Sunday, May 3, 2015

Artful Journeys Week 18 - Go Fly a Kite!

Hey, y'all, Melody here this week, and let me tell you, I was SO excited to finally get to this week's prompt....Go Fly a Kite!!!!!!  One of the happiest memories of my childhood was going to the park with whatever new kite my mother brought home for me, and getting to fly it.  Of course, growing up in Oklahoma, flying a cheap-o dollar store kite is WAY easier said than done, but for whatever short amount of time I could keep it in the air, I was in heaven!

So, here is my take on our prompt this week....I hope you'll hop over and take a peek.

Lynn gave us this little beauty for this week's prompt, saying:

"Go fly a kite?  I decided to fly 2 of them. 
I started out using Dina Wakley's heavy body paint in turquoise but the color seemed off, so I  grabbed the Americana Indian Turquoise and painted over the Dina and liked the blend much better. 

I just happened to buy a pack of wood kites the other day that was marked down in price,  hoping they would come in handy, and by golly they did.  For the clouds I used a stencil I had on hand, and the bike was sent to me by a group member. I thought a butterfly was in order,  so I added one.  I am VERY happy with this weeks prompt."

Miss Tamie had a LOT of fun with her page for this weeks prompt....take a look at her process here!

Our wonderful leader will be checking in later with her take on the prompt, but please go see what we have for you so far, and be sure to leave the girls some love!

05/04/15 - Betty here, at last.  My week last week was fraught with rental property disasters and I had little to no time for art.  As a child, I loved flying kites. I was never very good at it, but try we did every time the wind wasn't blowing too hard.  My brother taught my sister and I how to make our own kites out of newspaper and some balsa wood (he is so smart!).  We never had money to buy very many store-bought kites, so any kind of kite we could manufacture we were in heaven. Summers spent at my maternal grandmother's house in Oklahoma always yielded the most time, and most open spaces for kite flying.  I always felt so "free" when controlling that kite.

I brayered on my background colors (blue cotton, sky blue, antique white and parakeet green), really roughly, hoping for a more water-colory effect.  The tree trunks I "scratched" on with the dropper from my brown Dylusions Spray ink, and painted the tree leaves with watered down craft acrylic paint in Spring Green and and Hunter Green.  The kites were cut from some scrap gelli print papers and embroidery floss added for the kite tails.  I added a little bit of personal journaling about the emotions conjured up by this week's prompt.  Hope you enjoy my interpretation.

1 comment:

  1. Another wonderful set of spreads! It's very windy here today, so the kite prompt is very appropriate!


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