14.3.12

what i made | watercolour cards

at the gallery i work at we've begun putting together a series of workshops called ArtGO. the premise of the workshops is to engage people in new mediums in a low stress environment. we want to encourage people to be creative and have fun - without the structure and attempts to attain a perfect finished product. on sunday my colleague hosted one entitled: "splatter, drip, splotch: an adventure in aqueous media & quirky characters." it was a total success with the theme of the day being "accidental art." 

to be honest though it was very difficult for me because i'm always aiming for some sense of perfection.  after the first twenty minutes i gave up and just tried different techniques - this was the result:

for this card and the envelope below, i spritzed the watercolour paper with a spray bottle of water. then i dropped the paint and watched as it spread organically across my canvas.


for these cards i did a little bit of painting, a little bit of splotching and a lot of dripping and running. sounds pretty technical eh?

15 comments:

  1. They look so good! I'm like you, I hate doing things with no sort of order, because the outcome won't be perfect without order! But in the end you really do just have to let that part of yourself step aside and just have fun with it. And it looks like you did! The shade of pink you've used is especially intense!

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    1. you understand EXACTLY kim

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  2. what a lovely concept! i miss creating and playing with new media in the context of a class or small group. you can learn so well working with others.

    love your color choice!

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    1. you are precisely the type of person we want to take our workshops! lol, you don't live in victoria, canada do you?

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  3. Oh my gosh, I LOVE them, they are amazing!

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  4. I love how they turned out! What kind of paint were you using?

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    1. haha - i don't know the brand but it was a variation of india ink, and fuschia gouache (both mixed with water)

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  5. I'm in love with these :)
    they look great!
    freebird.

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  6. so would you say you splottered more or plottered more...:D

    The colours came out fantastic looks really cool!

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    1. it's a tough call - both techniques were equally important! lol

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  7. They all look so imperfectly perfect!!! :-) I love the pinks and greys combination that you have used.

    xoxo
    Ida

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  8. Amazing! I want to try it!!!

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  9. These are SO cool! I love how saturated the colors are. Great job!

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