Saturday 5 January 2019

A Journal Page in the Style of Fauvism

With a day to spare I have finished the last page in my weekly art journal for 2018 based on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More.  The weekly prompts are shared each Sunday, so the first prompt for 2019 will be revealed tomorrow.  The global prompt for November was Art Movements and week three was Fauvism.  Having done a little research I loved the bright and unexpected colours used by this movement.  I decided to use a stencil as the basis of my page, as I wanted to focus on colour rather than trying to draw something myself.
I worked on a piece of mixed media card (18.5cm x 19.5cm) and lightly pencilled  through the Clarity Madeleine 7" x 7" stencil - not lightly enough as you will see later, but I didn't know it at the time.
Using my Royal Talens Van Gogh watercolours and a water brush,  I painted in the sections using vibrant and unexpected colours to match the art movement.  I tried to vary the shades and tones of each colour for added interest.  Once dry,  I tried to erase the pencil lines - unsuccessfully as you can see.
To add further intensity of colour and to disguise the pencil lines,  I went over the water colour with my Spectrum Noir pencils, using blending stubs and blending solution to smooth out the colours.  This was mostly successful in covering up the pencil lines.
I added a water colour wash around the focal image.
I finished the page with one of the Tim Holtz Halloween Quote Chips and a sentiment from the Snarky Small Talk sticker pad.  I really wasn't too bothered in the end with the fact that some of the pencil lines are still visible, as I love the colours and intensity so much.
I may make a front cover for my journal before starting on the one for 2019, I haven't decided yet.

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