Beauty {Blue}: White Lettering

“There’s something about black.
You feel hidden away in it.”
Georgia O’Keeffe

Hand-lettering on a dark mixed media background, especially one layered with collage or acrylics, is especially challenging for art journalists! A white pen to the rescue!

In the video, I wrote with two different white pens on the background of Golden heavy body acrylics, {i.e. black, payne's gray, teal etc.} so at first glance it's a mysterious almost-black. I reserved some space at the top left for writing and that's where I added a quote. The words at the center margin were just squeezed in, not planned. And of course there are words on some of the papers... 

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And in case you were curious, this is the way the page began. Under the first layer of paint is some tissue paper and then I just built the page a step at a time, one decision leading to the next. It's a rather organic process and I never know where I'll wind up!!! That's the fun, isn't it? Not knowing where we'll end up....

To write the Tolstoy quote, I used a white Uniball Signo UM-153. To write the Eagles lyrics, I used a classic white Sakura Gelly Roll. So now you've seen both of these marvelous pens in action!!!