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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Doodle Decides Your Mood

Primarily, it is the size of the doodles. If you draw large doodles that take most of your page, you are likely to be attracted to nature. Moreover, you might also have a reserved personality, but would want to socialize.

Small doodles on a corner of the paper suggest that the person is neat and organized in his/her ways. Because the drawing is placed on a side of the page, it shows that a person does not like wastage and prefers everything in its proper place.

Drawing flowers as your doodles suggest femininity. This is the reason why usually girls are observed to draw flowers while they doodle. Moreover, drawing flowers also suggest that you might be becoming aware of your own personality and waiting to bloom.

As for doodles that present masculinity, they consist of boxes, squares and other three- dimensional objects. Moreover, if you draw boxes, you are likely to have a practical, organized and methodical approach towards different things.

A lot of people also draw trees in their scribbles. A tree symbolizes a person or a thing from the past that you do not happen to forget. Moreover, you might fear insecurity and would want to be protected.

This might be your feeling if your tree is standing alone. If surrounded by flowers, it indicates happiness and love for family.

Some people just draw lines. If these are drawn with a lot of pressure, they represent aggression and apprehension. The pressure is basically that decides your mood. The lighter the pressure, the more peace you have in your mind.

Houses in your drawings symbolize many things. If you draw a plain house that has no doors, windows, curtains or smoke coming out of the chimney, you are very likely to be gloomy about something in your life. You might feel lonely and would want to talk to someone at the moment.

On the other hand, if you have drawn a big house, with flowers and a garden around it, you are likely to be happy. Moreover, you might be materialistic; and like big houses, extravaganza and luxuries.

Rock Art

Generally, there are four basic types of rock art: Pictographs, which are painted on the rock surface; petroglyphs, which are pecked or incised into the rock; geoglyphs, designs made of rocks arranged on the ground, typically on a very large scale; and also cupules, small holes, often found in clusters. Petroglyphs seem to be the most common type in the Southwest. There, rocks are often covered by a veneer known as ‘desert varnish’. Mineral deposits such as iron oxide adhere to rock surfaces over time and eventually stain the rock. This natural varnish ranges from a rust color to a brown so dark that at first it appears to be black. Almost invariably, it covers a lighter colored rock such as sandstone, which is found throughout the Southwest. By scratching, incising or pecking away at the desert varnish, perhaps with an antler chisel, the artist would reveal the lighter sandstone beneath, thus creating a negative image.

The designs themselves vary, but there are a few general types that are repeatedly found. Aside from the geometric designs, there are typically two others: anthropomorphs, or human images; and zoomorphs, depictions of animals. Sometimes these two motifs are combined, such as humans with animal heads or perhaps vise versa. Also, two different animals may sometimes be combined in a similar manner.

Some scholars now prefer the term ‘rock imagery’ as opposed to rock art to refer to these designs, since they don’t know for certain if it was really intended to be art, per se. However, it is still commonly known as ‘rock art’ to most people. Rock art is sometimes referred to as hieroglyphics, which is actually a form of writing, but the vast majority of researchers agree that the images are not a written language at all.

But if not writing, the question remains as to what their meaning might be. It seems doubtful that people with such an intimate knowledge of the landscape would need rock art maps, as some have speculated, not even outsiders such as traders. Also, considering the amount of effort required to create even the simplest motifs, idle ‘doodling’ seems like a doubtful interpretation too; imagine the difficulty of creating one petroglyph, much less a whole panel. Academic research has revealed evidence that many images are very likely the recording of individuals’ visions, probably most often those of shamans, or medicine men (which in some groups would traditionally be women). But, while this may often be the meaning, some seem to be clan symbols and other designs, left on the rocks as markings made during adulthood initiation ceremonies or as markers to guide the spirits of the deceased back to the underworld. The cupules mentioned above may have also been left as a part of an adulthood ceremony, at least in some cases. Sometimes the images clearly depict historical events, such as the arrival of the Spaniards in the Southwest. Whatever the meaning, the art is sacred to some people, while enriching the lives of many others.

Information about Abstract Art

Would you believe that it’s hard for some artists to create non-objective abstract art because they can’t free their minds enough. Even for myself, my mind naturally wants to take shapes and patterns and begin to put them together to create subject matter. I may start out with an abstract piece but I end up turning it into a landscape. So I end up with something in between. But other times I get a bit lost in the moment and formations unravel themselves naturally. When I am done I look back at what I created to find a very abstract piece of art.

Creating abstract art is really a practice in meditation where you have to free yourself from the distractions of the mind. Have you ever been on the phone and involved in a conversation where hadn’t realize you were doodling the whole time? It sounds silly, but If you ever take a look at people’s doodles you’ll see some very interesting art. It is almost always abstract, sometimes childish, with natural formations that seems to unfold one into another. Doodling is intuitive. It seems to be connected with the subconscious, very similar to dreaming. And it is this same sort of caught in the moment way of not thinking that creates beautiful abstract art.

I believe that creating abstract art is just another way of freeing the mind and feeling good. Like a dream world, things don’t have to make sense with abstract art. People will always find their own little ways of meditating and the action of painting is another one of those ways. Let’s face it, a little escape from the chaos of this world is a good thing. It’s good for all of us.

Create Art Journal

a sheet of grungeboard(you know you have some, we all got it when it came out and then said – “now what?”)

a sheet of watercolour paper – I’ve used Windsor & Newton Bockingford 14×10 inch – 300gsm. The size is the most important part, any watercolour paper will do, or you could substitute with a heavy weight cardstock. Check places like The Range or The Works.

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints

Brushes and plastic palette knife

Ranger Craft Mat

Liquitex Acrylic Inks

Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabbers

Liquitex Gel Medium & Gesso

Stencilof choice

Waxed Threadand a charm

Stampotique stamps

and lastly – an old gift card.

Start by applying a thin coat of gesso to both sides of your watercolour paper and grunge board. Using an old gift card will help you get a thin coat. Let it dry on one side before you do the other.

Once the gesso is dry, apply some gel medium through a stencil with a palette knife (easier to get the gel out of the pot that way as well) in patches to create some texture for your backgrounds. I used the Crafters Worskhop small circle grid, a big favourite of mine at the moment. You’ll notice that the dots left on one side were a bit black as lazy me hadn’t cleaned off the black paint from the last time I used it. Again, you’ll need to let it dry before you do the second side.

While you’re waiting for everything to dry, select the colours you want to use to create your backgrounds. Add a little water to a small amount of paint and create a colour wash over both sides of the water colour paper and the grungeboard. You’ll notice that the dry gel medium will create a resist. If you want the resist to stand out more, then you can dab the still wet paint off, or if it’s started to dry, use a baby wipe or a slightly damp cloth to lift the excess paint off. Keep applying the paint until you are happy with what you have. Tip – use complimentary colours to avoid a muddy outcome.

The next on the page is created by drawing circles with the Liquitex Acrylic Inks, if you are worried about getting round circles then you can always use one of the basic circle stencils as a guide to help you. Acrylic Inks come in dropper bottles so I just used the dropper to draw with.

This is the point where the size of the watercolour paper is perfect for working with the grundgeboard. Fold the watercolour paper in half – lengthways, and then cut it in half.

Next, score and fold each half at 3 1/4 inch intervals. You’ll have a small excess at the end, cut this off ONE of the lengths. The stick the two pieces together with gel medium, using one of the short lengths to overlap them. This will then make one long accordion piece.

I’ve cut window in some of my pages, so if you want to do the same, this is the time to do it as it’s easier than when it’s stuck on to the cover.

The grungeboard is to form the cover for your book. Lay it down lengthways and find the centre, then mark half and score across the short side a half an inch either side, giving you a one inch wide spine for your book.

Before you adhere your pages into your book, using a 1/16th inch punch, punch two holes in the back cover for the wax thread to go through and create your closure.