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30-Day Creative Gathering Collage

I’m so glad we had a 30-day challenge! Whew! And I am so thankful I was able to participate and complete 30 daily paintings! I had serious doubts I would last the whole month. And with the extra work of organizing the Facebook group, I am definitely ready for a break. Haha.

I think it has been a great month! A quick one for sure. I plan to keep up the daily painting, after our out of town company has left. I have ideas I want to try. And I have 30 4 x 6’s ready to go. Haha. Also several paintings on canvas I need to finish. I do like the 8 x 8 size I worked with this month. Not too big, and not too small.

I’m pleased with all the paintings I completed this month. There were a few I tweaked. And a few more I need to make small changes to. There are only two that I think are duds. Days 25 and 29. But I do plan to practice those techniques more.

Below is a collage of viewer favorites, according to blog visits. I am not sure how accurate that is, as I had fewer visits to the blog than I usually had during one of Leslie’s challenges.

This collage shows my favorites. I worked with collage, and stencils. Acrylic, pencil and pen. Layering elements. Worked with watercolor, and favorite familiar themes. I’d love to know which ones you like best. And why.

So grateful to all of those that followed along, and shared encouraging words. Thank you for sharing your ideas on how to improve, or suggesting new tools and techniques. The challenge would be meaningless without our conversations.

Big high five to all the participating members. You created amazing work this month! For some of you, just starting again after a long hiatus was a major accomplishment. You each have your own success story. Own it! And share it in the group!

Congratulations everyone!

Day 30, That’s A Wrap Folks

Day 30. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 30. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

The Creative Gathering was created to carry on where the Leslie Saeta challenge left off. Meant more for painters, our gathering is also open to artists in the visual arts. Watercolor, acrylics, printmaking, photography, journaling, crafts, sketching, charcoal, pastel, to name a few. It is open to professionals, beginners, and everyone in between.

The goals of the gathering:

  • Create daily and post it in the daily folder
  • Develop a daily habit
  • Connect with new friends and old
  • Have fun

Our first gathering has been a huge success. Thanks entirely to the participation of the members. Give yourself a high five! Keep up your new habit, continue to create daily. Or at least regularly. Find the time for your creativity. For you.

If you pick the right small behavior and sequence it right,
then you won’t have to motivate yourself to have it grow.
It will just happen naturally,
like a good seed planted in a good spot.
BJ Fogg

Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand,
as if it were necessary to understand,
when it is simply necessary to love.
Claude Monet

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day,
and at last, we cannot break it.
Horace Mann

Day 28 Of The 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 28. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 28. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

This was a fun practice. I was intrigued by Carla Sonheim’s free tutorial. Looks like a fun way to make flowers. She uses watercolors with gesso and pencil. First, you lay down patches of color. After that layer has dried, you cover each circle with gesso, “drawing” designs in the wet gesso. She suggests using the end of a brush. I used a small embossing stylus.

I knew I was going to count this as one of my daily pieces. But really it was more for fun, and to play. I made a few mistakes. I should have used darker colors for the blooms. I chose two shades of blue, shiraz, yellow, a flesh tone and green gold. There isn’t enough contrast with some of the colors and the gesso. I also need to expand my floral marking alphabet. Maybe I should have looked at zentangles for ideas.

I used a pencil to make marks, as she does in the instructions. But it was too light. You can see below, some of the marks just disappear. So I used the same Inktense watercolor pencil I had used to draw the hexagons. I wet some random areas of the lines. The marks in the final piece are more noticeable. But they look more messy to me than artistic.

I had fun, and it was meditative. I didn’t make a plan or think about composition. Next time I can use what I have learned and build a better bouquet. 🙂

Day 28, before. 8 x 8, mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 28, before. 8 x 8, mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.