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Days 15 Through 20 Of the September 30-Day Gathering

Day 20, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 20, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I’m having fun with these. The first four were painted in acrylic or watercolor. And the patterns were added digitally in Photoshop. Not as easy as it might sound. On the vase above it took three times longer to add the collage and effects, than it did to paint it.

Day 19, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 19, CG 9 22. 4 x 6 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 18, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 18, CG 9 22. 4 x 6 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 17, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 17, CG 9 22. 4 x 6 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

For day 16, I shared a work in progress. I will be sharing the final pattern soon. Here I created a plaid, which will act as the background for the rest of the design. The theme is Fika, Swedish coffee break. But it is so much more than that. Fika is all about bonding with friends and family. It can take place several times a day.

I knew that many would use the colors of the Swedish flag, And I wanted to do something different. I tried adding a weave texture, but as you can see, it darkens the colors too much.

Day 16, CG 9 22. Surface pattern © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 16, CG 9 22. Surface pattern © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

This landscape is watercolor, acrylics and collage. And splatter of course. 😆

Day 15, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Mixed media, collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 15, CG 9 22. 4 x 6 inch. Mixed media, collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Here in the valley we are enjoying a rainy, dark day. It’s been raining off and on since about 11 pm. It is cool, and the rain is not evaporating. This is a good long soak.

Creativity is
inventing,
experimenting,
growing,
taking risks,
breaking rules,
making mistakes,
and having fun.
Mary Lou Cook

Week Two Of The 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 8, CG 9 22. 6 x 6 inch. Watercolor. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 8, CG 9 22. 6 x 6 inch. Watercolor. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Lily of the Valley, in honor of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Watercolor and acrylic on Arches 140 lb. Cold pressed paper. 30-Day Creative Gathering. This is now available in my Society6 shop.

Day 9, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Mixed media, collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 9, Eucalyptus, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Mixed media, collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I found myself behind, working on my Spoonflower challenge entry. These next four were done in one sitting. Painted, and then digitally collaged. I wasn’t very happy with them in the beginning, but they have grown on me. I did enjoy the process. They have received wonderful compliments within the gathering. It always helps to “see” through the eyes of others. 🙂

Day 10, CG 9 22. 6 x 6 inch. Mixed media, Digital collage, watercolor. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 10, CG 9 22. 6 x 6 inch. Mixed media, Digital collage, watercolor. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 11, CG 9 22. 6 x 6 inch. Mixed media, Digital collage, watercolor. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 11, CG 9 22. 6 x 6 inch. Mixed media, Digital collage, watercolor. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 12, CG 9 22. 6 x 6 inch. Mixed media, Digital collage, watercolor. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 12, CG 9 22. 6 x 6 inch. Mixed media, Digital collage, watercolor. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 13, CG 9 22. 6 x 6 inch. Mixed media, Digital collage, watercolor. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 13, CG 9 22. 6 x 6 inch. Mixed media, Digital collage, watercolor. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 14, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Mixed media, collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 14, Aspen, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Mixed media, collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

So hard to believe we are already at the halfway marker. I am thoroughly enjoying this round. I have finally reached the point, where I am not stressing myself over the outcome. I really tried to get ahead, because I knew I was going to be busy designing as well. But catching up from behind, that’s not so bad. 😉

Thanks so much for following along. Your interest is a blessing! 🙏

September 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 1, CG 9 22. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 1, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 2, CG 9 22. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 2, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 3, CG 9 22. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 3, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

The 30-Day Creative Gathering is in it’s second week. We have welcomed about a dozen new members. Hooray!

I have been working mostly in collage. The first three are collage, with acrylics, & watercolor. I started by prepping several pieces, building layers of pattern. I cut out vase shapes and placed them, then added paint and sometimes, more collage.

For day three, I also added “digital collage”. The original has collage, gauze, and painted pattern in the sky. I added the trees, the circle and the quote, in the computer. Below is the view that inspired this piece.

Mingus 8 31 22. SMDelgado
Mingus 8 31 22. Sheila Delgado

Day four I shared part of a pattern I am working on. I missed the challenge deadline, lost a day to an appointment in Phoenix. I will complete the pattern, though it may have to wait until next month. This is the bottom layer, there will be a floral layered on top. Time away also made me behind in painting for the gathering.

Day 4, CG 9 22. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 4, CG 9 22. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 5 #1, CG 9 22. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 5 #1, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Back to collage on day 5. I was not sure about the “empty” space to the right of the vase. The pattern, and a stippled layer on top, did not work as I had hoped. I posed the question to the group. Eileen Vivell made some suggestions that got me thinking.

The changes were made digitally, the original remains untouched. I added a bit of definition to the pattern at the bottom left. I copied a leaf and placed it next to the vase. I didn’t like how the leaf pattern had been cut off. Eileen thought the lettering looked squashed. So I added more, filling the width of the piece. I do like this version better. What do you think?

Day 5 #2, CG 9 22. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 5 #2, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 6, CG 9 22. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 6, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 7, CG 9 22. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 7, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

On to week two!