It has been ages since I have been on my blog, and just as long since I have done any painting/drawing. Returning to full time work really puts a dampener on the creative spirit.
But tonight I finally got back to something creative. I have joined a class all about mixed media and journalling, just to get back to some basics and find my creative way again.
The class is run at my local arts & crafts group and is run by the wonderful Tania, from BFree2Create. We are working on H2O journal, which covers anything to do with water media.
She started me doing some basic colour exercises using water soluble wax pastels. It was very relaxing and fun. Hadn’t used this type of pastel before. Very easy to use. Still have a bit to finish on these two pages but had to wait for them to dry.
Next we moved onto blind contour drawing. I haven’t done that since I first started drawing classes about 10 years ago. The drawing of the cutting worked better than my hand, which is looking quite deformed. But then a little bit of watercolour wax pastel colour improves the markings on the page!
We are using A3 pages folded in half to make the journal. Tania is going to teach me how to bind the pages together, which is going to be really useful.
Next onto modified contour drawing, where you draw until you reach a point where you need to move your pen to a new starting point, which is when you can look at the drawing again to place the pen..
Still life modified contour drawing of the jar of pencils on the table in front of me. Finishing touches to be added next week.
Watercolour is not something I have spent much time on as my focus was always soft pastels, so the exploration of water media through this journal should be an interesting journey.
And the fact that I am in a room with a group of artists is a plus too. I have missed that camaraderie of spending time with creative people.