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August 8th, 2006
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Painted card test... meh.

After a busy weekend at Otakon and in recovery mode, I decided to do an art test. I have some acrylic ink / liquid watercolor... did some drawings using india ink...

I'm happy with the drawings themselves, as always, but I am not happy with the ink. I mean... they look OKAY in a basic sort of solid color way, but they just seem kind of boring to me compared to the gradients and patterns in my usual art cards.

Combine that with how long they took to make, and... meh, I think these are less satisfying overall compared to the equivalent activity of making ten SETS of digital cards.

Anyway, here they are. Click each for a larger view.

As you can see on that last one, I also tried a more "watercolor" approach, but... eh... I think paint and Jen will just never get along.

I'm a digital gal; I need to focus on that, methinks. So, I'll probably use these designs to make editions of 12 with digital colors, as before.

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From:lirazel
Date:August 9th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
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You're the artiste. I like the hot blue kitty, though.
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From:jengagne
Date:August 9th, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
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Yah, I have him as my desktop wallpaper right now. :) Overall I think the results were /fine/, but, I'm just not feeling as happy with them as I would be if they were colored digitally. So, that's the deciding factor in my mind. I don't think more practice with the paint would help, either.

I got some gouache and tried that, but eh, it just felt like regular acrylic paint -- not particularly opaque, very thick. If I watered it down it flowed more smoothly, but in that case it's no different from regular watercolor. Maybe I need to find a better brand, or to try some kind of opaque medium with my regular acrylics... mm.

Notes mainly to myself, as long as I'm on that site:

Hey neat. Golden sells an "Acrylic Polymer for Clothing Artists." I also wonder if their straight Universal Acrylic Polymer would work well for sealing my fabric prints. Hmm. ... if I could get fabric to print right. Aagh!

Pouring Medium would stop my black paint from crazing on my acrylic canvases... but I kind of like the crazing.

And also, the canvases don't sell. I'm still hung up on that... @_@

Again, my thoughts tell me I should stick with digital work because that's my fave. Mm.
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From:rubialinda
Date:August 9th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
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I like the pattern especially the rabbit. There seems something missing from them.
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