Sunday, 1 March 2015

Artistic Restraint...

Artistic Restraint? As soon as you tell me I can't do something, I want to do the complete opposite! So completing the prompt for Journal 52 this week did not come easily.

One colour, one shape...

Colour, that's the easy bit - shades of blue. Shape - circles. But I wanted a third element. For me, artistically things work better as odds, not evens. The placement of three items is more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, your brain sees it differently to evenly numbered items. With evens you want to group or pair them together, they have to be symmetrical and evenly spaced. Odds means more freedom as you automatically can't pair them up! So I had a to add a few lines in too, to balance the page. What do you think?

I started by die cutting a range of circles, used them as a template and dribbled distress ink around them and up the page in lots of rivers of colour. This took an age to dry! Then I used the holes from the circles I cut as stencils and added others using different shades of blue. Then I die cut circles from patterned paper, distressed and layered on top. Then out came the pens - scribbling around the circles and adding the lines on top. The straight lines weren't quite enough to balance the page, so I added a few 'zig-zag' lines around three circles (see, the odd number again!) and added a title around the larger circle. A few gems stuck on, sprays of blue ink and white paint and I'm done. I think. I keep coming back to it as I'm not quite convinced...






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6 comments:

Electra said...

This is really cool!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

WOW!!! This is so creative and fantastic, on so many levels! I love what you did.

Mike Deakin said...

I'm like you, hate having constraints put on me, so I found it really hard to complete this weeks prompt too...but as it turns out we chose the same, circls and blues...cool!

Christine Wenger said...

Beautiful: the composition and the colors and definitively no restraint!

rocketgirl said...

Wow, this is nice one - simple shapes but great impact...and wonderful colours

Cindy Dy said...


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