even when you don’t feel like it

hand lettered quote for self care

My colored pencils are drawing great things for me these days. I go from collage to pencils. Oh yeah I’ll be doing some lettering with sharpie markers. I painted a lilly on this page and it came out awful. SO I mixed up leftover paint and applied it to the page. I love doing these. Not sure why?

hand lettering

I’ve been sketching on tracing paper. I went from sketch to pink tones.

ink pen sketches

When you begin to fear, doubt, get angry, engage in the wrong, just let go. Enjoy. When I say enjoy I mean, be the state of curiosity that makes you smile and gives you, I can do this. I’ll be all right. I was thinking of the circus. I believe that in every successful idea there must be this state of curiosity and play. To take an idea and make it real, you have to be free.

Ok now I’ll do some reading. I have been taking Design courses. I’m learning so much! Can’t believe it’s been a week. This weekend I’ll be reviewing Different Is Beautiful. Oh I need to add new work to the shop.

Thanks for reading.

Collage Lettering + Scrapbook Paper

I choose my scrapbook paper like I do my paint. I walk the displays and pay attention to what catches my eye, no particular project in mind. If I happen to be out of a certain color I’ll pick it up. This next book is going to be called You Are Loved. Earth loves You is no longer good for the theme of the book. Wait this reminds me of a brilliant idea to end the book. I’ll do it!!

The lemon pattern gave me this whole when life gives you lemons vibe.

Today’s creative idea.

Use leftover texture painted paper, scrapbook paper, white ink pen, and paint over an art print that didn’t work out. The idea here is that lemons on their own are sour but when you combine then with good then that’s magic.

We can should learn and be empowered by our mistakes and trials. As we develop that into a positive then we open doors. Focus on the sour bitterness of the lemon and you won’t get far. Focus on the infinite possibilites like chicken, bars, candy, cake, fruit, tea, drink, ice cream, pasta and so much more.

I really like the colors and the idea. Every day I’ll be working on an idea like this. This is a celebration of spring and a compilitation of prints for my next book. Speaking of, I got the full color editor edition of my book Live Your Love Story on Saturday. I’m so excited and I’ll share that tomorrow. I did post a preview video @hellomireya.

As always thanks for reading. I hope you have as much fun as I did creating and writing this book. I would love to know what you are working on? If you tried any of my ideas? Email at senditomireya@yahoo.com

AND I should change this up and choose paper that I wouldn’t choose, colors that I typically don’t work with to see what I come up with.

to purchase this print

And I thought digitizing watercolor was hard

I’ve been scanning my art for a long time. I know that a minimum 300 DPI is a must. And you have to choose the right setting like color, text or similar setting. Scanning my art at 600 DPI wasn’t working. I tried for at least an hour to adjust the levels and new tools I’ve never heard of. Turns out all I had to do was resize and adjust DPI. It’s been a bumpy road. I shall proceed with caution.

I’ll leave you with some lettering. I need to feel love today.

More doodles

Today I sat for two hours…the house was calm … too calm…but I sat with my creativity and let my mind wander. One idea led to the next. I thought about my letters and added more ideas. Lots more!

Gave each letter a thought. I now have a map, a map that I’m excited about. A few days ago, I had no idea. Notes after notes, I mean sure I had ideas floating around but no direction. All of a sudden everything’s coming together and making sense. Don’t you just love when this happens? It’s so important to show up every day because at some point, you get past the nonsense.

I know I keep writing the same thoughts but writing this book has been an emotional roller coaster. I was grumpy a good part of this trip. But I had every single one of these beautiful thoughts. So I have my doodles and I’m working on my lettering.

I can’t believe I was sitting, just me and creativity… my memories. I sat for two hours TWO HOURS and it felt like a lot less than that. At one point I thought maybe I should go to the store and buy Sharpie pens in color. Lizard brain showed up and I said,” No I’m going to sit and write.” It was beautiful.

If you’re a creative like me then you completely understand.

Lettering Practice

Now that I know I’m doodling the whole book, I spent part of my lunch lettering. I remember the days when I’d research lettering styles and go over the anatomy of type. Takes me to my skillshare hand lettering reference guide.

This sheet is a free downloadable from dawnnicole.com. I just love these letters. I played around with different ideas. I caught myself critiquing the spacing and making connections between the word and the right elements to express it. I even noticed the that all the letters have the same width. Having the same width makes letters cohesive.

I miss lettering. Road Trip helped me remember that. All this exercise took was 15 minutes. I’ll give myself a few more days to hand letter and doodle.

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.

What a mural!

This is so cool! There I was walking along, with my thoughts and boom there it was. No words can  describe how I felt when I saw this. It’s amazing and it made me feel loved.

I really have to rethink my art and my next project which is the Live Your Story book.

Let’s do it!

Painting trees with …

whatever you want! That’s what I did with Wise Trees and that’s what the kids that I miss so much did.

Without law without hour

It’s the best way to create. Tonight I’ll work on the book cover and that’s it.