Monday, November 21, 2011

inspiration monday


here's a fun way to challenge yourself by creating something with only three supplies......
you'll need a piece of paper, a pencil, and an eraser.
with your pencil, lightly draw some simple shapes onto your paper (i've drawn letters, but you can use any shape.....a flower, butterfly, circles, squares, abstract shapes, etc.).  
you can also use a stencil to pencil in your shape!




now add some texture by drawing some scribble lines all around the outside of your shape......





keep adding lots and lots and lots of little scribble lines!
(you can make some areas darker for great shadowing effects, too!)





and when you're done, you've got something that looks a little complicated, 
but it's actually quite simple!





but just to take it one step further, let's add a tiny bit of color (i know i'm breaking the
three-supply-keep-it-simple rule,  but curiosity got the best of me!).
i'm using a yellow colored pencil, but you can use whatever inspires you! 





and now i'm adding a small bit of orange colored pencil, too.
(i think the supply count is up to five now.....)





 i just added a few details here and there to keep it simple, but the sky's the limit here!
sometimes it's fun to let yourself be inspired with just a handful of supplies.....
see what you can come up with by using only three five supplies!!

{materials:  arches textwove (velin) paper, mechanical pencil,
white vinyl eraser, derwent coloursoft pencils (orange and deep cadmium)}




40 comments:

Jeanette said...

Lori! Love it! This is so fun. Your photos are a great step-by-step demo with amazing detail! Feel like I can reach out and touch the paper myself!!! Thanks always for starting the week out with such inspiration and flourish! Hugs, Jeanette

Miss Marple said...

I am flabbergasted! How you show it it always looks so simple. If I have a quit minute or two I will try this! Thank you for showing! - Irma

Kate said...

Lori, it is too cute. I posted a step-by-step art journal page today also. I love your lettering it is so crisp and clean. Love it.

Betty Jo said...

What a fun idea, and creative piece you've made. I will definitely give this a try.

nacherluver said...

Cute!

ceparie said...

i like this!!

rebecca trump said...

Definitely inspired to give it a try :) Thank you!
Yours is gorgeous, btw!

Simply B said...

Ooo, this is definitely going to keep me entertained throughout the rest of my classes today! *ahem* I mean... I always pay attention in class and never doodle in my notebook... :)

Jennifer Shults said...

Oh, that turned out fantastic. I made a portrait using that same type of scribble technique a few years ago. I really LOVE how it turned out. :)

Jancalligrapher said...

Hi, Lori, Love your create letters! So playful and simple, thanks for sharing.

linda said...

look amazing! Thanks for sharing the process... i just love your lettering - makes me smile!

aimee said...

love it, lori! especially that curiosity got the best of you! :)

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

That is fabulous! I am excited to try it with sewing machine and thread... !!!

Jean M. said...

Love it:)

Martina said...

Such a fun project - also great to do with kids! xx

Bridget said...

I love the simplicity of this! So fresh.

Carol Q said...

fabulous. thanks Lori - off to have a go!

Blissful Pumpkin said...

Love , love, love it. I just have to Pin it. Thanks for sharing. :D

Lisa Graham Art said...

What a great little exercise. Thank you. : )

Createology said...

When you break it down to the simple elements I actually believe I can do it. Thank you Lori for inspiring me with your art. Happy Thanksgiving dear...

Nelly said...

This is very cool. I like that you only used 5 supplies. Fun Fun!

Andria said...

I love how this looks. You make it look so straightforward and simple; I'll have to give it a try to truly believe that!

Charmingdesigns said...

I have always had trouble with lettering, taking your class and watching your samples is opening up a whole new world for me!

Claire M said...

Super cool!!

Atticelf said...

Where are my pencils?? I need to try this NOW. Love it!

mama bleu said...

you are taking me back to my art school days with hatch lines and dots. your "create" is wonderful!

Linda said...

Beautiful work!

CrystalC2B said...

Gorgeously simple Lori! You always inspire me to run for my journal.

Dymphie said...

how cool, love the scrible shading and extra color. Another technique to give a try :)

wv said...

fabulously creative.

can't wait to see tomorrow's.

Cathy Bueti said...

Lori I love this post!! Your letters are fab!! Thanks for sharing this inspiring tutorial!! :)

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

You are so talented...absolutely love your creativity :)

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Thanks for sharing your great step-by-step tutorial.It looks so simple
and how ever very inspiring. I love your artful fabulous letters specially the scrible shading.
Have a nice weekend, hugs Anja

Jane Farr said...

Your letters really pop Lori! I love the little squiggly lines in the counter spaces. You make lettering FUN! :) xo

Cynthia Schelzig said...

thanks for the great stepbystep....looks great!

Tammie said...

such a wonderful tutorial and outcome!
quite awesome! thank you ~

Auntie Cake said...

Thank you!!!! I have just had the MOST DELIGHTFUL time combing back through your archives! It is all so adorable. As soon as I can scrape up the money, I am definitely going to take your lettering class. Can't wait! Thank you!
Kate

LadyBird said...

Simply Delish!!

Jennifer M. said...

So cool! I'm going to try this right now. :)

KSUE said...

nice look..and so easy too!! I need to do more shading in my zentangles! You inspired me to do more!

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