Summer of Color – Blue

The Summer of Color theme this week is Blue.  I was having trouble deciding on what to do so I decided to grab one of my books and find the word blue and see if the words on the page would inspire me.  It worked!  Now, I should have either gessoed or sealed the page before using water on it, and I knew that, but I was working on the sofa because I didn’t feel well and I was just too lazy to take it to the art room.  So the blue lady is a bit blotchy, but she has other things on her mind so I don’t think she is bothered by it. This is inktense pencil, water, and a couple of my hand carved stamps in my art journal.

HOT TIP: If you use a book that has been indexed by Google in snippet view, you can use Google Books to look up a word, such as blue, and it will tell you 3 or 4 pages that contain that word. It’s much easier than skimming the book, hoping to find the word by luck!

Fun News: I just found out that I won the title of Wizard of Whimsy again this week! I’m tickled pink. I love being a wizard!  This week, it was for my goofy little One Line Owl. 😀 We can always use more entries over there, if anyone would like to play along.



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16 thoughts on “Summer of Color – Blue

  1. Jenny

    Stunning page Melissa… love your blue lady and the book paper background… so awesome… and congrats on your win… your owl is too cute…

    Jenny x

  2. Kristin Van Valkenburgh

    WOW! What a cool tip! AND your piece – I really love her! Her expression is perfect for the sentiment and all those blues really capture her mood. Really wonderful work, thank you for sharing 😉 xoxo

  3. Voie de Vie

    Really nice piece! I also interact online with Andrea at Falling Ladies (and loved those snails!), so I’m glad to see that two of my favorite people came in 1st and 2nd last week. 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 Love your blue lady! And the poppies are fantastic!!! I can’t wait to do more poppy art!

  5. Missyk

    I love how you got your inspiration!!!! Your blue lady is stunning.

    Thanks for the tip….. I’m going to write it down so I don’t forget!!!!

  6. Anonymous

    What a fabulous journal page…Love your ‘blue’ lady and the way you have highlighted the words.
    Oh and thanks for the google tip too 🙂
    Jan x

  7. Jan

    Fabulous journal page, love your ‘blue’ lady and the way you have highlighted the words.
    Oh, and thanks for the google tip also 🙂
    Jan x

  8. B @ Sweet Limes

    This is just brilliant, I love that you used words from the page to inspire you. As for the splotchy blue on the lady, I actually like it, it gives her some added depth.

  9. Daniele

    This is amazing. I love using books. I get lazy too, but sealing is a good idea. However, in my piece, I painted on kid drawing paper because I was too lazy to go get my own! It was a battle, but I think I saved it! 😀

    I am really in awe here! Really nice!

  10. Jenny

    Wow…this is just amazing, love the blue lady. And the added details of the tree silhouette and bee. Lovely lovely!
    ps No way! google can do that?! Wonders will never cease :)x

  11. fairyyellowbug (Norma)

    Melissa this is a powerful piece. Just lovely. It speaks volumes and is an important work of art. Love your work and looking forward to seeing more! *smiles* Norma


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