I was concentrating too hard on painting straight lines for this geometric abstract to truly be considered a "watercolour meditation" but it was definitely a relaxing way to spend some time.
The brief was to create a neutral-toned collage with a splash of colour. Starting with a variety of papers and fabric, I added some eggshell for texture. And I couldn't resist finishing it off with a touch of gold.
I rarely make tags so it made a change to follow this Fodder Challenge class and use some of my precious dyed papers and pressed foliage.
This prompt was just the nudge I needed to have a go at something that has been on my "must try" list for a while: a little guided serendipity creating abstract landscapes with just ink and water.
This Messy May challenge gave further confirmation that I am much more inspired by technique prompts than word prompts. And I got to use some of my precious dried flowers and Japanese paper in the process.
The last quarter of the "scattered rings" alcohol ink piece gets enhanced with some asemic writing and a graffiti-inspired tag.
This Messy May prompt to achieve a state of flow was asking a bit much, but I still enjoyed making this Klee-inspired block painting.
The third of my doodled alcohol ink quarters. After some trial and error, I ended up foiling these particle trails over the cloudy background.
I wasn't particularly inspired by this Messy May prompt, but I did like the simple gelli plate technique the host used. I used that and my favourite butterflies to create this page.
The second of my alcohol ink quarters. In this piece I found a ring and highlighted it with more gold and black doodles.
There are some bits of this Messy May page that I like, but the main lesson has to be "don't try to make positive art about things that you're not currently feeling positive about".
This Messy May prompt was an easy one to follow. I already have the habit of rescuing (too many) things that could be useful from the rubbish. And, on this page, I made a point of using some of them for mark-making.
I went back to a piece of alcohol ink experimentation and rather than let it linger in a pile somewhere, I turned it into four mini works with the addition of some doodling. This is the first of those.
"Embrace imperfection" they said, so I got out my little gelli plate, paints, some leaves, and a piece of grip mat and made an imperfect but interesting page for this Messy May prompt.
Another Messy May prompt and, while the finished page isn't one of my favourites, it did give me an excuse to both shop for art supplies and trawl through old photos, which was nice.