"every day's a good day when you (finger) paint"
Hello, Happy New Year and welcome to another Mix-Ability challenge here on Splitcoast! Our goal is to make mixed media, easy, approachable and FUN! We want to convince you that no matter what your style is - you can DO it!
If you want to start these challenges in the pages of an art journal, instead of a card, or on scrapbook pages, or on 3D items - please know - ANYTHING is welcome!
We want you to learn and enjoy!
Today's challenge is inspired by an artist who had a lot of influence on my artistic bent - Bob Ross.
While sometimes parodied, his desire was to make art something that could fit into everyone's life - not something reserved for a select few. His kindness and sweetness was evident in every one of his shows, and he always made me feel like the most important thing in art was to enjoy oneself, and I have always treasured and honored that.
Here's a cute auto-tune mashup of his show:
No one can even say "Happy Little Clouds" without thinking of sweet Bob Ross. I took a painting class using his method at CHA one year and it was without a doubt the best painting I've ever done.
So today's challenge is for you to make happy little clouds on your card, and to use a very simple technique by our own Mix-Ability hostess, Jeanne Streiff, for quick, fingerpainted clouds.
Normally I do these with acrylic paint - I use white and black paint so that my clouds have a little grey at the bottom.
But today, in honor of Bob Ross, I used Bob Ross
gesso instead - it works great if you only have gesso and not paint - you just need to add a few layers as it has more transparency than acrylic paint.
Now since it's a MIXED MEDIA challenge, you have to use one additional medium - I chose watercolor - I spritzed my background with water, dropped reinkers onto it and then smushed them around with a paper towel.
Most importantly, as Bob would say - have FUN - as it says on my card - life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful!!
Be sure and use today's keyword, and then come back here and post a link to your card so we can make sure and see it!
Here's a link to the gallery for this challenge