Dreamscaping Weekend

I had a Dreamscaping weekend because the Alcohol Ink Dreamscapes I have for sale at the John C. Campbell Folk School Craft Shop needed replenishing.

For a creative challenge I decided to see how many varied Dreamscapes could be created with just 3 ink colors.

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Here they are. When I study them I see what I was looking for: warm and cool yellows, reds and blues and a host of neutrals ranging from light to dark in value.

How did I get so much variance?

  • Color Mixing
  • Adding 91% Alcohol or Blending Solution
  • Mixatives: Silver, Gold, Copper, Pearl, Snow Cap

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These were my primary triad workhorses.

If you haven’t tried Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping, you may want to give it a go. It’s fun, relaxing and spurs experimental explorations. Learn more in the Dreamscaping Shop.

Happy, Creative Pursuits To All!

It Was Time For A Redo

I had the opportunity to introduce Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping to a guest over the weekend. This art major now in her early thirties, like so many of us, had let art-making get away from her. Believe me, I understand. It takes discipline and resolve to keep creating art vital when working full-time.

I gave a few pointers and encouraged her to experiment. She took to it right away, fascinated with the moving fluidity, transparent brightness and instant responsiveness of the inks.

In the process of sharing with her, I ran across a few of my earlier Dreamscapes that I thought were lacking something and decided to redo one of them to demonstrate how forgiving alcohol inks can be.

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Above is Dreamscape No. 277, 5×7, created in Nov. 2012 during my orange and blue period. Adirondack Sailboat Blue and Sunset Orange are a hard to beat combination.

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Here is the Dreamscape No. 277 Redo that took about 60-90 seconds. I added alcohol to the sky, dropped-in sailboat blue and the tiniest bit of Rich Gold into the land shapes. Tilted the surface and let gravity do the rest. I like it so much better and have been pondering why. I narrowed it down to these three reasons.

  1. Wider range of values: light, mid and dark
  2. Some of the original shapes juxtaposed with newer, more interesting shapes
  3. Atmospheric quality achieved by lighter values and softer edges in the distance

When I asked her the next morning what she liked most about Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping, she said, “I didn’t have to think. I know about planning and executing. This was just relaxing and fun.”

I think she left inspired and will continue. I hope so.

 

 

 

 

NEW! Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks On Yupo Demo

That artist who moves alcohol inks around with a coffee stirrer got a mention in this Jan. 15 Tim Holtz video at 6:00 min mark. I think they’re called Dreamscapes 🙂  Check out the fun alcohol Ink and mixed-media techniques in this video too!

30 In 30 Jan. 2016 Collage Summary

 

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What I learned during Leslie Saeta’s Jan. 30 in 30 Challenge :

1.  Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping is fun, relaxing and great for beginning artists because it is so easy and supplies are so inexpensive. Okay I already knew that, but it was my lifesaver when falling behind this month 🙂

2.  If you have the ink consistency just right in the sky, Snow Cap makes a perfectly  round, awesome (larger than Metallic Mixative) moon that takes on the sky color tint.

3.  Piñata Rich Gold can be diluted to slight sparkles to illuminate skies and water, thin lines for edging mountain ridges or larger shapes simulating lights from distant towns.

4.  Creating imaginary faces from Andrew Loomis’ formula was intriguing for me but not popular with June Rollins ART Facebook viewers. Mace, Spock, Antonio and Janine received the least amount of likes. And yes, of course I named them 🙂

5.  Paint My Photo is an encouraging online community of photographers and artists. Photographers post non-copyrighted images they actually want artists to paint from.

6. Chantel Barber is an awesome acrylic artist and instructor offering monthly online portrait and figurative classes. Perfect for this working girl’s busy schedule.

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The Potter, 5×5, Acrylic, ©June Rollins

The Potter, (not in the above 30 in 30 Collage) was also painted this month during Chantel’s January Atelier. Yes, I took on 30 in 30 Challenge and working in a new medium. It was a whirlwind month. Pricing Info for The Potter  

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Lilli, 5×5, Acrylic, ©June Rollins

7. Lilli is in the center of the collage for a reason. She is the heart of the month for me. I loved painting her and I loved even more the expression on her owner’s face when she saw this painting of her.

You can see all of the above collage paintings in larger format at: June Rollins ART

Thanks for checking-in and wishing all a Fearless February of persistence and determination.

June