I did do water solubles now and again and find more to love as time goes by. As with most things, experience comes with doing and mine is developing. :-)
Painted from photo of Lillian Bell at Paint My Photo, ning Group
I greatly enjoy the mixed media and the paper crafts, to be sure, and hope that the upcoming neuro specialist visit will help me find a way to get back to my art center desk for more creative play there! (And especially because I've two scrapbooks of our parents I've been wanting to put together for my sister and myself!)
Meanwhile, I began to concentrate my mental journeys around ways to get my oils back. I took a chance and bought some oil pastels - Sakura's Cray-Pas Specialists - non-toxic, no mess, blendable (with its own extender blender tool/stick) and a gorgeous array of colours! They blend and play and perform, ever so nicely - just like my Genesis Oils did! I'm beyond excited to continue with this medium and can't think why I never gave much thought to them before now. SMH !!
painted from photo of Susan Wallick at Paint My Photo, ning Group
So there I sat, inking in the last of the January homework ... praying my micron pens didn't dry out before the new ones arrived (yesterday thank goodness!!) ... and realized just how much I'm enjoying this class already! :-) :-)
I'm using the recommended Strathmore 500 mixed media journal but chose the smaller 8.5x5.5 size as the health issues which keep me arting in my bedchair (with a tray to hold my tote of supplies) preclude the unwieldy bulk of a hard bound 9x12 (18x24 when opened!). The smaller journal version is very manageable and working out so nicely. I am condensing things of course which takes more time because I mock up the whole page first in my sketchbook of the same 8.5x5.5 size.
I hadn't realized just how nice a hard bound journal book like this would be by comparison to the wire bound versions I've been using. It's mentally taken me from a mixed media journal concept to more of an fine art journal concept which I find rather brilliant!! So - Thank you, Joanne! :-)
And so ... I'm back. Not fully as before, but enough to keep us connected. I look forward to seeing your creativity and sharing mine in the year to come. I'll see you at February end where I show you my journaling atristry with whimsical calligraphy on our monthly agenda and word prompt of "passion"! <3
God bless and keep us all this 2015!