Welcome to Life Documented Week 52 with Randi North
Hello everyone! I am so excited to be the guest artist for the week of Christmas. 2017 is nearing the end, and everyone seems to be slowing down in preparation of the upcoming new year just around the corner. I drew inspiration from my current personal mission to slow things down and focus on the things that really matter in our little world. We just suffered a death in the family, and it really forces you to stop and think about the season and the memories you are making with those around you. It makes you realize that surrounding yourself with tons of people isn’t going to make you happier or celebrate more. I have decided to focus on the quality of time with the small group of family and friends that mean the most to me. So, with that said, here is my take on the FESTIVE week ahead.
Prompt: Work small - create a small card or tag that can be inserted into your art journal, planner, etc.
Technique: Use paint, markers, collage, stamps, etc. to layer – this will add depth and variety to your small piece
Quote: “Have yourself a merry little Christmas (holiday)…” lyricist Ralph Blane
So, as you can tell from the quote I chose, I wanted to focus on the concept of LITTLE. This allowed me to really focus on the quality of what I was creating and made me create conscious choices with the materials and subjects I chose to incorporate. I selected a manila tag and a Bristol artist trading card to begin.
I then selected a few pieces of imagery and scrap papers from my overflowing bin of random papers to collage together creating a beginning surface to build upon.
From here, I began drawing images that remind me of the season, keeping it festive and small. I chose to use the hand with the heart as the only human element on the tag, keeping the focus on the feelings and emotions that the other images bring to the season. The stamp and the truck are meant to convey the travels we make to spend time with one another this time of year. The feathers symbolize the non-permanence of the short time we choose to slow down and really look at the little things we love. I added the quote to remind myself to enjoy this time. I drew this portion with my Illustrated Faith pens since they are waterproof.
From here, I began filling in with color with my Lyra Aquacolors, Jack Richeson semi-moist watercolors, Prismacolor markers, Copic markers, and Letraset metallic markers. I really enjoy working with water soluble crayons and pencils, as well as alcohol based markers. The alcohol based markers blend so well!! I wanted to use colors associated with the holidays to capture the spirit of the season.
My final step was to add a little texture to the texturized piece on the bottom by using a Tim Holtz Distressed Ink stamp pad in walnut stain to catch the raised areas with the color.
Here is the final piece up close. I truly hope you enjoy the concept of working small and focusing on the little things this season with your art. Merry Christmas and see you in 2018!!