Obviously I did not get around to doing digital drawing this week, but I will get back on the wagon next sunday
Anyway, I told you I had been bogged down with homework, and my little break each day has been to watch Julie Fei fan Balzer's Webcasts, which you can see recordings of here.
It was a great series and I loved it. And as I was thinking about it this morning, I had one of those aha! moments.
In one of the courses, I had been thinking a lot about landscape and last night whilst I was watching fire watch warnings, I sketched quite a number of landscape thumbnails.
Whilst I was watching Julie this morning, it occurred to me that I could make some little stencils to make little prints of these. So I did.
Here are some of the images I got.
At this stage I have only got basic landscapes, but later I will add trees and grass and flowers etc in the foreground, but I had to stop because the paint was drying before I could get it on the page. Too hot!
Here are some more
At least they will be dry when I get back to them, no worries about that!
I did forget to take photos. You know you get going and everything flies out the window, but basically here are a few of the shapes of the stencils I created
These are the basic frame shapes I was interested in. Well used now, as you can see.
Because I was using an altered book backgrounds already slapped on, I started by stenciling the frame shapes in gesso
Then I put in some sky with blue paint at different heights and levels and when that was dry I used some of
The stencils above to put in the horizon. I did make a cloud stencil, but I didn't actually like it, so I put clouds in by hand with a bit of gesso. Lastly, I put in a green foreground.
I also made these - trees and rocks and a few little flowers I cut with a die cutter.
This will be the next step, to add the foreground elements. I didn't make grass shapes or bush shapes, because I think it will be easier to put them in with a brush.
I was quite pleased with this result and think it will be a useful tool in my course, and also in the workshop I will be attending at the Quilt convention next month.
Although I have done landscapes in paint and fabric for many years, I have never studied the compositions and elements as closely as this and these little stencils will help me create lots and lots of different ideas for new work, and in a simple and pleasing way, because keeping it simple is the best way, but you will have to agree, these are much more interesting than the sketches and are more likely to inspire me!