This piece was done using a technique learned from my former watercolor teacher, Shirley Hathaway. Shirley also taught me how to batik.
I pulled out the crayons (regular children's crayons), scribbled some color onto a piece of mixed media paper and then covered the scribbles with black gesso. (If I remember correctly, I was supposed to have used black acrylic paint, but I couldn't find any, so I painted with the gesso.)
Once everything was dry, the gesso was gently scraped away with an X-ACTO knife in short strokes, and this lion appeared.
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I picked up a couple of library books that look pretty interesting. Both books are full of exercises designed to encourage experimentation.
It will be fun to pull out a few lessons per week from the books,
and the books will help me make time for art while getting ready for the move.