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In the afternoons Margaret went into the field behind the house and picked strawberries. They grew thick there by the fence and along the ditches, places where it did not break the grass for her to walk; in the corner by the pasture the small, wild plants made a bed as if they had been planted, and she could sit down and pick quietly, holding back the leaves with one hand and snapping off the berries with the other, dropping them into a blue-banded lard pail.
Spectra colored tissue paper, cotton gauze, F&W Acrylic inks, crayons
1) If I paint ink on piece of tissue that doesn't have
medium over it, the ink bleeds like crazy. Duh!!
first thing I did was take a piece of artist's tape and
cover up the text on the page to protect it.
For the strawberries, I tore different shades of red tissue into rough strawberry shapes. I glued those down on the page. When they dried, I used a speedball pen and the F&W inks to outline the strawberries and draw the vines, caps, and seeds. I then glued some green tissue for the leaves and outlined those with ink as well.
I used some brown ink to dye the gauze brown. After it dried, I used the medium to glue it across the page. I was surprised when some of the brown ink bled off the gauze. Maybe I didn't let it dry long enough. I used a rag to wipe the brown away. I then took crayons and filled in some of the bare spaces around the edges with other shades of blue. I also used some red crayon to shade the pink strawberries.
Because the previous page was so neat and orderly, I wanted this one to look a little messy and rough. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet; it's quite a bit different from most of my other pages. But I really like the look of the strawberries. The green shadowing through the reds and pinks of the berries looks very cool. I wanted the gauze to be reminiscent of a fence across the pasture, but I think it might look too dark. This may have to be one of the pages that just grows on me with time. Or maybe I'll never learn to really like it very much. That's just the way it goes, I guess. It is what it is.
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