Find It and Treasure It

This week’s Life Book lesson was taken by Mati Rose McDonough and was titled “Treasure Seeking”.  The focus of the lesson was to create an abstract background and use gold leaf.

I have not used gold leaf – not even faux gold leaf – in many a long year, not since I left High School actually.  It is wonderful stuff and I love the impact it has on a piece of art.  However, one of the commitments I made to myself was to work with the materials and media I already have and to make substitutions where required.  Other than a splurge on Neocolor II crayons and Posca paint pens – which I assessed looked pretty necessary for the Life Book course – I have been very self-disciplined and stuck to that.  Of course, my Amazon wish list grows longer every time I watch a tutorial but as someone who enjoys being thrifty none of the wish list items are leaping into the virtual cart.  So I had to make my response to this lesson work without gold leaf.  My solution was to paint a piece of paper with three different gold acrylic paints blended together by scraping them on with an old plastic card.  I was then able to use that “gilded” paper for collage.

Mati Rose McDonough’s video tutorial encouraged we Life Bookers to create an abstract background using whichever techniques we felt inclined to use.  I struggle with creating truly abstract art work.  I can work in an abstract style so long as I am making the shapes and marks resemble something.  Therefore, I could not stop myself from seeing the paper as being divided up into sea and sky.  When I added the drips, in three different colours of blue, at the top of the page, I saw them as storm clouds and rain.  When I added spatter at the bottom of the page, I saw it as sea spray.  I added the hot pink dots, in three different sizes, for a punch of colour contrast and also to try and add a slightly more random element.  A line of sparkly tape and some flags cut from gelli plate prints helped tie the colour scheme together.  I used paint pen to add the mast and anchor and alphabet stamps to add the phrase “find it and treasure it” to the golden hull of the simplistic boat.

Week 8 - Treasure Seeking - Boat Abstract with Gold

Week 8 - Treasure Seeking - Boat Abstract with Gold - Close Up

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11 thoughts on “Find It and Treasure It

  1. I like this! It is eye catching and has a simplicity and openness that is somehow graceful. The background is the perfect setting. Your boat is sturdy and strong and hovers charmingly above the sea and I see your four boys represented also in the flying masts.

  2. Hello Laura! Just wanted to thank you for visiting and following my blog. I see you are participating in Life Book. Your collage came out lovely! I haven’t had time to start on last weeks lessons or this weeks yet. I hope you are enjoying living in Pennsylvania. I’m sure it is not as beautiful as Scotland! I look forward to seeing more of your blog posts!

    • Thank you for popping over to my blog and checking it out. So far I’ve kept on top of the lessons by breaking each down into stages and fitting each stage into a gap in my schedule. This week I got all caught up on lots of art projects, including some commissions, thanks to the long weekend being extended by a snow day.

      I am enjoying life in PA, thank you. The landscape and culture is certainly very different. I miss the hills and glens but I’m enjoying living so close to major cities and amenities.

  3. I think it was pretty genius to create your own ‘gold leaf’ elements like that Laura. I too am solidly committed to using up what I have (even if I also splurged this year to complete my Prismacolor pencil set lol) ;))

    • Thank you, Patricia. I did buy the set of 30 Neocolors and some Posca paint pens in order to do Life Book as the point of me doing the course is to learn how to handle new materials. Otherwise, however, I am completely making do with what I have.

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