Peace, Love and Harmony

Here’s a simple project using Splash Inks and Oil Pastels, specifically the white pastel.

On some watercolor card stock I took the white pastel and drew a peace sign, then a heart, and last, a yin-yang symbol.

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Next, using the Splash Ink formula guide I mixed some cool colors (again like in my previous post about glazing, I used the Niji Waterbrush as a water dropper). On the peace sign I wanted a kind of tye-dye effect, so I painted a swirl at first, then made splatters and took a softer watercolor brush and blended the colors. Because oil and water don’t mix the peace symbol came through and I really liked the effect.

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To symbolize Harmony I took the yin-yang symbol and did the same process with purple tones and pale yellow to make the oil paster stand out on the paper.

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Finally for Love, I know, it’s cliché but I had to use the heart. Simplicity is my middle name (okay, not literally).

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And there you have it, my wish for the coming new year. Peace, Love and Harmony to all.

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2014-Year of the Horse

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I’m usually not so together that I can get out Christmas cards on time so I try to at least do a New Year design which gives me until mid January to get something out. So here is my process for the next New Year. It’s going to be the year of the horse in the Chinese zodiac calendar (the Japanese adopted this too).

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I started with a scrap piece of Yuzen Origami Paper and a plain watercolor paper (card stock). I glued it onto the edge of the paper with Nori Paste.

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I then drew a stylized horse using a PermaWriter Markers (07).

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I added the numbers 2014 so that the horse is looking towards it.

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To make it a little abstract I ink in shapes to divide the card into interesting spaces. Then with the ink pen I color in black every other space. Like so:

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I even had the did it to the origami paper side.

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After the inking was done I thought it was a little plain. It needed color. Originally I was going to use Splash Inks for today’s project but because of the yuzen origami paper with the bits of gold ink I thought I need to use something that would match the shimmer.

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Niji Pearlescent Watercolors was the perfect solution. I love all the different colors.

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After painting all the white spaces different colors using my Niji waterbrush I thought design still needed another element to make it look more finished.

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My favorite, metallic Gel Xtreme Pens!

Happy New Year, but first… Mele Kalikimaka which is Merry Christmas in Hawaiian. Can you believe I had to learn that hula last week? I’m no dancer so it wasn’t pretty, but it was fun.