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Alcohol inks on paper and acrylic paints on heavy paper (400 grams).
I made this for the second Fairyland e-zine – part of the “Year of the Fairy Tale” project, run by artist and art educator Carla Sonheim. It is filled with magic animals and objects – and all can do crazy wonderful things!
The idea for this was Carla Sonheims, just like the first zine, bases on The Princess and the Pea. This publication, like the one before, is filled with illustrations by participants of the online course ‘Year of the Fairy Tale’.
This time it is based on the Magic Horse, a tale from The Arabian Nights – the fairy tale of our seventh month.
We did wonderful work during that month. I thought the techniques we tried were very freeing. We did 100 sketches, many in ways that led to unexpected images, for instance because we drew with our eyes closed. The idea is that drawing with your eyes closed may either lead to failure (no problem) OR to very free and interesting shapes (yeah!). It’s those happy accidents that will be wonderful, and you won’t be able to come up with anything like it just by thinking about it beforehand. The idea is: do a lot, see what you find. That’s a nice approach, I find. We used it too on the paintings of horses, trying out ways to stay in that ‘free’ mode, painting straight from a bottle, or using materials in unexpected new ways.
I decided I wanted to try another material for the zine, that comes close to this freeing approach. A material that has a mind of its own: alcohol inks. After working with it for a bit, I found it has a high failure rate. Some images look really nice, others just fail. Somehow this is part of their attraction. The inks flow onto the page, the alcohol evaporates and there you are, either with a nice image, or a bad blob. The only way to make a blob move or change is to add more ink – in which case it can be scratched into, penciled around a bit, or if the new ink was another color the color may change (sometimes in unexpected ways). This works sometimes, sometimes it makes it worse. Lots of failures and lots of fun anyway. 🙂
>>>This picture I did in March, when we studied a French fairy tale, “Blondine, Bon-Biche and Beau-Minon”. It’s watercolor on Yupo paper.<<<
Another great initiative by Carla Sonheim.
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