Monthly Archives: March 2012

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 19

Crayons – not just for kids

This was fun – one of the pages was pre-gessoed (clear) so I went at it with some Neocolor lls. This is a local beauty spot called Dunraven Bay. It is not usually this colorful! I am no landscape artists (oh really?) but I really enjoyed slapping down the colors and spritzing the page with water so that they merged and ran together. Once dry I attacked it with more layers and cheated with Neocolor 1s. The yellow blob on the left is part of the original printing on the page – you can also see some text peeking through.


365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 18




















Not my usual style of Zentangle, it must be said. This one was done quickly with markers instead of pen and pencil. There was a sense of freeing up as I laid down the lines, like a kid scribbling. Forgot to post it on Saturday when I did it. I like to use Zentangles to divide up areas of text in my journals. Like the one below.

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 17

The Big Apple





















Am so enamored of clear gesso I thought I’d try it directly on The Book‘s very shiny paper. It works a treat. The text shows through perfectly but the paper’s surface becomes almost like a fine sandpaper and takes crayon like a dream. All the smudging is caused by a very soft graphite pencil and my messy way of working. Halfway through the apple, I noticed the instruction on the opposite page, “Look in the kitchen and work with the first fruit or vegetable you spot…”






365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 16

More Girls!

The Book has been neglected over the past day or two. The reason is because my new Derwent Inktense crayons arrived. I bought my original set back in 2005 but my daughter has given them a good thrashing so my last Squidoo paycheck has been squandered on art materials (no, not possible to waste money on art materials) including this boxed set of 72 Inktense. Gorgeous. Mostly. I am a teeny bit disappointed in the range of colors. I would have expected a few light colors, such as pink, cream and lavender but the range is geared more towards landscape colors. There are lots of greens, blues, reds and browns but definitely a serious lack of lighter hues. It may be something to do with the fact that the pigments are ink, not watercolor but there is a white, so there ought to be some paler colors. Never mind, they are outrageously intense and I can supplement them with my other watercolor crayons.

Sooo… more girls.











They will probably appear in ‘the book’ in due course. The last one, the girl with orange hair is slightly different to the others; she was completed in graphite first and then coated with clear gesso. The gesso ‘grabs’ the crayon pigment and gives an interesting texture. You also get this sort of grungy look, which I like a lot.