After flicking through several art posts on Tumblr, I was struck with a burning need to create something loose, sketchy and expressive. I took an empty bin and filled it with grungy, earthy colors of my favorite materials, as I thought the limited palette would keep me focused and the piece cohesive.
For my grand, elaborate, sketchy vision, I was feeling toned paper, so I took the biggest white, mixed media paper I had and made it a soft grey with an ink wash.
While this was drying, I took some lesser quality paper and kept the creativity flowing by doodling. Little did I know that this doodle would suck me in and I’d end up with a full blown… thing…
It’s a little quirky, and I wish I could have made it a little grungier. The paper just couldn’t handle any more media. I used a Blick drawing pad with 80lb paper. The dimensions are 12” x 18”.
Writing over writing for texture/stress-relief.
I absolutely LOVE the textures here, especially where the paper began to ripple and pill.
This piece took me less than 2 hours and 8 minutes (because that’s how long the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice is).
It would be easier to list the materials I didn’t use! But, here are the materials I can remember using:
- Caran d’Ache Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels in Prussian Blue, Aubergine, Pale Yellow, Black, Silver Grey, English Red, Moss Green, Ochre, Russet, Saffron, Indigo Blue
- Prismacolor Premier colored pencils in Cloud Blue, Warm Grey 20%, French Grey 10%
- Black 3B Conté pencil
- Liquitex Basics acrylic paint in Ivory Black
- Liquitex white gesso
- Black Stabilo ALL pencil
- Derwent Graphitint in Juniper, Meadow
- Prismacolor Watercolor pencils in Terracotta, Copenhagen Blue, Black
- Derwent dark wash watersoluble graphite
- General’s 6B charcoal pencil
- Faber-Castell Pitt pen in Black Fine
- Ink wash with gesso-y water and black Daler-Rowney acrylic ink
- Carpenter’s pencil
- Shiva Artist’s Paintstik in Iridescent Gold
- Prismacolor Nupastel in Black, White, Iron Blue
- Faber-Castell Gelatos in Black Licorice and Coconut
I think that just about rounds out the list.
Sometimes it can be hard to know when something is finished. Luckily, my paper stopped me before I could ruin it by adding too much, and my movie ended so I felt like I needed to move on. If you’re having trouble knowing when to stop or working in art time into your day, set a timer, be it for ten minutes or two hours. When the timer goes off, stop working on that piece; you’ll be surprised how much you can get done in that space of time and you’ll thank yourself for not having too much of a good thing.