I am still on my mini painting binge, the palette is a little different this time, inspired by summer woodland. A mix of watercolour, acrylic and ink, 2.5 x 3.5 inches. I have mounted them in 6 x 8 inch mounts to give them more impact.
Working on a small scale
Every so often I challenge myself to work on a small scale. I find it much more difficult to work on smaller pieces without losing spontaneity.
I have been using various media – watercolour, collage, pastels. It means that I have to think a bit harder (often a problem for me :)) but it is always fun.
Here are a few examples. I will be selling these on Folksy and Etsy. Another bonus is that, because they are small, they don’t cost as much! They measure just 2.5 x 3.5 inches. I am selling them mounted in a 6 x 8 inch mount, so they are ready to pop into your own frame.
I have been playing about with my acrylic paints, inks and Neocolors. I used heavy weight water colour paper as a base.
The ink is from Sakura’s Pigma pens, which are pigment based and fade proof. I especially love the brush tip version.
The Neocolor crayons are water soluble, so will dissolve with water to create a watercolour effect. I used to be sceptical about their usefulness, until I got some to try. Now I wouldn’t be without them. They are great to take sketching too.
I love trying to recycle or upcycle things. I hate to get rid of something that might potentially be useful. I have had this organiser hanging around for ages but it has never been used properly as I have another which is better suited to keeping my information handy.
I am always looking for ways to take a sketching kit along with me and I have various set ups, depending on the amount of room that I have in the bag that I will be carrying (if any). I had a play around with my organiser and found that I could fit a reasonable amount of kit in it. I ended up with a set of Inktense paints, which are a lot of fun. Lightfast and water resistant when dry. You can layer them very easily and the colours are strong. I also fit in a pair of containers for water. They are supposed to be for oil paint but work well for watercolours too.
I also cut some paper to fit, I used Zerkall printmaking paper in this case. It is a lovely smooth paper and takes both pen and watercolour really well. I have a great Bind punch which I used to make the holes, it is adjustable (A5/A6/A7) and I can get the holes in just the right position for my organiser. It is available here.
The pocket in the organiser holds some travel brushes, pencil and eraser. I forgot to show my pen which fits in the loop next to the paper. I haven’t room for a water bottle but I usually carry one for drinking, so I will use that.
All in all, I am pleased with how it turned out. I have only taken it out once so far but hopefully it will get more use soon!
I have been doing quite a bit of painting on paper lately, rather than my usual support which is canvas. I love the way that the paint moves on paper, especially when I water it down.
Now I know that I may well get someone saying that I shouldn’t water down acrylic paint with just water. I do add a little airbrush medium too but it is mainly water. I only do this when I am painting on paper and, in 35 years or so of using acrylics, I have never had any adhesion problems.
I have also added a little acrylic ink in the form of lines and doodles, as well as a bit of pastel.
I keep telling myself that I need to do paintings that fit into the frames that I already have in stock but, quite often, I get so wrapped up in the moment of creation that I completely forget and just grab the first piece of decent watercolour paper that I can lay my hands on. 🙂