Wednesday, 14 April 2021

The #CreativeLife 2021 A to Z Blog Challenge: L is for...

LINE

The basic mark in a drawing. Whether a dot, or a line, we all use this same basic structure to write and draw.

So here is to the humble tiny structure of ink that is the base of the way we communicate with words or pictures. Cheers! 🥂

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Until tomorrow!

❤️ Linzé 

 

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The #CreativeLife 2021 A to Z Blog Challenge: K is for...

Knives

Knives are useful tools for various applications in art. Palette knives for painting and texture work are widely used. A palette knife is also handy for separating the pages in a watercolour paper block.

Other applications for using a sharp blade includes scratching lines for detail work in watercolour, colour pencil, and graphite.

An interesting technique for using a knife blade is the sgraffito method which I used in an oil pastel painting.

Which techniques do you use a knife for?

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Until tomorrow!

💚 Linzé 

 

Monday, 12 April 2021

The #CreativeLife 2021 A to Z Blog Challenge: J is for...

Journaling

A journal in any form, shape, or size is the best friend of the creative person. Whether you like to craft or do art, a journal is a space for thoughts, ideas, and experimentation to explore new ideas, or revisit old ideas.

Today I am sharing a book about journaling as a form of self-expression and growth. Ok, I wrote it, but it will be the only self promo post this month so I am entitled, yes? 😏

As always your comments are most welcome on Twitter. Thank you for visiting my blog today.

❤️ Linzé 

Saturday, 10 April 2021

The #CreativeLife 2021 A to Z Blog Challenge: I is for...

Inktober

A daily challenge for October now also running as an annual weekly challenge. Ink drawing is the challenge, but many artists prefer mixed media too. Find out more at inktober.com

Here is a drawing from last year's challenge 😎

Ink drawing of a gauntlet and sword, artist Linzé Brandon, signed LdV-V


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Until Monday!

💙 Linzé 


 


Friday, 9 April 2021

The #CreativeLife 2021 A to Z Blog Challenge: H is for...

Hardness

Graphite pencils are graded for the hardness (H) or blackness (B) of the graphite. The harder the pencil (rated H to 9H) the lighter the marks on the page.
The softer the pencil the more dark or black the marks (B to 9B) will be.
HB is the "middle" pencil if you like, and the one we all used at school for writing and drawing.

Here is a graphite drawing made with a few of those pencils.

graphite drawing of a tree standing on Earth reaching into a nebula, artist Linzé Brandon, signed LdV-V

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Until tomorrow!

❤️ Linzé 

Thursday, 8 April 2021

The #CreativeLife 2021 A to Z Blog Challenge: G is for...

Gouache

A painting medium popular with designers before computer software became the first choice. It is water based and opaque. It has the odd characteristic that it can be reactivated even after it's dry.
This makes is also highly useful for paints (tempera) for children since it can be washed out of clothing or from other surfaces.

Here is a monochrome gouache painting I did on gouache paper, of the Edinburgh train station.  I used a photograph taken by my husband as the reference.

black and white gouache painting of Edinburg train station, artist Linzé Brandon, signed LdV-V
Gouache painting on white gouache paper

Comments are most welcome on Twitter, thank you for visiting my blog today.

💙 Linzé 

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

The #CreativeLife 2021 A to Z Blog Challenge: F is for...

Fixative


Fixative is used to prevent changes to a painting after it is completed. But, there are fixatives that can be removed should you need it.
Using fixative is choice, because the colour and values of dry mediums like pastels and pencils can be affected by the application of fixatives.
Fixatives can be applied with a brush (typical for oil paintings) or as a  spray (airbrushing or spray can).

If you want to preserve a painting made with pencils or pastels, rather have it framed behind glass then it will remain beautiful for years.

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💗 Linzé 

The #CreativeLife 2021 A to Z Blog Challenge: L is for...

LINE The basic mark in a drawing. Whether a dot, or a line, we all use this same basic structure to write and draw. So here is to the humble...