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Hey dear friends — I have a gift for you!

To celebrate my online class teaching on 21 Secrets I have TWO FREE COPIES of COLOR, COLOR, COLOR! the 2016 Fall Edition of the 21 Secrets program to share.

 

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12 in 12 to August (ish)


The 12 colors in 12 months project is ticking along in the background… I add little bits and things when I have oddments of the month’s color to hand. So it builds up.

To re-cap here’s where we left off in June, through to the first layers of August

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A page of plenty


Looking back and photographing yesterday’s page I can see quite how involved it was!

A crucial ingredient in the making of this page is insomnia. Extra long evenings are the best time for fiddly cutting, hole punching and sticking!


Being made up of so many papery layers the surface was pretty cushiony in places. This lends itself perfectly for biro doodling on. Some of this doodling was done with a biro that ran out ages ago, but didn’t get thrown out. The little circular indentations are made by the end of the lid.

Everything has a use in art!

continuing the journey


Day 33. Water colors and inks, I like the dreamily muted colors, and again the upside/downside number thing.

Day 34 Doodles run free. This is the kinda page that I could keep on adding to but think I’ll leave it here for now.

Day 35. This is the kinda page that I did keep on adding to! Starting with that stencil again then with layers and layers of cut out scraps in a similar wavy spiral way.

Day 36 is a turning point, toward the original idea that each page would contain something of the feel of that day. This day I spent up in London with my friend, and bits and bobs from the day nestle amongst the usual doodles and collage.

Symbolic of so much, this getting back on track falls just 5 pages from the end of this book! But, as one book closes…

and up to date!


Continuing the catch up

Day 11 is an either way up day. I like these days the best! I did this with white oil pastel as a resist to the splatters and splashes of watercolor and acrylics.

Day 12. Watercolor again. Not in the delicately conventional manner with subtlety and fragile grace. No. Slopped on with an inch wide brush. And some more theraputic splattering.

Day 13 watercolors on a background of collaged torn up paper. Sprinkled with water for added dappliness.

Day 14 fell right in the midst of my obsessive dyed paper thing making episode. One side of the page is encrusted in left overs!

Day 15 has a paper mosaic running right across, then watercolor and ink sploshes.

Day 16. Zing! How these colors make me grin like a wide-eyed fool! Alternating between yellows and turquoises (watercolor and ink), splashes and drips, water swish, and speed drying with hot air dryer to chase the puddlings about the paper.

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Back to the page a day project, unaccountably I seem to have ten days backed up and un-shown-off to you! How did that happen??!
Sitting comfortably? Here they come…………………………
Day 7 was the day I first played with black gesso. Delighted! I was expecting a kinda chalky grey-ish-ness that absolutely isn’t there. My new love in life is gesso. Words can’t express my joy at its cover-up-ability, it’s smooth creamy texture and lush slide-about-the-page-ness it has. YUM. This was the base for the swirls in guache and acrylic.

Day 8 is a showcase of the bits of scraps and fragments and dead leaves I save ‘in the name of art’. I know I’m in safe company here, you understand!

Day 9 is built up in layers of dyed paper and stencilled experimental gessoed tissue paper.

Day 10 is upside down. When I was getting towards the end of the previous book I showed it to some friends, as one leafed through the pages and said “Some pages make me feel like I’m upside down in this book”. “Yes, just like some days feel upside down”. This was one of those days!
This was also my first EasterEgg day (tissue paper swished with water, like I did here)

12 in 12 update


Unbelievably the first 1/2 of the year is almost through! As is the 12 in 12 book.

It’s a while since last update, so here’s the tail end of May’s (Blue/Green) pages:
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Which nicely lead into June’s (Green) pages:

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