2020 Topic 7: Under The Sea
Hi everyone, Keren here with our new topic; the mysterious, murky and magical sea; or at least, under the sea. Under the sea is an unusual expression as mostly we tend to mean 'in the sea' rather than under it. If you're of an imaginative disposition, I suspect you'll be conjuring up images of ship wrecks, giant whale-like beasts, mermaids, mermen and the like. The oceans are teeming with galleons full of inspiration and I've sought to fish out a few ideas for you.
Some watery wonders are in evidence on the PaperArtsy blog, so I've begun with some lovely stencilling from Scrapcosy (aka as Raquel Burillo) using her own design products for PaperArtsy.
Zinski Art has some lovely stamps that would work well with this theme. Lauren created these fab projects using them;
This next project really caught my eye on the blog. Chris Dark created this hand lettered part of her project using words from 'Under The Sea'. I love how the design echoes the waves and even looks a little like a school of fish.
This partially submerged female is a wonderful contrast of dark and light. Beautiful art from the artist HilaryJane.
Staying submerged, this is a stunning photograph showing the transparency of jellyfish. This would be an interesting technique to use in our artist projects- whether you're playing around with acetate and vellum or maybe using the transparent and opaque PaperArtsy Fresco paints.
Choosing some embroidery was hard as there were many pieces- but this one had it all: texture, dimension and playing beyond the borders of the substrate. I could see you getting similar textures with paint and using drips to create an effect. The bottom develops into almost a mermaid tail.
Back to something paper-based, and following on from the theme of mermaids, this is a lovely journal page full of light and sparkle.
The power of waves is mesmerising. Seeing undulating waves crash and foam over and over would make a great start to an artistic response. This ceramic artist has created something very fluid looking which is a real feat using clay.
Creatures from the deep hold real fascination for us, and the jellyfish with over 2000 known species are definitely one of them. This quilted piece cleverly uses the quilting patterns to draw the design of the tentacles.
Watercolour seems to provide such a perfect accompaniment to the sea theme. This is a very beautiful and soft colour scheme. Love how the shells seem as if they're popping off the page.
I love the idea of painting onto a shape. The shell has been formed by clay too.The ridges help give the illusion of waves lapping against the shore.
There's so much delightful texture in these cards. The thread seems to make it look like the plants are moving with the current of the water.
The plant life under the sea is full of colour and pattern. This lovely embroidery piece uses beads for some of the coral.
I thought this next piece was sublime. A clever use of the wave pattern.
You can find some incredible and almost 'out of this world' looks on the sea bed. This sculptural piece has some awesome glazing effects too.
This picture is a small section of a tunnel book journal (do check out the rest of the book via the link). Notice the clever little vial details on the right hand side.
The mighty whales are some of the kings of the ocean. What beautiful water-colouring with bubble 'splatters'.
Using above and below the sea-line is a lovely concept. Such a fab whimsical style of illustration too.
Lots of mixed media textures in this gorgeous frame. Love the twine and 'sand' textures.
If texture is more your thing, how about creating your own sea-inspired patterned panels or master-board. This piece of wallpaper shows that you could use any leaf image and colour it a coral colour.
The last project seemed to be perfectly homogeneous- using salt which is found in the ocean to create texture in the oceanic painted areas. Love the art-deco feel to it too.
So many, many ways to explore this topic; fantasy or factual, use textured inspiration or true-to-life illustrations. From animals, mermaids, plant life or waves, we can dive deep into the unknown and see what the ocean births.