I Fell Into The Moon – Art Journal Video

I made a new art tutorial video for you! Watch me create an art journal spread from start to finish including building up the background, sketching & painting a face and finishing it all up with interesting elements and doodles. Scroll down for a full supply list.

If you enjoyed this video please feel free to share it with your creative friends!

Supplies Used

  • Craft paints (various pinks, blue, turquoise & black)
  • Ranger Archival stamp pad in black
  • Music stamp & Xs stamp
  • Stabilo All pencil in black
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paints (titanium buff, yellow ochre, quinacridone nickle azo gold)
  • Uni Ball Signo pens in black & white
  • Uni Posca pens in red & pink
  • Prismacolor coloured pencils
  • Pitt pen
  • Gelatos
  • Neocolor II watersoluble crayons

I Fell Into The Moon | mixed media art journal video tutorial | iris-impressions.com

I Fell Into The Moon | mixed media art journal video tutorial | iris-impressions.com

I Fell Into The Moon | mixed media art journal video tutorial | iris-impressions.com

I Fell Into The Moon | mixed media art journal video tutorial | iris-impressions.com

Encountering Resistance – the time I took an abstract art course

When I decided I was going to take an abstract art course to keep pushing my artistic development, I fully expected I would love it and it would do great things for me. So what happened really surprised me and left me kind of baffled.

I specifically chose to do an in-person course. I’d tried a lot of online courses and found I lacked the motivation needed to keep going after the first week and to do the ‘homework’. By taking an in-person course that didn’t have any homework I thought I’d find it easier and that the social aspect would be motivating.

I've signed up for an abstract painting course. Had my first lesson tonight and it was lots of fun! Made 4 mini collages (these are business card size) paying attention to tone, value contrast and composition. Next week I will paint one of these large scale. I won't tell you yet which one I've chosen, but you tell me, which is the one you think I should paint? #abstract #paintingcourse #irisimpressionsart

I tried to be open to the fact that I might have to do some things I didn’t really like doing. For example in week 1 we started with collage. I don’t love collage, but I did my best and ended up enjoying myself. In week 2 we started with acrylic paint and I felt a lot more in my element.

As the weeks went on, I kept going to my lesson with an open mind, but when I was there I’d feel majorly resistant. I didn’t enjoy myself and didn’t want to do the assignments. The feeling was very interesting to me, because in my own painting I usually try to find a flow and I don’t plan what I create in advance, so resistance doesn’t come into the process. What was it about taking a course that made me so resistant?

If you played along last week guessing which collage I was going to paint, here is the answer all worked out in A2 size! No filter as the whole point of this painting was colour mixing and matching. #abstract #paintingcourse #artclass #londonartist #irisimpressionsart

I thought about it and came up with some really helpful discoveries!

Letting Go Of The Outcome

I’ve fought (and still fight my inner demons/critics) for the right to create art focussing solely on how it makes me feel. I focus on joy through the process, embracing imperfection and letting go of the outcome. Understandably, the structure of taking a formal class is about learning key concepts. There were a couple of weeks that focussed more on intuitive processes, but most of the lessons were about achieving specific outcomes. I never realised how much I’d managed to internalize the mindset of letting go of the outcome (if you ask me I’m still quite bad at it), but when I’m asked to achieve a certain outcome or to set up a painting in my head and then just create it on the outside on the canvas… it makes me very unhappy.

In progress abstract work. To be honest it was a bit of a labour so far. Loving the lime green but the whole process didn't feel enjoyable (or perhaps I was just grumpy lol, it's very possible). Curious to see where this will go next week. #abstract #londonartist #artclass #paintingcourse #citylit #irisimpressionsart

Funnily enough, I really love some of the pieces I’ve created aesthetically, but I remember that I didn’t enjoy creating them, so overall I don’t have a good feeling about them. It was amazing to discover how important it is for me to feel good while I’m painting. Painting something aesthetically pleasing isn’t good enough in itself. I’d rather feel good while painting and paint something ugly (although that hardly happens when I feel good about the process) than to feel badly and paint something pretty.

Mixed Media

We did some collage. We did acrylic painting. We did oil painting. We did charcoal drawings. I felt stifled. It didn’t occur to me until several weeks in: I’m a mixed media artist! If I limit myself to one medium I feel restricted, caged. So I started mixing it up, acrylic paint, conte crayons, oil pastels. That felt much better!

Abstract painting course tonight. I realised I absolutely hate working with brushes lol. This was my third painting of the night and done with brayer, fingers, bubble wrap and bottle caps. #abstract #intuitiveart #artcourse #citylit #londonartist #irisimpressionsart

Sensory Painting

Similarly to needing mixed media, I also realized how unhappy the stiff bristly brushes made me. I didn’t have the control I wanted. Only towards the end of the course where I basically said I was no longer going to use brushes did I start to experience joy again. Out with the brushes! Finger painting, bubble wrap, drips, splats and brayers, that’s where it’s at for me!

Missing The Faces

Before taking the course I’d sometimes try abstract at home. I’d see people on YouTube/Pinterest making awesome abstract art journal pages and I felt like I wanted to do that to. Then I discovered that for me the faces are where it’s at. It’s where I find my joy. I haven’t fully explored why yet, but when I try to hold myself back from the faces I start feeling that horrible resistance in the pit of my stomach. Drawing and painting faces is like breathing a huge sigh of relief!

Final abstract painting class tonight. Sooooo happy with this piece. Last week when I started it I loved it, when I finished last week I hated it, then today I was able to finish it and just feel it again! #abstract #paintingcourse #artcourse #intuitiveart #mixedmedia #irisimpressionsart #citylit

A Learning Experience

Initially I felt like what this course taught me was about all the things I didn’t like (and I felt badly for not liking the experience!). And then I realized that at the same time it was teaching me about all the things I already knew I liked, but never really thought about before. A hugely valuable experience!

Apart from that what I did find hugely helpful was the portion on colour theory and colour mixing we did. It has absolutely increased my confidence in handling colour and adding to that ‘intuitive’ knowledge of feeling what is right for a painting.

In the end I’m so glad I let myself have this experience, even if it wasn’t what I expected. I love looking at abstract art and I know that what I have learned on the course has already influenced my art. I might not become an abstract artist though!

The class I took is called Ways Into Abstract Painting and it runs at City Lit in London.

In this post you see pictures of the pieces I created on the course. Some are finished some are not. I’d love to know which one speaks to you most and why! Let me know in the comments below.

My Art Supply Bag for Art Journal Summer School

Hello lovelies! Art Journal Summer School starts TOMORROW!!! Eeeeeeeeee, I’m getting so excited! Expect many exclamation points in this post!

To get you a bit more excited and as a little intro, I thought it might be helpful to talk you through the art supplies I’ve got in my toiletry bag. You can watch the video and/or read the supply list with my personal explanations and input below.

Are you joining the course and community of 350 students? Read all the details, download the supply list and register your spot here.

Art Journal

My journal of choice right now is a Seawhite of Brighton A5 journal. It’s SUPER CHEAP. I bought it for £1.25 (that’s less than $2!). The paper is a bit thin but it’s ‘extra wet strength’ which I can confirm is true. It stands up to mixed/wet media remarkably well although it does buckle quite a lot. It’s made in the UK (and also well stocked in The Netherlands) so might be a bit harder to get across the Atlantic.

Brushes

I tend to use student grade brushes and I buy them in packs because they’re much cheaper that way. The ones you see in the video are Pro Arte Polar and Daler Rowney Graduate. I have one large flat one for backgrounds and bigger areas. One angled brush which I love for shading faces. Finally I have two different round ones for details, writing, swirling, and what-have-you.

Pencils

The supply list has a mechanical pencil which I do like using, but it brings out the perfectionist in me because you can do endless sketching and erasing, sketching and erasing. Although I love symmetry and perfection as much as the rest of us, it doesn’t tend to make me happy with my process. So instead I love using a Stabilo All pencil. It’s a lovely dark black and it’s watersoluble so you can activate it with water. It helps me be more intuitive, embrace imperfection and really commit to the lines I’m putting down on paper.

Erasers

I have one square white eraser for large areas and a Tuff Stuff eraser stick for details.

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Glue and Scissors

I have a pair of tiny scissors and a small pot of matte medium to glue things down. I am not into collage very much though so I hardly ever use these.

Black & White Pens

I use acrylic paint pens by Uni Posca for most of the writing on my pages. I also tend to use them for pupils, eyewhites and highlights in the eyes. They work really well over mixed media, but it’s important to wait until previous layers are fully dry, or you might clog/ruin the nib. They also don’t work very well on thickly applied Neocolor II crayons. I also use Uniball Signo gel pens for details, it has a bit more of a pen feel rather than a marker. Finally I recommend Faber Castell Pitt Pen in black. This is India ink in a pen, it is waterproof when dry. The brush tip is lovely for adding writing or details on top of mixed media.

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Washi Tape

Come on, you need this! Washi tape is so fun with all the patterns. Depending on the media underneath it might not always stick very well, in which case you can use glue or brush some matte medium under & over it.

Dylusions Ink Spray

The brightness of the colours are amazing! Beware of three things though: it goes EVERYWHERE when you spray, it will stain your hands for days, it reactivates when you work on top with wet media.

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Stencils

I don’t work with stencils that often, but they can add real interest to your backgrounds or composition. You can experiment with using sprays or paint. If you spray through a stencil, don’t forget to afterwards flip the stencil and press it onto the page to get the negative image.

Acrylic Paints

It’s such a great idea to limit your colour palette. It avoids overwhelm and gives a consistency to the work you create. In my bag I’ve packed a yellow, a bright pink and a turquoise along with black and white. Craft paints, chalk paints or matte acrylics are ideal for working in an art journal. They dry quickly, the pages don’t stick together and they’re usually non-toxic (do check your preferred brand) so suitable for doing art with your kids.

Watersoluble Crayons

I use Caran d’Ache Neocolor II. They are watersoluble wax crayons. Super portable and non messy while giving you nice bright colours! I packed these colours: apricot, raspberry red, turquoise, white, orangeish yellow, pink, jade, light ochre, ice blue & cinnamon.

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Extras

These are not on the supply list but I can’t live without them:

Rag

I use an old muslin cloth (you know, the type you use to mop up baby sick and when your kids pee on things). It doesn’t take up much space and it’s great for wiping excess paint off your brushes. I forgot this the other day when I went to journal in the park and I ended up wiping my brushes on fallen leaves. It wasn’t very effective. So jus’ saying, having a cloth is quite handy.

Water Spray Bottle

I love having slightly more runny paint so I usually spritz my pages with water before applying paint or while I’m shading a face. I also like making drips which a spray bottle is great for!


I do so hope you will join in on the fun! Can’t wait to see the wonderful artwork everyone creates!

Instagram Mashup – Watercoloury Experimentations

I’m pretty active over on Instagram (come follow me!) so once a month I’m sharing with you the work I feel most excited about!

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m not very much into watersoluble media. I’m a total acrylics lover yo. However, with the summer approaching and generally being out of the house more, I really felt I should have a proper try at watercolours. They’re much more portable, less messy and I should be able to take them on the plane no problem (going to Greece this weekend!).

IMG_6587I’m using a lovely Schmincke set based on a colour palette put together by the effervescent Jane Davenport.

Firstly let me say: holy shit batman, ARTIST QUALITY WATERCOLOURS! Such a big difference to cheaper ones in terms of how they mix with water, how it feels to apply them to the page and the vibrancy of the colours. I feel a bit torn saying this, because I do love encouraging you to use what you can afford and not let supplies be a barrier to entry. But anyway you could always drop subtle hints that a small set of these would be the perfect thing for an upcoming birthday or Christmas….

Full disclosure: I haven’t really got a clue how to use watercolours. I don’t know the techniques. But I did figure it was probably just adding water.. right? I’ve found it challenging, but also fun! It’s not about blending things to buggery like you do with acrylics.

Top tips:

  • Use water brushes like Pentel Aquabrush
  • Use a small spray bottle with water to spray directly onto the palette
  • Work in a watercolour journal. I’m using Stillman & Birn Zeta series
  • Work anywhere! It’s super portable

So, my first forays into using watercolours, let me show you them!

Experimenting with #watercolour in my Stillman and Birn journal. #artjournaling #arteveryday #artstagram #irisimpressionsart

Experimenting with #watercolour in my Stillman and Birn journal. #artjournaling #arteveryday #artstagram #irisimpressionsart

Date night, Greek food & art journaling! #artjournal #artjournaling #watercolour #irisimpressionsart

Date night, Greek food & art journaling! #artjournal #artjournaling #watercolour #irisimpressionsart

Expression. Art is my life! #artjournaling #artjournal #watercolour #stillmanandbirn #intuitiveart #irisimpressionsart

Expression. Art is my life! #artjournaling #artjournal #watercolour #stillmanandbirn #intuitiveart #irisimpressionsart

Closer view of my art journaling from today while out &  about with the family. #artjournal #watercolour #instaartists #irisimpressionsart

Closer view of my art journaling from today while out & about with the family. #artjournal #watercolour #instaartists #irisimpressionsart

Practice with #watercolour it's growing on me but I feel I have a lot if technique to learn! #artjournal #arteveryday #artoninstagram #mixedmedia #irisimpressionsart

Practice with #watercolour it’s growing on me but I feel I have a lot if technique to learn! #artjournal #arteveryday #artoninstagram #mixedmedia #irisimpressionsart

Bit different than what I usually do. Just playing with my watercolours while watching OITNB. #watercolour #artjournal #stillmanandbirn #artstagram #100faces #irisimpressionsart

Bit different than what I usually do. Just playing with my watercolours while watching OITNB. #watercolour #artjournal #stillmanandbirn #artstagram #100faces #irisimpressionsart

Have you used watercolours? What do you think of them? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Art Journal Summer School Giveaway Winner!

I am soooo thrilled to announce the winner for the Art Journal Summer School giveaway!

Can I have a drumroll………

The winner is………

Petra-Winner (apologies for the bad grammar in this app, lol!)

Congratulations Petra P!

Petra P, I have contacted you, please respond within 1 week to claim your prize!

A huge thank you and thumbs up to everyone else who entered. If you’d like to still take advantage of the Early Bird rate (until 31 May), you can sign up here: www.artjournalsummerschool.com

In the meantime I hope you will enjoy looking at these journal spreads I made recently with the supply list from Art Journal Summer School.

Art journaling on an easel. Best thing ever! #artjournaling #artist #intuitiveart #irisimpressionsart

In progress. Using an easel has totally changed the energy around painting for me. Wow! Although afterwards I feel like I need to sit down lol. #wip #artjournaling #artist #londonartist #irisimpressionsart #mixedmedia

Yesterday's journal spread at @erinfaithallen's workshop exploring #spirit and personal #symbols  #artjournaling #mixedmedia #irisimpressionsart

And she's finished. Love quick art journaling! (I guess you have to be quick when you have kids lol). #artonholiday #mixedmedia #artjournalsummerschool #irisimpressionsart

A couple of pages in one of my art journals. #artjournal #mixedmedia #irisimpressionsart

PS check out the
supply list & more details here.

Art Journaling In The Woods On a Camping Holiday

So this weekend just gone we went on an adventure! Andrew won a photo competition for Eco Camp UK which meant we got to stay for free at one of their camps for the weekend.

As you may know I’m preparing for being a guest teacher on Art Journal Summer School, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to test drive the supply list (toiletry bag with limited art supplies – you can download the list here!) and do some art journaling while camping!

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Now I have to be honest with you, in the past I have found it hard to enjoy art journaling on holiday. I always take the materials with me, but I have a hard time choosing supplies (so I take too many and end up using none!) and then find it hard to enjoy making art. I think it’s about working in random/confined spaces and having to put things away again after a session.

So the challenge was to pack only the things on the supply list (I almost succeeded… I put in one extra ink spray and roll of washi tape… but that was it I promise!) and then to find the time to art journal and actually enjoy it!

Well I can say I truly succeeded!

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I think the difference this time was that I was more relaxed due to the limited supplies. Using a toiletry bag is super portable which is very convenient! I sat at a picnic table and at a certain point I also journaled while sitting on a picnic chair (no table).

You do have to adjust your expectations slightly. I’m usually very much into acrylic paints, but that’s harder when you only have a small water container (pro tip! Use an empty drink bottle with a wide neck for your paint water. I used a Fruit Shoot bottle). A water brush is definitely very useful, I use a Pentel Aquabrush.

As I was getting out my charcoal pencil for sketching I had a brainwave and decided I could use charcoal from the campfire!! I was feeling super authentic at this point haha. It also made me realise why we buy charcoal as an art supply, as it’s way more concentrated and easy to work with than charcoal from the fire.

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I’m feeling super heartened and inspired by this experience. I now can’t wait to take my little stress free bag of art supplies with me everywhere! Next up I think I’m going to try some places closer to home like the local park and a café.

If you’d like to learn to make beautiful pages with a limited number of art supplies, then I think you will like Art Journal Summer School. Early bird price is on until 31 May! The pages I showed you in this post use similar techniques and supplies as what you will be learning about in my lesson.

Hope Is The Little Voice That Whispers ‘Maybe’

It’s a new episode of Art Play Relay! March marks the start of a new cycle in this project, meaning Juna and I have each picked a new quote and started a new painting!

The Videos

My video: Juna’s video: You can read Juna’s blogpost about her process here. If you’d like to be involved, you still can! Join the Facebook group here to connect with the other lovely people, find a buddy and post your work. The quote for this artwork is:

Hope is the little voice you hear whisper “maybe” when it seems the entire world is shouting “no”

Thank you Melfina for providing us with that quote!

Supply List

  • Watercolour paper 300gsm hot pressed
  • Scrap paper
  • Knife, ruler & cutting mat
  • Gel medium
  • Sponge brushes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Palette knife
  • Ink
  • Old toothbrush
  • Floral stamp
  • Stamp pad (black)
  • Paint pens (black & white

Thought Process

I think the hardest thing with this artwork was completely letting go of the projects from the last two months. I really didn’t want to recreate something similar, I wanted it to be a fresh start.

When I saw the quote it instantly resonated with me so much. I have a lot of doubt inside me and inner voices that tell me ‘no’. I guess it’s an internalised version of that ‘society’ (or sometimes parental) voice of needing to live your life a certain way, that the way that feels true and authentic is not the realistic way or what other people want for you. My current journey with my art and more generally in my life is so much one of trying to find my own voice. Pushing against the ‘no’ and finding my own ‘maybe’ (and eventually my own ‘yes’)!

How to translate an abstract quote into a painting is a different matter though! Holding a quote inside your head when doing a painting though makes it shine through. The ‘maybe’ to me is a sense of possibility, of seeing where things go and of letting things grow. That is represented in the process of this painting in which I completely let go. I had no pre-formed plan or composition in mind, my biggest goal was to let it be mine and let it develop. I think it is also where the wish to use the floral stamp came from. It felt like something growing, a promise. Nicely in keeping with the new season of spring!

I also wanted to add something interesting that Juna could work with, but in a completely free way (that’s why I didn’t add a face this time, it felt too much like it would push in a certain direction), which is where the idea of the flap came from. It also feeds into that idea of ‘maybe’ and the scariness that is imbued in following your own heart. Sometimes that’s so personal that you might want to hide it away or not show it to everyone yet.

I love the interesting and richly textured background that came out. The lower part of the painting feels a bit more finished to me, whereas the top part feels really raw. I really can’t wait to see what Juna will do with this! I’m so curious to see what parts she will keep, what parts she will go over and what completed artwork will emerge in the end.

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Embracing Your Inner Darkness

I’m afraid of my inner darkness. That might not be a very surprising statement, because I don’t know many people going around declaring how much they luuuuuuuurve their dark stuff. (Other words for this might be inner demons, or issues, or icky stuff, or what do you call it?)

I had a realisation the other day though: I have this wonderful platform for exploring my darkness in a safe place.

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And yet I don’t. I’m afraid of what might come out. I’m afraid it might not be pretty. I’m afraid I’ll sit down with the intention to connect with some darkness and then for nothing to happen because I don’t even know HOW to do it.

You may have noticed I like to draw pretty faces. Or cute whimsies. I love stuff that looks pretty, cute and colourful. It’s definitely the type of art I enjoy looking at (as evidenced by my Pinterest). I actually even enjoy creating cute & pretty stuff.

It’s not like I don’t like what I create, but when I think about it, I might not feel a deep satisfaction with what I create lately.

This is kind of funny, because a while back I broke through the block of not enjoying the result of what I created (can you say: inner critic?). Then a while after that I broke through the block of not enjoying the process.

And now I’m finding there is another block to encounter & work through. It’s scary, but it’s actually also exciting! It sends such a strong message to me that this is a journey. That whatever we learn and learn to deal with, we’re never done because there’s always MORE. It keeps life (and art!) from getting boring.

So I’m going to be digging in. Trying to access and let flow the scary stuff. Let my own intuition and inner landscape guide me.

Are you with me? Ready to face the scary stuff in a safe space?

Half the time I don't know wtf I'm doing, but I think I have this wish to display to the world that I've got it all figured out. That stuff I do is intentional, you know, with purpose. But I realise I hide behind it. That I pretend even to myself that I know all the steps. It's the really letting go that I'm scared of. On this spread I'm trying. But it's still actively TRYING rather than just LETTING or BEING. It's so scary. It's so exciting. I just want to stick with it and see where this journey takes me. #intuitiveart #lettinggo #artismyteacher #mixedmedia #artjournal #irisimpressionsart

Flowers Grow Out Of Darkness | mixed media in A5 art journal | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

Pink Hills | mixed media in A5 art journal | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

Art Play Relay – Finishing Each Other’s Artworks

I’ve finished Juna’s awesome artwork! You can watch the video here:

And Juna finished my artwork! You can watch her video here:

Supply list:

  • china marker / grease pencil
  • gesso
  • Stabilo All pencil (black)
  • oil pastels (brown, turquoise, yellow, pink, flesh, red)
  • oil bar (white)
  • fluid acrylics (brown)
  • glazing liquid
  • high flow acrylics (fluorescent pink)

It was such an honour to work on Juna’s painting! Nerve wracking too! I had quite a few ideas going around in my head ever since watching her first video in which she created the work, but actually executing those ideas… I was scared I wouldn’t be able to do it or that I’d ruin her lovely work somehow!

After seeing the painting up close I knew I wanted to paint a peaceful face nestled in the welcoming arms. The challenge was how to do it, because the surface of the painting is VERRRY textured. I decided to go for oil pastels as I love working with them, and it worked out really well.

The next challenge was knowing when it was finished. I had a real struggle with this, because very quickly I felt that it was finished. I had a few conversations with myself at that point where I said I couldn’t possibly be finished, because I hadn’t spent long enough on it. This is where I decided to take a leap of faith and listened to my intuition. I decided I didn’t want to continue the process forcefully (up till then everything had just flowed and been almost automatic!) just for fear that I ‘hadn’t worked hard or long enough’ (childhood trauma, anyone? Lol).

Iris Fritschi-Cussens & Juna Biagioni art collaboration - Broken Pieces

I hope you like the painting as much as I do! I love Juna’s style and how she works with texture and usually quite monochromatic colour schemes. I wanted to add something equally soft & a bit muted, but with a small nod to my usual use of bright colours. So the face & hair are very natural, but then I also added the dashes of fluorescent pink to satisfy my need for colour.

Over these past few weeks I’ve LOVED seeing everyone else come up with their paintings and their collaborations with their partners. Can’t wait to see what everyone has up their sleeve next! Come join us in the Facebook group and share your artwork!

Join us again on 29 March when we will be picking brand new quotes and starting new artworks!

Art Play Relay – January Launch!!

The first two official Art Play Relay videos are here!!!

Watch my video below:

Watch Juna‘s video below:

What an awesome start to the project it has been! A lot of you have already joined our Facebook group to keep up to date, engage with the project and prepare to take part yourselves. Thank you for your enthusiasm!!

My supply list for the artwork I started is:

  • dip pen
  • India ink
  • heat tool (optional)
  • matte medium (or glue)
  • collage & tissue paper
  • (washi) tape
  • clear gesso (optional)
  • acrylic inks
  • water spray bottle
  • brayer
  • white & black gesso (or acrylic paint)
  • glazing liquid
  • (fluid) acrylic paints
  • Stabilo All pencil

The quote I drew was ‘Comparison is the thief of joy

Comparison Is The Thief of Joy | Art Play Relay by Iris | www.iris-impressions.com

I was quite nervous starting this painting. It’s hard to know what to do when you imagine someone else is going to finish the painting! I started the way I would normally start a painting by building up a layered background. Then I saw a figure in the shapes and colours so I went ahead and outlined that. I decided not to finish the figure all the way.

I worked with an attitude of being OK if anything I did would be covered up. I know that won’t necessarily happen, but it was amazing for letting go! It was also a really new experience to try and NOT finish a painting. It actually allowed me to be much more loose, take risks and has given the painting a primitive quality that I really enjoy.

Normally if I were working on a painting I would not even notice this stage, let alone stop, because of the knowledge that it’s not finished. But doing this has given me an insight into how awesome an unfinished artwork can actually look! I might try and pursue this more primitive look again on purpose.

I can’t wait to see what Juna makes of this next month. I also look forward to the challenges it will bring to work on Juna’s piece! I imagine it will be a big mental challenge to get over the fear of ruining her work or making mistakes! Can’t wait to learn!

See you all on 22 February when I finish Juna’s artwork and Juna finishes mine!

In the meantime please let us know what you thought in the comments below!