It’s Day 27 of the blog along with Effy and I have an art journal page that I made today for one of the March lessons from one of the four classes I am doing this year, Moonshine! Who said I was behind, not me! I have been moving furniture and reorganising the results of that since Friday and today I was catching up of some of the lessons I missed while I was rearranging supplies. So this page is my version of the March Painting for Moonshine and was one of the lessons I watched today. I wish I had been able to watch it in March as I have a special connection to hares and my birthday was in March, but never mind, I did it today but I decided to use watercolour instead of acrylics. Also I have been thinking about doing some bigger versions of the ATC book covers that I’ve been doing for #the100dayproject and one of them was The Hare with the Amber Eyes, so why not start with that one!
Here’s my little baby hare on the ATC and here is his much bigger version on A3 paper.
I used pink and purples for my background and moon, to start off with anyway but I couldn’t do the same techniques as Effy did in the class so I improvised with different types of watercolour, including metallics. There is a really cool interference paint that is pink on white paper but blue on dark paper so I used that one to paint some little flowers. You can see it in the image below, they look pink on the left hand side and blue on the right hand side as they dried. The hare is painted with two different metallic silvers.
I added more detail to the flowers with a white pen, and used part of a poem written with the same pen on some black card. The name of the poem and poet escapes me atm, but i will look it up tomorrow and add it in. It’s late and I’m too tired to do it now.
I also added a layer of gold metallic watercolour to the moon and some stabilo outlining.
Here a look at the finished page with the little ATC version of the hare.
By the time I finished it was starting to get dark so all the above finished photos are taken under lights and I’m not sure how accurate they are colourwise. I also took some photos directly under the window and here’s how they look:
I’m really loving how this paint seems to glow in the dark with this gorgeous blue, have to say I wasn’t so impressed with it when I got it last year as it’s not very exciting on white paper, but on dark, well that’s a different story. I will see how things look in the morning and if it looks significantly different in the daylight I will take another photo or ten lol.
So that was Day 27, wow, hard to believe there are only three more blog posts till the end of the month! Let me know what you think in the comments, and as always, thanks for reading!
Edit 28.4.21 Daylight photos
I took more photos when I got up this morning and actually there isn’t much difference at all so maybe my lights in the new room aren’t as bad as I thought lol. Here’s one though from a different angle – I was trying to capture all the shiny from the hare, the moon and the flowers…
Also the poem is called Full Moon Rhyme (1951) by Australian poet, Judith Wright (1915-2000). You can listen to a musical performance of the poem which is rather lovely, here. In the poem, the hare is imagined as jumping into the moon while the dogs can only howl in frustration below:
There’s a hare in the moon tonight.
Crouching alone in the bright
buttercup field of the moon
and all the dogs in the world
howl at the hare in the moon
“I chased that hare to the sky”
the hungry dogs cry.
“The hare jumped to the moon
and left me here in the cold.
I chased that hare to the moon”
“Come down again, wild hare
we can see you there”
The dogs all howl to the moon.
“Come down again to the world,
you mad black hare in the moon.”
“Or we will grow wings and fly
up to the star-grassed sky
to hunt you out of the moon”
The hungry dogs of the world
howl at the hare in the moon.
Copyright Judith Wright 1951
A3 watercolour paper, watercolour, metallic watercolour, neocolours, stabilo, pencil, black pen, white pen, black card,
Blog Along with Effy – Day 27
Links to all the days of the April blog along
April 1st – Day 1 – You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing
April 2nd – Day 2 – Cat hammocks and sneak peeks
April 3rd – Day 3 – Favourite Children’s Books
April 4th – Day 4 – Green Crochet Socks Story
April 5th – Day 5 – A Short Family History of Scones
April 6th – Day 6 – Happy Tartan Day
April 7th – Day 7 The Unbearable Lightness of Old Wallpaper
April 8th – Day 8 Off with their heads my Queen
April 9th – Day 9 – Andy Warhol Cat
April 10th – Day 10 – Tiny Book Covers WIP
April 11th – Day 11 – Happy National Pet Day
April 12th – Day 12 – Collage Fodder, Recycling, Stealing from Kittens
April 13th – Day 13 – Company of Liars ATC Book Cover
April 14th – Day 14 – This is What Happens when you Make all the Things
April 15th – Day 15 – A Short History of Blogging, Tips, Tricks, AMA
April 16th – Day 16 – I just want to drink tea, pet cats and read books
April 17th – Day 17 – You can never have too many cats
April 18th – Day 18 – Days 61-70 of #the100DayProject 2021 – Book Quotes on ATCs
April 19th – Day 19 – They Were A Thing of Strange Wild Edged Beauty
April 20th – Day 20 – There is nothing like a dream to create the future
April 21st – Day 21 – You are capable of more…
April 22nd – Day 22 – Earth Day AJ and Daniel Smith Swatching
April 23rd – Day 23 More Tiny Book ATCs for World Book Day
April 24th – Day 24 – Think Like A Queen
April 25th – Day 25 – Anzac Art Journalling and Anzac Biscuits
April 26th – Day 26 – Project Green Crochet Socks Completed
April 27th – Today!
This month I decided to join in with Effy Wild’s blog along – 30 posts in 30 days and hope I can think if enough things to say. every. day. I’ll do my best to keep up. The idea is to blog every day (obvs) but also to comment on other people’s blogs to keep the conversation going. There is a facebook group where you can link your posts and find other people’s to go visit and comment. During April you can find all the Blog Along posts linked on my home page for convenience. If you leave a comment, I’ll be sure to return the favour!
Art Journal Journey – Inspired By… April Challenge – This post was inspired by the idea of the class lesson and my ATC book cover for The Hare with the Amber Eyes.
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