books, Live Your Story

hand lettering the whole book

Yes. This will be the first book I completely hand letter. I just keep going back to Austin Kleon’s awesome books. I want to do it. I’m going to do it.

That of course means I’ll re-paint the poem again. I have just the right aqua. I’ll practice more lettering. I can feel myself about to fall in this analysis paralysis episode and think too much. Not going to go there.

New deadline will be March 2. Oh my goodness I still need to publish the paperbacks.

But first I revisit Jon Contino”s class and then Lauren Hom’s class.

…and this didn’t work out but at least it was good practice with monotones and transparencies.

…I’ll have a little more fun lettering…there are no impossibilities.

thoughts, watercolor and tempera

Valentine’s Letters

I love drawing letters…especially the BIG block kind. Not sure why but I do. BUT sometimes I get bored with the same old practice.

 

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Yes I know I need 10,000 times before I get it right, BUT doing the same old boring letters bugs me sometimes. I mean, I have all these awesome ideas bottled up in my brain. Right now the ideas have a hard time looking good on paper. What to do? YAY I have an idea! Valentine’s Day is coming up. It’s so much fun to make Valentine’s.  OOOHHH and the little mailboxes you can decorate and put your Valentine’s in. I saw one at Target the other day.  Where’s the fun in that?

I do need practice. I love the color pink and I want to paint.  So here’s the  fabulous idea. I played around and this is what happened. Looking Good. I am really liking the whole painting letters behind a texture.

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After I painted these letters I just had to make cool words for them.

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What about lettering for the title of my poem LIVE YOUR Love STORY. Yes I am thinking color scheme and something fun like the Live word for the title. I just started playing around with brushes till I found the one that’s right. I did!  I worked on using a crayon to write my words and then going over it with watercolor. Just not sure what I’ll do.  I will keep working. Can’t wait to add this to my diary. Note to self. Mix it up. Make it fun.If you’re bored you’re doing it wrong.

 

-there are no impossibilities

 

 

thoughts, watercolor and tempera

Critique Your Art

Last week the challenge was to create some bouncy lettering. The holidays are here so of course I had to come up with an awesome quote.  One lunch afternoon I drew this out.

Just a pencil, some awesome graphic paper, markers, and 2o minutes.

YEAH okay doubt, I’m not sure about this either. I think about all the artists. I love watching them work. Wow how do they do it. Everything from the idea to the sketch is amazing!  THEN they go an call their sketch messy… call it a ROUGH sketch. I’m thinking WHAT?

Don’t Compare. They’ve had tons of practice.

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I felt like I had a good idea but again my SKILLS were hiding and seeking some other artist..  My etsy shop deadline is in 2 months.  Am I really an artists or am I fooling myself?  Will I be ready for my etsy shop?  Is an etsy shop a smart move right now?  That’s when it hit me. YES I’m an artists BUT I have to keep working and what’s that word HABIT.  Yes work on my art and learn from my mistakes. Problem is I always feel like I’m making mistakes…always waiting…always hoping….always dreaming and I know it’s coming. I see it and I feel it or do I?.

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I DO! So I’m looking SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW …and taking notes. I have to hold on and focus on the good! I CHOOSE to look at all the wonderful progress I’ve made. I mean I know what I did wrong and how to fix it. That’s got to count for something.

OH! The brush lettering should be thicker. I’m on a roller coaster.

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Every story is filled with mistakes, fears and an even bigger desire to persevere.

-nothing is impossible.