Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fun Found Items...

The other day I was going through some things and I found a bag of goodies that my friend Jan gave me at a Christmas get together.  Inside was this package of Scratch to Draw paper.







I reached for my high tech tweezers, usually reserved for fine manipulation of tiny things...but they were the first pointy item I got my hands on and I knew they'd be great for scratching into the paper (they stick mentioned on the package seems to have gone missing!).


I used Carolyn Dube's buildings stencil because it has a nice variety of interesting blocks. I was thrilled with the bright colour and the effect of the tweezers scratching into the black looked great (in my humble opinion LOL).


 I made a variety of different sized 'building blocks' :o) and then stacked them in a finely balanced arrangement.  I played with various background ideas, but in the end I decided that I liked the contrast of the blocks on the white page so I left it as is.


I added some text, a bit of shading and a simple doodled border and called it done!









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    1. Thanks Jean. I usually start with a quote in mind and create the art to illustrate it, but this time 'round I searched for a quote that would work with my balanc

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  2. Very cool. I have never seen scratch paper. I like the way that it is kind of serendipitous how the colour works out. Great stencils too!

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    1. Thanks Jo. As it turns out, you can buy it at the dollar store. Lol

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  3. Fun! Do you remember doing this with crayons? How sophisticated, not to mention easier on the hands, to be able to buy it instead.

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    1. LOL...not sure how sophisticated dollar store 'art' materials are, but it was fun to play.

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  4. How fun Linda! Your quote speaks hugely to me as I am working on this at this time! ")Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Jackie. I think it's something a lot of us need to work on!

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  5. Great! This reminds me of a scratchboard artist I knew on Kaua'i! But scratchboard is just black and white. How fun to get all those colors! Was it thick like a board or more like paper? You can see some of her pieces here: http://sundaydriversmusic.net/mdartist.html

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    1. Thanks Minerva. This is just a coated paper, but real scratchboard would be fun to play with too. I'll check out the link. Thanks

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  6. Brilliant! I love all of the different blocks you were able to make with the one stencil!

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    1. Thanks Raine. It's a great stencil...lots of different elements.

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