Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Artist Works

Background with watercolor layered with Fireworks Craft Ink Spray

K and Company butterflies with lines decorated with markers on previous background

Lettering added to above butterfly lines

I used the Alma Gluck quote (she was a famous Soprano in the early 1900's) "Just as the bird sings
and the butterfly soars, because it is his nature, so the artist works".  I have been feeling lately that I
can more own the title "artist" because I now have the habit of working very near daily and also
making the effort to strengthen my skills and knowledge of techniques. 

This started out as an experiment with watercolor and craft spray and I decided to make it into a
"Whimsey Grid".  I like the way this turned out and wish you could see more clearly the rich colors.
Time for a new printer/scanner with better resolution.  In the meantime I am going to also try to show
you the steps in my process. 

In terms of the craft spray (some popular ones are: Tattered Angel's "Glimmer Mist", Ranger's
"Dylusion Spray", and Imagine Crafts "Fireworks") I suggest that you have a first layer of watercolor
instead of spraying and blotting off tons of spray (wasting lots) to make a first layer.  The brush strokes
you make with your watercolor brush makes an interesting texture under the ink.  


  1. I ♥ your journal page. And the quote is so true.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. Thanks! I've been following you and enjoying your art work as well. Please follow me if you will--I'd love to have you!

  2. Gayle your pages are gorgeous. I am just now venturing into art journal and new products. By no means am I an artist, but hopefully I will get there. I am on a design team for cards and projects and trying to expand my creativity.

    Thank you so much for sharing and for your inspiration.


  3. Hi Dianne, thanks for leaving a comment! I tried to follow your blog but the link is broken :(
    I invite you to follow me--the more the merrier, I think. I am a painter and botanical sketcher and a visual journaler--just venturing into making cards. Here we are meeting in the middle.