sponge brush painting

I’ve been trying to think about a fun back to school project. I love to read. I didn’t like doing boring busy work. My favorite times were the holidays because that was craft time. Tests made me nervous.

The best learning happens when your imagination and curiosity are allowed to PLAY. I haven’t written the quote yet. Wait, I could use this sponge brush to make a lion, sun, flower, grass…

Inspired by Alice. She wanders in the garden and stumbles upon a floral bush where here adventure begins.

This week I’ll paint a few trees for the book.

New Time

Hello,

I’ve changed my blog time. Posts are now published at 5:30 AM. I’m trying new watercolor paper, painting more stuff for the book and lots more Fall ideas. Now what’s a good back to school project?

Drawing still life style

Still life drawing is an absolute must for every artist. I sketched my favorite shoe.

How did I sketch a pretty good shoe in five minutes, with a pen? This morning I set up my shoes and began sketching. I took way to long sketching. I kept trying to replicate my shoes. Sure, many could replicate color and all. I’m not so good at this. It was horrible. In between the erasing my IC grows.

Then it occurred to me, I’ve seen illustrations from detailed realism to mere dots. The more I research types of art and technique, the more I realize that any form of drawing, doodling, sketching, and painting is art. Part of my process doesn’t need to include perfection. So yes, I have an idea for Road Trip. I wanted to push past the mistakes and make it work. I got to use gouache paint. I thought I needed to purchase a fine tip round brush but I already have one. Good practice!

Painting Blue Bonnet flowers

I researched photos and watched a tutorial. I made previous attempts.

This morning I took a second look at what went wrong and painted. I added a few more layers. I used a size 10 brush. A size 10 brush made it easy to do the diagonal right and left strokes for each petal. I had the right tones of blue purple. I finished up with warm vanilla acrylic paint. Oh how I love this white acrylic.

The two big lessons here are fall in love with the process . The other is that there are no mistakes. Bouns idea: This would be a great thumbprint project for kids. I should try this.

I’ve decided once and for all that this book is a journal of a road trip. Sketches in pen and watercolor will do just fine. It’s ok if it’s a little messy. It’s a journal right?

Oh, I was suppose to sketch my shoes. I’ll sketch and paint them tomorrow.

Doodles + Sketches

I like this layout.

I’ll write out the words with my new Sharpie Pen. Yes. I’m hand writing the entire book. That’s it decision is final. Then I’ll sketch a little doodle at the bottom of each page.

I’ve got lots more doodles to go. Pinterest is great for reference material. Tomorrow I’ll paint a Blue Bonnet and an Audrey Hepburn hat. Why not.

Altering Course

Last night I was listeing to an episode of Creative Rebels and there was mention of Picasso. Picasso copied other artists to master techniques. Then he created his masterpieces. And so my goals for Road Trip have changed:

  • all words will be typed in a chosen font.
  • sub divider pages will be hand drawn
  • followed by paintings

Most of my practice has to go into writing and drawing. Simple doodles and a font will help me. I get ideas. I begin thinking I can do it all. Then I crash and burn. It’s best I use this book to learn how to draw and write.

Tomorrow, when it’s nice and quiet, I’ll begin doodling.

lettering with watercolor

Today I needed to practice writing with watercolor. I’m working on my lettering skills. I wrote with tempera too. It would be easier to choose a font. That’s exactly why I will write out every single word of Road Trip.

The reason I work on these books is to work on my skills but as a creative I need these words. I wonder who needs them too. I’m grateful for my growing tribe. I’m grateful for this new course. Adolfo we’re going to learn a lot together.

Lettering with watercolor takes getting use to. You do have to find the brush that feels comfortable.

getting better…

A pirate’s life for me…

I painted this a few days ago and while I know perfectly well that I can paint a better pirate ship THIS ONE IS AWESOME. I painted with crumbled up paper. No sketing here.

Pirates go around doing as they please loving life all the while being hated by townspeople. Yup, a pirate’s life for me, minus the boozing and the stealing and …

My quote for this ship is:

Set your sails of thoughts in hope, love, adventure, bravery. OR not, the choice is yours. Best be aware there be naysayers lurkin’

Ok I miss the Pirates of Caribbean ride and I’ve been reading Think and Grow Rich. Right now the universe is saying,” Yeah I know you’re working on Road Trip. Keep writng. Explore and I’ll help you illustrate. I’m listening!

stamping with yarn

Could this work the second time around?

Still didn’t go according to plan. My handmade stamp needed to be square shaped. I needed more yarn. It’s by no means perfect. That may be why I like it.

I’m having a hard time expressing my ideas. Every art piece has a purpose. Not everything I create is going to be in a book or in my shop. Some art has to be play. These days most of it has been. I’m writing this book because I need these words. I’ll figure it out along the way.