I have to say that making these four pieces was the most fun I have ever had creating art! So much fun that I plan on making a large one for my entryway. Yesterday I took a road trip to the Dick Blick outlet store that is about 50 minutes from where I live. My daughter gave me a gift certificate for Mothers Day and I couldn’t wait to spend it! I found a wonderful 2′ by 3′ wood panel (exactly what I was looking for) on clearance for $20! I was so excited that I would have danced across the parking lot with it but it was so big that I had to settle for skipping. Just kidding. But I really wanted too. 🙂
Anyhow, Where Dragonflies Dwell came about because a lovely piece of art caught my eye on Pinterest here , which lead me to a lovely blog ,which then lead me to purchase this book that is full of wonderful techniques, which then led me to make a mad dash for Lowes to get a bucket of joint compound.
I spread the joint compound onto the four 6 inch square wood boards and created texture by pressing in rubber stamps, bubble wrap, a round lid and other items that were handy. I let the compound dry and then sanded around the edges and lightly sanded any spots that looked too rough. I put a wash of yellow watercolor over each piece and, once dry, I randomly brushed on some soft gel matte medium (this creates a nice resist). I’m so glad I used yellow as a base color because it gave each piece such a warm glow. Next I added washes of watercolors and, at times, rubbed some of the color off to reveal the yellow or another color underneath. Once I had the color how I liked it, I added a bit of text here and there using a rubber stamp and an ink pad. Next I painted on some melted beeswax. The wax creates great texture along with giving the paintings a dreamy look. The dragonflies were printed onto tissue paper and then I lay them on the wax and, using a mini iron, I ironed them into the wax. They just melted in there so nicely and the tissue paper just sort of disappeared.
I guess I’m going to need some larger objects for creating texture on the next piece, so a gathering I shall go!
Have a great day!
UPDATE: You can find lots of interesting information about dragonflies and see some beautiful images by visiting thedragonflywoman.com. I really enjoyed reading about the dragonfly myths. I also enjoyed reading her post about fireflies. It made me feel lucky to have grown up where there are lots of them to light up the night. Thank you Chris, a/k/a the Dragonfly Woman, for allowing me to use your wonderful dragonfly images in my art!