Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More Notan

Pass the Fire

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks Notan is cool!


When you're making Notan artist trading cards, you don't have a lot of space to work with (2.5" x 3.5").  I started with 1" x 1.5" scraps of paper for these.

Pass the Star

The cutting gets kid of fiddly and it is harder to do multiple cuts than it was with the larger piece I did in my sketchbook.

Inside Out

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Silly Scraps Saturday

I did cut into a pristine 3"x 3" piece of origami paper for this "Notan" experiment, so I'm not sure it qualifies as a "scrap", but it's my blog, right?

I've been wanting to try Notan for awhile, and this post by Diana Trout inspired me.  I haven't got the book yet so I just used her video.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Things We Do for Fun: Playing around with Photo Editing, Color Palettes and Inktense Blocks

The Upper Room, Jerusalem
Inktense Blocks
5.5" x 8.5"

This sketch was based on a photo I took in Jerusalem:

I played around with the Heat Map functionality in Picasa, and then created a collage in PicMonkey to finalize a color palette.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Book Review: Drawing Calm

Drawing Calm Relax, refresh, refocus with 20 drawing, painting, and collage workshops inspired by Klimt, Klee, Monet, and more

I have become more interested in the reasons that we make art, both the inspirations and emotions behind a piece of art and the effects that creating art has on us.  The coloring book craze, for example, has shown us that some people color because they find it relaxing.  So, when Quarto Group offered me a review copy of their Drawing Calm:  Relax, Refresh, Refocus with 20 drawing, painting, and collage workshops inspired by Klimt, Klee, Monet, and more, I accepted.

Drawing Calm is dedicated partly to "anyone who is looking for a bit of artful calm", and is divided into 3 main topics:
  • How to get started - finding time and space, supplies you'll need, and some warm-up exercises
  • 7 chapters containing an emotion and 3 or 4 projects each inspired by a work of art by a known artist
  • Maintaining the calm - a chapter with more ideas and exercises to continue your artful calm
The projects involve a variety of media - acrylic, gouache and watercolor paint, pencil crayons, collage, and pastels.  A beginner might follow the step by step instructions for each project and a more experienced artist might adapt them to their favorite medium.

Art is very subjective, so naturally, not all of the works selected for inclusion inspired me.  The selection is broad enough, though, that I found several that I hope to pursue.  Similarly, the warm-up exercises and ideas for continuing the journey are varied so that something will appeal to everyone.

The book is an interesting collaboration between an artist and a Creative Healing Educator.  Together, they provide the art instructions and commentary about how and why we respond to art to send you on your creative journey.

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Burst of Card Making

In a burst of card making inspired by Diana Trout, I made eight birthday cards in a couple of hours.   Here are a few of them:

I'm always happy to use some beautiful decorative paper!