Monday, July 29, 2013

Frog III

Frog III by Florence Turnour
This frog is the same size as the first Twinkling H2O frog. The paper is 6x8 inches. I reduced the second frog by 50%.  I am thinking I want to work small so I can trade ATCs with someone someday.

What I learned from the last two frogs is that I have to be more careful with my backgrounds. In this painting I used my brayer to add a layer of ink and a layer of distress paint, which show through the subsequent layer of gesso only slightly. I wrapped the brayer with a layer of gauze when I rolled on the gesso adding texture to my paper. Finally, I painted the leaves with Twinkling H2Os. I had hoped for more contrast between the larger leaves and the background leaves but I don't have enough colors of paint. Yet.

I cut the pieces of the frog from paper inked with Distress, and glued them to my background as a collage. Every leg and arm segment is a eparate piece of paper! To finish, I traced the leaves in black and the background in olive green Glaze gel pen.

The matte frog on the shiny background provides an interesting effect. Frogs being what they are, this choice is a bit backwards.  

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Another Frog

This frog is smaller than the first one because I reduced the sketch on the photocopier before tracing it onto the watercolor paper. I watched this video by Dion Dior showing a demo of painting with Twinkling H2Os, and noticed that she used watercolor pencils along with her paints, so I thought I'd give that a try. It's getting me closer to going multimedia (my goal). I'll let you know when I get there. Maybe when I do, I'll switch to a new frog sketch.
Painted Frog - Twinkling H2Os and Watercolor Pencils
Dion Dior did her background after she painted the focal image, but that's messing me up a little. I'm ending up smudging my image while messing with the background. More finesse is needed. I'm thinking about inking in my background first, next time, possibly avoiding the fuss.\

Thanks for looking.


Stuart and I had a frog drawing session. The next day we transferred the images to watercolor paper and painted then in with Twinkling H2Os, a watercolor paint laced with mica. Here they are:
Frog with Painted Patterns by Stuart Turnour
Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Florence Turnour
I love the effect of stamping with clear embossing powder and then painting or inking among the white outlines of the image. But I wanted to participate in a project requiring original artwork, without stamps, and I had trouble getting that embossed resist effect without embossing powders, and I haven't enjoyed using the powders without the stamps. Then, I found these gel pens called Glaze that leave a three dimensional trail that resists watercolors and inks.
In this project, I drew my frog from a photograph, and then traced the image with a clear Glaze pen on watercolor paper. Then I painted the image with Twinkling H2O paints.

Did you ever notice that frogs have an extra set of knees?