Last weekend’s trip to the real art supply store also yielded a new trio of pens: Sakura Gelly Roll, Glaze, and Souffle, all in white. I really like working in white on a dark background, and had recommendations for all. The latest post in Daisy Yellow’s Tactics and Tangents series gave me the perfect framework — and as usual, I took yet another tangent off of that.
On the left, the “pure” interpretation, albeit at a slightly larger-than-suggested grid size– just under a half inch — using mostly typographic characters as the icons. And on the right, my tangent-off-the-tangent, each grid filled with a unique pattern.
The final verdict on the white pens: Gelly Roll is easy to use, goes on stark white and is in first place as go-to white pen; Souffle starts out transparent/barely visible, finishes with less distinct almost chalk-like appearance, suggesting subtle possibilities; Glaze starts out nearly invisible, finishes white but transparent, not sure when I will use but pretty certain I will.
Even though I tried a lot of different things this month, mandalas will probably always be the thing I draw for concentration, meditation, for bringing myself to a place of safety and serenity. Here’s a some of the mandala ICADs I did in July — I dated many of them prominently because I was trying to keep track of the days when I really needed what they bring me.
Well, I’ve done it again, and now I need to do what I always do — catch back up again. I have been keeping up with my ICADs, but posting them? Not so much…
This is a set I did earlier in the month, playing with texture, and purposefully avoiding the use of black fine point markers and colored pencils (my go-to media.) Instead, the Necessary Roughness set includes lots of paint, stamping (including stamping directly from the pad), magazine page paste-up, and even a card I turned into a little loom and wove with bits of yarns and thread. I’ll have to admit the last is my favorite — it’s even go me thinking about doing some weaving on a larger scale (and drooling over looms.)
The cards from Thursday (Ker-Pow!) and Saturday (Arrows/Repeating Pattern) were definitely influenced by the helluva week I’ve had.
Both in my go-to/security blanket black fine-point marker and colored pencils — in the case of the Arrows, a different pencil for each.
Here’s the cards from the remainder of the week: Magenta Gingham (memories of a favorite dress from my childhood); M Is For Magenta Mandala (because I love the color too much to stop at just one); “89” (idea for repainted our mailbox, which is in dire need); Another At-Work Mandala (like I said, helluva week); Peek-a-boo Polka Dots (inspired by this quilt tutorial), and Rainbow Blanket (In which I decide to be an early adopter of week 4 theme). All fine-point marker and colored pencils except for the first set — two tones of magenta acrylic paint for both, white paint pen for the mandala.
With less time to think, this week I’ve been using the ICAD prompts — and making positive progress in my quest to be satisfied with the less-than-perfect. No much of a let-up in sight, so — as they say in my office — the trend is likely to continue.
#9 Alphabet/ABC [Traveling art kit: Flair and fine tip sharpie pens, colored pencils]
#10 The Beatles/Blackbird (one of my favorite lyrics) [Flair pen and found image]
#11 (Mandala with) toy camera scramble [Sharpie pen and colored pencil]