Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall Fearless & Fly - 2

A new challenge this fortnight from Fall Fearless & Fly - to be found on the Artists in Blogland site and the prompts went like this:

Headline Prompt:  Taking a Chance:  When did you take a chance or a leap of faith?  How did it turn out?  What did you learn?
Color Prompt:  What color do you like least? Use it!
Quote Prompt:  "Don't refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase -- that's what wild geese are for." 
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I decided to be brave and face the colour challenge - Purple is really not my colour - in any sense except perhaps nature.  I look terrible in it and it's a colour I actively avoid in my crafting 99% of the time.  So I bit the bullet.


Even mixing the colours wasn't easy, I couldn't get the colours right in mist or paint form, but as I loathe burgundy as much as lavender I went with what I had!



I misted, then applied gesso around the edge of the right hand page, and all over the left hand one.  While it was still wet, I added feather strokes of a variety of different purple shades on the diagonal and left it to dry.  As I was putting my paints away I came across a pot of metallic powder - now gold is probably my second least liked colour in crafting so i got it out and added a few brush strokes on both pages.  Amazingly I actually quite liked the look I had achieved!


My Headline prompt took place in this creating process.  I haven't hand drawn on anything for ages.  I wanted to follow the idea of a wild goose chase, but take it further in a positive way - towards flying, and also those things you find/see/hear/discover by serendipity when you are on the way to something else.  I found that I enjoyed using the Sharpie to create the bird silhouettes and the feathered wing.  This is definitely something I will try again and soon.




The last thing I want to say is a big shout for Gin X from Imagination Project - now sadly defunct.  They made the best rubons I have ever used - smooth, high quality and easy to use - love them, miss them, wish rubons today were as good.

So thankyou for the prompt - I definitely grew in my artistic journey by facing this challenge.

11 comments:

Susan Being Snippy said...

I aspire to create a page that would be as lovely as yours. Purples may not be your colour but you have done it proud! I love the way you have created and detailed the wing.

Mitzi Wolfe Zohar said...

Beautiful feathering.

Jessica Sporn said...

Beautiful, beautiful page. I am so impressed that you drew those birds and feathers freehand. Gorgeous! Thanks for joining Fall Fearless & Fly!

Dawn said...

Thank you for the kind words on my blog! Purple is my color! I love the feather strokes and your final bit of inspiration "imagine what you might find along the way" is just how I try to think! Find that silver lining! Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn Dube said...

I could feel your courage in your purple here! I have felt that way with a color that shall not be named too. So glad you shared your wonderful piece with Fall Fearless and Fly!

Jo said...

I think it looks amazing Ali x

NatashaMay said...

I find a lot of people don't like purple but it's one of my faves. :) Great journal page. Love those geese!

2amscrapper said...

you did superbly with a color you don't care for

Za faran said...

I love purple and here, the wing you have done is so lovely! Beautiful page!

Molly said...

i'm not usually a big fan of purple either, but i like how you softened it and the feathers are beautiful!

Amy Noel (種子) said...

Beautiful work! The strokes on the wing page are so charming!