It's my turn to host the Mix-Ability challenge this week! I'm pushing everyone out of their comfort zones this week... the challenge is to add some doodles to your mixed-media project using your non-dominant hand. I read an article recently where the author talks about using the non-dominant hand "to silence our inner critic" - in her exercise she outlined images with her left hand, and found that instead of drawing from memory she was really forced to look at the actual objects she was drawing. That helped her to really see the object, and let go of her usually 'programmed' process. Interesting!
I didn't draw an outlined image on my card but I did add some gold highlights to the petals of a debossed poinsettia. I am a recovering perfectionist, and I loved the looseness that I was able to achieve with my right hand on these lines.
Here's the full card - the poinsettia outline was made with a gorgeous new die from Penny Black, which I debossed into a Fabriano watercolor card. I used watercolors to layer color into the outline until I got the effect I wanted.
More shading and shadows were added with a water-soluble graphite pencil. To add more texture to the background, I flicked a waterbrush over the tip of the graphite pencil, and also rolled a roll of drywall tape through some wet graphite and then onto the card.
Come and play!