Here is a little piece I did on 4″x4″ Clayboard panel:
img_3826 I wanted to experiment with acrylic paint and airbrush medium to get watercolour effects. It was interesting to work with acrylic thinned down to such a degree. It was also interesting to work on such a smooth surface such as Clayboard from Ampersand. It’s nice that the surface is rigid hardboard that comes pre-finished using archivally sound methods.

You can see the very thin “watercolour-look” of acrylic paint here, on the upper region:
In this detail, you can see the heavy acrylic paint with micaceous iron oxide. It contrasts the thin “watercolour-look” layer quite well:

The dimensional aspect is further enhanced by the “encrusted” gold highlighted in some areas. I wanted it to capture the beauty of minerals and crystals found in the something humble and eternal as our earth:

 Here is another detail:

I enjoyed exploring the thick and thin of this piece but I am still undecided wether I should varnish it in matte or gloss. Right now, it’s quite glossy. Or I can varnish some parts matte and some parts gloss. What do you think?

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Patterns II

The other day, I had a lot of fun making patterns. Today, I painted the same watercolour circles again, but this time I used white outlines instead of black ones:


This change to white outlines does give the piece a different look and a lighter feel. The white was done using my favorite white pen, Mitsubishi Uni Signo. I found that the same patterns can look very different depending on lighting and colour.

Below are examples of my patterns after they have been put through different digital filters:


There are so many different looks and possibilities!

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I am sometimes inspired by patterns and illustrations. In this case, I was inspired by the patterns in the work of Lisa Congdon. Patterns are a great way of making creative marks when you don’t know what to depict. In a lot of cases, the motif develops naturally and it is often interesting to see what the final product turns out to be.

On my journal page in the picture above, I used my new favourite Akashiya Sai brush pen to paint the coloured circles. I used a waterbrush to dilute the coloured circles to have a watercolour look. For outlining and applying linear patterns, I used my trusty Sakura Pigma Microns. I like the contrast of the black lines in its many variations on the watercolour circles.

I think it’s interesting to see how many variations of patterns you can come up with. I was exploring the circular-segmented motif that seems to look floral. I like the overall look of the patterns that make-up the big picture. It is bright, colourful and whimsical but it also has a bit of edge from the black lines.

Next time you don’t know what to draw, try a pattern.

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