Tuesday, May 31, 2016


This week is about making a Zentangle on a round beach rock.  After a week of working on Sketchbook Journaling, I have a new found appreciation for Zentangle art. 
There are lots of books that encompass this style of creativity, and the most popular are the adult coloring books.  My aim in using it is to come up with ideas that come from within me and not rely on other's patterns so I'm staying away from the coloring books for now.
This rock was under painted with white acrylic paint, let dry and then the design was applied with a permanent marker. The surface is bumpy and irregular on the rock, but otherwise pretty easy to work on. 
In future weeks I'll be developing this kind of design into my sketch book's and will be happy to share more! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Watercolor Sketchbook Journaling

Last week I was in Boone, North Carolina taking a sketchbook watercolor journaling workshop at Cheap Joe's.  Leslie Fehling was our instructor and she did a fabulous job at presenting, encouraging and teaching!  The class spent five days engulfed in the art of sketchbook journaling and now have the needed understanding of how to approach it.  First of all I learned that I can do it, and it doesn't matter if is isn't perfect!  Refreshing approach! 

Below is the book I chose to start journaling in: Stillman & Birn Beta Series Sketchbook, 7in. x 10in. wire bound book.  Made especially for Mixed Media and easy to work in.  It was suggested by our teacher, Leslie Fehling. 
      Stillman & Birn Beta Series Sketchbooks 7 in. x 10 in. wire bound 25 sheets    One assignment was to choose six pieces of "cute" candy and lay it on our table top.  We were instructed to draw seven windows on a sketchbook page, using one for the title (Candy).  In the first box we were to take 60 seconds and quickly draw one piece of candy, second box take 60 seconds, third 45 seconds, fourth 30 seconds, fifth 30 seconds, and sixth 15 seconds.  The point was to draw quickly, using minimal lines.  After that was done we used our Micron permanent ink pens to outline and then painted.  After the painting was done we added corner embellishments and borders. 
This is a simple page but isn't it fun?  My hope it to grow this idea of journaling and expand how I use it to fill the creative space in my life.  I invite you to go over to Leslie Fehling's blog and see all that she has done with journaling and watercolor.  Her books are full of life, charm and expression.  They are also filled with her life and feed the soul!  I can't recommend her teaching enough! 

Taking a workshop at Cheap Joe's in Boone, North Carolina was a treat.  Each day we were spoiled with gifts, and good food. Joe Miller the owner of Cheap Joe's came into our class several times to enliven, and encourage.  He took us on a tour of the business, too.  There is a lot to operating, and maintain a business that caters to walk in customers, as well as on-line ordering. 

Thank you, Leslie, for an amazing class!  I'm still relishing in the new found instruction that has opened up my watercolor experience.  It is going to improve my drawing and painting skills, besides give me focus on daily awareness of my surroundings.  I'm simply grateful!  I can't wait for another class!! 

North Carolina is a beautiful state and one I'd like to return to.

Countryside of Boone, NC.

All this to say, Happy Paint Party Friday,  keep on painting, creating and having fun at the same time!  Thank you Kristin and Eva! 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Color study

The study of color is fascinating.  I don't feel confident about what to use in a picture unless I understand how the colors go together, and harmonize. 
The study below is using transparent colors. Not all watercolor is transparent.
 It's kind of hard to see but the large strips of color are:
Lemon, Rose Madder, Cobalt, Veridian green, Gamboge, Scarlett Lake, Phthalo Blue and Burnt Sienna.  The smaller strips of paint are the same colors laid against the large strips to show what happens when the colors are overlapped. 

I've worked up a couple of paintings using another persons designs and didn't come close to doing them justice. I would give the artists credit but I haven't a clue who they are. They came from an artists magazine.  The paintings were fun to do as a study in vibrant color. 

I learned from an artist a few years back to paint little squares of color on the paper with the color palette I am using.  It's handy for remembering and for future painting reference.

That's it for this weeks Paint Party Friday, hosted by Kristin and Eva.  Take a look at all the other artists work!

I will be absent for a couple of weeks but will be back after that.  I have been gone for the past two weeks, too.  I'm not so good at getting things prepared ahead of time. I also don't know how to join the party ahead of time and schedule the post?  Advice? 
 I'll share about my adventures when I return! 
Have a great couple of weeks!