painting circles and letting the paint blend together
using color to create a bountiful tree
The trees and this project are pretty much done. Last night was crazy! I was sure that this project was done. I wasn’t feeling the connection between my books and this holiday project. But then some awesome ideas came into play. I busted out the thinking map, changed my attitude-thought and thought.
After a walk with Roxy and three hours later I have 11 designs. I went with my ideas.
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.
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!
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.
Did Johnny Appleseed really wear a pan for a hat? What was it like to wander here and there for days, months and years all to plant seeds. He never gave up. I doubt it was an easy breezy carefree journey. Why then do we give up so easily at the first sign of despair? Today I am working on a project for a wonderful cause and I hope I do well. Who am I kidding. I have tons of wonderful ideas. I’m so glad this tree is in the wise trees book.
the back of a bamboo brush works great as a stamp
a craft sponge brush too
oh maybe I should try using a soda cap to make a flower for my book
anything that has a flat surface or not can be used as a stamp
test the paint and stamp first to get your desired texture
with a cotton swab. Well I tried and it didn’t turn out well. But then it did.
I mixed-up the right beautiful pink. Or wait I meant purple. These are purple shades but they do have some pinkness to them. I love that. I’m not one for purple purple but these are awesome.
palette looks amazing (still looking for a heart shaped one)
testing the color before I start painting. Most of these are too dark.
Oh my …I am rolling my eyes and taking breaths. Literally I sat down with an idea; the idea for a purple tree has been on my mind. The tree I painted last week came out awesome. Sometimes ideas have a mind of their own but, the fun is in experimenting.
First attempt notes: cotton swabs are fun to work with, need more contrast and the green is all wrong
Second attempt notes: The tree trunk came out awesome. The texture and color with the purple was amazing. SO I had to goof it up. I started layering with a brush and a mess happened. I don’t know. I almost threw it away. Somehow I love it.
Third attempt notes: OK forget about the cotton swab and alter course. I liked where this was going until I applied too much dark.
Fourth time is the charm: I went back to the original tool, took my time and fixed the contrast. Looking good! The idea for this tree is that trees come in all colors and are beautiful. This is the last tree I pant for the wise trees book. Oh maybe not since I still have the book cover to work on.
Painting this purple tree was a real surprise.
good lesson on if a first you don’t succeed
first ideas are often the best ones
so now I have all these cool textures that need lovin’.
Maybe this is the start of another book about cute animals in all different shapes and shades. Yes lets. Who knows.
there’s a whole world out there to explore
mixing acrylic with tempera works
don’t forget to keep that brush or cotton swab moist with paint and a little water
or that could be an awesome texture too
so in terms of mixing the more red you add the darker the purple.
Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.
this week I have been working on lots of side projects, got a new painters pen and am working on a collaboration project. I did finish editing most of the trees for the wise trees book.
BEAUTIFUL trees inspired this book. This book is a reminder to always follow your curiosity and imagination. All trees were created with tempera paint, watercolor, ink, crayons, cotton swabs and other ordinary objects that create extraordinary trees.
Have you ever been curious about all the trees in the world? I have! Each one is a sight to be seen. Roxy loves them like bears love honey. I love them best on a day that’s breezy and sunny.
Yes I think this is going to work. One page and 32 or so to go. Working out so many details for the book like, fonts, layouts and edit a few dozen more times. I may add some more trees…who knows.
use a simple.33 cents sponge craft brush
customize the brush bu cutting in strips and gluing it in different directions.
mix up the perfect tempera with acrylic or did I use acrylic?
create contrast by leaving white spaces hear and there
layer with darker tones for even more contrast
draw Roxy as cute as she really is
Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.
This is by far the best tree I have painted. This color is awesome and it’s the perfect lipstick color.
There I was on a Sunday afternoon thinking about what technique I’d use for my pink tree. Then I came across a blogger friend who painted this WONDERFUL tree and that was it. I had myself an idea. Thoughts are things. Yet another example that thoughts can lead you to what you need and WANT. Here we are. The perfect idea to paint the pink tree for my book.
I got my size 10 brush–the biggest round brush I had. I got out my tempera paint and magenta ink and mixed the perfect PINK. I had some old paint left over and threw that in the mix too. I was both excited and had no clue what I was going to do, but I knew it was going to be awesome. I did a combination of splashing dots on the paper in a tree shape. Then I blotted here and there adding various tones of pink. Oh my goodness using pink’s complementary which is green helped make the most wonderful brown. I mixed up the paint and created various transparencies and what a wonderful contrast.
What I LOVE ABOUT THIS TREE IS THAT I borrowed someone’s idea but I applied my own ideas to make it my magnificent tree. Halfway through I contemplated starting over but as I painted I visualized the image of a beautiful tree and in the end I painted it. That’s right! Can’t wait to keep painting these trees. Now let me go edit the words.