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    Issue #11 of the Daisy Yellow Zine
    Index Card-a-Day runs through July 31st!
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    Sketching at the Symphony

    “My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.”
    Fernando Pessoa

    5x8" sketch in the symphony program

    5x8" moleskine, top = gelly roll; bottom = pitt pen

    Sketched the orchestra as they were tuning their instruments before classical concerts in January and March. I guarantee that I was the only one in the entire audience drawing! But that's OK. Once you get used to drawing in public you don't really think about it any more because you are so intent on getting the lines in your journal! We were pretty far away, and the people were moving, of course. So I focused on capturing the "idea" of the forms rather than the "correct" lines. Tried to portray movement with the lines. If you squint, you can see the musicians and their instruments.


    The Play Journal #5


    handmade journal, watercolor/gouache/pencil, watercolor paper, 11"x7" pages, not yet bound

    I don't have any sort of ultimate goal with this work, it's just about moving forward, learning, improving my skills, experimenting and playing. The Play Journal has proven to be suprisingly fun, so I added yet another signature. And yes, if you are attempting to keep track {silly you}, I am painting in three different journals this month. This Play journal, the watercolor Moleskine I shared yesterday with the inky experiments and the journal with handmade watercolor paper that I got at the art festival. 

    A fun thing about binding your own journals ~ you can make what you need. In my version, I work with the pages unbound and then bind them later. Actually every two pages are stitched together now, so it has a semblance of a structure. You can make your to-be-bound pages any size you wish. For this journal, I got Strathmore watercolor paper in large sheets and cut them down to 11x7" with the cutting gear I use for fabric. I'm continuing to work with shapes that are intentionally out of balance. I imagine the mandalas flying off the page. 

    If you are curious about the puppet page, it's actually the reverse {the bobbin thread side} of a set of puppets I created for the Painted Paper Paradise workshop. The shapes were beckoning me to paint them!


    Found: Artist Trading Cards

    As I was going through my art material baskets I stumbled upon a bunch of fun stuff that I had almost forgotten about. This is the remaining stash of the artist trading cards that I made when I first started doing art in 2007-08. This tiny canvas was a perfect ground for experiments.

    Watch the video here, or pop over to Vimeo to watch. The video is 8 minutes.

    One of the earliest mixed media art books I bought was Bernie Berlin's book Artist Trading Card Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap. So many possibilities for this tiny canvas. A simple backdrop to a simple bit of art. So interesting to explore them now after so many years. I think I feel more of a desire to create a "composition" on an artist trading card {vs. the simplicity of an index card} because it seems to wish for a point of focus. Isn't it intriguing, the way that different canvases and materials bring about different experiences?


    The April Link-Love Mission

    Kimba helping me photograph a page from my journal

    The idea behind the Link-Love Mission is simple. Save the world, one blog at a time. Help your favorite blogs by linking to them! 

    A Bunch of Tutorials that I Want to Try.

    1. Hanna inspires us to make an inspiration notebook; this would be useful for documenting decorating ideas that I collect for each room of the house. And never use. But at least it would look pretty.
    2. At Pink Penguin, a patchwork patterned wristlet. I have so much patchwork (I make random patches when not otherwise inspired) that could be used in this type of project. And while I'm at it, I'll make a market tote with the tutorial from Bijou Lovely.
    3. I'd like to make a bunch of String Blocks; examples at Stitched in Color and JaceyCraft.
    4. Dreaming of making journal covers using this tutorial from hello sandwich with the abundant papers my husband brought back from Tokyo.

    We'll post our link-love mission the last Friday of each month, so look for it on May 30 + June 27. Grab a LINK LOVE badge. Find the link-love at Daisy Yellow and CraftyPod the last Friday of each month, and then post your 5 links on the same theme to your blog in the week ahead. Add the URL to your link-round-up at CraftyPod!


    Experiments: Two Inks {Part 3}

    Let's review. experiment #1 + experiment #2


    This time, I drew on the watercolor paper in this journal, no extra water, two different inks. The dark ink is J. Herbin Perle Noire which has just a hint of rich elegant maroon. I used a dip pen with a Speedball calligraphy nib to draw the dark lines. An absolutely decadent almost-black ink. Highly recommended.

    The green lines were drawn with a Pilot Petit 1 fountain pen with green water-based ink. I bought it at Jet Pens along with some other playful pens for my daughter's birthday present. The ink is a bright green that is accurately named Apple Green. It is transparent and flows nicely from the pen. At 4 1/4" {about 11 cm}, the pen is short but with a wide body. It felt comfortable drawing mandalas and writing words. The green ink is super happy next to an intensely dark ink. This is a pretty little pen; fun to see the ink through the translucent body of the pen.

    Conclusion: I like the intensity of the dark ink with the playful ink accents. The paper was dry so the lines are crisp and precise and well-controlled.

    Here's more work from this journal. It is a Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal.


    Experiments: Gouache & Ink {Part 2}

    “You could guarantee a decent cup of coffee in Betty's, but it went beyond the decent coffee and the respectable girls (and women) who had been parcelled up some time in the 1930s and freshly unwrapped this morning. It was the way that everything was exactly right and fitting. And clean.”
    Kate Atkinson, Started Early, Took My Dog

    A4 watercolor moleskine, gouache, ink

    If you've been reading Daisy Yellow for awhile you know that I talk a lot about experiments. A great deal of my art techniques grow from experimenting.... wondering what would happen if???

    This is the second of several posts about how experiments evolve. Continuing to play with variables {gouache and ink} in the watercolor moleskine journal. In the first experiment, I drew mandalas on top of gouache that was nice and dry. In this second take, I painted the page with gouache and then waited about 15 minutes so it was still wet. Then drew mandalas with ink directly on the background, using a few different Speedball nibs and J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir ink. It was so much fun that I went back in with a wet brush and embellished some of the lines. Conclusion: Super fun. Lines took their own quirky path as they were absorbed into the paint. I liked not knowing exactly what would happen as I drew each line! A fun mixture of crisp and soft lines as parts of the page were more wet than others. And the J. Herbin ink? Divine. Here's more work from this journal. It is a Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal.

    Editor's Note: Oops! I changed two variables at the same time - used a different ink AND painted while the page was wet. More on my findings in the days ahead.

    Here's the lineup if you want to see more: experiment #1 + experiment #2 + experiment #3 + experiment #4.


    Experiments: Gouache & Ink {Part 1}

    A4 watercolor moleskine, gouache, ink

    Questions and curiosity lead to experiments... and new techniques. So the quandary this week... how will ink and gouache interact and work together? I like working with "permanent" ink and yet I like the way that impermanent inks react with water and paint. I like that the bleed might not be controllable. This is the first of several posts about how this particular experiment evolved; the concept can likely be extrapolated to other art experiments. So the key variables are obviously the gouache and the ink, right? Wet vs. dry gouache. Impermanent vs. permanent ink. I didn't think the nibs really mattered in terms of the actual experiment and this was a good chance to play with the nibs that I had. I actually ordered some new nibs this week - they are only a few dollars each. 

    Start with the basics and alter the variables! Like a scientist or chemist or maybe a chef. So I opened the Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal and painted the page with gouache. I let it dry for a full day. Then drew mandalas with ink directly on the background, using a small Speedball calligraphy nib and black Dr. Ph Martin's india ink. Conclusion: Excellent experience. Lines look crisp against the soft background.

    Here's the first post about this journal, with more pages. 

    Here's the lineup if you want to see more: experiment #1 + experiment #2 + experiment #3 + experiment #4.


    Hello ICAD

    "I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.”
    Henry David Thoreau

    Say it, shout it, carve it, stamp it, proclaim it, but the reality is that before you know it, index-card-a-day will be starting! You've got just enough time to sneak off to the office supply store and grab a stack of index cards. If you don't have a stash of art supplies grab a 36-pack of ultra-fine Sharpie markers or colored pencils and you'll be ready to roll on June 1st. 

    The video.... 

    For those of you looking for motivation to start the ICAD challenge on June 1st, I made a cute little introductory video this week. < 3 minutes. Pop over to one or the other to watch. 

    Vimeo https://vimeo.com/92257976
    YouTube http://youtu.be/lP__T_fLfBw

    Until then.... 

    Read the ICAD FAQ.
    Get an ICAD 2014 Badge.
    Join the {brand new} Daisy Yellow ICAD group at Facebook.
    Join the Daisy Yellow ICAD group at Flickr.