Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Week 35 and 33's Art Challenges

For Week 35's challenge it was strength. We were suppose to create something around what our strengths were. I know one of my strengths (and maybe weaknesses) is how easily I give my heart to others. I love loving people. I love to do things for others. In fact I live for it. :) I grew up always helping other people and loved being able to cheer them up or do some sort of secret little thing for them. Not to say I wasn't a stinker or that I was perfectly kind. I mean, we all have Emma moments right? (that's what I call them anyway- you know the scene in "Emma" where she says something horrible at the strawberry picking picnic and you just feel sick watching it and Mr. Knightly scolds her- "badly done Emma!" Oh how I hate those horrible moments) Anyway, my mom was a wonderful example of acceptance and my dad was an incredible example of service. I thought I'd make my painting into the Queen of Hearts card since everyone else is scrapbooking these and on a deck of cards. It made me feel like I was fitting in a little more with the rest of these amazing gals. For Week 33 the challenge was 10 minutes. Create anything and see what you come up with in 10 minutes. Although I forgot the 10 minute part and I remembered it as 15 minutes for some reason and then fudged for an extra 5. hehe I didn't have anything in particular in mind except to use a color that's in my head lately- cobalt. All because of a certain dress in my head right now. :) I just wanted to make a quick little painting of any sort of design that wanted to come out- so here it is. enjoy.

(My sister just asked me how I made it so I guess I'll describe what I did: I sketched out the lines of the borders and flowers, then put masking fluid over the flower vines and borders and went crazy with the blues and purple watercolor- painting over it. The masking fluid protected what I wanted to keep white so I could be as careless and dark with the blue as I wanted. Then I crinkled up saran wrap and stuck it on top of the blue to let it sit and dry. When I lifted the saran wrap it dried making that texture in the background. Then I took of the masking fluid with an erasure and outlined everything in black. I added touches of rusty orange when I was all done for a good compliment to cobalt blue. voile! So basically it's just watercolor and ink)

11 comments:

ParentesFantomet said...

Wow, those are seriously nice. I absolutely adore the queen of hearts. Thoroughly impressed!

kristie said...

Beautiful Flem! I love the cobalt one- did you spray paint the back like you used to do in High School- the colors are so rich- I love it! And I love the queen of hearts one too- it reminds me of the song, "Playing with the queen of hearts" my sil always sings. Love you- bye.

Marjolein said...

Oh my....you have such talent! I love these.... that blue one, absolutely gorgeous!

Paula said...

Stunning!!! Love them both.

Kristen said...

karalenn they are both so beautiful! i looooove your queen's dress and the cobalt is so pretty. Your technique is awesome. i never would have thought of doing all that!

Lis said...

They are both just beautiful!!

Je@net said...

Great cards!!

Sooz said...

gorgeous as always!! I am behind in checking in on your creations! what a treat to catch up with a BUNCH at once! (love the new look of the blogger...have been thinking I need to SPRUCE MINE UP with something new...I am bored bored bored of the plain white background!) And I owe you a SNAIL MAIL treat...I haven't forgotten!! swirls!

Lee W. said...

both are very cool!

lyzzydee said...

Love the cards, great colours!

emfalconbridge said...

these are so so awesome kare :)
i miss you! did you get my email?