Saturday, September 19, 2009

Art Supplies

Inspired by my new art books and this
post on Woollywotnots , I treated myself to new art supplies this week. I've been wanting to try Pitt artist pens for some time now, and I also picked up alcohol inks, a brayer , and new acrylic paints in neutral colors.

The alcohol inks are for making splotchy, transparent backgrounds on collages like this one in the book Taking Flight by Kellie Rae Roberts. She offers detailed instructions with photos. I love how it looks.

My background didn't quite turn out like the one in the book. Well, not at all! I didn't attempt to draw the figure (that's way out of my league), but I did want my splotches to look like Kellie's. I used a bit too much red and didn't apply the inks correctly to the collage.

That's okay, I'll keep trying. I think I have a sense of how to do it better next time. (Step one: follow the instructions!)

It was warm here today, as expected, and I took an evening dip in the pool at my apartment complex. Oh, it felt so good. I love to swim, but rarely do it because the pool gets so crowded. But this evening I had it all to myself and it was heavenly.

Hope you are having a relaxing weekend.


Tammy said...

Ohhh lovely work ... sometimes you just have to try it your own way before following the instructions!

Theresa said...

I think it is just gorgeous! You are sooooo talented! Have a blessed day and my pool is too cool to swim:(

Debra said...

sometimes its ok to go away from instructions too...isn't that how great artists stumble upon new and wonderful ways/ did well and enjoyed it too :) oh ...and the good for us..i always feel so great after some time swimming :)

Rachel said...

That swim DOES sound heavenly. I can't remember the last time I went swimming - it means putting on a bathing suit so...

What a beautiful book. You are going to have some wonderful creations to show us soon, I just know it!

Woollywotnots said...

Oh wow! What exciting new art supplies. It is lovely to think that my blog post gave you some inspiration. thanks for the mention : )

I'd love to work with ink. It is good to see how you are using them. Taking Flight is listed in the November recommendations in Woollywotnots bookclub. I'm definitely going to take a look at it. Thanks for the sneak preview! : )

Your background looks fantastic. You are so skillful.

Oh my goodness, you have a swimming pool in your appartment complex, how fantastic is that! I love it when I manage to get the pool to myself when I go swimming. It is blissful!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Stacy. It is beautiful sunshine here.

Dogwood said...

Oh, my talented girlfriend. Lovely art work. I love the way you just take the challenge and go with it. I really want you to teach me how to do that. I love the look.

Have a nice Sunday afternoon.

Hugs, Cory