JOURNAL PROMPT:  Create something in memory of someone that you love.

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My grandmother passed away when I was 10-years-old.  I still have many fond memories of her even though we only had a very short time together.  One of my grandmother’s passions in life was birds. She taught me everything she knew about them, would often times read books to me about them, and when we would see a bird that we did not recognize, she would take out her bird-watching guide and we would look and see if we could then identify it together.  My grandmother had a collection of Lefton Collectible figurines…birds of course.  I’m now the proud owner of that collection and they are something of hers that I will cherish always.

The thoughts of my grandmother brought forward the image of the hummingbird that I created in her memory.  I have since chosen to paint this and call it Nana’s Memory Garden.  Here is the finished image:

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MATERIALS USED:

  • Strathmore 500 series, hot press water color paper, size 5×7.
  • Faber Castell Pitt Pen – Nib size .05.
  • #2 Pencil.
  • Caran d’Ache Neocolor II water-soluable wax pastels.
  • Koi waterbrush.

PROCESS:

  • I simply drew the image directly onto the watercolor paper.  No Gesso was used whatsoever.  I like the way the Neocolor resembles watercolor when applied directly to the watercolor paper. The lack of Gesso also makes it easier to move the color around the page as a true watercolor would.
  • Next, I outlined the image with a black Pitt Pen.  I like the Pitt Pens when working with water-based media because the ink is India Ink.  India ink will not reactivate in the presence of wet media once it has dried.  This will prevent spreading, smearing or smudging of the black ink, and allows you a clear outline to work within when painting.
  • Using a waterbrush, I lifted the pigment directly from the Neocolor wax pastel and painted the image according to my wishes.

IDEAS:

After creating something that I really love, I always make a scan of the image and save this in my computer.  I then make a color print (plain paper or photo paper) of the image and add this into my journal.  This helps me to remember the date that the image was created and it also gives my journal some artistic appeal.  Here is a photo of the journal pages that I created with this image:

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It is really not all that difficult to find inspiration for creating art.  Artistic inspiration is all around us. Create what you love and what you know.  Let your memories guide you.  Using our inspirations in our creativity is a wonderful way to not only create new art projects, but also to honor those whom we love.

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