Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sparkleberry in Spring

 Yes, just because a sketch is made in the spring doesn't mean the page gets finished then :)  I got caught up in some research about May Day.

There was a lot of room left on the paper when I finished my plein air pen and watercolor sketch. And, since it was May Day and the sketch of Sparlkeberry... Well you know, just that tree's name on my tongue makes calligraphic notes sing in my head! I decided to settle into a more controlled environment to finish the dressing on this May Day page.

A tissue paper overlay is a great way to experiment with the placement of other elements you want to add to your page. It keeps the paper from being compromised from too much erasing.

The trick is matching the same placement that you like on the overlay. There are transfer papers you can use, or you can flip over the overlay and trace what's on the front side using a very soft pencil. Once finished, flip it back to the original side,lay it over your journal page and retrace your original lines with a sharp pencil. Lift the overlay tissue off of your journal page and your lettering will/should be on the paper beneath.

But, I know from experience that I lose total spontaneity when I use these methods. My lines become stiff as I get caught up in left brain control. I honor my free flowing plein air sketch too much to let that happen. I want all the elements to compliment that freedom. So I guess-ti-mate :)

My version of cooking without a recipe :)

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  1. this is lovely,, so delicate,

  2. Thank you, Laurie and Mans (sorry I don't know how to get the mark over the a!)

  3. Your work is just so beautiful. . . and I love how you do the words.

  4. I don't know if you could have improved this sketch with the overlay process you talk about. It's beautiful in it's sponteneity.
    Paula in VA


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