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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Summer Of Color Week #1


Well the end of week #1 is at a close, and I am getting my color challenge done at the last minute. Well not entirely true, I have been working on my project for a few days. I'm just getting it posted last minute.
The color challenge for the first week is Turquoise & Citron Green. I'm not exactly sure my colors  are a spot on match, but I worked with what I have. I spent the first few days in quiet contemplation deciding what sort of project I wanted to do. Well quiet contemplation isn't how I'd describe my thought process. It's just with the vast amount of choices I was undecidedly torn on what I wanted to do.
What I finally decided on is to make a journal using Gelli prints. I'm also making beads from foil and paper to embellish with.Each week I will pick 4-6 prints in the weekly colors, with beads in the same color scheme to bind and embellish into a journal as the final project. Here are my choices for week #1;
Painted sheet of aluminum folk

painted with Liquitex and Galerria acrylics, & Gesso

The beads so far, still need some more work.

 I'm also working on my drawing skills, which I might add are not all that great, but with practice I hope will make somewhat perfect. I sketched out a girl that I will incorporate into the final journal piece. So I drew a young girl, and made her shirt Turquoise and Citron Green using my Derwent Inktense pencils, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE my Inktense pencils and blocks. I'd like to add one thing about my girl. Her face isn't properly shaded, one, I'm not sure what I'm doing, ( would love some advice in this area…PLEASE!!!), two, I don't have all the proper colors for creating skin tone. I have a few, so there again, if anyone wants to take my pitiful self on and give me shading and color skin tone 101, I'm all ears. Well without further ado, her is my nameless girl.

The last picture I took without a flash to see if it would darken the picture, it did that and gave it a bunch of new tones. This is done on a 1920's dictionary page in Inktense pencils. I hope y'all like her. She is beginning to grow on me.
So there you have it, Week # 1 Citron Green And Turquoise. I feel like a little kid nearing Christmas, waiting to see what the Poll results reveal. I hope you like where I'm going with this SOC Challenge. I'm excited to see what everyone else comes up with. 
I would like to add if this is your 1st time here, please feel free to look around, or leave a comment. You can also email me if you have any questions. I would be most excited if you would become a new follower. I will follow you in return. Looking forward to getting to know some or all of you.
P.S. I'd also like to share my sweet granddaughter Kaya, she is 3-1/2 and is a pistol. She usually doesn't like her picture taken, but every once in a while she'll let you get one.


  1. I love your art work, your beads, and your drawing! You are so creative and your work is amazing! and I really like the photo of your granddaughter, too!

  2. What a gorgeous grandaughter! :) You have been busy, your journal is going to be amazing by the end! Stunning beads as well!! :)

    As for your shading I thought it was good. The sides of the face and recesses of the eyes are darker where they go back into the face, and the forehead, top of the nose and chin are lighter where they come forward. Great work. :)

  3. So many beautiful pages here! The prints are so pretty, and I love the idea of you binding it all in a book - and those beads! I've never seen that before, I'm in love with that! Can't wait to see what more you come up with. AND your granddaughter is just adorable!! xoxo

  4. Oh wow your journal pages are absolutely beautiful...and the beads are lovely too. The drawing on the book pages is gorgeous ...I love the expression in her eyes ...beautiful :)

  5. It's a great idea to make gelliprints in the colours of SOC. I think your girl looks great. There's a whole lot of free tutorials on Youtube about shading and skin colours, it'll keep you busy for weeks ....

  6. I totally love the idea of creating journals for SOC, by end if it you'd have 6 delicious printed journals!!. I LOVE the lady too, she is so sweet even when you think the tone is not perfect :). I did some watercolor paintings on old book pages too :). Your grand daughter is gorgeous!

  7. so delightful! love what you did with the colors and the prints!

  8. Your C&T designs are very pretty! I love the lady in the book. I think she looks great!

  9. I love your use of the colors for SOC! Your granddaughter is super adorable too. I have a few pencils that I like to use for shading: I start with cream all over the face, then I shade around the nose, eyes and around the outer part of the face and neck with a brown. Then I cover the face again with light peach. I sometimes add a purple around the crease over the eyes, then the brown around the top of the eye lid. I also give a little pink here and there. I hope that helps! (I'm a new follower too)

  10. your granddaughter is so sweet looking... and I love those beads... just beautiful... will be great to see what you make with them... happy week 1... well late week 1 visit!!!