Soul Food and 4×4’s…


“You must embrace your limitations and keep moving.  In the end, creativity isn’t just the things we choose to put in, it’s the things we choose to leave out.  Choose wisely.  And have fun.”  ~Austin Kleon~

I’ve been having fun.  I’m taking the Soul Food adventure over at Mystele’s ning site.  Last week, Gwenn Seemel gave a lesson showing her unique style of drawing with colored markers and pens. I tried it and I will have to practice a long time before I’m comfortable with it.  I didn’t know about Gwenn before this workshop.  If you haven’t seen her work, do go to her website and check it out.

Here’s a duckling I made trying out her style…

duck drawing

…and a scribble drawing with various pens and markers:

scribble art

I made eight more 4×4 pieces of art this week.  So far, when making these…I start with an 8×8 piece of paper (Bristol Vellum) and cut them apart later.  This first set of four started with a yellow background.  I glued collage pieces from some of my painted phone book pages.  Then I added more acrylic paint…putting some on, taking some off.  I finished with line work. I used a dip pen and black Sumi Ink.  I like the ultra fine point marker I used of the previous pieces best.

4x4 - 009




The next set of four started with white paper.  I glued on some painted deli paper collage pieces and some magazine collage pieces.  I used gloss gel medium to glue down the collage pieces.  Next, I used various shades of green acrylic paints. I used gloss gel over the last one in the set.  I don’t think the photo shows all the texture from the gel medium.





…until next time,  everyone have a great weekend!!!

4 thoughts on “Soul Food and 4×4’s…

  1. dawnsrays January 11, 2014 / 7:51 am

    Love it all! cool hash marking with different color pencils/pens. give a great effect.
    All that green in the last photos makes me miss spring so so badly!! Have a perfectly artful weekend!!


    • Mary January 11, 2014 / 8:15 am

      Thanks Dawn! I know, I’m so ready for spring!!!


    • Mary January 15, 2014 / 12:37 pm

      Thanks so much Kim 🙂


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