This week I’ve had a bit of an epiphany and really love the latest addition to my art journal. Each week I watch Shawn Petite’s ‘Crash The Stash’ as well as other videos by this amazing mixed media artist and haven’t really paid attention to the way she uses a charcoal pencil to add light and shade and therefore give your piece an amazing depth.
I’ve been making my background and working out a theme for each piece and then starting to lay it all down. Here I wanted to achieve a really calm piece using these amazing Tim Holtz Distress Paints, Gesso and some textured paste. I also had some wallpaper samples and cut out the tree and birds which does give it a slight three dimensional look.
But look what happens when you use a charcoal pencil! Admittedly this is the finished piece and I have added some painted flowers and the text but wow – doesn’t it pop when you introduce light and shade? I knew it would but not by this much!
Making sure I kept to the same side of each drawing to give the impression that the light is coming from the right these images jump out of the page and I love, love, love them!
Definitely my favourite so far – I love the colours as well as the shading and have also added some details with my new Posca Paint Pen in cream to give it even more of a zing!
I don’t have any flower stencils and have been struggling to find some online that I like (and which come from the UK as the last time I bought something from the States I got stung for a whole load of import tax!) so I thought – I’ll have a go at drawing my own and then painting them (using my Dylusions Acrylic paints) and I am really pleased with the result.
And to finish off round the edges I used a block of charcoal and just rubbed it in to make it look a bit vintage and grungy! What do you think?
I love this Chinese Proverb and printed it out on paper twice and then mixed up the combinations with a light and dark background before laying it down with Matt Gel Medium. I even got to work with my charcoal pencil here too – there was no stopping me once I started!
In fact, I love this design so much, I think I might try to replicate it on a wooden or fabric canvas so that I can hang it on the wall! Whatever you have been doing this weekend, being creative in an art or bullet journal, I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have and I’d love to hear any tips and tricks you have using charcoal!