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18 May 2017

Free from all restraint

The Wanderlust lesson for week 19 was by Kate Crane.

Her theme was patchwork.

The base of my page is watercolour card,
with a thin layer of white gesso.

 In the photograph below, you can see some of the texture I created in the wet gesso.

The word May was cut out from the calendar
I have been using for the Wanderlust course.

Every month I have included the name on one of the pieces made during that month.

Detail was added with doodles
& a hand carved rubber stamp.

I added a variety of washi tapes,
including this numerical piece of handmade washi style tape.

The book text was cut from my copy of Pride & Prejudice.

So why did I choose those particular words?

I usually find that following someone else's direction restricts my creativity.

My pleasure in art, is doing my own thing,
& following my own lead.

I stared at my piece ...
at the butterfly,
examined my feelings
& realised that although the patchwork style is restrictive in it's essence,
what I had created was still identifiable as my own work,
therefore I had allowed my own style to show through,
so I had been free to express myself.

It was just a different kind of freedom.

So what did I learn from this week's lesson?

I have learnt that using soft sable paint brushes
to try to control acrylic paint
 is not such a good idea.
I think the moment has arrived for me to invest in more suitable brushes.

That it is good, at times, to force yourself to experiment
with different styles & techniques.

I actually prefer the background on my mop up page (shown below),
which I created using the paint leftover on my craft sheet.

Learning what you don't like
is as important as understanding what you do like.

I also used acrylic paint (Waterfall/Tide Pool/Pistachio/Black)
Distress Crayon (twisted citron)
Gelatos (Pistachio & Snow Cone)
Distress Marker (black soot)
dylusions paint pen (black marble)
Uniball Signo pigment ink pen (Silver)

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