on the 3rd day of Xmas...
a traditional wreath with non-traditional colors. this one is colored with Copic markers and splashed with a bit of Gold Mica ink by Tsukineko. you will find all the steps and materials in the video below.
you can click on this photo to get this coloring page and the rest of the 12 days of Xmas
here are some photos of the artwork
thank you for visiting!
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today, i decided to reveal my big secret and the undeniable proof that it totally works.
since i've been getting a lot of good comments on my face drawing/painting lately, i thought i would do a quick post here to show how practice and perseverance pays off. take a look at these 2 photos, side-by-side -- they were done 3 years apart.
there you have! in black and white .... with some color.
thank you for reading and have a lovely and creative day!
i'm into simple sketching lately because most of my time is spent on business-related things at the moment. at least that way i can squeeze in my daily dose of art. this page is in my strathmore 400 series watercolor journal. the background was first painted with daniel smith's watercolors and the sketching was done with a pentel brush pen. and that's about it!
here's the process video :
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good wednesday, everyone!
here's another asian painted lady i made on an art board by canson. this is one of the sketches i provided to my Patrons during the month of april and i really liked how she turned out. i used asian text paper (some from south korea, some from china, japan..), acrylic paints, a stabilo marks all pencil, stencils, stamps and some light molding paste.
she will be hung right next to this one... i'm thinking of making a trio of these.
thank you for visiting and have a wonderful and creative day!
good monday, everyone!
here's a quick sketch of london's landmarks done in my art journal. i've recycled a page used to swatch stamps and paints. that was liberating for me to do. i used a couple of reference photos from pinterest but kept the drawing very loose. you'll find a list of supplies at the end of this post and you can enjoy the process video below!
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i picked up the pencil again and pushed myself to study 2 photographs of women. one of a face half in the dark, the other with hair hiding parts of her face. it was fun to study and interpret what i was seeing to compose this lady. she has no catch light in her eyes because she is lost in a jungle. i drew first with an HB woodless pencil then used a black stabilo marks all aquarellable pencil.
the background is composed of golden fluids paints and stencils (the crafter's workshop #TCW254 and Patti Tolley Parrish #PTP027 Dangles). the video below is sped up quite considerably because otherwise it would have been too long to watch. i hope you'll enjoy it!
here are some close up shots of the canvas.
thank you so much for visiting and have a creative weekend!
good monday, everyone!
i don't know about you but i DO love mondays. it always means a fresh week and a chance to make it the best week ever. especially when i start it by showing the results of an awesome weekend!
yesterday, Gigi came over to my place for a joyful playdate and we had fun as usual. much laughter, art, and food always a-plenty. we each decide to make a face in our respective journals. GiGi handling it in her usual style, i started out trying to get more creative and change my usual way of doing faces only to revert to my comfort zone. but i added curly hair. that's new to me.
we also decided to work with Silks acrylic glazes which we both have a lot of. along with a black stabilo pencil, text paper, collage pauge and text paper, here are the colors of Silks i used:
i hope you'll enjoy our video below!
supplies used for my page:
have a wonderful and creative week!
this project is not for the faint of heart. i had to sift through 4 hours of footage to edit the video so this process took a while. but oh, but the joy i had doodling this piece.
it started as a huge purple mess left by an experimentation with the color bursts powders in my watercolor journal. the evolution of this piece went from a giant purple blob, to a flower, to a forest. go figure! rather than explaining what happened, here's the video (if you have the courage to sit and watch 35 minutes of doodling).
thanks so much for visiting and have a very creative week!
good day, everyone!
i forgot to post this on friday. oops. this one was quick and kind of easy. i sometimes get inspiration from rejected pieces that i hesitate to throw away. and i'm in love with gold and rainbow colors these days. my process was captured on video and you'll find the photos right underneath it.
a tree emerged from the original mess, inviting me to leave my mark. i could have done much more, including shadows and highlights but i went for simple. sometimes less is more.
look at all that gold. i have a serious addiction!
stand tall and proud, against all odds. always be proud of who you are even if it's not the norm. there is beauty in not being perfect.
have a happy and creative day!
sometimes i feel i haven't created anything for a while when in fact that is not really true. because most of my art processes are recorded, i feel i don't really create when i don't film anything. but i've been really busy these past few weeks finishing up some projects that were put on hold and that feels good!
the main project i've done is a canvas illustrating poppy pods for which you'll find the list of supplies and photos at the end of this post.
As for the rest, i have put together this rather long (sorry) art chat talking and showing things i've been making the last couple of weeks. it's just easier for me to do this rather than typing a whole long blog post.
thank you for visiting -- happy creating!
i've been experimenting with a new product by Magenta called Nuance. it's their new brand of water-soluble pigment powders and they are yummy! the pigments are rich and can be with a whole bunch of different media and water, which is what i've done for this project.
you can go have a look at my video down here and then check out the high resolution photos and a supplies list at the end of the post.
i drew the face with a pencil and then started adding powders on her hair and sprayed over it with water.
most of the shading was done with the pigments - i brought in some prismacolor pencils to add the dramatic highlights and shadows as well as a bit of white gouache.
a bit of light modeling paste through a stencil (also by Magenta) and then colored with the powdered pigments once more. it covers reeeeeeaaaally well!
i so love the texture of watercolor paper.
love love love that quote stamp!
some more stenciled texture.
SUPPLIES USED FOR THIS PROJECT:
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GiGi and i have finally completed the pages we made during our last playdate which was in june. the quotes were provided by Lucy Phillips (thank you, lucy!). i decided to write the quote on mine with a water brush filled with india ink. and i loved the process. of course i need to practice some more, lots more, but i think it turned out ok for a first time.
here's my process and photos below.
this is GiGi's page:
and some details of my pages:
have a wonderful and creative weekend!
happy friday, everyone!
this page was all about patience and introspection. many details were added to it by doodling with a white paint pen and shading with pencil crayons. i learned from it that no matter what your intentions are, your mood will always dictate how a page turns out. it's quite the eye opener.
the day i created this page, i had a lot of anxieties and questions. the result: a very confusing and dark page. it's quite the departure from the happy and bright colors i've been favoring lately.
but it's out there and i hope you'll learn a few things along the way!
thank you for stopping by!
happy thursday, everyone!
i am celebrating a big milestone for me : i have reached over 10,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel. thank you, thank you, thank you to all of these wonderful people that take the time to stop by and watch my art, comment and ask questions. the feedback is what keeps this artist happy.
of course, a giveaway is coming very soon but for now i celebrated by making bubble flowers. what are they? they sprouted from my muse and they made me happy. a quick and easy way to decorate a page that had paint "clean-ups".
you can watch me ramble on about this and that and a quick process in this video:
happy friday, everyone!
march 28th challenge: make a custom element
march 28th prompt: "ride the energy of your own unique spirit" -gabrielle roth
if you want to skip reading the details you can view my process on video below and look at the list of supplies at the end of this post.
have you ever heard of the elegant writer calligraphy pen by speedball? it's magical :-) it's hard to explain the joy i get from using this pen. i'm not sure what ink is in there but when you touch it with water it blends into shades of grey, turquoise and pink. pure joy! you'll get different result sdepending on the type of watercolor paper you use.
so i drew with a lead pencil then traced my design with the elegant writer and played with the blending and added touches of neocolor II pastels.
i was determined to do a 3/4 view face and worked at it until i was happy. my thought process behind this composition is the following: i decided to use the prompt as my focus and used gold flecks and black dots to represent energy morphing into flowing hair to finish with a solid mass (the face).
i also carried the gold into the eyes and used the neocolor II pastels to add color to the eyes and the hair. because i wanted movement in the hair, i took the direct-to-paper approach with the pastels as opposed to my favorite technique which is grabbing the color off the crayons with a wet brush then adding the color to the paper.
i used heidi swapp's gold color shine for the flecks, or my energy fragments as they stand.
love that quote. i used the movement of the hair to anchor it to my design.
the parts you see in the circle was done with the elegant writer and you can see how vibrant the pink and the green/turquoise colors are.
have a happy and creative weekend!
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happy monday, everyone!
i'm yearning for summer and beach so i guess that's what influenced my page. i worked on a background that had leftover paint, stenciling and modeling paste from a previous project. by adding just a few dashes of paint with an old bank card i was able to get a very colorful background. then i added a few rectangles of japanese paper and before i knew it i had the makings of a beach scene. at least my interpretation of one.
here's my process on video, following by photos and a list of supplies.
thank you for visiting and commenting!
happy friday, everyone!
doodling is so much fun for me, especially if i incorporate watercoloring in the mix. i love the randomness and unpredictability of the paint. it's fun to watch it go places and mix with other colors. i love the nuances, the blend of colors and the hard edges. i love it all.
before i get into any details, here's the process on video.
the flowers i drew are not meant to represent real ones - that's why i it's more a doodle than a drawing. i let the pink patches of color dictate what the flowers should look like.
the flowers were doodled using a black india ink pitt artist pen with an "S" tip.
the details inside the flowers were drawn in using a smaller tip, the "XS".
i loved the process. it gives movement to the flowers.
i added shadows inside the petals by going back over some of the lines to darken the areas.
there was a typo in the title which i corrected by using a sanding block and lightly sand over the 2 letters. the area where i sanded is slightly darker than the rest but i don't really care.
SUPPLIES USED IN THIS PROJECT
thank you for visiting and have a happy and creative weekend!
happy friday, everyone!
today, i've experimented with a new product and a new technique. i let go of all conventions and ethics. i'm not a watercolorist, haven't studied the basics... in essence, i'm just playing and having tons of fun.
this piece is full of colors and is joyful. it warmed up my day in a very powerful way and i am thankful that i took the time to ART.
i had so much fun that i need to explore more and more often!
the area in the circle of the above photo shows you shades of turquoise and pinks that was actually made by an elegant writer pen by speedball. that pen is like magic and once i'm more comfortable with it, i will be able to talk about it more intelligently.
until then, happy creating!
good happy wednesday, everyone!
if you're looking for sunshine and dots, here's the place to be! my idea behind this journal page was to doodle. it didn't quite turn out the way i had planned but my page had a plan of its own. if you want to skip the pictures and my written explanations, you can watch my process on video down here. i've also included a list of supplies at the end of this post.
because i'm working on a background that had dylusions sprays, i needed to cover it up with some text paper. from an old french grammar book, i stumbled upon a page with diagrams and they've inspired me to turn them into flowers.
i added a coat of yellow paint, going around the diagrams. then i added a 3rd flower with a similar blue, just slightly darker and doodled around all the flowers. then... stuff happened to my fingers and i was making dots and circles, and dots and circles, and more dots and more circles... i had no control!
i added journaling using the existing lines behind the flowers to write the story about this page and how it lead me and not the other way around. but because i wasn't particularly fond of the end result, i decided to treat the flowers and all the dots as one single background unto which i added a big title, "why? because i did!". that explains it all!
good saturday, everyone!
i swear i always aim to finish the weekly challenges before the next one comes out but it's either i just make it or i get to publish it on saturday. oh well. the important thing is that i'm still art journaling in my documented life project book and am loving every minute of it.
so we've now entered a new month so it means we have a different theme to play with:
february theme: layers you will love
week 6 challenge: when not to sop
week 6 prompt: "don't stop till you get enough" ooh !
i have to admit that this one threw me for a loop for a while because i always use layers and i was trying to come up with something different, something i'd never done or shared. and i didn't have a plan right up until my background was finished. the final result: a painted face with acrylic from scratch, without the aid of a stamp or a stencil. it's wonky, non-symmetrical and dark and i loved every single minute of the process. in fact i got lost in it.
before i show you the photos, here's my process from start to finish on video (and yes, the thumbnail is wrong - it should read week 6):
supplies used for this project
good tuesday everyone!
here's my first contribution as a "gang member" of the donna downey studios artist gang. for my first project, i decided to make a canvas to decorate my very bare walls of my new studio. i have photos and a link to get the full list of supplies below. i've also included a list of supplies in the video that you can watch to find out how i put this canvas together.
the canvas measures 16" X 20" and the whole theme was inspired by the "art is..." quote stencil. i love everything about the stencil, from the font to the meaning of the quote. it is so fitting to put up on my studio wall.
i used gesso and golden acrylic paints to finger-paint the background and the accents are fluorescent paints. i also used another stencil, the heart texture (also from donna) -- it's art inside the heart, or art with heart... whichever you prefer.
to create a nice shadow around the quote, i used a glazing technique which was taught to me by donna. it brings it to the foreground and adds depth. i used fiber paste through the stencil and below you can see how dimensional the letters are.
i made the flowers using tulle and glass bead gel. then i covered each of them with paint.
all in all, a very satisfying project. i love how the colors play well together and that pop of fluorescent paint -- so yummy!
for a full list of supplies, please check donna's blogpost here.
have a wonderful and creative day!
good tuesday, everyone!
a few weeks ago i salvaged a page that had a lot of collaged paper and paint and turned it into a castle-themed doodle. it started out as houses and quickly realized that i was drawing long skinny structures that reminded me a bit of castles. so i went with it!
it is not proportionate nor accurate by any stretch of the imagination but I'm quite happy with how it turned out.
i used a whole bunch of paints and a few stencils of which i can't even remember the brand so i apologize for that.
i used a permaball pen (pilot) to ddole and also used a black stabilo for shadows.
i incorporated a lot of random rubons and did the white highlights with a meanstreak sharpie pen (love that stuff!).
Well hello there!
I thought I would include a colorful header to brighten up your day and post my 2 latest chitchat sessions and some photos at the end of this post. If you need to relax a little and listen to some art-related (and not so art-related) ramblings, go ahead and click on any of these two windows.
Have a fantastic weekend and
Happy Thanksgiving to all my wonderful American viewers/readers!
happy thursday, everyone!
here's a cool thing to do: using stamps instead of a pen to mimick doodles. why not? sometimes the inspiration doesn't come easy and i find stamps are a good starting point. some stamps are fabulously designed to give you the "doodling" look that you're looking for like the ones designed by Ellen Vargo for PaperArtsy's Ecclectica3 collection. i fell in love with these stamps when i put together this journal page for Scrapbook Centrale a few weeks ago and i decided to bust them out again for today's project.
it started as a background made with Tim Holtz' Distress Stains a few months ago in my Strathmore watercolor journal. i loved the colors but wasn't sure what i wanted to doodle over it so i used stamps. a great time saver and an awesome mojo "revival" as i call it. i colored inside some of the stamped images with the wonderful Dina Wakley's heavy body acrylic paints. you can watch the video below to find out how i did it and you can click on the pictures also to see them at full resolution.
have a creative day!
it's saturday... what am i doing here?! well, this week is going to be super hot so i'm cramming all the work that i can today.
part of growing as an artist, i think, is acknowledging the attempts, the "firsts", as part of the journey without worrying about the quality of the finished piece and putting it out there for everyone to see. for me, it has become essential to document this part of my growing. i'm not sure why, it's just an impulse. i can't help but think that it will give at least one person a push to try it too -- to venture into new avenues, regardless of the so-called talent. it's not about the final result; it's about the fun that you unleash during the process.
i'm lucky enough to be surrounded by supportive friends, artists and none. we seem to be going through the same motions in our lives. we're aspiring to live every moment to the fullest and grab the joy that comes with that. it's a great feeling and i think part of that is due to living a creative life. daring to be different. just daring.
so last week, steph and i went to the park and in my tote i dropped a forgotten moleskine watercolor journal and my set of kuretake water-soluble paints. we sat down on our mats, mine full of holes and getting my white skort all wet and dirty (all part of the fun). with butterflies in my stomach, i grabbed the pencil. why am i so scared?! ridiculous? the blank page is mine to do what i want with, it's not a contest. so i breathed and dove right in. every pencil mark became easier, more enthusiastic. i've unleased the beast and was sketching furiously without aiming for beautiful. and one by one, the screaming kids disappeared, the smoking teenagers hiding under a tree didn't exist. all there was for me was opportunities to add pencil and color together on a white page. oh joy!
and during the process, i may have turned steph's beautiful face into a raccoon but it's all good :-)
have a wonderful weekend!
good saturday, everyone!
last week was crazy busy and so much fun. Donna Downey was in town for a series of workshop over the last weekend and i had fun creating a series of abstract paintins on 3 canvases. the workshop was full of techniques and i learned a lot. we played wit paints, glazing medium and pouring medium.... y....um! :-) i can't wait to use more of these on future paintings -- my head is swimming with ideas.
you can find out all the details in my video plus some photos underneath (click on them to get full resolution).
have a wonderful weekend!
good thursday, everyone!
i know you've seen this bookmark but i have filmed my process which i'm sharing in the video below. it was a very simple doodle done with just a dark brown color pencil and, as is often the case with simple, a very rewarding experience. i have now added a quote to the back.
the background of the image above is the most recent page i made from Donna Downey's 48 weeks class... it was fun and i let myself go a little too much and damage to my journal ensued. i need to repair 3 pages that were damaged by water in a big way. but it's all good! i have since managed to repair the pages without too much hassles and it will only add texture to the future projects.
NOTE TO SELF (and to you all) : add masking tape to the fold in the middle of each page before doing anything! especially if you're trigger happy with the spray and water.
now go create!
good tuesday, everyone!
sometimes you start a project and you know it's going to be exactly how you had envisionned the final outcome. it will all work out great. it will be a complete success. that is what happened here. i was feeling it. i was feeling it with my whole creative soul.
i started with a quote found on pinterest and the whole thing progressed naturally. behind the quote was a photograph of a ferris wheel. i am in love with ferris wheels - those giant circles rising up to the sky that hold the promise of scenic beauty. it feeds my imagination. it makes me dream of far away magical lands. it also pleases my eyes in an architectural way. the design of a ferris wheel is a thing of beauty to me.
having said all that, it is quite ironic that i'm terrified of heights. but somehow, i can get on a ferris wheel and enjoy it. strange. i can't ride in an elevator passed the 10th floor without feeling wobbly in the legs and queasy in the stomach, but i can ride on a ferris wheel.
the last thing that attracted me to this photograph/quote was the setting. a sunset! my favorite time of the day is when the sun starts to come down and everything is infused with this dimming light, the wind slows down, everything is at a stand still.
so i busted out my kuretake set of watercolours and got down to it. i used old letter stickers to mask the quote, praying that it would work (but knowing it would somehow), and painted the background with ochre, grey and black. oh yum! to see those colours dance provides immense pleasure.
yes, it's a little bit difficult to see the words in the yellow part but i'm still pleased with it. i doodled the ferris wheel with Pigment Micron pens in a very very sketchy way and in all honesty would not ride in my wheel :-) but i love it, i love the feel of it.
of course, i filmed my whole process and you can see it here or down below.
have a wonderful creative day!
good saturday, everyone!
so the other i swatched my beautiful set of Kuretake watercolors inside the box's cover (they graciously provide a space for that purpose - smart!). while doing that, i also fiddled around with a piece of watercolor paper on the side to play with some greens and blues... little did i know that i had the start of a bookmark! the scrap piece of paper was the perfect size for it and i decided to doodle over the colors with a dark brown Prismacolor pencil.
here's the final piece which i will laminate :
it literally took me 5 minutes to put together! it is now my summer reading bookmark (yes, i sometimes read printed books as opposed to digital LOL).
next, is my monthly share of projects some of my YouTube subscribers have sent to me. starting from a few pieces by my youngest friend, Constance (9 years old) ...
this is a card she made for her mom, Lara, on mother's day:
and this is my favorite project of hers, not because it has my name on it (see top right corner) but it has a cityscape and 2 of my favorite colors together. i love it!
thank you, Constance, for allowing me to share your wonderful creations on my blog.
last, but not least, here are some of my friend Judy D. her work is always full of textures and colors. she's not afraid to experiment with new techniques and color combos as you will attest by these pictures :
i realize this post is photo heavy but i do believe every artist should have a voice.
have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
good tuesday, everyone!
so i like to bust out my PanPastel pots and when that happens, it's always a joy. i love that medium - it's forgiving. this time, i created a field of poppies against a turquoise background on a canvas sheet. for a change, i used clear gesso as a base instead of ground for pastel. it was a quick and enjoyable project.
here are some photos and my latest vlog.