thoughts are things

Aha moment

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Just now I had a aha momet. I’ve never seen a hand written dictionary before. The writer must be obsessed with words. WAIT!  I used to do the same with my dictionary.  Not excatly, but I too love words. I’d read lots of books. And every time I came across a  beautiful word I’d highlight it in my dictionary. What happend to my dictionary? I gave it away. Why?

I have always loved words. I wanted to preserve beautiful words like unmistakable or frolic.  Hand lettering. Quotes. Books. Music. Wise Trees.  I could go on but it all makes sense. I will write all of my book ideas, ALL OF THEM…

There are no impossibilities

wise trees book

Wise Trees

 

tree with heart leaves

Edit my next book to help me learn the editing process for my current book project? Yeah makes sense.  Just now I read Wise Trees, after having not read it for a long time and

Let’s have a world full

of beautiful trees.

That’s the way it’s meant to be.

Wouldn’t you agree?

For our trees we must care.

Give them water, HUG them and most importantly

allow them to grow.

The final words, the idea and all the trees I painted– I’m in LOVE.  What’s more, this project has me writing idea after idea. Some ideas have been lingering, begging me, to be written.  These stories have stayed with me. You know what, I will do it. I love to write.  Oh but painting is something I love too.

I love to paint and create. It’s the only time I fully feel free. No strings attached. No fear. Nothing but love. It’s true.

Recently I had a BIG MAGIC moment. I painted and oh my goodness WHAT I PAINTED. I’ll reflect on that in a few more days.

Oh my gosh did I really set up a fall launch date for WISE TREES! Yes…

there are no impossibilities

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Getting others to love

The problem is you love what you love and it’s important to share that. Since I started this tree book there have been countless questions. I have repainted so many trees. I have rewritten the book countless times. Oh but the idea is right there where it needs to be.

If you want to get people to love your work then you have to be willing to do lots of it.

 

Looking at my humble beginnings feels good.

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I have come along way.

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Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

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steal like an artist

Yes Austin Kleon’s book is filled with wonderful ideas.
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I have stolen like an artist. I walked in to this project with an idea. I took my love of nature and connected that with my imagination. Along the way I stole lots of awesome ideas and put them in my creative box.

I stole this idea from a 1st grade teacher but I made my own small brush. She and her class painted the ocean and I painted a tree. I’m painting this tree again.

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I’ve made some awesome friends. I watch myself drawing trees and as of last night bears with texture, highlights and shadows. I did this before but this project has made me appreciate and love all of the wonderful resources that are allowing me to bring this book to life.

…a sample of my recent drawing for the next book Ana Bee and George Bird. I stole the idea for the book layout from observing the Mercy Watson books-and lots of them really.

sketch for book

Wise Tress would not have been possible without all of the artists who answer my questions. I wrote about this before.

 

I stole the idea to experiment with mixed media and fun objects from Eric Carle. I really should turn this guy into a frog and share his story with the world.

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It’s just that 4th of July is a day to celebrate freedom. I am reminded of a few words of a boy who lives trying to survive in the midst of war and he mutters something along these lines.  “I thought about the good times and the day that I’d be free…the only freedom they can’t take away.” 

Yeah I love the idea that freedom exists in the mind and is the most precious of freedoms. Freedom of thought is powerful. Freedom is a choice to creativity seek out that which must be sought.

 

If in the end you have 100s of ideas that didn’t work, at least you have an experience and a hellavua story for the next artist to steal from. I’m so grateful to live in a wonderful country where I can be free to think as I choose and create as I choose.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

 

 

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projects help you learn

There is so much I’ve learned since I had this crazy idea to write my very own picture book. Seems like such a looong time since then.  I’ve been thinking about this a lot.

 

I learned to paint my trees with fun objects with Jay Lee.

pint tree painted with acrylic paint

I learned to add texture with my trees and my painting has improved too. Put to use the skills I learned with Ana Victoria

Color Theory class

 

..and improving on my drawing. It’s only getting better because I’m taking a drawing class with a Disney animator and it is awesome!

When I started

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…to the recent version I painted.  Loving this tree and I posted about it today.

 

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This week I will hand letter the manuscript and begin learning how to design the book layout.

I have learned and I keep growing. I’ve learned how to plan my time and most importantly I’ve learned to embrace my ideas.  I’m writing as I have always loved to write.  I’ve gotten back into hand lettering, and oh yeah there’s this constant need to take deep breaths and learn how to deal with the fear and doubt. I am excited for the wise trees book to finally be completed but the thought of it on Amazon and hoping I did the best I can do and then seeing a mistake haunts me. I will overcome this. It’s ok to feel this way. The cool part is I heard the great James Victore talk about this. We all go through this no matter how much experience we have but it gets better!

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

thoughts are things, watercolor and tempera

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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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

 

 

wise trees book

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

wise trees book

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.

wise trees cover 1

 

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