Wow! Are you all enjoying Sketchbook Challenge? I know I sure am! I REALLY loved this months challenge, which was all about patterns! I did a quick journal recently specifically to practice drawing faces. Faces are a challenge for me, so I try to practice them. However being a true ADHD mixed media artist, I get bored JUST sketching. So enter my patterns! I created the journal using patterns, and then sketched over the patterns because more is better in my book!
Step 1 Text as pattern using Pam Carrriker's Mixed Media Adhesive, I randomly glued down old text.
Step 2 1st layer of patterned printed paper. I used my line of large 8.5 x 11 stamps and Gelli Arts Geli Printing plate and printed on deli paper with acrylic paint in various colors.
Step 3 2nd layer of patterned printed paper, using a different color and building layer interest. The deli papers are translucent when created with Fluid Acrylics. To carry that translucency forward I used pan pastels. Notice the top picture's arm and face, you can see the text underneath her.
Step 4 Begin drawing. 1st with pencil, then pan pastels and colored pencils. Outline with Sharpie Twin Tip Marker or Pitt Artist Pens.
Step 5 Lettering begins at this phase. Heavy on the pattern! This is just a work in progress. When finished, probably the majority of the images will only show in glimpses.
Step 6. Beginning to pattern and decorate the drawings. Anything can be decorated with pattern. And patterns can be made by repeating anything over and over. This girls sweater cabling is made up from the word 'repetition' being written over and over and on top and over again.
Finally after working in this color story for this small sketchbook, I decided I liked it enough to begin working on a canvas. Here is the beginning, as you can see, I work on canvas the same as I do in my sketchbooks, building layers of patterend color!