Since I last talked to you, I’ve been up to my eyeballs learning techniques, making friends, and getting pushed out of my comfort zone at Sharla Hicks’s Dance of the Petals and Leaves retreat. I signed up for it months ago thinking it would be good for me to get away shortly after Alexa went to school so I could cope with the inevitable loneliness. I had no idea how much I would learn.
Beckah Krahula took us on a tour of watercolors from the 1800s to today. We made some a mini book using 3 kinds of watercolors for a lovely background to discover and tangle some of Sharla’s botanicals. (I am waiting for the notes because I’ve already forgotten what kind we used!) Later, we used similar techniques on black and tan tiles. We spent a lot of time talking about color relationships.
Sharla had us make a watercolor background and use plastic wrap to make random designs. Instead of tangling it, I kept working on my mini books, but some day, I will tangle this!
We did lots of backgrounds with alcohol inks:
I love how these turned out but was not feeling inspired to tangle them.
We also did mono-printing, which I had never done before, but I absolutely loved it. Here are my favorite pieces.
I even did tiles. I was so surprised at what a difference the tile color made to the overall effect. I used the same palette for all of these tiles.
Here are some of the botanicals that Sharla taught us. I had so much fun with the printing and working on the prints that I didn’t do as many flowery things as the rest of the class. (But Sharla lets people do ‘independent study’ in her class.)
With all of those flowers and leaves last week, I don’t think I drew a single straight line, so it felt good to do this week’s Diva Challenge: Straight to it.
Usually, this would be a challenge since I like the curvy ones, but I had so much fun using one of my alcohol ink backgrounds that I really enjoyed this challenge. Hope you do too.