I love making art and for as much as I love it, I haven't made enough time in my life to do it lately.
Fortunately, I'm a docent for my kids' parent-run art program. Which means 5 times in a school year, I am trained by an artist on a project that I turn around and teach the class.
Today we learned a little about Gustav Klimt and created a multi-media piece inspired by his amazing work.
I was so inspired by the lecture and furthermore by doing the project that I decided I would like to be him. Or at least channel him for a time. What fun it must have been to create those pieces!
Our process entailed several steps. We had two strips of water color paper. First we colored one with water pastels for the background after which we applied a wet brush to "paint" the pastels around.
We then moved on to the second strip of water color paper and sketched our Klimt-inspired figure with pencil.
Afterwards, outlining in two widths of Sharpie marker. I loved the depth & interst the two widths of marker added. Then water pastels were added to our figure with a wet brush. Details to her robe or caftan were added using our Sharpies. The final touch on the figure was metalic gold pen highlights.
Our figure was cut out and layered a top the background and detailng added to that if so inspired.
The instructor suggested adding glitter and other bling. In the interest of time, however, our group had to stop there. That extra bling would have been fun, though!
My initial intention was to have my lady with her hip jutted out to the side, but then she ended up looking more like she was pregnant, so I started erasing her as another one of the docents commented that a pregnant body would be beautiful. At which moment I stopped the eraser in mid-mostion and started re-drawing her original body.
The second time around her curves weren't quite as dramatic as the first time, but she still looks pregnant!
I'm in love with how she turned out. She is rampant with flaws and there are several things I constantly think about changing, but, I'm still in love!
I am tempted to do another one. I think I have everything on hand except maybe the fine tipped Sharpie.
This isn't an entry in my art journal but I'm linking up at Balzer Designs today since it feels fitting and I love her blog.To see my other Art Journal pieces, go here: http://xnomads.typepad.com/blog/art-journal/
When's the last time you've made art? Tell me in the comments.
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