Friday, January 20, 2012

Playing with gouache and a brush pen

I spent more time in my studio during my recent vacation than on most of my vacations, but I did find I couldn't do anything too concrete, too specific. I just wanted to play around and not really make anything. I used my studio book for this.

It just so happens that I also was reading Quinn McDonalds book 'Raw Art Journaling' of which I intend to do a book review sometime soon. It's a nice book with simple ideas about filling journal pages with marks and shapes and words. There I saw the idea of ribbons on a journal page (hers look very different by the way).

This sort of got the juices flowing for me and I started to draw lines with a brush pen and filling them in with gouache. I love my gouache box, because of the bright opaque colors. I didn't mix any color for these drawings, they came straight out of the box.

Once I had some lines on paper I started drawing other shapes and I filled some of the pages fully with color. But I liked the ribbons best. There's something very relaxing about them and they are beautiful too.

I also got to thinking about my word for 2012. I never had a word before, always resolutions that were way too ambitious. I had first chosen FUN, but then I read a quote with the word FLAMBOYANCE in it and I really loved how that sounded. It's like fun for the more experienced.  ;-) So I filled a page with a mind map about that and featured the word in a drawing to see if it would fit me.

After trying some plain ribbon drawings I started adding circles. Don't ask me why, it just seemed like a good idea. And I like how it changes the images and makes them come even more alive.

I still have no idea what these drawings mean, or even if they mean anything, but they sure are fun to do. It's just playing with colors and a brushpen and it's so relaxing. I'm sure I will make many more of these in the future.

I wish all of you a wonderful and artsy weekend!


  1. very lovely, I'm so pleased you're back, I missed you over the hols :) these are so full of freedom, they remind me of some swirlly doodles I used to be addicted to drawing as a kid, I would then go and colour them brightly and make a royal mess lol xx

  2. I love your happy, festive pages! It looks like a party is happening - very joyful!

  3. Wat een lekkere vrolijke motiefjes en kleurtjes Carin, gezellig

  4. Good stuff here...
    Love how the design and colors are dancing around the paper! :]
    Happy "ARTING" to you! (hugs)

  5. Fun for the more experienced. I really like that! And these pages are!

  6. These make me think of a party with ribbons and balloons! Beautiful. I love the colors.

  7. These pages look awesome! I love them all, but especially those RIBBONS! You've created such fun and vibrant pages with these. Very inspiring to get the ol' journal and color-makers out!

  8. Beautiful colorful pages Caatje... and 'Flamboyance' sounds perfect...

    Jenny x


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