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!

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3 thoughts on “Art Play Relay – January Launch!!”

  1. I absolutely LOVE what you created, Iris!! To me the artwork looks totally finished, I love the more loose, raw style that you came up with now that you stop sooner. Definitely continue this thread! Now for me it will be a huge challenge to ‘finish’ this piece, but nevertheless I already have plenty of ideas bubbling up!

  2. Dear Iris and Juna, I have watched your videos and I love what you have both created. I can already understand that you are working in a quite different way and techniques, and I just can’t wait to see how these projects will be completed by mixing two different artistic styles. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your thoughts and techniques!

    • Yay Melfina, SO glad you liked our videos!!! One of the things I really liked was how we so totally used our own styles in this. I hadn’t really thought about it, but then when I saw the two pieces side by side I could really see it. I’m glad the videos inspired you, that’s seriously the BEST thing to hear, thank you!!

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