1st Day of the AEDM Challenge

I have joined several creative challenges while blog hoppin’ but normally don’t follow through. However, I love seeing what others come up with. This is the first time I have joined AEDM and I am already feeling intimidated by the beautiful creations of the talented people who have accepted this challenge.  Although this is the 2nd day of the month, this posting is what I did for AEDM on the first day.  Obviously, my posting will be at least a day late.  Anyway….

I started out making ink blobs with blue, red and yellow Bombay inks. My thought was how you can’t go wrong when you use the primary colors.   I dropped it on my paper and blew on the blobs with a straw (until I almost passed out).  There was still too much ink, so I dabbed it with a paper towel and tried drying the rest with a heat gun.  The results were not to my liking.  My plan was to doodle around the blobs.  This has worked well with me in the  past to get my creative juices flowing.  HA!  This was obviously NOT one of those times.  The blobs were very overwhelming, to say the least.  Oh well… I decided I should just see what I could do with this, and I added a squiggly object on one of the yellow blobs.  Whoa!  I forgot to take a picture of what I started with.  So, I took a picture. Yuck.

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Okay… feeling somewhat crestfallen at my results, I still stumbled on with a Micron 08 Ink pen.  Before long I was totally frustrated with my results so I just made random scribbles around my “art” piece.  BLA HA HA HAAAAA. This was not going well.

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I hated it.  But it was getting late in the evening and I wanted to say I at least was up to the challenge for one day.  So, I rummaged through my art supplies and found a small jar of Copic Opaque White.  Hmmm.  I don’t think I have ever used this.  It looked like it was dried up.  I googled it online to find out what it was used for.  I learned “Opaque white is a white pigment/paint you apply to finished drawings with a paintbrush to add highlights, or “glints” of white. Opaque White is used for corrections too.”  Ah ha!  The last sentence grabbed me.  I stirred up the contents of the jar and brushed and dabbed it on my “doodle.”  Lucky for me, it wasn’t dried out like I first thought.  I wasn’t happy with my picture but I think I have a new favorite medium for use in future endeavors!

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After that I just fooled around with a Bic permanent marker, and finally gave up on the idea that I was going to have a masterpiece.  This is going to go in my pile of paintings that I can gesso over for future projects.

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Normally I would not show stuff like this, but I needed proof (if only for myself)  that I did create something on the first day of AEDM. And now I’m thinking ahead at how I can use the Copic Opaque White.  Maybe I will come up with something for the second day of the challenge.  Like, I wonder if the Opaque White would work in the new FineLine applicator bottle I just bought.  Hmmm.

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Already the creative juices are swirling around in my head. Stay tuned to see how I use these on my next endeavor.



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