Don't you hate it when you are just arting along, and then something doesn't go right? Or maybe even terrible wrong? I make mistakes all the time. Some I just shrug off and live with, and others I can't accept. Here's one story of how I recovered from an art journal mistake.
I'd seen a catalog cover with a beautiful fall branch. When I saw it, my fingers just itched to paint some like it. I'm not strong at drawing just yet, so I use my cheat--tracing paper. I don't trace over everything, just the basic shape.
I decided to use cradle board. After all an art journal is for practice, self-expression, and experimentation, but some times it's good to try a different substrate. I prefer it to canvas.
Scrapping texture paste through a stencil gave me a harlequin pattern randomly through my board.
Using matte media, I adhered some dictionary paper slightly to the right of the board. When it dried, I traced it.
Heavy body paint in a gold and an olive gave my leaves their base color, and gelatos were perfect for shading. I outlined everything in a Stabilo all pencil. We were off to a great start after this step. I was so please that I'd decided to record the process.
And then I stuck the bird on it. The composition was clunky and everything was to much the same colors. Ugh! I cleaned up my supplies and walked away. For a week.
|I can only handle a small photo of this mess!|
Oh, I'd look at it every morning and shake my head. I was so frustrated I didn't even feel like making anything. I thought of gessoing over it and starting over, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to lose the paper. When you paint over paint you change the surface you're working on It is slicker and noticeablly shinier. I didn't want to do that.
I toned down the blue with more gesso and splatterd gray and white. I also dripped grey along the edges. It worked. The bird was gone and my piece wasn't all the same color.
Our lesson this wee? Hmmm. Put a problem on the back burner? Cover all your mistakes with paper and a serious amount of gel medium? You tell me.
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