August 2022 - Be Your Hero - by Riikka Kovasin

Hi there! It’s Riikka here today with my take on the month’s theme and colours. The theme was “in search of the land of unicorns, on the other side of the rainbow”, technique 3D and colours all the colours of the rainbow.

I drew my inspiration from two sources. The background was inspired by Iris Fritschi-Cussens‘s Creative JumpStart lesson and the cluster on top got its inspiration from the challenge collage. You can see similar sticks on the bottom left. It was so fun wrapping some branches with the colorful threads! They also bring the required dimensionality to the page. Actually, they bring so much dimension to the page that the journal won’t shut properly anymore. But that’s not a problem – I love my journals chubby! That makes me feel they’re really used and filled!

Another source for the dimension is the background, which was inspired by Iris Fritschi-Cussens’s Creative JumpStart lesson as I said. The texture is more subtle of course than the highly dimensional branches, but still, the background isn’t flat! Iris used a brayer to convey texture and that blew my mind! I’ve been now adding colours using a brayer so much more than before seeing the lesson. Of course, I used a brayer with the gel printing plate, but otherwise, it’s always been a palette knife or a brush. It’s so important to open yourself to new things, don’t you think?

As you can see, there’s no unicorns on my page. I first thought to make one as my focal point but couldn’t find an angle. I also was distracted by the colour choices as I hardly ever use the whole rainbow palette in a project! But when I decided just to do a representation of the rainbow, it got easier. That way I could just play with colour and didn’t have to worry about the rest.

For the sentiment I combined a couple of different ones from the Art Daily sticker pad. I love making little stories like this – using word stickers or cut out words from old books. This time the story is more like a guideline than a story: “Be with those who help your being your own hero”.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a rainbow-filled week!

Xoxo Riikka K. 

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