Visual Art Tip
PinBall Machine Effect: One person has an idea, who tells it to another person, who takes it, and changes it and comes up with another idea, and "bounces" it on to someone else.
This visual art tip is the result of a verbal/visual "pin ball machine" effect. Some while back I'd posted a verbal art tip on the usefulness of combining media, in this case acrylic glazes and watercolor. A few months later I got an email from Connie McLennan that read in part:
I did just have a revelation triggered by reading the word "glazing" in your recent tips thread, though! I have been struggling with creating flow-y blobs that look like ink dispersing in water, which are also permanent enough to allow me to paint the color of the water around them. Have been experimenting with watercolor and dyes, and was planning to spray them with workable fixative before overpainting -- before I read your thread and realized/remembered I could do exactly what I needed to do using thinned acrylics for the flowing blob colors, letting them dry, and painting the color of the water around them (hand slapping forehead.)
Which of course pleased me no end!
The subject that Connie McLennan was painting were pages for her book Octavia Octopus and her Purple Ink Cloud Sylvan Dell Publishing ISBN 0-9764943-5-3 April 2006. This is the title page showing the floating ink blobs that the book's heroine, Octavia, had made. It shows Connie's success in keeping the coloured "ink blobs" separate, and not mixing and dulling the rainbow effect, and keeping them "in the water", but not mixing with the blues.
Connie was kind enough to allow me to use her images that show the use of her version of this "art tip" on keeping the flowing feeling of the "ink colors" while surrounding it with water,and not have the two mix. She also said about the pages below:
"It was particularly important that the edges of the orange-yellow-red colors not mix with the (opposite) blue color of the water."
Reprinted by kind permission of Sylvan Dell Publishing and the illustrator Connie McLennan.