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Can’t Draw right?

I can’t seem to draw Ellie right. I  keep trying and erasing. I guess tonight’s not a good day to draw.   I can’t seem to concentrate. My drawing feels to forced. I keep erasing  and erasing and ERASING…stuck in the same place. Do I draw my characters as I have? For some reason I’m  drawn to this historical vintage feel. I sketched clothes and animals BUT my drawing skills– wish I could just draw.

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It was so much easier to paint trees. Wait …maybe I should take what I’ve learned from my Wise Trees book? Yeah I painted trees with Q-tips and melted crayon. It was awesome!

blue green and yellow round stamped tree

Note to self. Stick to the book deadline. Publish Wise Trees.  Publish Wise Trees. You’ve talked about it.Now walk your talk. Keep writing and creating. Keep making art. It’s all you can  do. Create your art.

–there are no impossibilities

 

 

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Fingerprint Tree

I love this tree. Is there someway I can include this in my book? Yeah probably not. Literally, I placed myself in my art. Well, just my fingerprints but it was so much fun!

 

The paint was old and by old I mean the water separated from paint…if that’s possible. Ugh what a mess! But I was determined to paint something awesome.

Fall color palette

My curiosity was invited to play so what else could I do but, PLAY.

I mixed my color with very little water, dipped my finger in color and panted. I painted until my tree looked right…paint with my eyes not my hands is a genius idea. Thanks Michelangelo.

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Oh I had no clue what to do. Yet this beautiful tree happened.

My trunk is lookin’ good. Which brings me to fall. Fall is the time to shed all negativity, doubt,fear,worry and get ready for the beauty to come. The beautiy is all the awesome ideas to come.

 

This fall tree is in my wise trees book.

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I’m ready to launch my first book, making sure all the details are taken care of.

I’ve started working on an elf book, she’s Ellie now. Her friends Gus, Ralphie and Nikki help her realize that togetherness and love build the biggest and bestest tree in the world…as Ellie would say.

-There are no impossibilities

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A star is born…

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the words you have talent…everybody has talent…what are you going to say…how are you going to say it…

What ever you say, say it with everything you got…WITH YOU

this movie hit me hard…made me FEEL what it truly means to be an artist. Everybody has a story…a voice but not everybody can find the courage to just be. You don’t need fancy costumes or lights or dancers…just sing SING THE SONG…

yeah that’s where I’m at right now.

 

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Painting this and that

I read my book today. Oh I read a post about an illustrator who said she loves writing stories. That’s me. I’ve always had such an imagination.

How else can I explain looking at a palm tree and thinking hair breezing in the sun without a care. Yes there’s a palm tree in my book.

Today I painted sketches that for years have been locked away in my imagination and a sketchbook. They are weird I admit, but they are me. I love it!🍓 This Wise Trees book has helped me realize…

There are no impossibilities

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crayons not masking fluid

Working on a book is harder than I thought. I had to take a break, catch my breath and keep myself in a happy place. OK so the original didn’t turn out so good, but there’s going to be lots of not so good ideas in this journal. I must practice.

I have gone through lots of watercolor paper and what I thought were genius ideas. Today I, for the like I don’t hundredth time, I messed up on the love poem again but the words are awesome and I’ll get it right.

In between my projects I work on fun projects to take a break . I just had to redo this one. I love the ripped paper near the words in case you lose it.

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New version looks good. I just wish I hadn’t used a dirty eraser to erase some of the pencil markings. Why did I do that? Oh well you learn things.

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How will this design look on a positive pouch?

Ok now that I had a little fun it’s time to go back to the book editing.

Notes:

  • use crayons with crayons is easier instead of using masking fluid
  • use bold colors on a light wash background
  • use a light pencil to sketch out your idea first
  • observe flowers before you paint them to get a sense of contrast.

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

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finding quiet time

There were times when I had this idea emerge and I’d go with it no questions asked.

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AND then there were times when I had doubts and fear.  That kind of quiet can be hard. The best part of having a quiet place is that you decide on positive or negative vibes. 

Having a quiet place…YOUR QUIET PLACE allows you to notice when you do both and think about it.  Then you create your masterpiece. Sometimes there’s no quiet place and you still manage to have this idea. That’s when you know you really have to go with it. BUT you need that peace and quiet place to take your time and flow with the idea–nurture it. 

Yeah working on my book has certainly given me this perspective on having a place. I mean yes inspiration literally happens anywhere. In a room full of noise you can suddenly have an idea. This still represents a quick quiet place in your mind. You can physically set your self in the right place that will allow your creativity to flow. Either one and both at times are awesome.

Notes:

  • I really like taking these few days a week to reflect on my book project and what I’ve learned in the process.
  • Rearrange my posting schedule and see what works best.
  • I’m thinking Monday, Tuesday  and Friday.
  • Monday and Tuesday are for thoughts are things
  • Fridays will still be fun Fridays and WAIT what project and  I working on this week?
  • Mireya you’ll figure it out and now it’s time to go work on your bright idea to hand write each and EVERY word for the wise trees book.

 

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

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How to create Watercolor washes

Do I practice the basics or get right to the painting? Sometimes I feel like practice. Most of the time I just want to play with ideas swimming in my head. Words from a song linger in my senses. quiero ser un alma libre…I want to be a free soul. quiero ser el verbo puedo…I want to be the verb will/can…

These days my free spirit wants to paint washes and backgrounds. I love the way color goes EVERY which way. There’s no telling how beautiful the finished piece will look– until it reveals itself. Sometimes people are always told don’t until the day they DID!

About watercolor washes…

The right brush

I love the way the paint glides across the page. There’s so many brushes-flat ones, round ones and angled ones. What’s my favorite?  I’d say it’s the brush that seems simple and new. It’s the brush I’m curious about and then say WOW when I realize what it can do. A mop brush holds lots of water and beautiful paint.

This is tempera paint but the brush is a nice flat brush. Can’t wait for my primary colors to arrive in the mail!

Tempera paint you warm my heart!
Tempera paint you warm my heart!

My new love is this bamboo brush. I bought one because I saw it someplace. The artist used black ink.  I love color and wondered what kind of letters I could create. Oh I have an idea!

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Speaking of contrasting color

What color do I mix together? How do I apply the paint? However I want seems best! A light color yellow with a vibrant hot pink …you take my breath away.

Pink and Yellow watercolor heart

This next one is awesome but I need to go slow and clean up my letters. I do love the message and the heart! So glad this is a journal and for my eyes only.

Watercolor heart

Mix up green with red for a murky brown? Yes save this for when I run out of brown.  I hope I can have a painitng session where I’m so lost and run out of paint and in love with this idea that I just make some brown. Having fun with color is great to listen, relax and know thyself. This is a fun exercise inspired by a skillshare class from Ana Victoria Calderon.

Pulse and Precision

Don’t get me started on the blues. Perfect example of how to hold the brush and mix color. I blobbed and dabbed. I held at an angle. I twisted and turned.  I must say there’s a spontaneity that I love. Oh but that’s the best part!!

Blue eatercolor heart washesNo one dreams of being JUST another watercolor wash.

I’ve used crayon, alcohol, acrylic,bleach, salt, straws, fabric and who knows what else. This is just me being curious. What story do I want to tell? I like using different paints and media. I love working in layers. There’s so much to try so little time. The point is to use what I want because art is really about the place it’s coming from-me and my message.

I went from this

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to this.

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What of this here? The color is awesome but the letters well…I don’t judge.

Happy Word Art

I had this quote. Okay lets change it up. What did I do?  I painted over it!

 

Somehow I lost the contrast. Sometimes you lose some. I do love the quote and where this was suppse to go. The color just went terribly wrong. The letters are pretty cool. This design didn’t work out the first time so I turned it into a positive? Well I tried.  Some will see the black or be so happy that–WHAT– there’s black? Maybe I need to combine both of these designs? Maybe?

Not sure what I will be working on next week but I right now I love not knowing.

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Finger Painting With Acrylic and Watercolor

I’m looking for a cool background or pattern for my poems and quotes.

I’ve been playing with acrylic paint and watercolor of course.

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You’ve seen the one with crayola here Note to self, paint more of these. There’s something about mixing color that excites me. You add color and drop it on the page like this and spread it. There’s no structure. The paint just takes on a life of it’s own.  I love that.

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I love dropping drops of paint and then using a flat brush to spread the paint in a horizontal motion. Use my  finger prints to create a pattern? Yes I will try that next time!

Instead I got this quote in my head and why not play around with it.

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Oh dear I need more space! Oh but I do love this idea! I love the color. I used the dot method to grab a couple of colors and then paint….looks awesome but I want to go back to the drawing board with this one.

Here it is! Yes I am also testing different paper and this is a store paper bag. The purple paint is done in acrylic and the dots were done with watercolor paint.

Put your stamp on the world

I’m still going to try the fingerprint pattern.

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Paint With Crayons?

Yes I did and I LOVED IT! The message is pretty awesome!  The idea of melted crayons and painting with them had me for awhile. I had to try.

First step bake some crayons.

I preheated the oven- I’m melting crayons and excited for what’s to come! What 325 degrees?

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Then after about 5 minutes or so take them out of the oven.

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…and this is the FUN part, paint and paint fast because the crayon will start to dry and stick.

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Next time melt the crayons a little more, work faster and use these brushes.  Watercolor brush soap works great to clean the brushes.

Here it is! Takes about 30 minutes to dry. I must say I didn’t care too much for the waxy smell throughout the house. Maybe it’s because I used old crayons? Oh well…

Melted Crayon Paint Texture

It’s clear how quick the crayon dries. The top part is where I started  and much smoother. I love the color! Overall I love the Eric Carle Hungry Caterpillar feel here.

How will this look with letters?

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Love the color and there is a little darkness but I guess that’s part of stepping out and doing your own thing. The beauty supersedes.

Is there a better way to paint? Do I melt the crayon more or do I shave the crayon and somehow melt it? BUT I’ve seen this done and don’t like the texture. I like painting with crayons? Well see!

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Summer Contest

discussion bannerSo here’s the deal on how you can win a cool art package.

For the entire summer I will be working on art. I am dedicating this summer to writing my book and building my blog. That means working on tons of side projects. These projects include brushing up on hand lettering, drawing and just simple basics to get me ready for the next phase. I invite you to learn with me. We have the whole summer.

I will be posting my fundamental practice and working on a couple of side projects in the process. I’ll be sharing this on my blog.

To enter the contest you need to enroll in 3 of my classes here. All you need to do is sign up and you’ll get 2 months to watch my classes and have access to over 15,000 other classes. Wait how much does this cost? For two months you will get my classes for free for real no strings.

STEP 1: Take at least 3 of my classes. If you already have then move on to

STEP 2: Post a project

STEP 3: Share the love by commenting on other projects.

My mission is to encourage you. Use this platform to learn and grow as the artist you were born to be!

At the end of the summer I will choose a winner! The winner will receive a prize. I will put together a simple fun package. I’m thinking an art sketch book, tube of paint, a cool paintbrush and some other interesting ideas. Haven’t worked out all the details…More details to come!

I will post reminders on skillshare weekly to remind you guys. This past week I put together a free lettering kit to help you practice.  Oh one more thing. Please come find me on instagram.

Enroll in 3 of my classes here. All you need to do is sign up and you’ll get 2 months to watch my classes and have access to over 15,000 other classes. Wait how much does this cost? For two months you will get my classes for free for real no strings.

Wait what classes do I have going on?

 

There’s tons of other awesome classes from all kinds of topics like blogging, cooking, design, illustration, branding ,watercolor, brush lettering, photoshop, illustrator ,art and so much more.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible!