Create Everyday – March 2016

March was craaaaaaaaaazaaaaaay busy! Out of town or entertaining every weekend, and crazy deadlines at work didn’t help out much either. Any way…

I tried something a little different in my monthly calendar. I am not sure that it came out the way I thought it would, but it came out better than I thought it was going to around mid-month.

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The monthly post were mostly short and sweet. Traveling and all that takes it out of you, picking up the journal at the end of the day wasn’t my priority. I am going to really work on that this upcoming month. I don’t want to fall behind.

 

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Zentangle Experiments

In the month of February I gave some zentangle art a try. It’s a lot of fun. The toughest part is finding subject matter that allows for the art to be clear at the end, and finding enough variety of patterns and designs to avoid too much repetition.

This style really lends to some of the final results that I have been working towards in a few of my pieces lately. Here are a few of the images that I was able to come up with in February. I have another list on the go for future attempts in the style.

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Create Everyday – January 2016

As promised I have been trying to carry my new journal everywhere with me so that it’s a little easier for me to create everyday. A few of the things that I included were movie reviews, photos from “family” dinner, and sadly two tributes to two tragic losses (David Bowie and Alan Rickman). I finished the full calendar for the month and wrote down my plans for a few ongoing projects and what’s to come for the next month.

 

New 2016 Plan!

Hello patient readers!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that you all had a great holiday!

As you have noticed I haven’t been posting all that much lately. I apologize. This past year went by insanely fast, with extra OT at work and a crazy schedule, sadly my art took a very back bumper seat to it all.

This year I plan to work on changing all that. I went out at the beginning of December and got myself a new pocket journal that I am planning on using everyday.

One of the pages that I have in this book so far is a full month calendar. I am going to use this to create at least one small image every day of the month. I am planning on doing this throughout the year and I’ll post them here as they get wrapped up. I got this idea off of the magical website that is Pinterest.

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And, as if my wonderful friends were reading my mind, I received the book below as a Christmas gift this year. It is full of art prompts with room to draw them. I’ll definitely be using this and my adult colouring books for some inspiration when I hit a road block. Hopefully I’ll get some good ideas in between the different art projects that I have planned and will be posting here as I go.

So we will see how it goes, hopefully I can get it together and get a bit more of a groove back in 2016!

A New Painting

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The Christmas season is upon us now and so everything is getting a little busy and hectic.I haven’t been able to work on a lot of personal projects lately because I am working on Christmas gifts and some projects I can’t show you all just yet. This sketch is a preliminary sketch for a painting that I want to finish in the new year. The inspiration for this sketch/painting came from Katy Perry’s “Roar”. I will make sure that I get the work in progress and final piece up here as soon as I get them finished.

Now back to sketching while I have a few minutes, hopefully I will have a bit more work up for you lovely readers to see before the end of the year.

Happy Holiday preparations!!!

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!

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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