  The shimmer and dimension of Twinks paired with the creamy matte of Neocolor II's is actually very effective.  The key is to allow only one of the mediums to dominate, in this case the Twinks.  The Neocolor II's are there to help mute the light that is being thrown around by the Twinks and direct the eye toward the shimmer. Don't let them compete with each other as the pigment in both mediums is very powerful, so a light hand and a damp brush are the ticket.

If you'd like to learn more about these mediums, there's still time to sign up for both of these classes.

For information on "Mastering Twinks", click here.
For information on "Watercolor Pencil Workshop", click here.

Thanks for checking in. xx