Crystalfall

Crystalfall. Sanford UniBall Gel Impact pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tiles. 6" x 6"

Crystalfall. Sanford UniBall Gel Impact pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tiles. 6″ x 6″

This was the third in a series of experiments with some new pens from UniBall, and the first one that’s passable as art. The pens are brilliantly easy to use (the ink flows really well), but they’re coarser than I’m used to, which makes real precision difficult. Still, I’m happy with how this one came out.

Waveriders

 Waveriders. Gelly Roll pens on Starthmore Postcard paper, framed in clear and black laser-cut acrylic. 6

Waveriders. Gelly Roll pens on Starthmore Postcard paper, framed in clear and black laser-cut acrylic. 6″ x 8″

This is a piece I did a while ago, and it’s still a favorite. I used the Glaze series of pens from Gelly Roll to make some of the borders really pop, and I had to mix the inks on the paper before they dried to get the colors I wanted.  The blending in particular was a huge hassle to get right, and filling in the large areas evenly with relatively small (and somewhat unpredictable) instruments wasn’t exactly easy, but I’m very pleased with the results.

Floral Arrangement II

Floral Arrangement II. Gelly Roll pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tiles. 6"x6"

Floral Arrangement II. Gelly Roll pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tiles. 6″x6″

This piece practically flew out of my pens. It was fun to experiment with the black paper, and I haven’t worked in color in quite some time; it was refreshing to do so. I like the variety of colors, and the intermingling of the Stardust and Metallic inks on the petals appeals to me as well, as it makes the flowers glimmer as the angle of reflection changes when the viewer moves. It’s unfortunately hard to capture in digital photos, but it’s very pleasing.

Holy Grails

Holy Grails. Gelly Roll Metallic and Stardust pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. Laser-cut plexiglass frame with aluminum anchors.  6" x 6"

Holy Grails. Gelly Roll Metallic and Stardust pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. Laser-cut clear plexiglass frame with aluminum anchors. 6″ x 6″

I was pleasantly surprised with how well this piece came out, given that symmetry isn’t typically my strongest suit. One thing that’s not readily apparent in the picture is the reflectivity of the Gelly Roll Stardust ink, which flickers like glitter as the viewer moves from one perspective to another. The subject matter was inspired by the aptly named Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which happened to be on TV recently. (Note that this isn’t the carpenter’s cup. Heh.)

Interference Pattern

Interference Pattern. Gelly Roll Stardust, Glaze, and Metallic pens on Strathmore Postcard paper. Laser-cut acrylic frame with aluminum anchors. 4

Interference Pattern. Gelly Roll Stardust, Glaze, and Metallic pens on Strathmore Postcard paper. Acrylic frame with aluminum post mounts. 4″x6″


This is one of my older pieces, but it’s still one of my favorites. I’m very pleased with how the color balance came out, and the dark blue curves from the Glaze pen really set off the shapes made with Metallic and Stardust beautifully. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort.