Friday, May 23, 2014

Seasonal Creative Projects, Part 2: I'm Still Learning

Yesterday I mentioned that there are several seasonal creative projects I participate in each year. I shared my returns from Kat's spring time Liberate Your Art Postcard swap and my plans for Kristin's Summer of Color. Another one of my favorite projects take place each fall - Learn Something New, hosted by Shimelle. It runs every September, and I've probably participated three times.  One year, I made a chipboard book using lots of rubber stamps. You can see a sample here.  Another year, I made a flag shaped mini-album with little teeny tiny pieces of ephemera.  You can see some of them here. Last September, I decided to create an art journal in which I record my lessons and practice drawing faces. I made a start at it, but didn't get very far on it. But lately, I've been working away on it.  I've done all the backgrounds and have even completed a couple of pages.
For the faces in the journal, I'm using techniques from a face-drawing class by Dina Wakley. They're very stylized and messy, but I'm enjoying learning the technique. Each page also includes the lesson learned on that day. I'm going to continue to work on the journal this summer.  Hopefully I'll get it done before the next round of LSNE starts!
Speaking of faces, I also participate in face-drawing creative projects hosted by Ayala Art.  Each June, she runs one featuring men (see mine here) and occasionally hosts one called 29 faces. Here's the post announcing the one for this year. I won't be participating this year, but I have been participating in her Faces in the World Swap, where groups of three people work in sequence to complete a finished face.  For example, I recently sent this out:
And this is what it became:
And when I received this recently:
I tuned her into this:
This is a really fun project. I just sent these to starters out for the next round:
I'll let you know how they turn out when they return home.


Linda said...

I love your faces in LSNED!!! And the Ayala Art project - so interesting to see what the faces become:)

alexa said...

Those blue water lilies (?) in her hair are lovely - you have transformed her!

GlorV1 said...

Great faces, very nice transformation. I'm looking forward to SOC as well. It was fun last year. Have a great weekend.

Sian said...

I love the idea of sending a few starters round and I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses. AND I'm wondering if something like this could be adapted for a scrapbooking or cardmaking swap

Melissa said...

I've participated in LSNED three times, too - a mini-album once, blogging my lessons once, and divided page protectors. Haven't thought about what I might do this year yet.

Passing the faces around to be completed looks like such FUN!

Karen said...

These are fabulous! The lady with the flowers is stunning!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

These are so cool, Rinda. I love seeing the progression and how the pieces change. I loved taking that recent sketchbook class but one of the things I've yet to do is to draw a face. I'm scared to! Haha - seems silly. I need to just go for it!

Anonymous said...

It's so interesting to see how others complete your sketch and you complete theirs.