Hahaha! Yep! This whole try a different product every day for 31 days about wore me out!
Yesterday I showed you the final result. There it is again! Let me walk you through how I got to this point.
The thought was to use a different product each day in the month of October. Thus the 31 Products. Keep in mind that a ‘product’ could be as simple as a pencil (which I show you on day 22,) or an eraser, a ballpoint pen, a paintbrush, a sponge – any number of household items would work. I chose to use a 12″ x 24″ canvas stretched over a wooden frame for the entire month.
What I figured out was this . . . what a stupid idea! Hahahaha! What in the world was I thinking? I believe the lady who came up with this idea had a plan in mind before hand. Mine? Not so much. So. Day One – above – I used a few different colors of Pebeo Studio Acrylics and rolled them on with a brayer. This in itself was very satisfying and I love how it looked. I should have left it there and moved on to a sheet of paper for day two. Hahahahahahah!
And I have to apologize. Many of these photos were done at night when the lighting was not that great. Day two – I felt like the piece needed some white. So I pulled out some Dina Wakley’s Heavy Body Acrylic paints, a dabber, and a makeup sponge. Then I proceeded to dab and drag color in various places. That would be the white and pink additions. The green and yellow were round ink pads that I stamped onto the canvas.
On day three I brought in some craft paints from Walmart and a paint brush to add some random mark making. Mostly those blue, magenta and orange places. And I was getting further and further away from what I liked about this canvas.
Day four was a bit more fun. I moved away from paints and into the collage world. I used Dina Wakley’s clear gesso to add some text from a Korean dictionary and some cute little row houses from scrapbook paper. Hahahaha! My ‘notes’ say I added these over areas I did not like! Hahahahaha!
You can see the bits of houses and dictionary a little better in this photo. For the fifth day, I used a straight up regular black smell bad Sharpie! I used it to turn a lot of those brush strokes into flowers and to add some marks to those blue swirls. And ok, I was starting to like this a little better now. It was starting to gain a little personality.
For day six, I pulled out some Tim Holtz’ Distress Ink pads and dragged some color over those paper collage additions. To grunge them up a bit. My notes say: It’s getting too dark so tomorrow will see a whole lot of white! Hahahaha!
Well, I didn’t cover a lot up on day seven, but I did use some titanium white Pebeo Artist Acrylics to make white marks randomly over the entire piece. I kind of like the white marks, so I was starting to like this a little again.
For day eight I pulled out some texture paste and some Itty Bitty stencils from Joggles. They are super simple to use. I took a palette knife and scraped the paste over the surface of the stencil, which caused all these cool little white circles of texture. Fun!
Well, apparently I got a little over zealous with the texture paste the day before, so on day nine I used some pan pastels and a sponge to dab some color over some of the texture shapes. In this case little fish. And I was starting to really dislike this thing again.
Day 10, I used cheap ink pads from the Dollar Store to dab some color on those stone cobbles at the top right. Ugh.
Day 11 felt like a mark making kind of day, so I brought out the Liquitex Paint Markers. These are really cool and if you do big scale art you need a couple! Those green shapes and the magenta one across the middle are from these markers. Think huge.
But. Things were getting too dark again. On Day 12 I watered down some watercolor and went over a lot of the dark areas to lighten things up. And I was sort of liking it again.
And then because I felt like I had to keep adding product, on day 14 (I have no idea what happened on day 13) I dripped some Daler Rowney Acrylic inks across the top and instantly hated the whole thing. My notes on this day says “Tomorrow going to slap a bunch of paint all over this!”
Somehow it was now Day 17 with no recollection of what happened to those other days. >.< On day 17, I brayered several layers and colors of Dylusions Paints all over this piece. White, bubblegum pink, fresh lime and lemon zest. You could still see hints of what lay underneath and I was somehow starting to like this again.
A closeup of one of those textured areas.
So much more to like about this now. It is kind of hard to believe all the steps I went through to get to this point. And all the layers of product piled onto here.
Day 18 I brought in some Lindy’s Magical Shakers. Because I felt like I had to keep going with this project. Shakers are similar to other powders you use – like Brusho Crystals or Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts. I sprinkled them on and hit them with a spritz of water. Sadly they didn’t move, they just kind of sat there. But I do like the texture they gave.
And then it was day 22. No idea what happened between 18 and 22. Probably I was just sick of the whole thing and didn’t want to be bothered. But. On day 22 I pulled out some Liquitex ink and a pencil eraser.
I dropped some color on my craft mat and used the eraser to make dots in various places on the canvas. I used some pink ink to make flower centers. AT some point I used gelly roll pens to outline flowers and add some detail. I kind of like the way they turned out.
This photo shows you those Lindy’s shakers a little better.
A posca paint pen aded some dots of color over those ink spots.
And I decided to call it a wrap. Trying to fit 31 different products onto one piece of canvas was a bit more than I could make my brain figure out. I will not be doing this one again. Honest. I lump it right up there with the 100 day challenge thing. Hahahaha! I’ve done it and I’m good.
I wasn’t really sure that I liked much about this at all. I stood the canvas behind the TV set in my studio and just left it there. It’s been about a month and a half now, and periodically I look at it. Sometimes I even pick it up and look closer. And I’m sort of starting to like parts of it. Maybe it will grow on me. But one thing for sure, I will not be adding any more product to it. Ever.
So the moral of this story is: not everything works for me. I usually only show you the good things. The things that worked. The successes. But I am not perfect and I am still learning in my art journey. Still trying things, experimenting and stretching. And this project was worth doing and I’m glad I did it. And I am equally glad that it is over. Hahahahahahahahaha!
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