Thursday, April 26, 2012

2 arts

The first art I managed to make in my new studio was a couple pages done to Roc's march prompt of "what do you love the sound of?"

My first thought was 'words.' But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I love the idea of words, not necessarily the sound of them. Coming out of certain people's mouths, words are a horrible screeching noise that hurts my ears and gives me a headache. But I made a page before I thought all that.
Various papers glued to watercolor paper, then scraped over with acrylic paint using an old credit card. Or a new credit card, if you're on the austerity program like us. It's an ok page, but by the time I was done, I had thought all those negative thoughts about words and needed to do another one more true to what I love the sound of.

Falling water. Not the house built by Frank Lloyd Wright, but simply the sound of falling water, like a fountain in a courtyard or a trickling stream. I smeared gesso thru a curlyque stencil, let it dry, then dribbled several shades of blue and green Distress Stains all over, helping it out with some spritzes of water here and there. When it was dry, I wrote the words, trying to get a bit more interest into my lettering than I usually come up with. Need to go back and look thru the lettering classes I've paid for and pay attention this time.

I'm pleased with this page. Love the colors and shapes of the dribbles. Looks like rain down a window.


  1. love this Leslie - I'm taking (trying) an online class with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer - 30 Days in Your Journal - trying to do something similar - trying to stretch my creative muscles....

    1. I like Julie FFB a lot. She's always trying new stuff and I get a lot of inspiration from her. Love her stencils too.

      Take a look at Donna Downey if you haven't ever. She takes vids of herself art journaling, which I find very helpful. And she's funny.