I’m grateful to all my Northern Hemisphere friends posting about their warm days and summer holiday fun and beautiful walks and colourful gardens – it is a sure antidote to dim light, long nights and cold Antarctic winds swirling about my tiny house and trying to knock me off my feet when we venture out for our twice daily walks.
Winter has only been here for a few days but it feels like forever!
The upside to Winter though, is time in my favourite room.
So of course, when I sat down at my desk with my supply of inks and began to play, the series that gradually unfolded mirrored the season.
I began by dotting ink about on my mat and spritzing with water to get colourful backgrounds. I swooshed (technical term) the card through the wet inks and got what I got. When dry I splatted (another technical term) some gesso over some and after making myself a small round mask, dry inked a moon onto one of the ones shown below – can you see it?
The next step was top create some kind of landscape, focal interest, whatever took my fancy. First up I added in hills and trees to join the moons. The splatters of gesso became stars with the aid of teeny drops of glitter
And if I liked what I saw I turned it into a card. If the recipient wishes to frame it is a simple enough job to cut the greeting away and have a self matted petite art work.
Next I played with a wonky village and a cat ….. meh!
Tiring of the random results from wet ink play I turned my sights to dry ink only – but taking with me some ideas I picked up along the way, I made myself some more versions of the feline under the moon. I kept it simple, liked it and turned it into a large A5 greeting card
Next I took some A5 heavy duty cardstock and taped it down and began to work in earnest with the inks and pens and pencils.
This was great – I had the control I wanted with the colour, I had a quirky tree and some doodles and the moon and silhouetted cat and birds were not too shabby. So, I thought, this is winter…….. and the following day set to work on a summer version
They would look lovely in matching frames – but as I took the tape off the summer version it tore a bit along the top margin. Doh!! Might have to chop it down and turn it into yet another card……….
Hope you enjoyed seeing all that – do let me know what you think – and thanks so much for coming by, I’m glad that you did!