Monday, 8 October 2018

Inspired by Orr Ambrose: An Art Journal Page

The prompt for October over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More is 'Inspired By'.  Each week there is a choice of three artists; this week it was Klimt, Kandinsky and Orr Ambrose.  Having previously tried an art journal page inspired by Klimt (which I wasn't overly happy with: see HERE), I decided to base my page on the works of Orr Ambrose.
I worked on a piece of mixed media card (18.5cm x 19.5cm).  Because Orr Ambrose likes to layer circles or cell type shapes,  I decided to start by adding Pebeo Vitrail, Moon and Prisme paints and create similar shapes by using the end of a stirring stick to make circular patterns in the paint once it had been dripped onto the card.  
This piece was my inspiration.
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I started with two colours of Vitrail,  Sky Blue and Chartreuse.
Followed by Prisme paint in Pearl Green.
Next came Moon paint in Turquoise.
Followed by Prisme (Emerald).
I added Metal Blue (Moon).
Then Gold Vitrail.
And finally Lemon Vitrail.
Once completely dry, I added a wash of Van Gogh watercolour paint (#535).  The Pebeo paints acted as a resist.
After a dusting with an anti static pad,  I stamped three of the Limor Circles stamps by IndigoBlu several times over the piece in Versamark ink and heat embossed in white EP.
Then I made marks with the lid of a mister and a plastic tube, dipped into Amsterdam white acrylic ink.
As this was intended to be an art journal page, I added a Tim Holtz quote chip to finish.
I love how the Pebeo colours create a raised surface, showing the marks made by the stirrers.  This is by no means an attempt to copy the inspiration piece, but I think that I have produced something which gives the feeling of Orr Ambrose's work.
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