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ATCs 11 - 13

The scanned image doesn’t really show off the texture in these three ATCs but textured they are. I had a lot of fun with these playing around with modelling paste to create some random textures on the small cards. Once dry I went with a combination of yellow, pink and red watercolour washes to add colour to the bases and then ink bordering to help the miniature abstracts to ‘pop’

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Playing with black and white is something I like to do from time to time. There seem to be two camps with the colours (or non-colours depending on your point of view), those are to use them or not. Black especially seems to get a bad press in the art world, I think, but I also think it’s important to experiment with how they work and could be used both on their own and with other colours. These three play with that theme; black on a white base, white on a black base and black and white on a coloured base. All worked in wet on wet layers.

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This latest batch of experiments were of the ‘I hate how these are going but I want to finish them’ variety. Layers upon layers of pure colours, built up to create similar compositions, one more balanced and the others focusing on each primary colour. They turned out better than I expected in the end and there are things I do like about them, but I think it’s pretty safe to say I’m glad this set of experiments are over. They are all part of the learning curve of exploration, however, and for that I am grateful:

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This set focuses on painting with other utensils than brushes to create different, interesting textures and marks. The first two were painted intuitively direct onto acrylic paper, in acrylic with a palette knife. The third (the purpley one) was painted in the same way using an old spoon and plastic fork rather than a palette knife:

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Three experiments with watercolours on watercolour paper. The pure coloured paint was added in thin transparent layers allowing each to dry in the first two, while the third was worked on slightly damp paper, to build up interesting marks, textures and colour combinations. It always amazes me how one medium can be used to create so many different effects.

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The backgrounds for the spirit suit of my oracle cards project:

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The backgrounds for the water suit of my oracle cards project:

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