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30-Day Creative Gathering, Day 10

Day 10, 2.5 x 3.5 Mixed media on Stonehenge paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 10, 2.5 x 3.5 Mixed media on Stonehenge paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

This challenge is going by much to fast. We are already a third of the way! Even though I feel like I have been struggling to create, I do not want to pass quickly. Haha.

I painted this on a sample size of Stonehenge Warm white. I am not sure if it is meant for watercolors, but it seemed to work fairly well. Although one area I tried to scrub started to show wear. I painted it vertically, liked it better this way. And I thought I would use it as a background. As I seem to be creating those this round. Hahaha.

I started out, trying to use Jean Haynes style, but the paper was not cooperating, so I just went with it. I will try again on the Fabriano.

Day 10 original, 2.5 x 3.5 watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 10 original, 2.5 x 3.5 watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

Without the text.

Day 10, 2.5 x 3.5 watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 10, 2.5 x 3.5 watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

On my way home from Phoenix, I decided to make a few stops for art supplies, naturally!

Jerry’s Artarama, Woo Whoo! Two pads of Fabriano paper. I have used the rough before, always wanted to try the smooth as well. I found an orange Micron pen, which could be fun. Also a large palette knife and more pens.

ATC sized pads of Stonehenge paper samples for only about $1.50 were too cute to pass up. Aqua Coldpress Heavy, Warm White, and Yupo Heavy. And BOY! The Yupo is a terrific weight, nice thickness. The Aqua is super thick. I am looking forward to trying it in a larger size. It is like a heavy-duty card stock. Super thick. The Warm White is thin, but still a good weight and smooth-surfaced. Follow the link to see how they work with different mediums.

Jerry's Supplies.
Jerry’s Supplies.

Next was Dollar Tree. While I was helping my aunt, I came across a dollar store supplies video. Well, you know how hard it is to resist art supplies. She recommended some pens, I am not sure if these are the same, but I really like them. And they did not bleed when I used them with the yellow sharpie. A mid-sized pair of scissors. I also found packs of self-laminating sheets. Roughly 4.5 x 6, perfect for postcards.

Dollar Tree supplies
Dollar Tree supplies

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy,
for it means pushing back a boundary-line
and adding to one’s liberty.
Henri-Frederic Amiel

I feel an earnest and humble desire,
and shall do till I die,
to increase the stock of
harmless cheerfulness.
Charles Dickens

Day 9, 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 9, 7 x 5 watercolor on Yupo. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 9, 7 x 5 watercolor on Yupo. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

I am cringing while I post this. I have painted three horrible ATC’s. and one awful 8 x 10. And this yucky 5 x 7. Hahaha. I have two fairly cool 4 x 4 continuations. But I thought I posted enough of those. Might be putting you all to sleep. Hahaha. So I am saving those as back up. For days when All else fails.

I hated this last night when I was editing it for posting. I made some changes in Photoshop, using the smudge tool to soften some of the “messiness” in the field. I didn’t like that either, so I decided to post it as is.

It’s been a long time since I have worked on Yupo. This is on Legion Yupo Medium. First time I have tried it and I really like working with it. It is a good weight, and the great thing about Yupo is that it can handle a lot of water, and does not curl up. I did’t tape this down, and it remained flat.

For those of you new to my blog, Yupo is a recyclable, waterproof, tree-free Synthetic Paper. It feels like plastic. It allows for really wonderful effects with watercolors. Welcome, btw. So glad to have you following my artistic journey. 🙂

The tree on the left was a mistake. But I liked how it formed, and went with it, adding more on the right. I am not sure the distance is convincing. I think the field is much to busy and should be simplified towards the top of the hill. But I have to say. I like it a whole lot better this morning. Hahaha. And the great thing is, I can go back in and make changes. Erase the mistakes so to speak. Any suggestions? Haha 🙂

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields
has power to move you,
if the simple things of nature
have a message that you understand, rejoice,
for your soul is alive.
Eleonora Duse

I’m not sure that I want to be without some lack of confidence. If you are too sure of yourself, you don’t grow.
You may feel confident in some things, but other fields come up as a challenge. And if you don’t anticipate trouble,
you will be in trouble.
Lucille Ball

Days 7 And 8 Of The 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 7, Acrylic on 4 x 4 canvas. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 7, Acrylic on 4 x 4 canvas. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 8, Acrylic on 4 x 4 canvas. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 8, Acrylic on 4 x 4 canvas. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

I’ve sort of gone full circle as they say. From light to dark. Wasn’t my plan, but I chuckled when I saw it. These two are continuations of previous days. Below is the first of the series. They may still get more layers. 🙂

Day 3, Acrylic on 4 x 4 canvas. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 3, Acrylic on 4 x 4 canvas. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.