The first of today's art is a Christmas tree made with the rubber stamps. If you notice, (click for a closer view) I stamped the entire tree design with a Christmas tree rubber stamp and colored in all the little trees and sky with copic markers. It was time consuming (I watched almost all of 2 movies while doing it) but very relaxing and almost therapeutic.
This next one started out from a picture of my grandmother at age 16. It sort of morphed into someone else wearing her hat and blouse, but you get the idea. The size of the hat got wonky but that's ok. It is mostly done in traditional watercolor pencils and my new Inktense pencils. The colors in the inktense pencils are so dark that I am not used to them yet, they are very experimental for me.
What holiday art would be complete without an elf? Since I love using markers, I first drew in my images with a very hard pencil and then went over them with India ink markers. (The alcohol markers don't bleed when combined with India ink) and then erased all the pencil lines. After coloring in all the areas and highlighting with gel pens and paint pens, I re-established the outlines with a bolder India ink marker for a comic book look.
Well, that's it for now. Off to get a pedicure. It's raining here and cold, so I have to figure out a way not to mess up the polish on my toes. I usually wear sandals afterward, but not today!
So there is my new art. Take care and know how much I appreciate all my friends, blogger and otherwise.