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  • Writer's pictureDiane M Kellogg

Art Journal Challenge March 22, 2020

Updated: May 1, 2020

Welcome back! Our challenge the last issue was to do something Easter related. I choose bunnies! The first set of photos shows my attempts. I used a simple #2 HB soft pencil this time around. The larger journal, the photo on the left, shows way too much erasing with the larger bunny. To be honest, I struggle with bunnies. Now while I don't run in terror at the sight of them as Anya did, I do tend to avoid drawing them. (Bonus points for anyone getting the Anya reference!) The tiny journal, the photo on the top right, was easier bunny wise. A simple drawing. The medium journal, still not my favorite paper to work with, was a simpler project that I still managed to mess up later.

So I decided to add some color. The tiny journal bunny got a simple treatment with regular colored pencils. (Loew Cornell) Easy peasy, nothing fancy but leaving me feeling like it needs a color background. The 'Spring' page, I chose watercolor pencils. (General's Kimberly). This is where I messed up. I decided since it was watercolor that if I sprayed it, it would drip and make a cool pattern. Kinda, sorta didn't really work. So, after attacking with a hairdryer I tried to salvage it. I added some washi tape and fly-specked it with a toothbrush and some acrylic paint. I haven't decided what to do with the large journal, whether to add color or not, what kind of paint, etc? It's waiting for a decision that could be a while coming.

Our challenge for the next issue should be a fun one. Vincent van Gogh is a favorite of mine. I'm going to base the challenge on his work, The Starry Night.

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. Public Domain.

Do a page in your journal giving homage to Vincent van Gogh, using this painting as inspiration. Don't be afraid to think outside the box.

PLEASE...share what you do. This would be way more fun with someone to play with!

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