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Today we have a guest post from Michelle Mathey. She shares how she uses Watercolor Crayons to create a face and then bravely chops it in half! And don't miss the peek into her "creative kitchen!"
“I am a crafty person not an artsy person. I can’t draw or sketch. I love to look at other people’s art but I could certainly never do that so why even try?” Have you ever said those words to yourself? I have – lots and lots of times over the space of years and years. Then I started following Julie’s blog and discovered Art Journal Every Day! The whole idea of an art journal was freeing to me and as I began to create I discovered things about myself that I never knew – my inner artsy side began to emerge with play and practice.
One of the first things I did (January 2011) was to make an art journal from a composition notebook and decorate the cover with an Ode to Julie.
Since then I’ve been taking online classes, participating weekly in Art Journal Every Day and the new Second Floor Challenge. Reading Julie’s blog helped me to realize that things don’t need to be perfect – they just need to be!! I am a person who never took Art in school, never kept an art journal until recently, never sketched on scraps of paper, never doodled through class and yet I am having a blast creating, learning, trying out new techniques and not restricting myself to any genre or preconceived idea of “what is correct” with an art journal. If you are on the fence about keeping an art journal, I encourage you to jump in and CREATE!! You won’t be sorry!
Recently, I’ve been fascinated with drawing faces. For this layout, start with a pencil sketch and something to color with – I chose Neocolor II Water-soluble wax pastel crayons. Don’t be afraid of limited supplies. I only have 15 Neocolor crayons (so far) but that was plenty for this project.
Start adding shading with your Neocolor crayons, this is where it starts to get scary. When you were a child and colored with crayons, one layer was usually all we ever did. This is a different situation – one layer is not enough!!
An aqua pen “melted” the first layer of crayon together and a black marker added definition to the eyes. Not pretty at this point. In fact, it reminds of a favorite Napoleon Dynamite quote, “It took me like three hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It’s probably the best drawing I’ve ever done.”
Highlights to the eyes and lips were added with a white paint pen. I like the crayons because I was able to add a layer of “unmelted” crayon to the top of the hair for texture and movement.
In the spirit of trying new things, I whacked her head in half. This would normally intimidate me but I reminded myself that if I didn’t like the results I could just draw another girl. Switched the two “head pieces” since separating her head straight across wasn’t working - my eyes kept trying to draw the image back together again. The Vasarely-inspired (particularly this piece) background I painted is available here.
Before I go, I wanted to share what to do if you, like me, don't have an art studio to work in.
As a “kitchen crafter” all my work is done there and on our dining table – which necessitates me cleaning up my mess for the family to eat. For some reason they feel their sustenance needs outweigh my creative needs...sigh (LOL). A bedroom armoire in the corner of my kitchen contains all my “go to” crafting items and the door can be closed so no one is the wiser...
...to the controlled chaos contained within. In the interest of honesty there are crafty items stored all over our house but the most important ones are here within easy reach of the dining room table.
Small items are stored in labeled photo boxes and more bulky items hang out in the wire locker baskets on the top shelf. This is an arrangement that works for me and allows me to craft at a moment’s notice.
Thanks Julie for this opportunity to hijack your blog and for your continuing artsy inspiration!
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Michelle Mathey lives in Kentucky with her husband of 20+ years and their two sons. She loves doing crafty things and spent years teaching rubberstamping and papercrafting at local stamp/craft stores. Several of her card designs have been featured in magazines, including Paper Crafts and Stampington publications, and the a•muse|studio 2011 Catalog and Inspiration Guide.
Her blog is Pigment of My Imagination.