Sunday, 8 October 2017

Cuba: An art journal page

The prompt for this week's challenge on Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art was Cuba, with the colours restricted to orange pink and green.  Having pondered on the subject for a few days and having looked at lots of images, I decided to make it a rather literal interpretation using a map outline, the flag and the name to create my page.
I worked on a piece of mixed media card cut to 18.5cm x 19.5cm and started by finding an online map outline of Cuba, altering the size to fit the page, tracing it onto vellum (directly off the computer screen) and transfering the image to my page in pencil.
I then sketched out the shape of the flag and the word CUBA to fill the rest of the page.
Once happy with the layout, I went over the design with a black permanent fine liner pen and erased the pencil marks.
The fun part was adding the colour.  For this I used my Ecoline brush pens and a mixture of direct to paper then blending further with a water brush as well as scribbling colours onto my glass mat and painting them on with a water brush.  I chose all the shades of orange, pink and green in the set.  I know the flag should be red, white and blue, but I used poetic license!
I did feel that further detail was needed, so added some zentangling in areas using dark orange and pink Staedtler Triplus fine liner pens.
Finally, I chose two stickers from the Small Talk Occasions set by Tim Holtz to finish the page; 'which way to the beach?' and 'say yes to new adventures.'

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