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crayons, Golden Heavy Gel Gloss, Liquitex Glass Beads medium, fancy fibers, brown acrylic paints, and Sennelier oil pastels
1) I should bring an altered book with me when I visit my
parents' house. That way, if I'm feeling inspired and can
manage it, I can work on my art while I'm there.
have already marked the pages in this chapter that have
words and phrases for potential poetry, so when I needed
pages for the sunflower petals, I cut out ones that hadn't
been marked. I used some crayons, which were not even
labeled "crayons" but were called "plastic art colors" that
I found lying around my parents' house and used the shades
of yellow and orange to color the torn out book pages. Then
I cut petals from the pages . . . lots of petals. I changed
the way I cut them to create petals with the text going in
two different directions.
next morning, I looked at the circles again, and was a bit
disappointed. The brown was too . . . brown. The color just
didn't have enough depth, and sad to say, (and hopefully you
won't be offended) but my flower centers looked too much
like poop. However, I found a way to make the flower centers
look better. I used some yellow and gold shades of oil
pastels and rubbed them lightly over the paint. Then I used
my finger and smeared the color around so it smooshed into
the crevices and created highlights over the brown. I love
the way it looks now.
I went with my husband and two children to my parents' house
for Christmas and took As the Earth Turns and my new
board book, Astronomer's Apothecary, so they could
see the latest pages. On my second day there, I found a
little collection of art supplies my father had discovered
in a box in his garage. There were some ancient looking
ChartPak markers, colored pencils, and the "plastic art
colors" which looked suspiciously like generic crayons. I
had been toying with the idea of including sunflowers in my
"Summer "chapter but hadn't exactly come up with a way to
use them. As I looked at these old art supplies left over
from my childhood, I suddenly felt inspired.
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