More sketches

Markers worked for a few of the details but not for the hotel. I do have acrylic paint. That works. I keep going. I’m all for painting texture pages but now there’s scrapbook patterns.

Writing a book is harder than working on one piece. I’ m working on a million pieces at once.

I’m going to take my time and understand:

  • girl there’s going to be 100’s of illustrations
  • my drawing will improve
  • I need to step up my watercolor game too.
  • let’s face it you need opaque color.
  • transparency is terrible for scanning
  • I need to work on cleaning up my flies better

Ok for now I should spend the evening reading and sketching with a pencil.

Holiday Collection

How I painted

  1. ( top left corner) watercolor and salt.
  2. heart shaped loops in various green tones
  3. painting circles and letting the paint blend together
  4. downward strokes
  5. using color to create a bountiful tree
  6. more salt.

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.

Tomorrow’s a new day. I’m working on Road Trip and a fun painting puzzle idea.

New Ebook Preorder

The Ebook will officially launch July, 17th. It’s beautiful and now it’s time to work on the next book and paint a dreamcatcher.

Check later on today for the link to preorder your copy. The preorder should be live later on this evening. I’ll be setting up the paperback preorder soon. There’ll be a prize too. Stay tuned and happy creating.

Please let me know what you think of the book here.

I’ll be here tree

The book is ready. There are of course some minor details to fix. I thought this tree was the one to sum up the idea of the book. Wrong.

Yes it’s a beautiful tree but the color doesn’t fit the theme. I made type layout changes. I have a few more to fix.

Turns out this tree is good.

I was nervous reading my book for the first time since I finished the layout a week ago. I’m excited to share my book and proud of my work. But there’s that thought of what if I don’t like the book. And that thought always leads to what others will think. Honestly, I care what people think becasue if they love my book then my dreams are validated.

Paint with a paper roll?

I’d like to start the week with a reminder that it’s all about the process. Who knew I could use this to make hearts?

This week I’ll be…what will I do?

  • review Live Your Story
  • Edit if needed
  • Learn the basics of instagram photos and try a few
  • Book dummy for Road Trip
  • draw more lettering and animals
  • Loose sketching for around the world project
  • add work to my Pinterest
  • Read

Ok it’s going to be busy.

I found myself

Adam J. Kurtz creates some cool art. I found myself listening to an episode of creative rebels. I ‘ve seen his book before and admired his work. But seriously listening to him helped me put together all the right pieces of this great big puzzle that is my art.

Why did I write Live Your Story?

I can’t believe that my third book is done. Tomorrow I begin Road Trip and the Christmas Collaboration. I’ve come up with another book idea!

First book layout is done!

It’s been crazy, my eyes are tired but I think I’m done with the lettering.

I finished the layout earlier and somehow it didn’t save. I kept making all these mistakes. I needed to change the book size because the images didn’t look right. Back and forth and back and forth and now I’m done. Now it’s time to relax and refresh my eyes for the next phase of editing.

Good night universe.

Paper Roll Stamping

Talk about changes. This is the final manuscript for the book. I love color! All it took was a teal brush pen marker. Who knew.

This week I’ve been drawing. I had to unpublish Ellie which led to creative writing again. I started brainstorming for a holiday collaboration. I’m in good spirits.

What a genius idea to use canva. Only I had to paint mine because I painted the entire book.

I love it. The only problem is scaling this page to book cover size. I may have to paint it again. It’s almost time to start on the next book.

So much work and so little time. The digitizing process is tedious. I’ve got this!

Painting Trees & Treats

 

I’m making changes.  I started with blue hearts both medium and small size. That just wasn’t working. I didn’t want to toss this aside…again. I took my size 10 brush and blobbed on the paint and here we are.

It works. Yes this is beautiful.  The book and images are coming together. Now what about the fruit tart? My audience is children and I need another treat? 

… There’s this warmth, sweet like a …cup of hot cocoa on a cold day? … summer days and watermelon? …yes

In the beginning I felt this need to rhyme because I thought it was fun. Slowly this poem/ letter has shown me that rhyming was all wrong. Rhyming is fun but it was hard to pull off.  I want this book to be a fun interactive experience with a beautiful message. 

You gotta love yourself. I have one more week to finish the book and then I start on road trip. I can’t believe  it will be done, book cover and all, e-book ready. The perfect occasion will be back to school. That’s just around the corner. Oh my gosh…

Let’s do this! The world awaits!

 

A Wonder to Behold…

Every single object in this book is heart shaped or has some embedded heart shapes. I did some research and found some beautiful heart shapes in nature. 

 

I had lots of ideas, even the possibility of a Desert Rose. Then I realized that I should stick with my skills.

I could paint a Desert Rose. Wait a minute. I could outline the plant with a crayon and paint a beautiful green wash over it. That would have been beautiful.

This works.

Sometimes simple is good. You are a wonder to behold. Yes it’s a simple leaf that millions of people probably overlook as they rush to school, work and urgency.

I have too. Yet I wander and wonder as often as I can. I embrace every shape and beautiful color that nature has to offer. I’ve seen leaves, a lake, a shadow, Roxy’s spots…

Every single one is a heart. A beautiful Wonder. These objects spark my curiosity and embrace my day. I believe this beauty exists in all of us.

Yeah just one of the many beautiful thoughts in my Live Your Story Book.

I can’t wait for the book to be done.