|First page done from week 1 of
Traci Bautista’s Strathmore online workshop
|My favorite bit!|
Doing two or three layers of masking/stenciling at the beginning allowed for some really neat effects, like the 3-leafed image at left. It’s a broken-off bit of a Kaiser woodcraft flourish that got outlined with India ink in a later step. I like the glow it has about it.
|Notice the (very) subtle outlining of the leaves?
Done with a yellow ShinHan marker.
This is another part of the page that I particularly like. I didn’t have Copic markers so used the ShinHan set I’d gotten on special at Jerry’s Artarama some time ago. It was pretty amazing to see the leaf pattern come out in the design when I outlined them with the marker. I don’t think anyone would realize the marker was there if they weren’t scrutinizing it–but if I hadn’t done it, these would have remained very much in the background rather than coming up to the mid ground.
|I like the white lines I added with a
Uniball Signo marker.
Now this is not from the page the other three images are from. Traci suggests having a extra piece of paper or other journal available to do ghost stampings on to clean off stencils/masks after using them on the main page–that way no pigment gets wasted, and one has another page already started. I like the way this one is going because I’ve got more contrast. What I liked about this part of it is the white lines I drew in the “v” section of the stencil design. Doodling is not something that seems to come very naturally to me, but having realized I could do this–draw graduated lines to increase the interest of the pattern–was quite fun!