When In Doubt CREATE

So there I was mixing up the right green. Emerald green seemed to surface. This emerald green was beautiful and I made it with blue and yellow ochre. Yellow ochre is a favorite.

Then came painitng time. Yet, I couldn’t sketch the right heart shaped leaves. I let go. Yes, I put the pencil down and simply painted. I’ve got paint, lots of paper and I’m creative so why not just paint?

What a confidence booster. Shantell’s wise words rang in my heart. There are no mistakes just a wonderful process. I should paint this.

I guess this painting session got me in the mood to write down the first offical draft of Road Trip. I’m excited. I think I’m done with the Christmas project and now there’s a new women power project.

Paint with a paper roll?

I’d like to start the week with a reminder that it’s all about the process. Who knew I could use this to make hearts?

This week I’ll be…what will I do?

  • review Live Your Story
  • Edit if needed
  • Learn the basics of instagram photos and try a few
  • Book dummy for Road Trip
  • draw more lettering and animals
  • Loose sketching for around the world project
  • add work to my Pinterest
  • Read

Ok it’s going to be busy.

Many Ways to Paint Trees

Today I sat making notes for Road Trip. I haven’t been too motivated to start. Maybe because I’m still planning. I’ve taken notes and have ideas. I should do a thinking map.

What I did and feel great about is the thinking map for the holiday collection collaboration.

Instantly the Oh Christmas Tree song became the theme.

Various trees in all shapes, sizes and tones of blue. Christmas Trees stand tall beautiful and strong in both winter and summer.

I also feel the need to combine what I love about Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Maybe. A heart shaped tree seems like a good idea.

I’ve been exploring and today I read this post about sporadic watercolor painting. I’m going to do one more page of trees. There are no mistakes. I’ve got to enjoy the process. I just read a post with the words,” The wrong way leads to the right way.” I don’t know the exact words but I’ll keep exloring.

Here’s to awesome ideas. It’s almost time to give Live Your Story a third review . My tribe is growing and people are excited for the book.

Dear Inner Critic

Today was a weird day. Not that other days aren’t. Sometimes I have these days where nothing works. I’m learning to get past that by continuing to create. I get an idea and then it gets lost in the process. The acrylic paint was too thick or old. The flirty color scheme didn’t mix right. Maybe I should have went with the blue. Probably. This letter made me smile. Yes it’s funny. Yes, it’s silly.

My scanner didn’t do these colors justice. Good practice. I’m better at drawing letters with brush pens and markers. I’ll add this to the repaint pile. You never now where an idea will lead. Maybe I should start a book collection of various letters. One to curiosity. One to idea. One to imagination. One to….not to bad…not too bad at all.

Road Trip Book has begun

Let the fun times begin. I ‘ve been drawing letters and today I found myself googling Hallmark lettering artists. Then just now I’m looking at my sketches. This is the “stuff” that I love to do. I’m good at it too.

I’ve also spent time going over the story notes from last summer’s road trip. I had a good time but honestly I had a bad attitude here and there along the way. Wait… this just gave me another thought for the book. Let me go write it down.

Ok so I began sketching from all of the places we visited. The problem is I’m no good at drawing King Tut. I can do a pyramid but….

I glanced over my sketches and realized that my book should be about the thoughts I had along the way.

Beautiful thoughts for a beautiful mind.

Yeah I feel good about this book. Starting this book will help me forget about Live Your Story so I can review it, with a fresh pair of eyes next week.

Tomorrow I begin Christmas Tree Designs.

I found myself

Adam J. Kurtz creates some cool art. I found myself listening to an episode of creative rebels. I ‘ve seen his book before and admired his work. But seriously listening to him helped me put together all the right pieces of this great big puzzle that is my art.

Why did I write Live Your Story?

I can’t believe that my third book is done. Tomorrow I begin Road Trip and the Christmas Collaboration. I’ve come up with another book idea!

First book layout is done!

It’s been crazy, my eyes are tired but I think I’m done with the lettering.

I finished the layout earlier and somehow it didn’t save. I kept making all these mistakes. I needed to change the book size because the images didn’t look right. Back and forth and back and forth and now I’m done. Now it’s time to relax and refresh my eyes for the next phase of editing.

Good night universe.

Paper Roll Stamping

Talk about changes. This is the final manuscript for the book. I love color! All it took was a teal brush pen marker. Who knew.

This week I’ve been drawing. I had to unpublish Ellie which led to creative writing again. I started brainstorming for a holiday collaboration. I’m in good spirits.

What a genius idea to use canva. Only I had to paint mine because I painted the entire book.

I love it. The only problem is scaling this page to book cover size. I may have to paint it again. It’s almost time to start on the next book.

So much work and so little time. The digitizing process is tedious. I’ve got this!

It’s a process…

a fun and beautiful one at that. I forgot to get rid of second try. I’m relying too much on Afinity Photo. Anyway these are beautiful poppies. What color! Sometims the third time is the charmer.

I keep forgeting that I want children to have fun with this book and be able to easily read it. I’ll start hand writing and realize I should be printing.

Yes I’m making mistakes but I’m working through them. All the files are digitized and ready for the first book layout pictures and all. Ok.