Collage with washi tape

Collage does not come naturally to me. But fooling around with washi tape makes collage really easy.

Below is a white on black piece I did for fun. This is a rare occasion where I used black paper. I bought a little pad of it recently so I can try it out.

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The lines were made by using Uni Signo white pen. However, I am not too happy with it in this application. The lines are a bit too thick for my liking for such a small piece. For larger pieces, the lines are much better in scale. I applied gold gouache for the sun and the rest is washi tape. It’s kind of whimsical and totally improvised.

Using washi tape is a great way to create fast collages because you can just tear it off from the roll and it can be repositioned.

Have you tried washi tape?

Wishing you an official summer weekend!

Journal doodling

Lately, I’m enjoying fooling around in journals. For me, journals are more forgiving. The things in it don’t have to be works of art. Normally, I try to use all archival materials but in the journals I allow myself to fool around with non-archival ones as well.

Below is a little doodle of a face using Akashiya Sai Japanese brush markers. They are water-soluble and have beautiful, blendable and transparent colours. Here, they were applied on the journal surface and blended with a water brush:

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The eyes and mouth were accented by Sakura Pigma Microns on wet surface and applied dry on the head. I love the bleed of the pigment from the microns and the subtle radiance that the Akashiya Sai produces.

Digital painting

I don’t discriminate when it comes to art. I have my opinions and tastes but all things in love and art are fair game.

I don’t do a lot of it, but sometimes I make digital art. Since I spend a lot of my online time on my iPad, I started using one of the apps on it called Paper by Fifty Three a while back. It is a sketching and painting app that is ingeniously simple and clean. Below is a quick sketch I did with it:

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The app has great watercolour like brushes, pens, pencils and simple colour mixing tools. It has had many updates and added a lot of new features since it was first released. It’s a great way to get a little art and doodle in quickly when you don’t have aceess to your supplies.

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If you have an iPad, I highly recommend this app. The only thing I don’t like is using my finger to paint and draw with. And I don’t like any of the styli out there available for the iPad. However, I have high hopes for the Pencil stylus (made by the same company) which I ordered. I can’t wait ’till it arrives!