Goodness it is April already and time is definitely flying past. No matter as I am making sure I am having some arty fun along the way.
Aubergines in watercolour, an art journaling spot.
Aubergines were the topic of conversation last week when I had them for lunch at a lovely pub called The Chequers. To be precise I had mellanzane parmigiana. An Italian recipe that is like a lasagna but the layers are created with aubergines rather than pasta. It ends up being a very low carbohydrate meal. I only mention this as the friend I was with was on a low carb diet and she had not heard of this recipe before. She tried some and was impressed. I have had many versions of this in my time, both homemade and restaurant made, this one was a particularly good one.
I thought I would have a go at painting aubergines with my watercolours as my journaling entry. They were not a subject I had tackled before. From the start I knew the biggest problem was going to be the dark glossy nothingness that an aubergine has in painting terms. I over came this by exaggerating tone and blending.
Background paper in mixed media
How I assemble together all the different elements for this spread is perhaps a story for another day. Today I am just going to explain how I produced the background paper design using mixed media.
I started with the yellow paper shown in the photo. I glued white tissue paper on top and then lightly painted a thin green acrylic wash onto the tissue paper. The photo does not show very well the texture created and the yellow of the original paper still showing through. I then stamped on abstract squares in orange using recycled plastic packaging. I drew around the squares using an old multi-coloured gel pen that was my son’s years ago. This gave structure and more depth to the design. On top of all that I added areas of punchinella circles using white gesso.
At the same time, I was creating the white journaling spot. This time I used the green ink pad to add the circles which I had used on the edging on the aubergine watercolour.
There are one or two more elements that I have in mind for this spread but for now this is where I am going to leave it for today.