become the character

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A very important lesson that I’ve learned with all of my projects is to become the character. Yes in working on the Ana Bee and Gird Bird book I would sit for hours at a time writing. Sure at first I struggled to start.  Then I started writing and soon words led to a paragraph and a paragraph led to pages. I now have a second book idea I will continue working on once the Wise Trees Book is complete. Become the character means you are so into the story that you’re in the world and the character writes the scene. Yeah now that I think of it, I heard a national best selling author say this.

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Become the character also resonates with every awesome creative project I’ve worked on. You get yourself comfortable with the process and you begin. You think about what message you want to convey and you keep creating. You become that message.  In that moment that you want to convey a message and emotion. Same can be said for Adele as she sings. She doesn’t just sing the song. In that moment she becomes the heartbreak or love. We relate. We do so because she “became the character” That’s what art is. I thought about this as I painted lots of quotes this past week.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

 

Go for it!

When you have an idea? Go for it! Nothing more than this past creative retreat and certainly my projects have shown me this. Working on your project helps you learn so much about yourself and about the projects you should really be doing.

Hand lettering is not for me. Yet it is!

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I love these letters and the ones I recently painted as a result of my creative retreat. I love this type of lettering…Reminds me of wall art and the vintage stuff you see on old buildings. I’d like to do wall murals. Then the other day I opened up a society 6 shop and what do you know…there’s wall mural art.

I mean I painted this and I had no idea how it would turn out but I said hey universe let’s do some #HOMwork and here we are. It took lots of hand lettering to realize I like this style. Sure I need more practice and I’ll do it.

hey universe art

Working on side projects really led me to this crazy idea for a picture book. How did I start with hand lettering and end up with publishing a picture book?   I just got an idea and and went for it. I also read the book STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST. Austin Kleon has these awesome books. Austin creates with his own words and drawings. Yeah he talks about creating and sharing EVERY SINGLE DAY.

And I, well I feel like I’ve carved out the perfect spot just for me. A place where I use vibrant color, fun  objects and hand painted words and pictures to sing the only why I know how.. with paint.

-No hay impossibles ( There are no impossiblities)

 

thoughts are things

 

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So I’ve been gathering my thoughts on the process of writing my book. I had actually been working on another book. I had all these images in my mind–but I didn’t have the skill to draw them. I went for a walk and this idea to create a simpler picture book  emerged. I could create a book with paintings I already painted. I had painted a series of trees and nature scenes.

I love nature. This was the very first tree I  painted and this really started it all. For some reason I love trees and there simply a part of nature that makes me feel peace, love and a sense of oneness. When I am walking I get ready for my day.

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Over this summer I’ll think of  the lessons I have learned while working on my picture book projects. I also want to continue to use the creative space I’ve made for myself. It’s a crazy wonderful place that proves you don’t need fancy tools or lots of money to make your dreams happen. All you need is the will to love…

Working on a side project helps so much. This summer seems like a good time to start writing these notes down. I know someday this will make a great little journal book for others to read and plan out their own projects.  Maybe a fill in the blank side by side with my thoughts and how I answered the questions…I like the idea. Oh  tomorrow’s Friday fun day so yeah I’ll work on a poem about art. Yes art’s in the shop and doing well. I am getting back in to shape for the busy fall that will soon come. Time for me and Roxy to go for a walk.

 

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

painting trees with crayons

This past week I submerged myself in a creative retreat and the experience was SO AWESOME. I had a great time following my curiosity but things didn’t go as planned.

I made a huge mess…

 

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but I had fun  and I do see a turtle collage art project happening here…that’s always good…

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and if at first I didn’t succeed I kept on trying. The part in the middle is where I  was able to paint what little I could with the melted crayons. This turned out awesome but I wonder…WAIT melting crayons are best melted in the oven.  So why did I microwave them?  I probably won’t use this tree because the lovely  texture is hard to scan.

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…yup melted crayon and tempera paint

Should I keep this tree in the book? It was magic when I  painted this tree. I had to work fast too. The only problem is I didn’t like the brown trunk. Leave it to me to figure this out as I’m in a drawing class. Maybe I can cut out the leaves and paste it on a different trunk?

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I did and I’ll clean and remove the paper lines.

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now that’s a beautiful tree

 

I do like the tree. This will probably be the one I go with for the book. I don’t know, this is a weird tree but I guess that’s why I love it. I saw a tree with branches like these and what a great idea for the very idea of curiosity for my book.

I have painted with crayon before

I Color with Crayons

There’s something about this new way of coloring that warms me. I  should try the eraser brush lettering technique to write this quote? Wish I had thought the color through a little more.  Let me see what I  can do…

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Notes:

  • melting big crayons was easier
  • melting crayons works best in the oven
  • 275 degrees and check them every 20 seconds
  • working with crayons is super messy
  • use old brushes, wax paper and an old muffin tin
  • melt a blue crayon with a green to make your own color
  •  create awesome contrast but
  • just paint with your eye
  • use dish soap or masters soap to cover your brushes in soap before you paint for easy clean up
  • work fast and have fun

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

creative retreat…

 

Color mixing with watercolor and tempera

I had a blast working on art these past few days. I understand clearly why this whole let go and become part of the flow MAKES sense.

A creative retreat helps you step away from everyone and everything to simply create and allow for curiosity and imagination to flourish. I figured out the perfect layout for my love poem and have a WONDERFUL idea for my wise trees book. I’ll attempt to hand write each word of the book…I accepted a few design challenges…mixed up a few new colors and PLAYED…really thought about what I dream of.  I know that the original name inwonderland.blog seemed right because when I create I get lost in my world…a world somewhere over the rainbow.  That’s the whole point of a creative retreat. I feel like the name of my journal should be hellomireya because that’s where I can be found on Instagram, pinterest, and skillshare and Mireya is my name.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

design a book cover

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This is the tree I feel good about for the cover of the book. I’ve been hesitant to put my name on the book cover.   I want this to feel more like a journal book so adding my name to the inside cover page makes more sense.

Then there’s this tree. I had been removing the background with the eraser tool and by accident I started writing letters. What a fabulous mistake! The letters are a little wobbly but this feels more personal like a journal book. I’ll keep practicing.

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Maybe I could take some of the other trees and create limited edition posters with this technique.  Ideas always happen when you let them. 

Limited edition posters sounds amazing. I should paint another tree just to be sure and then choose the right tree for the book cover. I love the trunk of this tree but the first one really does a better job of expressing the message of the book…we must allow trees to grow…and by WE I mean we must allow each other to grow and be who we are meant to be. 

Yesterday I painted the final tree for the book… I think. I spent half my morning…all of it really working on this crazy idea to paint with crayons as I have done before except improve on the color scheme.  The crazy part is I filmed the entire process so I could create a new class to promote the book. The videos aren’t bad and yet they were. I worried that I had wasted my time but let’s be real I got to be creative and painted some awesome trees. Yes that was awesome and I will make notes of this in my journal.

What’s the point of life if your not playing with a crazy idea?

(I should paint this)

For now I have challenged myself to writing in my journal daily starting June. 21 which is the first day of summer. I’ll be journaling all the ideas and tips I have learned in the process of creating my book.  Part of my creative process is to voice my curiosity and if I can help others do the same then that would be incredible…so I’ll be posting here and there and adding my art to my shops. This is my summer to curate and share and I going to do just that!

 

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

painting with crayons

 

 

 

Yes I did this and will do it again in a few days for the picture book. I painted this tree for a thought on curiosity but the color isn’t quite right.

 

curiosity tree

So I’ll be painting this again. Wait do I already have an awesome tree…YES! I have the right Eric Carl inspired color combination and maybe can cut that out and fix it with a collage style?

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

picture book stuff

 

 

so I’m taking a break from one book to work on another and in the process playing around with the ideas. I am learning so much from a drawing class. I have been letting go and becoming part of the flow. This is important because you notice yourself in a trance…in the state of not making art. You simply have this idea and it takes over. You give in to it.  That is every artist’s goal because it leads to unmistakable art. Funny how I read about this today.

 

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

thoughts are things

I’ve been wondering about the next move and it seems like I have reached the point of letting go. Last night I finished the who knows how many times I’ve edited my book. I feel good. The words of Oprah echo in my mind…let go and become part of the flow. This week I repainted trees that needed a little more color or a few more leaves. I am careful not to get caught up in the perfection phase. I am letting go and in the mean time I will work on drawing. I will focus on drawing characters in preparation for other projects. Yes I know my book is awesome but I need to put it away for a month or two and then review it with a fresh pair of eyes. This will give me time to read and read and draw. Wait I wonder if artists who are working on albums do this?

 

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

thoughts are things

I feel awkward when I am misunderstood. Sometimes it feels awkward when I think of what it would be like to see my book finished and presented to the world for all to see. It feels weird to see my name on the book and know that it will be right there on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for everyone to see. BUT when I read it to that one kid I don’t feel awkward. I feel the exact opposite as a matter of fact. It would feel awkward running into someone I haven’t see in a long time. What will they think of me? When I’m feeling a breeze against my check and an idea for a new project, awkwardness fades and I don’t care….good night.

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via Daily Prompt: Awkward