Over on Dotty Hill there is a Scribble Picnic going on. I saw that and decided to give it my best shot. On Sunday I began to work on the “Octopus” and started with a sketch.
Next I photocopied it because it was just on ordinary sketchbook paper, pencils and crayons sketchbook paper. Then I taped the photocopy to the front window and traced it onto heavy watercolor paper. I still hadn’t noticed that it only has seven legs. Oops. How did I not see that? I started inking it with India Ink and fine brush. It takes time but is a really enjoyable process for me since it makes me slow down and think. Maybe that’s when I realized that there was a missing leg. At first I was discouraged but that didn’t last long and I simply put another leg onto the dear. Here she is all inked:
A little obvious but not too bad. I wanted to try a method of painting with watercolor that I admire and have wanted to try on a larger page so I found a sturdy board and taped it down. Then I got out my Sennelier paints and soft large round hair brush and started wetting and splashing paint everywhere. I ended up with this:
So there she is. A very happy octopus. I shall call her Amelia.
This is a test.