Snowflakes

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Snowflakes, art by Amy Crook

Snowflakes by Amy Crook, $222

After seeing the lovely crystal formations in Aglow, I decided to test out what I could get with blue ink and the same paper. The effect was extremely simple but quite lovely, so I decided to keep it as is rather than muddle it up with anything else.

Snowflakes, 5″x5″ pen and ink and salt on watercolor paper, $222, framed, with free shipping.

Here’s a shot of one of the snowflakes up close.

Snowflakes, detail, by Amy Crook

Snowflakes, detail, by Amy Crook

It’s enhanced well by a very simple black frame.

Snowflakes, framed art by Amy Crook

Snowflakes, framed art by Amy Crook

I’ve put a detailed set of shot of the progress behind the cut, so you can see how the snowflakes grew.

First I drew blue spirals on the paper, taking care with the spacing.

Snowflakes, progress 1, by Amy Crook

Snowflakes, progress 1, by Amy Crook

Then, I selected crystals of salt, matching their sizes with the size of each little spiral.

Snowflakes, progress 2, by Amy Crook

Snowflakes, progress 2, by Amy Crook

Next, I used an eyedropper to create beads of water over each spiral and salt crystal.

Snowflakes, progress 3, by Amy Crook

Snowflakes, progress 3, by Amy Crook

Here you can see where the ink and salt have both dissolved in the water, and the beginnings of the outer crystals have begun to grow. This is a few hours into the process.

Snowflakes, progress 4, by Amy Crook

Snowflakes, progress 4, by Amy Crook

And then after several more hours, the beads of water have flattened into pools, and the crystal structures are forming nicely.

Snowflakes, progress 5, by Amy Crook

Snowflakes, progress 5, by Amy Crook

Here you can see the crystals here are fully grown, and the piece is pretty much dry.

Snowflakes, progress 6, by Amy Crook

Snowflakes, progress 6, by Amy Crook

The sun sparkles off the final piece before framing.

Snowflakes, progress 7, by Amy Crook

Snowflakes, progress 7, by Amy Crook

This is where the piece is currently living, with Delirium and a ninja.

Snowflakes, framed art by Amy Crook

Snowflakes, framed, by Amy Crook, $222

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  1. […] ink behind in the central circle. This piece combines the blue snowflake-like salt formations from Snowflakes with the fascinating brushwork from Aglow 2 to get an entirely new effect that reminds me of a […]