Autumn Celebration

I have finished another project in my sketchbook this week! I have been working on this page since just before Thanksgiving. I wanted to display something which represented the fall colours around this time of year. I am glad that I got it done in time before winter hit, it’s been really cold here lately.

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This page started with a clipping from a magazine, providing the colour inspiration. Then I sketched out the flowers with pencil and ink. All of the flowers were painted with acrylic paint and then the outline was done with Prismacolor Premier fine liners.

*** Question to all readers out there: Drawing with the Prismacolours over top of the acrylic paint destroys the tips of my markers. It dries them out, sometimes they don’t bounce back. Has anyone run into this problem before and have suggestions for a solution? I love this look but I can’t afford to buy new markers every time I do a page.***

Happy Fall everyone!

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Practice Pumpkin Carving

This past week a few of my art friends and co-workers got together to do some pumpkin carving. As many regular readers may already know, this is my favourite part of Hallowe’en. I didn’t have my plan ready for this year’s pumpkin yet but I wanted to participate anyway. We all ate great potluck food and carved our pumpkins, it was a lot of fun! Here’s the beautiful design that I came up with.

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There is still a week and a half until Hallowe’en and I hope that this pumpkin makes it all the way through. I am going to keep working on my other design and hopefully get it carved next week sometime. Then I will have two pumpkins!!!

Keep an eye out here for more pumpkin carving fun!

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More Art Work of Years Past

This past weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada. I was able to take some more time while I was visiting at home to go through some more of my artwork from high school and the beginnings of my college degree. It’s so great going through all of these pieces, some of which I had forgotten about completely, some that are unfinished, and many that I would like to revisit sometime soon.

Here is a quick sample of some of the work that I found, enjoy!

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Website Update!

Hello everyone! Based on the success of the posts that have featured my sketchbook work, I have decided to adjust my website to include an art journal feature page. As most of the work that I have done here is process work or fun things for me and not really finished pieces necessarily, I felt that they needed their own special space. One that I can share with all of you!!!

Where will you find this wonderful page you may ask??? Visit my beautiful site here and take a look around while you’re there, or go right to the page of the hour and click here.

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I also want to send a huge thank you out to everyone who has been liking and commenting on my posts lately. I love hearing from each and every one of you, so please keep the feedback coming! Also, make sure that you’re getting the whole story and follow me on Twitter, Facebook and here at WordPress! (you can find all the links on the sidebar to the right) Have a good one!

Something finished…

I have finally finished something in my sketchbook. I have been working away bit by bit on this one over the past month. I drew up this sketch one night and then took it slowly to see what I wanted to do next.

I started off my putting down some based colour with watercolour, then working some pencil crayon overtop. To finish it off I used some markers, and a final touch of more pencil. I tend to work quickly through pieces in my sketchbook, taking the time to work out what patterns, media and colour to use resulted in a final piece that I am really happy with.

Sketchbooks of Years Past

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A couple weeks ago I was at home going through some of stuff that I have in storage from my college years and high school. In some of the boxes I found some of my old sketchbooks and pieces I have done over the years. It is pretty cool to see where my art was at in high school and what I used my sketchbooks for in college.

For the first post of the week I am going to give you a sneak peek into what I found in storage. I have so many more books to go through and I can’t wait to see what I find in them. Hope you’re all having a great week!!!

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Little Tidbits…

Hello everyone!

Super late in the week for my usual post… I know! I have a few projects that I was hoping to post up here this week but there are some loose ends still that need tying before I can post them. So this week I am just posting a couple random tidbits for you all to glance over.

This week I have finally been able to get back to some of my sketching. The past couple of weeks have consisted of much visiting, weddings, sore wrists (old injury) and migraines, naturally on weeks where I am most inspired ;). Everything seems to be mellowing a little now and I am able to get back to it. Some of the journal pages I am working on right now should go up in the next little couple weeks.

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Exciting blog news!!! In the upcoming weeks I am hoping to feature a couple of my fellow artists here on the blog. While I am in limbo on my own finished work I want to spend some time promoting and helping out my friends in any way that I can. If you want your work to be featured on the blog let me know and we can set it up! I am looking to support all ranges of art so don’t be shy!

Finally, as those of you who have been reading already know, I was involved in The Smashbook 30 Days of Creation course for the month of July. Charissa is running the course again for the month of September, and again in October!!! The deadline for September is coming up real soon so don’t miss it! Find the link here, you won’t regret it, the course is amazing!

Thanks for stopping by this week guys… more exciting content next week I promise! Don’t forgot to follow me on Twitter, my Facebook page, and here on WordPress. All the links are >>>

Have a great weekend! See you all next week!

Birthday T-Shirts!

Hello readers!!!

I thought that I would share a project that I recently did for my Father’s 60th birthday. It’s a big birthday so we had a whole shindig planned out: we had all the family together, successful gift ideas, … and… ummm… oh yeah! A KISS CONCERT!!! (amazing!)

Anyway, it was a big weekend and we wanted to share it with everyone. So we came up with the idea of having t-shirts for all of us to wear for the day. My family members all collaborated and came up with a design that we thought the birthday boy might like. The final t-shirts held all of the wearer’s ages and their ‘name’ for the day. My sister who spent sometime in Chile helped us with the names in spanish. Here’s what we all came up with:

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I finalized the design in Illustrator and a friend of the family printed them up for us. The shirts were a hit! Everyone asked about them and wished Dad a happy birthday. And they were perfect concert wear for the evening. The whole weekend was amazing and I think that we have our work cut out for us for the birthdays to come. Many thanks to Penny for doing such a great job with printing these on time, you’re the best!!!

30 Days of Serendipity

While we are all getting ready for Big on Bloor this weekend I thought that I would take some time to post an update on the work I have been doing for the Smashbook course so far.

This course has been inspiring and difficult all at the same time. First of all, creating something everyday is a lot more difficult than you’d think, especially through the guidance of a group of people. It’s also the middle of summer and chaotic and HOT… so getting something down each day has been quite the challenge.

One of the warm-up prompts from the first week asked that we use one word across two pages and then run with it. Here’s what I came up with:

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I still want to work through it a little more, add some colour, more flourishes etc. This is one of my favourite words and it was a lot of fun to work through.

I am going to try and get some more of my work up soon, in the meantime plan to visit us in Toronto this weekend for Big on Bloor!!! We will be there running an art journaling workshop, it’s going to be a lot of fun and you won’t want to miss it. Find out more information here.

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30 days of Creativity

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Hello readers! I hope that you all have had a wonderfully patriotic week, whether you are from Canada or the States! PARTY!!! I would also like to take a second to thank everyone who stopped by for last week’s post, the feedback was unreal! In case you missed it check it out here. I would love to hear your feedback as well, are any of you trying this? Is it working for you? Let me know 🙂

In other news, this week I started participating in a course put on by Charissa over at The Smashbook. The course requires the “student” to create every single day for 30 days. I wanted to make sure that I took this course to give myself some sort of a routine and to get back to working in my sketchbook more frequently. So far it has been challenging but the exercises are good for getting ideas flowing.

I am not going to out all of Charissa’s hard work and secrets here on this blog but I am going to post some of the work that I have done as a result of this course. Charissa said that she had an amazing response to this course, so amazing in fact that she is running it again in the fall. So if you’re interested in getting a jump start back into your work take a look at the outline here.

Now, I am off to see my new creative guidance for the day! Have a good one!