Friday, July 20, 2012

Summer of Color 2012: Week 6 + Challenge Announcement

Okay all. I have something pretty cool to share with you guys today. At least I think it's cool. Though I am biased. It is my work, after all. Anyways, I am presenting to you, today, Week 6 of the Summer of Color 2012, in which the colors were a pink and a black or dark brown. I used some of both. An extremely dark brown. Again, I made my painted papers, as I did in the past, this time creating a total of eight. I had it worked out in such a way that I would be able to come out, in the very end, with a total of 40 painted papers. And I achieved that goal effectively. I have decided, somewhere in the middle of this challenge that I was going to add onto this challenge on my own time, and I will actually be inviting you guys to participate in it as well. But I will discuss that later on in this post, after the reveal of all the papers I completed for this challenge in the past 6 weeks.

Let's get started now, shall we? Okay. I had quite a few ideas for these papers this week, which made them go so much faster. It was nice to not be struggling to figure out what I wanted to do with the blank pieces of paper I had staring at me. The two above each started with a watercolor wash background; the one on the left with black, and the one on the right with pink. I added acrylic and watercolor paints as another layer on top of the background to create the effects shown. Also, with the stars, I outlined the pink stars with an oil pastel (non water-soulable).

These papers were very simple to complete. Each only consisted of two layers each. The one on the left, I started with an acrylic paint wash over the entire background, to create a vibrant, but not TOO vibrant color. Then, I used some black acrylic to paint the lines and squares over the entire page. I've done things similar to this on art journal pages before, so I just thought it would be fun to play around with. With the page on the right, I used a dark brown watercolor paint (extremely watered down) for the background. Then I took some bubble wrap and stamped with pink acrylic paint over the entire page. And that was that.

These pages were fairly simple as well. The one on the left is simply composed of layers of watercolor paint on top of each other. The one on the right is a bit more complex, though not a whole lot. I started off the page with a white roseart crayon. Then I used it to draw circles all over the entire page. I didn't really pay too much attention to where I was putting the circles, as I couldn't see them that well anyways. Though, I did do my best to cover the entire page with these circles. Then I used black and pink watercolors over the entire page to resist the crayon.

Here, the page on the right also uses a crayon resist, though I used a black crayon that I could actually see. I drew a bunch of little black dots all over the page, then used an acrylic wash to resist the color. Out of all the papers that I made today, this has got to be the one that I am the least fond of. However, that's okay. It's not too bad. The paper on the right was extremely easy. Just alternating stripes of black and pink watercolors. And that was that. Technically only one layer. But I love this one layer. It's just cool.

Now, before I actually get to the challenge that I'm going to be announcing, I would like to share with you one picture that sort of reviews all of the papers that I made this past 6 weeks. I separated them into their specific weeks, but other than that, they are in no particular order. When they are all stacked, I came up with a stack that's a bit more than an inch in height. That makes me proud. I can see that I have actually accomplished something. And it's crazy, because this is actually my second challenge that I have completed this summer. Last summer I started a whole bunch of challenges, but didn't complete anything. Sadly. However, this is my SECOND completion (the first, of course, being my 30-30-30 challenge, though I'm still trying to decide what to do with those loose pages) and I am expecting to have two more at the end of the month. :) And perhaps some more next month. It just makes you feel so completed, you know what I mean?

Anyways, moving on, let's get to the challenge itself that I am presenting all of you faithful viewers of my blog. First off, I thank you for being here for my first challenge I am presenting to you guys. It means a lot to me. So here we go. The challenge that I am presenting you guys with is the "Limited Supply Challenge". I know that it doesn't have a big fancy challenge name or anything like that, but that's okay, in my opinion. It's realistic. It's real. And that's what I like. This challenge actually developed from my desire of wanting to do something with the increasing stacks of papers that I was creating in my studio, and also wanting to have a purpose for my Summer of Color papers; you know; the ones I just showed you. So that's what this challenge is going to be about. Using up all of the painted papers that we have created. And, if you don't have any papers yet in your collection, don't worry. You still have some time to prepare. And actually, they don't even have to be hand painted.

They can be anything that you want them to be. However, I am going to set a rule. I want these papers to 8 1/2" x 11". If you want to use scrapbooking papers (which is fine, by the way), I would prefer it if you would trim them down to that size. The reason for this being that I don't want anybody to have any more or less material than anybody else. So here's the deal. We are going to make as many art journal pages, ATCs, mini book pages, scrapbook pages, collages; WHATEVER. We are going to make as many projects as we can with these papers that we select until EVERY SINGLE SCRAP of paper is gone. I know that sounds like a lofty goal, but doesn't it sound fun?

Here's the deal. These are the supplies you are allowed:

1. 40 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 printed/painted/collected paper. 
In 6 color schemes. 
5 of the first two.
 6 of the third. 
And 8 of each of the last 3.

2. 5 paint colors. These can be any kind that you like.
I recommend red, blue, yellow, white and black.
Because I am graciously allowing you to mix your colors. ;)
Also, if you would prefer anything else (colored pencils, oil pastels, crayons, etc) because that is the medium you work in, feel free to substitute paint with that supply.
But you can still only have 5.

3. A journal. Or canvas'. Or blank sheets of paper.
In other words, any surface that you want to work on. I am not limiting you at all in this aspect. Not a bit. You can do what you like here.

4. 15 Texture stamps.
This can be anything you want. They can all be collected stamps if you want.
Bubble wrap.
Mesh from an old window screen.
A sponge.
Or stamps you bought. But 15.
Of course, if you don't want to use stamps, you don't have to.

5. Any other BASIC supplies.
i.e. scissors, glue, pencils, pens, white copy paper, etc.
But that is all.

And that's the challenge!! Limited supplies. To use up a total of 40 papers. Who's going to join me? I believe that I will start the challenge on the first of next month. Are you guys ready for this? Do you want to join me?


  1. Jordan, this is amazing!

    Ambitious, too, for me. But I love the idea of limited supplies. Because I will be moving and will have limited supplies until we get settled. :)

    Question: for some of the 40 sheets of 8 1/2 by 11 paper to be used up, is it okay if I cut up some poster boards that are already painted in limited color schemes? It's not paper -- but I have it and could trim it to size and use some of it up.

    Question: the five paint colors. DO we use all 5 on every piece?

    Question: Are we supposed to pick just one medium, say crayon -- and limit to crayon on all of them? OR Can we mix'n'match to use a variety of media as long as we stick to the basic colors we've selected?

    To clarify: stamps are optional but if we use them there is a limit of 15 different ones.

    Thanks!! Barbara

    1. Hey Barbara!!

      It would be so awesome if you could join in this project with me! I've loved working with you every time, and another time would be amazing. :) Now to answer your questions.

      Poster board cut down to size would be absolutely okay! I just say paper because that's what I have, but if you wish you use poster board, or cardstock, or even painted fabric in the 8 1/2" by 11" size, that is absolutely fine by me. Go ahead and trim up your poster boards. :)

      No. You do not have to use all five paint colors on every page. And you can even mix the paint colors together to create new ones. That is just to limit the supplies that you are allowed to have. You can use as many as you want, and mix as many as you want.

      You are only supposed to pick one medium. For example, I will be choosing paint, as that is what I use the most in my work. However, if I didn't use paint a lot in my work, and preferred to use water soluble oil pastels, I could choose to use those in five colors INSTEAD of the paint. Not both.

      And yes, stamps are optional, but if you decide that you would like to use them, you can only pick 15 different ones.

      I hope that this was helpful for you, and I'm looking forward to see if you would like to do this. :)



    But golly I will have to think hard about which medium to use. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Oh. One more question. When does it start and when does it end?

    1. :) Awesome! My first participant. :P

      I'm thinking of starting next month, and then seeing when the end point comes into play. I'm thinking a couple of months would be effective... it's not rushing anything, but not too long either.

    2. Hey Jordan! I just wanted to tell you that I think you're awesome - I love what you did for the SOC and I'm loving the idea of your new challenge (plus, painted papers rock ;). If you have the time, would you please remind me when your event starts? I would love to play along if I can. Thanks for everything Jordan, xoxo!

  3. A couple of months! That's the procrastinator's nightmare. (Ask me how I know that! not.) But whatever you say is good. It's your challenge! :)

    Let's do this thing!


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