A few weeks ago I visited my 6 year old’s k/1 class at Teton Valley Community School to talk about what I do and to create a pattern with them inspired by their school. Each student drew an element that I put together into a fun, colorful pattern. There are rainbows, alpacas, chickens, lots of sunflowers, a couple of maps and even a a pregnant pink unicorn.
I’m sad to see the end of another amazing class by Victoria Johnson but excited so see how what I’ve learned shows up in my work. For week 3, indigo, I tried a few different techniques and style and chose marker + posca pen for the final. I ordered some masking fluid and am looking forward to seeing what I can do with it.
This week’s style was tropical. I loved working with large shapes and interesting color palettes but struggled a bit with having the elements flow naturally. My style is a little stiff and jerky but I still came up with some things that I like.
I’m taking the second Explore Florals by Victoria Johnson and loving it as much as the first class. I This week’s inspiration was folk-art. I explored the theme with gouache, collage, vector and ink floral patterns.
I’ve been playing around with gouache, trying to make it work for me. I think the key is to decide on your colors and pre-mix them. The colors straight from the tube were not working for me. They were too bright didn’t scan very well. Today I mixed my own colors and am happy with the result!