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    Tuesday
    Apr052011

    Writing Textures {Inspired by 21 Secrets}

    Here's a peek at one of the workshops I took at 21 Secrets!

    the watercolor set-up you've seen many times

    writing with a calligraphy pen and J. Herbin inks

    I'm teaching at the spring 21 secrets workshop, and I'm a student too! So here's me diving into one of the workshops! I started with Silky Hart's Paint Writing Workshop. 

    I painted three 9x12" watercolor pages using the techniques Silky describes in her workshop. I love that these look very different (to me) than what I usually do with watercolors. There is underwriting and different types of brush work that create a really different look.

    I tried to work with colors that were more pale, but everything morphs back to vivid at some point! I find it almost impossible to create a pale page... but I like that Silky suggested just picking colors you like, not worrying about the selection. Your colors have to go together right?

    inspired by the Painting Words workshop by Silky Hart at 21 Secrets!

    There's another phase to the workshop, so this is a work-in-process.

    I repeated the lyrics to Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfeld over + over; a song that I find inspiring. I found that writing the same phrase let me focus only on that phrase the way I was wrote the letters. This is writing to create texture. Writing blocks like these coul be graphic elements on an art journal page...

    Reader Comments (10)

    Tammy,
    How much fun to see your spectacular creations!!! Can't wait to meet you next week.
    Cheers,
    Silky

    04.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSilky Hart

    These are lovely. I'm looking forward to all the workshops. Tell me about your watercolors, what kind are they??

    04.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie (O-kami)

    These are really beautiful Tammy and I love the vibrant colours! They make me happy and I'm using them a lot too lately! Hope you and Silky have a blast when you meet! =)

    04.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

    Wonderful! Just love your watercolor effect, great artwork.

    04.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril Cole

    Tammy, Beautiful watercolors. I have to tell you--Bel Canto is pretty much my #1 favorite book ever. It's different from the books I usually enjoy, but there is just something so captivating about that story. Enjoy!!

    04.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

    Silky, Thank you for stopping by!

    Julie, Here's the scoop on the watercolors: A photo of the set-up: http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/vividlife/origami-mandala-rev-21.html, a little more info at http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/vividlife/little-expanding-set-of-paints.html. The paints are W&N half-pans.

    Rosie, Yay, another VIVID color lover. They do make me happy, so that must be whey they are never-ending and the ultimate goal of each page...

    ~Tammy

    04.5.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

    April, Thank you for your positive feedback, it's always a joy to hear your comments!

    Andria, I'm almost half way through Bel Canto and about a quarter through The Artists Way. I can't seem to read just one book! What are you reading now?

    Tammy

    04.5.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

    Thanks Tammy!! I have added them to my wish list.

    04.6.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie (O-kami)

    You will love The Artists Way and will read it again and again! Julia Cameron teaches you to harness your creativity into a leaving breathing being- and thats what we are hoping to do here in our community! I wish you well this week!

    04.6.2011 | Unregistered Commenteranastasia

    This peice is wonderful!

    04.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Kasstle

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