Friday, May 6, 2016

Simple Fun Sketching



Fun sketch done with just a black Stabilo pencil and some water.  

I sketched her out first on watercolor paper.  Then grabbed a spray bottle with water that I keep nearby when I am creating.  Gave her a spritz and let the water drip down the page.  That was my favorite part!  

Not sure yet if I will leave her as is or go back in with some collage and paint.   

So go grab a pencil or crayon and have some simple fun!

xo

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My First Mixed Media Video!

Well, I finally took the plunge into video!  Obviously videography is not my strong suit so this will be a work in progress but I am excited to finally share the process of creating one of my mixed media pieces!

I used a small piece of cardboard that I had prepped with a layer of gesso.  I didn't really have a plan for this piece so I created on the fly which is typically how I work.  

Hope you enjoy this peek into my process!  I hope to be sharing more of these eventually with instruction!

xo


Monday, May 2, 2016

Digital Art Process Video!

I realize I promised to start sharing videos with you guys like 3 months ago!
Well better late than never right?!  

This is a recent piece I created in the Procreate App on my iPad Pro.  Included in the layers is a landscape image of a highway and collage paper I scanned into the computer.  I sketched out the girl on a separate layer.  The glitter was a preset brush that is super fun to use for details.  
If you have yet to try Procreate you must check it out!  It is one of my fav apps and is pretty close to the layering you can do with Photoshop.  

Enjoy!  

xo


Friday, February 5, 2016

How She Came To Be


A watercolor background was sitting in my journal longing for something else.  

Using a Stabilo marks all pencil (everyone should have one!)  I sketched out this face.

With a q-tip dipped in water I started to wet the pencil marks and it became a back and forth dance between the water and Stabilo.  

The whites of her eyes were added with a liquitex paint pen.  A sharpie would work just as well or even a dab of white acrylic.

As always my work never feels quite done until I add some words.  

This reminded me of how much I love watercolor and miss drawing faces the old fashioned way off of the iPad.  ;)



Friday, January 29, 2016

Unexpected Paper Towel Art






You never know what will happen when you pull out the paints.  The other day I grabbed some paints to use on a piece of cardboard I had prepped with gesso weeks earlier (lol!).  I used a paper towel to blot off the excess water I was spraying on the paint.  As I was blotting, folding, and blotting again I hadn't realized that something cool was happening.

When I was done I slowly unfolded the paper towel.  I was totally surprised to see the cool texture and images that showed up just from the excess paint!  I actually like the paper towel art rather than the cardboard piece I was working on!  

You just never know what can happen in the studio!

xo

Monday, January 25, 2016

What I've Been Up To . . .



Hope everyone is enjoying a great start to the year.  And yes I do realize January is nearing the end lol.  Time is picking up speed at rapid rates which continually makes me anxious! I spend way too much time looking behind me or worrying about what is ahead which of course distracts me from the present moment.  



In my art world I have been creating digitally in Artrage.  Its a great app for digital painting and sketching.  I have it on my desktop Macbook Pro and have been trying it out with a Wacom tablet.  It is taking me a little getting used to but so far I am enjoying it.  

Each of these pieces was created in ArtRage.  As you can see hearts and Love continue to prevail in my work no matter what the medium.  



I am getting the itch to get back to some cardboard art and play with paint.  Its been some time now.  I am also toying with the idea of shooting some video tutorials for you guys.  That of course will be a work in progress but what I hope will be a fun new step for me!  I will keep you posted!

You can check out more about ArtRage HERE!  

xo


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Back To Paper 53 . . .


This is a simple fun little sketch I worked up last night on my iPad.  I used Paper 53 which is one of my favorite art apps.  One thing I love about this app is the watercolor effects you get with the paintbrush.  

As always hearts show up in my work.  I couldn't resist adding them to the ends of her hair.  Sometimes whimsical is so much fun!

 Check out the Paper app
HERE!

xo