Autumn is my favorite time of year, even if in CA it still feels like summer!
Now, I'm not a big Halloween person, but I do love pumpkins, and cats, and crows, so I decided I'd do an art journal page about that and I used this week's Gelatos® color of the week: Black Licorice.
I started off by sketching out my design...I wanted to keep it in more of a folk art style than a scary Halloween one.
Next, I chopped off a bit of Mango Gelatos and a tiny bit of the Cinnamon. I mashed those up and combined them with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel.
I used that to "paint" in my pumpkin, leaving the features unpainted.
Next I combined the Black Licorice Gelatos and the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and filled in the cat and the crow.
To make the marks on the crow's tail, the cat's whiskers, and mouth I just took a sharp pencil and drew through the Gelatos/Glass Bead Glitter Gel mixture while it was still wet.
I also mixed up a tiny bit of Watermelon Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel to fill in the ears and nose on the cat and for the pumpkin stem I used Iced Chai Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel. Once it was all filled in I then I let the whole page dry completely before starting in on the background. Now I knew I wanted to have a darker background, but I also wanted to be able to see the cat and the crow so for the first layer I used the following Gelatos: Snow Cone, Boysenberry, and Metallic Grape.
I used a baby wipe that I had squeezed out as much of the liquid out of as possible to blend out the Gelatos.
After that was dry I added the Black Licorice Gelatos on top of it and blended it out as well.
I than outlined the cat and crow with a Black #199 PITT Artist Pen, and the pumpkin with a Dark Sepia #175. I filled in all the details on the crow, cat, and pumpkin. I then got the idea to add some patterns to the background. Now, because of the waxy finish to the Gelatos you're not able to write on top of it with the finer tipped PITT Artist Pens very easily so I brushed on a thin layer of Gel Medium to seal it in so I could add those details.
I wish you could see the glitter and texture on this page "in real life!" It's really neat!
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