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Week 3: Joan Mitchell Mash Up!

Joan-Mitchell-1987-UntitledThis week we want you to dip into abstraction taking inspiration from the abstract expressionist painter, Joan Mitchell. Looking at her body of work, there is a clear thought process and method to these paintings, so if you feel it is helpful, paint multiple spreads and pages and share your favorite (a double page spread would look fabulous with this workout). Some people find abstraction difficult.  When approaching this workout, we suggest starting by making bold marks with your acrylic ink.  Then smash your sketchbook closed to make the mirrored blot as your foundation shape.  Add as many layers or colors of ink as you would like- dribble, drip, or flick your ink for added movement.  When the fluid ink is dry,  go in with a brush or paint marker to add more linework or color into your composition.  It may be helpful to look at more of her amazing color work before you begin.

Joan-Mitchell-1992-UntitledThis week at Wet Paint we have Daler Rowney’s FW Acrylic Ink at 25% off MSRP and Golden Acrylic’s new High Flow at 30% off MSRP! Montana and Molotow paint markers are already 15% off our everyday price for our Make Your Mark Sale, so you can get all the color you need for your Mitchell Mash Up!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Wet Paint Weekly Workouts- Your First Assignment

Join us in a 12-week creative activity group where we explore techniques and mediums together in a Weekly Workout! All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Each Wednesday a new “workout” will be posted here that details a project for you to try and a materials list to reference. Each week as you complete the exercises, we hope you’ll post a picture of your finished workout for all to see. You can also take a look at what other folks have done and leave comments in a general forum. Grab your favorite sketchbook and let’s get to (art)work!

Posting Policies:
-Please post one image per week (so we can see everyone’s work)
-Comments should be constructive and encouraging (this is an all-ages/levels group)
-We have the right to remove any abusive language or unrelated imagery (we love your cat photos, but keep that to your own page, please)


Can you guess who our photo bomber is in the background?

Your first assignment: select a sketchbook to use for your Workbook! We suggest getting a multi-media-friendly book to hold up to the variety of materials you will be using. Next, make it your own (like Liz did by embellishing the cover with pretty paper!)- nothing too fancy, just make it something you want to use. And, be sure to keep it accessible for when creativity strikes! Feel free to post pictures of your personalized Workbooks.

We’ve got plenty of great sketchbooks to choose from at Wet Paint. For a limited time (2/19 thru 2/28) you can find several of our favorites for 20% off: the AquaBee Super Deluxe 808 in 9”x12”, the AquaBee Big Yellow Bee Co-Mo sketch in 9”x9” and Strathmore’s Visual Journal with Mixed Media surface in 9”x12”. Click on here to order online!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies