Saturday, March 24, 2018

Easter Week #ledartsupply #zebrapenus #schmincke

watercolored mixed media art of the empty tomb, easter 2019
Easter week.
The week leading up to the remembrance
that is the most special one for every Christian.
Easter Sunday - the day we remember
not the death, but the
resurrection of a living Christ.
watercolored mixed media art of the empty tomb, easter 2019
 Since I started making art a few years ago,
each Easter I make a special piece to celebrate.
While I am here, I'd like to walk you through
the making of this page.
This is my medium size Leda Sketchbook.
I love the book - it works so well with 
everything I throw at it!
(By the time my page was complete,
some areas had as much as 10+ layers
of wet media. The page held up great.
No buckling or dimpling, I did hold it in place
with a couple small clips till it was dry.)
I started with a base layer of Golden Fluid Acrylics.
watercolored mixed media art of the empty tomb, easter 2019
 My hope was to create a page showing that the
tomb of Jesus Christ is empty.
Where better to start than in the scripture that
tells us about that time.

Luke 24:1-12, describes the women taking spices
to prepare the body of Jesus for His eternal resting place.
When they arrived, 
the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty.

I printed the New International Version of that
scripture, hand tore the edges and attached
it to my page with Dina Wakley's clear gesso.
A layer underneath and a layer across the top
both adhered the piece and sealed the edges.
I used standard (cheap) computer paper which is
why it looks translucent. I knew when I painted
over it that would all be covered up
and the words of the Bible would remain.
No problemo.
watercolored mixed media art of the empty tomb, easter 2019
 I lightly sketched the main elements in pencil, 
then used my Schmincke Watercolors
to start placing the color blocks.
My thought was to make it look like as if
you are peering through the empty tomb
to the crosses beyond where the 
crucifixion happened.
When the page was completely dry, I used a 
paper towel to lightly buff the entire page.
This is important to remove any dust or
loose color particles so they won't clog up
your pens.
watercolored mixed media art of the empty tomb, easter 2019
worked perfectly over these colors. 
I outlined the various areas, and started
tangling that tree.
If you are a tangle artist, you will recognize 
that tree to be the tangle pattern Finery.
watercolored mixed media art of the empty tomb, easter 2019
 I continued with those same technical pens
and a white UniBall Signo Gel Pen and did the
remainder of the pen work. 
I darkened the edges to the tomb opening
to make it stand out a bit more.
I felt like the rocks were too dark so . . . 
watercolored mixed media art of the empty tomb, easter 2019
 . . . I used an opaque white watercolor and
brushed some over the top of the rocks to
lighten them a bit.
A pencil and a tortillon brought a little shade
to the words in the scripture I wanted to
emphasize. 
watercolored mixed media art of the empty tomb, easter 2019

And a parting thought to . . .
Rejoice in His mercy.
Were it not for that mercy we would not
have a hope for tomorrow. 
I hope you are encouraged as we go
into Easter Week, to remember the real reason 
for Easter is not the bunny and the candy -
although those things are fun and tasty -
but to remember the risen Savior! 
Have a great week!

Supplies used: Leda Medium Sketchbook, Schmincke Watercolor Pans,
Dina Wakley Clear Gesso, Zebra Zensations Technical Drawing Pens,
UniBall Signo Gel Pen. 

4 comments:

  1. Very effective with your white pen outlining of the central cross with the shaded words from the text above. The darkening of the cave opening's inner edges gives the whole composition such dimension that you can really sense the fact that you're on the inside of the tomb (context is all & the text therefore is integral to the design - love the way you drew attention to the passage of scripture right at the beginning of your post) looking out towards the scene of the crucifixion.

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    1. I realized after I posted that I had left those two rocks on the right hanging in space, so I had to go back and close up the right-hand side of the tomb around them. that's why they look different in the photos. I hope you and R have a great Easter week. hugs, dear friend!

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    2. Very effectively done & the end result is spot on. Have a super Easter with the family.

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    3. thanks, Evelyn, may God bless you and your hubby on this Easter week. love you!

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