Monday, June 26, 2023

Beautiful Moments Mini Page


I designed this page using a scribble of Carandache crayons and painting with a wet brush. After it dried I added two white paper lace designs on top. These were from Amazon and I love the selection. The notes at the bottom of my mini pages are stickers from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk.

I look forward to seeing your art in the challenge at Crafting From the Heart. 


Sunday, June 25, 2023

Toddler in the Watercolor Garden


This adorable portrait of a toddler at the garden fence, was a step by step tutorial by Diane Antone.

I downloaded the free sketch and used my light pad to transfer it to my Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

I used Jane Davenport watercolors to paint this pretty scene increasing the intensity of the colors just a bit.

This painting was perfect in a frame as a Father's Day gift for our son. He loved it. He does have an adorable little daughter!


Sunday, June 18, 2023

Snow Scene that Almost Wasn't!

 I've been enjoying the drawing club in Awesome Art School, but I did miss using my Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors. I decided on a Paul Clark tutorial and to paint it on my Arches cold pressed block. But sometime ago I transferred a snow scene onto that block. In order to paint the new offering, I needed to paint the snow scene and take it off the block. So I painted Paul Clark's "Snow Scene at Dusk." 

It was going along fine until I noticed my snow drifts on one side of the creek were way too high and dark. What to do? I wet the area down and tried wiping it away with a wide brush. It became lighter but really messy. The Magic Eraser didn't erase. I brought out my last resort, the"Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White." I took a damp brush and put the white where it needed to be. I waited a bit for it to dry and painted shadows, reeds and grasses over the top. It worked! The Snow Scene that almost wasn't, was!

The final touch was the additional white pastel chalk pencil (General's), for more reeds and grasses and lines in the background trees.

I've taken the painting off the block and started the one I had planned to do. I'll let you see it when it's completed!

Ah so nice to paint again saving my painting!


Tuesday, June 13, 2023

A Portrait in Abstract

 I had fun doing a tutorial by Jenny Manno for Kaleidoscope Taster Week. She entitled the lesson The Freedom of Analogous.

The theme of Kaleidoscope is color and Jenny taught the lesson on analogous color, which is three or four hues next to each other on the color wheel. So if you look at my painting the analogous colors are greens and purple and I used a pink, which is across from those colors. My color scheme is split analogous. As you can see a split analogous color scheme is more vibrant and contrasting than an analogous color scheme.

For a short review of the tutorial I printed the coloring book designs offered by Jenny and transferred on onto my New York Central Art Supply, Hot Pressed, Watercolor Block, using Graphite Paper. I painted the design with Jane Davenport watercolors and outlined and add design elements using several liner pens.

This was out of my comfort zone but a rewarding challenge!


Sunday, June 11, 2023

Judy and Elroy Jetson


Now that George and Jane Jetson are done, I've been working on their kids! Here's Judy and her brother Elroy! Karen Campbell's Quardrant Method of drawing the guideline sure came in handy drawing these two kids! I love getting to put my Copic Markers to use, they have been sitting around way too long! I made a couple of mistakes as usual and as I did before, I used a pink blush for skin tones. The Jetson family is finished!

 I drew the kids on scrap paper, using the Quardrant Method guidelines and a bit by eye. After I got the drawing done, I transferred them to X-Press It blending Card using my light pad. I went over my pencil lines with Micron Pens and colored the characters with Copic Markers.

I really enjoyed drawing these characters and coloring them!


Wednesday, June 7, 2023

George and Jane Jetson


I was so happy with the finished Camper and VW Bug tutorials, that I wanted to do more with my Copic Markers. When I decided to go back to watercolors at the beginning of the Pandemic, I left my Copic Markers to just sit there!

I drew George and Jane on scrap paper. using Karen Campbell's Quardrant Method of guidelines for mostly George. I mostly drew Jane by eye with fewer guidelines. After I got the drawing done, I transferred them to X-Press It blending Card using my light pad. I went over my pencil lines with Micron Pens and colored the characters with Copic Markers.




There are two more characters to do. I can't wait to get started!


Sunday, June 4, 2023

Girl on Toned Paper

 I enjoy working on toned paper and decided to try another. This Girl on Toned Paper is from a tutorial by Karen Campbell, which I found on Youtube.

The lesson was supposed to be entirely done in Sharpie Markers. Since I didn't own the really large Sharpies, I substituted Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay Black India Ink. The ink went on the toned page nice and smooth using a brush and outshines the Sharpie Marker. I liked it so much that I went over the Sharpie Marker parts with the ink!

This tutorial was done in my Strathmore Toned Tan Sketch book. The additional supplies were China markers and a Posca pen.

Although I messed up on the girl's features, I love the finished piece and feel she has character. She's interesting, not everyone has symmetrical features!


Thursday, June 1, 2023

Flower Fairy Mixed Media

 This lovely Flower Fairy is from a tutorial by Bryn Nguyen for Awesome Art School.

I transferred lines from the reference photo provided to my Canson 140 ib. watercolor paper, using my light pad. Using a lavender ultra fine point Sharpie marker, I went over my pencil lines. I painted the florals and shading with Jane Davenport watercolors. I used Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White for the highlights and to cover some of the unwanted lines.

This was such a fun fairy to add to my collection from the Awesome Art School.