Drawing Challenge: Leap
Welcome to this week’s drawing challenge: leap.
Sorry about the slightly later post today; I’ll try to get my act together for future weeks and post early Pacific time if I’m hosting.
You know, I really feel like leaping into art…into everything I don’t really know how to do, and just doing it!
And this week I took up printing a bit more seriously.
I was looking at a lino cut I started about two years ago, and I thought, darn it anyway, I’ma finish it!
My problem with linocuts…especially complicated linocuts…is that I see it in my head, but it doesn’t translate so well to my hand. The result is that I tend to carve away the positive and keep the negative space to print.
I printed a rough black ink on white paper print to see what I got, and the result was pretty dismal for all that work!
Have to flip my brain around.
And carving took about five hours!
It’s hard for me to believe I blew it with this one.
But all is not lost.
I thought that, if I carved away the positive, I should just print a negative of it. A white ink on a black background! So I went down to see my good friends at my favourite art supply store, Opus Art, and got some great advice about printable black papers.
And then, this afternoon I was at Art Mania where Chloe works, and while Chloe was printing up some of her student’s projects…
…I mixed up some inks.
I have a very limited amount of inks and I don’t like any of the colours by themselves. But I do like mixing the colours to see what I get.
Look at that! Isn’t that magic?
Soon this block turned into five nice prints.
While Chloe was writing instructions to tomorrow’s crew, I literally watched paint dry!
And, later this evening at home, these are the best three out of the five.
So come on and leap into the deep end of the ocean of art. Try something, persevere, master it after the first thousand tries…lol…kidding, but only just. It doesn’t have to be brilliant, it just has to make you happy. 😀
Come join in and take the leap this leap year. 😀
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