Hello my friends! I have lots of art to share with you today. I spent the weekend at the Art House Studio in Cambridge, Ontario where the fabulous Dina Wakley taught some classes. It was an art marathon! Saturday was 11 hours of arting. I was so exhausted, but totally inspired. I was also able to spend time with my friend, Effy Wild, (awesomesauceness!) and met Paula Phillips (Journal Artista) (adorable!). Karen Ellis was the hostess, and, as usual, put on a fabulous weekend of art…and treats…cookies, too! 🙂
The first class was all about faces…drawing, and painting them. Dina uses the Stabilo “All” pencil for all her drawing, and I must say, I fell in love with this magic little art tool. The down side – it’s not erasable…the up side – it’s not erasable. And, it totally turns into paint when you get it wet. The main reason I took this class was to learn how to loosen up with my drawing. Dina pushed me outside my comfort zone a few times. We drew a face with our non-dominant hands, and we drew a face with a chopstick and sumi ink! Some even drew with a stick dipped in sumi ink. The result was a totally imperfect, and loose, emotional style of face. *LOVE* Here is a sampling of what I did in class:
This first girl was done before we had any instruction from Dina. So, you can see that I have drawn faces before, but my style was a lot less “loose”. Remember – no erasing! I love the look of the Stabilo pencil dissolved with water!
This girl was drawn with my left hand, using the Stabilo pencil. I finished her with some acrylic paint, and paint markers.
This girl was drawn in minutes, over an acrylic paint background, and the pencil was dissolved with water.
My next girl was done on a pre-sprayed (Dylusions) background, with a chopstick and sumi ink. I added some acrylic paint after I got home.
Saturday evening’s class was called “Beyond the Ink Pad”, and we played with stamps in new ways.
This is the only page I actually completed.
After I got home, I couldn’t wait to play with my newfound skills. This girl makes me happy! 🙂
I began this spread with the Donna Downey stamp, using Gelatos. I drew the face with a few colors of Stabilo All Pencils, and dissolved them with water, and then added a few touches here and there with paint markers. I added the blue background with Distress Stain in Broken China. Then, I played with my new Rhonda Palazzari stencil with Ranger Distress Paints….*LOVE*. It’s not done yet, but I love it thus far.
So, that’s all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by!
I’ve also been playing with some of the new Jane Davenport face stencils, and will be sharing my results tomorrow. 🙂