Monday, 11 June 2012

Summer Of Colour - Sherbet Sketchbook

I've been wanting to try the Gouache over Drawing Ink technique in June's issue of Artists & Illustrators since it plopped through my door. When the colours were announced over at Summer of Colour  I had the perfect excuse. 

Firstly, I completely messed up the technique. Amongst other things, you are supposed to do an under drawing. I forgot. You are supposed to do a wash of drawing ink similar to a watercolour wash - I forgot and did it straight from the bottle on to a dry, unstretched page. You are supposed to use distilled water in case tap water reacts with the ink - I forgot to buy some. All this with the magazine propped up in front of me. Idiot.

Am having a devil of a job getting a good picture, the light is fading fast here so I've included two - neither of which are a true representation of the colours. Just try and imagine a middle ground between the two.

The colour prompt at Summer of Colour was Rainbow Sherbet - bright oranges, pinks and a splash of white. Done, done and done. Just had to include some purple in there too.

Under kitchen light ^
Under natural but fading light ^ 

Somehow, despite it being wrong, I still kind of love this page. Even more so since I journalled onto it - am so glad I did it in my diary sketchbook. I will definitely try this technique again, properly.
The gorgeous original picture by Chris Rigby

There is still time to take part in this weeks prompt at Summer of Colour - any creative medium accepted and you have until midnight Sunday to link up. In the meantime the new colour combination for next week has been announced - Mint Choc Chip! Hmm. 

Thanks for stopping by :)


57 comments:

  1. Oh Carmen - that's absolutely gorgeous - I'm not surprised you are pleased with it! Love the colour, the picture and the journaling - awesome stuff!

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  2. I want just the tinyist bit of your artistic talent. Seriously. :-)

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  3. Gorgeous self portrait- I remember how that felt, the belly bump and all the wriggles inside- I miss feeling the baby's hiccups!
    xx
    Stephanie

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  4. It looks just great - and being personal, what a lovely memory for later, too. The next prompt sounds like ice cream, yum yum!!

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  5. Liking the result anyway, even if you did do it different to what it said. You can always do it the other way another time, if you choose. Great to see your creativity coming back and what a lovely subject to document. xx

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  6. you might have done it all wrong :P but the end result looks fantastic! :)

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  7. Wrong? i don't think so!! Wonderful page, and one which you'll look back on in years to come, remembering these special days.

    Beautiful 'look' to your painting.

    x
    ps the light has been dreadful, hasn't it?!

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  8. Wow - fab piece of work! Love it and can't believe that it was "wrong"!!! x

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  9. love your journal pages. But first, we must take a moment of silence for your side bar yumminess. Ah, Bill Compton, vampire of my dreams. lol. Come by for a little giveaway on my blog, ends on June 12.
    http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2012/06/rainbow-sherbert-delight-summer-of.html

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  10. I love you entry! OH has just started feeling my bump moving about too, and when he starts talking to it, baby reacts by wriggling and kicking.
    x x x

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  11. I don't think you got it wrong at all.

    It's perfect! What a wonderfully happy, meaningful piece.

    Karenx

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  12. I love your picture - not wrong - just different. I also think it's a wonderful "future memory" of this very special time!

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  13. Lovely page, must try that techniques, sounds delightfully mess, just my cup of coffee. I had to laugh at your comment on my page, where you wrote 'Jo up there^', I immediately thought of 'Our Father which art....' etc. Hmmm, what would Freud have said to that?! Nice to meet you Carmen! Valerie

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  14. Carmen, that is stunning! There is something very "smiley" about it - it made me happy just looking at it

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  15. Your self portrait is lovely, Carmen. Wow, this technique really makes the ink look like watercolor. Awesome journaling too. Hugs.

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  16. Carmen it is just fantastic never mind how you were supposed to use the medium you did a great job. Loving this very much!
    ManonX

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  17. I love this... Maybe because I am a rebel when it comes to following directions, too (not always intentionally)! I try to just look at it as happy accidents whenever possible! Yours certainly is!

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  18. awesome job on your artwork and congratulations on the baby! This is such an awesome time in your life. Feeling new life within is so exciting. God bless!

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  19. Hi Carmen, I think the paper in your sketchbook may be heavyweight cartridge paper. I used to use Daler Rowney ones a lot in my art student days. I love your idea of journalling your pregnancy. I wish I'd done that, my son is 18m. Jane x.

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  20. h ah aha

    you would not be the artist you are if you could follow someone else instructions ... I love yours, your bump has magnificent volume

    please don't ever do anything 'properly'

    remain idiotic and adorable

    dx

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  21. Love all you wrong doings - and love the final result! :)

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  22. I agree...there's something so right here...great piece...xxx

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  23. Absolutely beautiful ! Love the way you have put your emotions on paper!

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  24. Lovely loving piece of art work ~ love your sharing ~ ~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

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  25. This looks fabulous! I know what you mean about the light and the impact it has on the colors.

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  26. wonderful page and great artwork for the SOC. Annette x

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  27. Great project for the color challenge! I love the drawing and feeling on the page, and just look at all the lessons you learned on that technique! Fun stuff - thanks for the kind comments.

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  28. I just love your self portrait! You will cherish that in years to come!! So sweet! I wish I had more than one pregnancy photo of myself from 27 years ago!! Wow so pretty...good job!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  29. beautiful piece of art--I have the same trouble sometimes, both with technique and photography. However, your work is wonderful any way you make it or see it. Love that cartoon at the bottom, too!

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  30. Wow this is a wonderful piece! I only wish I was artistic enough to do something like that!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog...No my printer does not cut, sad to say, but I do like that idea... I have a Silhouette Cameo that I can put my own images in, set up the cut, send the print to my printer then it's back to the Cameo to cut.

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  31. Well, whatever you were aiming for, I just love how it turned out. Sometimes it's these branches we take that are the most fun! And such meaningful journaling really adds to the piece as well.

    Also, I wanted to let you know I added to my original post with some detail as to how I made the rainbow sherbet rainbow - thanks for expressing interest!

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  32. Love it and the colors. I never thought about doing anything creative like this when I was pregnant and had my son. I took pics...but never thought about doing artwork to add to a journal or his baby book one day. Great idea!!..thanks for stopping by!

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  33. Oooh, a baby bump! How exciting! I kinda miss those moments... Beautiful page! And, thanks for visiting!!

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  34. That is really wonderful and such a great way to use the colours to celebrate your baby bump.......apologies for being so late getting here and looking forward to what you create for week two...xx

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  35. I love wrongness! Your journaling makes it just perfect. Hug hug bia mumma!

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  36. Your rainbow sherbert artwork is fab! How exciting to journal your baby bump! ...looking forward to your week 2 now!!
    Jan x

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  37. Congratulations! What a wonderful way to remember your pregnancy. Your artwork is stunning.

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  38. Ah I knew you would pull something out of the bag :-D love it!!

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  39. Not only gorgeous Carmen, but meaningful in a way you'll never forget! Wow!

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  40. Ahhh, maybe "mistakes" were made, but sometimes that is when the best stuff arises. :) I love how personal your page is. It will be such a fun place to look back to in the future. :)

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  41. These are great, they will mean more and more as the years go by! Great way to use the colors for the week!!

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  42. Congrats and what wonderful memories these will be.

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  43. Congrats from me also- I wish I had done something like this but I think it is a wonderful way to preserve this moment, just lovely!
    Also, I had never heard of the Gouache over Drawing Ink technique and it's something I'd like to look into more now.(You inspiring artist you!)
    And: Your picture looks great right or not!

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  44. Beautiful memories. Lovely technique!!

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  45. Love it Carmen.. doesn't look at all wrong to me.. haven't heard of this technique.. looks fab... so exciting to journal baby bump... congrats..glad to see your mojo is back...
    Kath
    xx

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  46. I love this piece. It turned out beautifully in spite of your goofs. This is a wonderful way to remember this special time.

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  47. awe, this is wonderful! What a fun subject to use for your art. The color looks great! Loving baby bumps! ...and about your sidebar, yes indeed, Edward Who? hehe. Love Bill and Eric!

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  48. Awe, I love this! You may not have done the technique "by the book" but I love the way it turned out. Congrats btw, that is such a fun time when baby movement is so much more evident!

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  49. This is so tender and beautiful! It is a perfect way to remember this special time. Congratulations, Mina

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  50. What a beautiful way to remember your pregnancy!looking foward to seeing more of your artwork :)

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  51. These look great..

    Hugs~

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  52. Wow this is wonderful for SOC.
    Loved your portrait and journalling. How exciting...
    Lesley♥

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  53. I love this. It's such a beautiful capture of a very special moment in your life. There is no wrong.. proof is on the page. Sometimes it's good to break the rules.

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