Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Knobby Art with a Grungy Attitude







Here is one more 4x4 Knobby Art that has brass tacks (ouch, I hit my thumb and it hurt) and some wire. I love working with wire although I am new to it but it's fun.  The bird image is also
 a potential Knobette. I wrote the calligraphy with gouache(opaque watercolor) and it slid all around and didn't adhere very well because of the mat medium so I had to use my .005 Pigma pen with my magnifying loop and clean it up. I wonder something---I wonder if I add some clear gesso first in the place where I want to write (which would provide a grittier surface) would the lettering with gouache go on better?? hummmm...I would be a happy girl if that worked. Anyway, I took a deep breath and posted the Knobette up on Etsy.

15 comments:

Brenda said...

I think it looks great - I love the grungy look.

Elizabeth said...

Love this piece!! I think that the calligraphy looks fine- we are our own worst critic!!! If you left the area where you are gopiong to add the writing free of medium, that would help. There is also something called clear gesso- the gritty ground without the pigment- that might be your answer!!!
I love the girls face peeking out form the background!! Is this one of your painted birds???
I am sure that it will sell!!
Hugs!
Elizabeth

Julie Bagamary said...

The knobby art is great and the wire adds that extra something.

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

Love the attitude!

2ifbysea said...

L.O.V.E. it!

Jane Farr said...

I'm always drawn to your artwork that includes your fabulous lettering! Great work Martha. I think you're correct - mixing the medium with clear gesso might help the gouache from skating.

lori vliegen said...

these are fantastic! you're definitely on to something here...and those funky wires make me smile! :)

Tracy said...

oooo me like! :) your knoby work is great! love the colors and the wires look amazing. sorry about your finger. that must have hurt.

julie king said...

i'm loving these little knobby pieces!! adoration flowing your way!!!!!!!

Bridget said...

Have you ever used pumice? It's one of those calligrapher's tricks when the ink/paint pools up. It may help to lightly rub some on where you would like to letter. Just a thought.

henzy said...

this is really nice.

Tess said...

Oh my, I think that knobby with the grunge attitude is my favorite yet. I love it! I made a bunch of paper beads a while ago and recently used them on a swap piece. They are fun aren't they? I like your bird, very pretty.

Diane Duda said...

Sorry 'bout your thumb. But this is pretty. :)

Kelly said...

these are both beautiful! and so inspiring. I hope to hav more time to play around with things like this this summer...once i get through my RAM committment! off to visit your etsy shop...

Sherry said...

The Knobbies are great Martha. Love them and so creative.

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