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.
This challenge took a while between start and finish: Daisy Yellow’s tutorial for Accordion Book Tangent was posted way back on August 18th. Over the time I worked on it, the backgrounds on each side came out quite differently and I couldn’t decide how or, ultimately, if I’d bring them together. One side’s Bright, all about Color; the other is Dark and about Process. Both feature squares randomly cut from glossy bookmarks and postcards collected at science fiction conventions I attended this year.
This last Daisy Yellow Tangents and Tactics exercise was a bit addicting, so I ended up doing it twice in over the weekend. Once in Black & White, using my fattest chisel-tip Sharpies, plus my new favorite dip pen and white ink for the text on a single cut-from-a magazine-page shiny black square. (Note to the observant: The over-sized initial letter of text was not intentional; the ink blobbed because I forgot to check the flow, and I decided it would become the pen-and-ink equivalent of have lemons, make lemonade.)
The color version had an added element of experimentation. Cruising the after-back-to-school clearance racks at a local Target, I came across a set of Yoobi markers, promising that they would be used to draw over each other for patterns that would not bleed. I hadn’t any idea what that could mean — I draw over things all the time with markers to make patterns without bleeding — but they were marked down to $1.48, and who can resists a whole set of chubby markers for under a buck and a half? I thought I’d try them for a color version of the pattern grid tangent — and was absolutely blown away! Five “step 1” super-bright color markers — lime green, orange, red, magenta, and purple — plus a couple of “step 2” markers that were colorless until used over the step 1 markers, changing those into another color completely. No way to do these justice but on a solid black background.
Flashback to the Psychedelic Sixties, anyone? (Click on image for full effect; click again on details if you dare…)
Following Daisy Yellow’s tutorial, an index card grid of hastily-sketched
girl female faces. I can’t change the name of the exercise, but in my head, these are not only girls — there are a bunch of women up there as well. I think the one in the fifth column, middle row looks the most like me — my chubby nose and the “but I am smiling” expression on my face in most photographs.
Another 2-page spread in my re-purposed board book journal, sort of a second-cousin-once- removed from the Daisy Yellow’s Beach Umbrella tutorial. A tangent-off-a-tangent, I guess — bright colored craft acrylic stripes, oil-pastel shading/highlights, over a black gesso-ed background, dip pen and white ink for between-the-stripes text. More thoughts on my relationship with control over the years, as this has officially become my “control” journal, tentatively named “Boundaries, Edges, Frontiers.”
Daisy Yellow may have hooked me again with her Tangents and Tactics series. My Starburst is on the muted side, a bit more introspective feeling than the vivid Daisy Yellow demo version. It has a bit more of a swirling movement as well, which I think was fitting for the the journal portions — circling thoughts on a series of recurrent dreams.