This week's "Whimsical Wednesday" post is a little tutorial on how i use a "Color Journal" to inspire my vibrant art. All of these "Whimspirations" and illustrations were made with just four different products: Derwent Inktense Pencils, Sakura Koi Watercolors and Micron pens, Faber Castell Gelatos and Pitt pens. Being an illustrator and mixed media artist, i use many products for my artwork. I have the most fun with the challenge of choosing which mediums will achieve the look and best illuminate the message i want to convey.
I'm all about CoLoR and love color on everything! Have you figured that out about me yet? LOL! Maybe that's why i crave traveling to tropical places, as they are usually the most colorful destinations in the world!
buy "collect" art products, i must have most every color that it comes in! There are so many art products, all so unique. Different materials give you specific effects, variations of colors, hues and textures. With a pile of art materials and choices in front of you, it's challenging to decide just exactly what product will give you just the right look, the perfect effect for an art piece.
I have a designated sketch book i call my "Color Journal", (i use the Strathmore Visual Journal Mixed Media) where i keep every color sample from the variety of art products in my studio. Illustrated scribbles showcase the actual colors and effects for each product. I label the page with the product and each color name. It's also very helpful when i am tying to find the perfect color look for a specific project. Playing with the materials and recording them in this journal is also a great activity when i "need" to just use my art stuff and not have to worry about creating a masterpiece.
Here are samples some of my reference sketchbook pages and how i create the pages:
WATERCOLOR TEST OVER BLACK MARKERS AND PENS: