Watching ink flow? You bet!! I am having a blast spending hours dripping India Ink onto paper (sometime wet paper) and then spraying the ink with water. Why is this so much fun?! The water and ink create random patterns and textures; playing with the time between letting the ink dry and spraying it with water gives all kinds of different results. In the middle and right image (above) I first made marks with a white crayon then applied the ink and water for a twist on the crayon resist technique. I love the Bombay brand inks; they even have some that are iridescent (irresistible!). It is a good idea to wear Nitrile gloves to keep the pigment off your skin as you play with the endless possibilities. Also, I love to work this on bright, sunny days so I can lay the paper out to dry quickly, then add a top layer of watercolor or new inks. Great fun as the weather cools!
I am leaning in toward Michael Wilcox; founder of the School of Color and promoter of the concept that "yellow and blue don't make green" at his lecture last week. He is a visionary and colorist; his lecture rocked my world!! I had a great time with Carol Waugh (and 50 other curious artists) watching him mix colors with his new system and listening to him debunk the traditional color wheel. His new approach to color thinking and mixing is really interesting, I look forward to playing with his line of watercolors and trying his techniques. Check his work out at http://www.schoolofcolor.com
Saturday afternoon in Crested Butte ~ how lucky could I get having the chance to play with 5 lovely and creative women in a mixed media journal class?! We had the Art Studio on Elk Ave as our back-drop (and the front garden that faced the Art Festival!) and a wonderful time playing and playing with my favorite journal materials. It was a spectacular afternoon with wonderful pages to share at the end. "Permission" was our inspiration!
7 women, one fabulous condo, 3 days and a mountain of art supplies ....this is the basis for the Crested Butte Ripple Art Retreat last weekend. What a wonderful time! Even though the carpet was beige (not white!) and the clouds quite heavy most of Monday, the creative energy filled this mountain retreat and we had such a good time. Melissa and Ivy provided a terrific, nurturing environment and we were so grateful for their kind attention to details (champagne, massages, lots of yummy desserts & breakfasts, oh my!). I am already sad to be missing Crested Butte and looking forward to next year!! Thanks to all the participants and to Melissa and Ivy! Here is a gallery of images (slide show:):