The book is done. I am excited to share it. I will soon. This is the phase where I set it aside and read it with a fresh pair of eyes. It is truly amazing how the book comes together after countless hours of…you have all these notes, ideas and the main theme. Little by little you get rid of what doesn’t work and refine refine until it works.
For the remainder of this week I’ll plan out my creative exploration…more on that tomorrow and a three color lettering idea.
To sit in this chair, looking in the mirror. You’ve got to know…know the song about make-up and a little prayer. You have all the beauty to conquer today. The lipstick and blush are simply frosting on the cake.
A book filled with thoughts like these are so good for You Are Loved. All illustrations are done. Words are yet to be written. I’ve got details. I have words but that’ll change.
All the projects good or terrible, have been part of the story. Many times I throw out an idea when it doesn’t work out on paper. There’s a lesson in every drawing. Let yourself go. Be Free. Learn what you can and MOVE ON. One of two situations happens. You keep iterating but you toss it with the strength of knowing you have a better idea. Or it works out. Sure I could reflect on the wasted paint and paper. I can’t do both.
When an idea fails, it’s not the idea that fails. We fail. We fail to see .
Now these illustrations go together! I like the blue. I always go back and forth with the “right tools.” The tools could be any thing I choose. These illustrations are fun. I can see me, someone, turning the pages. Each page revealing a messagae of self love…makes me smile.
There was a tree trunk that I was excited about. The colors were all wrong. Deleted it. The original is trash. Every book has a story. This book has been a roller coaster. Some days it’s just me and my paint. The idea works. Other days I feel like I have to finish. I start making mistakes. I do have lots of time. I’m excited to finish up. I really want to move into creative exploration and the zine.
Wait, another tree needs a top coat of acrylic in the actual color intended.
Why this picture came out ok , it happens. I like the idea, an scanning it will be beautiful. Working on this reminded me of treasure maps and scrolls. Spell Books. Manuscripts, the ones printed with blocks. Classic books. There’s something about generation after generation holding the book long after it’s been written. I like the the treasure map and scroll paper.
Wrote a zine once. I should upgrade this one with more attidude.
I was right. I don’t need a zine class or an artist to inspire me. I am the artist. Glue the pages to create an accordion fold. Yes! Collage? Paint? Pens? Watercolor? All the above. I want to print this zine. During a podcast, a listener commented on finishing a zine.
My font. Yes my awesome font is ready. Took a lot longer than expected. Now all I need is to work on the words and digitize all the illustrations. That’s a lot. My deadline is July 1st. I want to start creative exploration and the flower book.
Loves are rare? I like stamping circles and pink. Honestly there is such a thing as luck. If you are a likable person, people like what you do! Somehow the right people find you. Sometimes luck in the nick of time preserves your sanity.
SO I painted a clover. I added more dots. Pink ones.
There are artists who can paint beautiful realistic clovers. That’ll never be me. I finished the last of my painting for You Are Loved. The writing is good. I need to put everything together and create the font.
Latest project for a design class and I felt like a kid in a candy store! I have sketches for trees, flowers and birds. There’s a book project for the flowers. I have creative exploraton in a week or two.
You work with one simple object and explore elements of line, color, texture and all kinds of mediums.
My tools of choice: markers, pastels, pencils, copy paper, watercolor, acrylic, plastic
The blue one has this inner glow, perfect for a it’s what’s inside that counts theme.
The brown stem and green blue dabs make me think of this Johnny Appleseed idea.
I did a few with my eyes closed. The red sharpie was a good choice. I had another that expressed anger.
All this makes me go back and rethink some of my work for You Are Loved. This book is about creative exploration.
I realize all the work I create is happiness. There’s flowers, yellows and beautiful blues. Is my life completely happy all the time? Not by a long shot. I am a happy woman always looking to the brighter side. In fact I write and create because I need positive thought.
Reading my own book makes me smile. Someone with my skills needs to build her tool box. So glad I read this book. I’m going to bake a cake before a few hours of writing for You Are Loved.
This is one of those pieces that you work on and work on but it never fully gets to place you intend. That’s ok! I practiced. I like the lettering and the background, the quote is awesome. When all is said and done, every piece has its place. You learn. You grow. You CREATE. I am absolutely good with letting this go.
I had more of a deep blue butterfly in mind. The one I just created is beautiful. I’ve been looking at all the work I’ve done for the book. All of my work from projects of the past, I am proud.