Yosemite Beauties

Half Dome Vernal and Nevada FallsSometimes a photo is lovely without a bunch of additions. Yosemite as seen from Glacier Point is one of those scenes that is breathtaking all on its own. This view shows Half Dome in profile and to the right are Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls. All the falls were at their peak with snowfall run-off. A gorgeous day in April 2016.

Fun with a Dip Pen!

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Life Book Lesson 19 with Wyanne Thompson highlights a technique I had never tried before. Using a dip pen and ink, of which I was delighted to use my grandparents vintage tools, you trace a design with a dip pen and ink onto tracing paper and then “transfer” it to your substrate. Apparently it is an Andy Warhol technique. In my case I used Arches hot press watercolor paper for the substrate. The pressing of the tracing paper onto the substrate gives you great blotches and lines. Meant to be quirky, this technique made the face I drew have a wabi-sabi look. (perfectly imperfect). My stash of washi tape came into play as well as watercolor paint and a resist pastel crayon. I did discover that you need to have your washi tape fit into the spaces (I redrew some lines since my tape was mostly narrow in width). It also took a light box for me to even faintly see the ink lines so as to cut or trace the shape onto the tape. Will definitely do this technique again!