There is something quite refreshing about creating something that is completely out of your comfort zone. I'm not someone who likes to fail so I often find myself, in life as well as art, sticking to things that I am fairly confident I can achieve and, wherever possible, excel at. When I read the new challenge at Mixed Media Place I was instantly excited about the theme of 'black background + all the colors of the rainbow' but the excitement was followed fairly swiftly with a wave of doubt and within a matter of minutes I was coming up with reasons as to why I wasn't going to enter!
In true British style, I sat down with a cup of tea and gave myself a good talking too. I need to realise that this blog and the projects I work on are a journey. Pieces wont always go to plan and I will make mistakes. Every mistake I make will help me progress further and every blog post will take my a step closer to whatever goal my mind has set for me to achieve.
With those words fresh in my mind I sat down and gave the challenge a go....
I was initially going to work on a canvas prepped in blank gesso but in the end went with a piece of black mounting card. I was worried about how it would hold up to being exposed to the water in the paints/sprays but besides a little bowing it survived surprisingly well. I knew I wanted the colours to 'pop' off the black background so I started by sponging white gesso randomly over the card, concentrating on the centre and fading it towards the edges. Once it was thoroughly dry I added Lindy's sprays in prime colours, hoping that where there was cross over I would create greens, purples and oranges. Once this had dried I dipped different sized bottle caps, pen lids etc in watered down gesso and stamped circles randomly across the page. I then lightly hand painted some stars and added very tiny coloured gems to their centres. I finished off around the edges of the board with small dots of Ranger Liquid Pearls in various colours to create 'star dust'.
I then filled each of the circles with Glossy Accents to create my 'bubbles'. I love how bubbles reflect colour and I found that the Glossy Accents highlighted the colour underneath each circle and gave a gorgeous texture.
Besides being the most difficult thing in the world to photograph (shimmery colours, sparkles and glossy bubbles!), I am happy with the result. It gives me a feeling of peace and wonder and that was what I was hoping for.
This challenge has definitely been that, a challenge, but I really enjoyed the process and might start looking outside of my comfort zone more often :)
I would like to enter this into:
Mixed Media Place Challenge 'black background + all the colors of the rainbow'
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