Welcome back to Melissa's Studio!

Special tools are important.
My artist friend Rebecca York, http://www.RimrockCreations.com works in glass mosaic and gave me a fun melted Saki bottle ornamented with beads and copper wire. It’s a perfect surface for serving sushi, but I leave sushi to the experts and use it for holding a favorite color when painting.

See also my little antique bottle. It was old when I bought it in high school, so that makes it practically prehistoric. It is saved for the Color of Colors: Quinacridone Gold. So with my coveted containers plus a needle nosed squeeze bottle and a natural sponge, I’m ready to play with loose techniques and texture.

Beginning with a full sheet of cold pressed 140# Arches watercolor paper, rimmed with blue painter’s tape, I drip and pour several colors around the paper and let it merge, pull some areas out with a brush, then dry completely.

Next I glaze over several yellows and blues to suggest something having both to do with the sky and the sea.

Then using a great little stick called “A Bottle of Ink in a Pencil” I bring contrast and emphasis to certain areas.

This tool is made by Sanford. It’s also called Noblot Ink Pencil 705.

This looks like an ordinary pencil until it gets wet, when it turns blue and smears a bit. So fun.


I hope you enjoy the close-ups and the whole painting. Keep making art in your life!

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 Greeting Archives:
April 2008- Back on Track
May 2008 - DaisyArtDog & Mel Tackles Clutter
June 2008 - Here Comes The Sun
July 2008 - It's Hot! Pour & Scrape
August 2008 - Video, Patronage and Flowers
September 2008 - Fall Colors, Show & Kitties
October 2008 - Definition, Baby.
November 2008 - Dear Majella
December 2008 - Holidays and Art Quotes
January 2009 - New Year with snow
February 2009 - Hearts of Love
March 2009 - Famous Traveling Art Chair
April 2009 - The Studio in Spring
May 2009 - Lesson in the  Studio
June 2009 - Journaling for Fun
July 2009 - Return of the Sun
August 2009 - More Moleskine
September 2009 - I Journal therefore I Am.
October 2009 - Journaling is my life.

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