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Writing Textures {Inspired by 21 Secrets}


writing with a calligraphy pen and J. Herbin inks

I'm teaching at the spring 21 secrets workshop, and I'm a student too! So here's me diving into one of the workshops! I started with Silky Hart's Paint Writing Workshop. 

I painted three 9x12" watercolor pages using the techniques Silky describes in her workshop. I love that these look very different (to me) than what I usually do with watercolors. There is underwriting and different types of brush work that create a really different look.

I tried to work with colors that were more pale, but everything morphs back to vivid at some point! I find it almost impossible to create a pale page... but I like that Silky suggested just picking colors you like, not worrying about the selection.

inspired by the Painting Words workshop by Silky Hart.

I repeated the lyrics to Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfeld over + over; a song that I find inspiring. I found that writing the same phrase let me focus only on that phrase the way I was wrote the letters. This is writing to create texture. Writing blocks like these coul be graphic elements on an art journal page...

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Reader Comments (10)

How much fun to see your spectacular creations!!! Can't wait to meet you next week.

04.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSilky Hart

These are lovely. I'm looking forward to all the workshops. Tell me about your watercolors, what kind are they??

04.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie (O-kami)

These are really beautiful Tammy and I love the vibrant colours! They make me happy and I'm using them a lot too lately! Hope you and Silky have a blast when you meet! =)

04.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Wonderful! Just love your watercolor effect, great artwork.

04.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril Cole

Tammy, Beautiful watercolors. I have to tell you--Bel Canto is pretty much my #1 favorite book ever. It's different from the books I usually enjoy, but there is just something so captivating about that story. Enjoy!!

04.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

Silky, Thank you for stopping by!

Julie, Here's the scoop on the watercolors: A photo of the set-up:, a little more info at The paints are W&N half-pans.

Rosie, Yay, another VIVID color lover. They do make me happy, so that must be whey they are never-ending and the ultimate goal of each page...


04.5.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

April, Thank you for your positive feedback, it's always a joy to hear your comments!

Andria, I'm almost half way through Bel Canto and about a quarter through The Artists Way. I can't seem to read just one book! What are you reading now?


04.5.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

Thanks Tammy!! I have added them to my wish list.

04.6.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie (O-kami)

You will love The Artists Way and will read it again and again! Julia Cameron teaches you to harness your creativity into a leaving breathing being- and thats what we are hoping to do here in our community! I wish you well this week!

04.6.2011 | Unregistered Commenteranastasia

This peice is wonderful!

04.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Kasstle

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