Sunday, June 29, 2008
i thought i would switch gears today and try to add some lettering to some of these illustrations that i've been creating. for this piece i used watercolor, micron pens and gouache for the lettering. i always have fun with art pieces like this!
Friday, June 27, 2008
i just love it when i'm truly surprised by something...like how much i've been enjoying drawing these slippers. i think that i'll continue to use the pencil (versus ink or watercolor) because i really do love the results. my only regret is that my scanner doesn't pick up on all of the subtleties in the shading...i'll have to work on that.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
this is another pencil drawing that will go in the book that i'm making. i've been trying to work on my shading...it's very therapeutic and i love to hear the pencil scratching on the paper! my next step is to start incorporating some ink into my drawings. i feel like this is a slow process, and i'm flip-flopping around as i'm trying to "find my groove". with me, it's all about baby steps.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
well, i decided to go ahead and draw another basket and finish it with watercolors. i'm still not sure if i prefer the pencil drawing or the one with color. unfortunately, my scanner doesn't pick up yellow tones very well, so the original looks much better than this image (these colors are making it look a little too cartoony). maybe i'll put it up for a vote at friday's drawing class. in the meantime, i'm going to start thinking about some book/page layouts for all of my little sketches...
Monday, June 23, 2008
i'm in the process of making a "design file" book that will include drawings of furniture and accessories for the home. this basket was drawn in pencil...i'm not sure whether or not to add watercolor, or just call it finished. i think that i'll wait until tomorrow to make that decision!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
today was about giving myself permission...to take a small piece of paste paper and do some lettering without stressing over the layout or whether or not the letters are perfect (which they aren't!). seems like a simple thing to do, but i found it challenging. and a year from now, i'd like to be able to say that today i took a big step out of my comfort zone.
Monday, June 16, 2008
i made this book last year using a technique taught by donna downey.
Friday, June 13, 2008
tomorrow, we are signing papers that will make it official...we're building a house! i am so excited! i'm going to try to stay organized, so i made this book to keep all of those little bits of paper and paint swatches in order. i used ziploc bags instead of paper for the pages...i wouldn't want anything important to escape!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
i have been looking for something that i can use to store my necklaces. i didn't have much luck finding anything in the stores, so i decided that i could make something. during a trip to michaels, i found an unfinished mirror, some small cup hooks and, on my way out of the store, the crown caught my eye. i couldn't wait to get home and start painting. plus, i realized that not only was this going to be functional, but every time i look in the mirror, i look like i'm wearing a crown! it's the little things in life that i get so excited about...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
i did this piece several years ago and it's still one of my favorites. i used batik fabrics and then hand quilted it and finished by sewing beads onto the middle section. i applied the lettering to the fabric by scanning it and then running the fabric through my printer (very carefully!). the finished size is 9"x 6.5".