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Invisibilities and Watercolors

Moleskine A4 watercolor journal, slicci pen, glaze pen, watercolors

Sometimes when I read art books I get inspired before fully reading the tutorial text. I'm really not great about reading instructions or directions or even recipes. I might guess how something is done and that becomes the launching point for an experiment or a curiosity to persue. That's what happened here!

In reading Journal It! by Jenny Doh {reviewed here}, I got a spark of an idea from one of Jill Berry's watercolor backgrounds. Using a clear gellyroll glaze pen, I wrote about photography and the meaning of the themes or subjects you choose to photograph. It's quite boring, but the idea was to just see what would happen if I painted over the glaze pen. Then I watercolored over the words to make them appear. Some colors provide more contrast than others, and I like the look and feel of the page but perhaps not the composition! As an experiment goes it was a success because the method works! {Funny.... turns out that this is not what was in the tutorial! In the book, Jill wrote OVER the watercolors with gel pens!}

My art for DAY 20 of Art Every Day Month

November is Art Every Day Month (AEDM) facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day.

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Reader Comments (7)

love this effect — and i love that about art books, that you can just browse and use something you see as a jumping-off point. it’s the combination of their idea (what you saw) and your own idea (how you think you can pull it off, or your own version of it).

11.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Wow!! That turned out really cool! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

11.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer K

I just love how this turned out Tammy. Thanks so much for sharing the techniques with us--both yours and Jenny's! :-)

11.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLorinda

Oh how cool the page turned out, will have to try this too!

11.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

I love using white as a resist. It almost feels like a secret code that you slowly discover when you add color to it.

11.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJazmin

Another idea I must try. I have a clear pen and been wondering what to do with it.

11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKirstin

:) so it is not just me who jumps in boots and all and then realises later I imagined instructions that never existed. Love these watercolour colours, and noticing the arches from Italy are appearing everywhere now I am catching up on your blog in bursts. :) I would not have thought the pens were waterproof, a good experiment.

12.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

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