Watercolor Ink Doodle: 23 October

Another doodle:

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I used Stabilo water-based markers for the dots in the middle. I am not sure if I like them, as the dots are not really round because the marker tips are rather big, so it looks kind of weird. I am also not sure if the markers are lightfast. I assume not, because it’s not written on them and that’s not something the producer wouldn’t brag about. So… Meh…

I am still working on the spread for BOD and it’s getting there. It will be finished today, so I hope tomorrow I can show it to you. It’s looking good.

Today is the travelling day. I am waiting for the fog to lift to go for a run. It’s very cold, dump and sad outside, but it looks like it is going to be another sunny day. Good for driving, if one has to.

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Watercolor Ink Doodle: 22 October

It’s a nice sunny Saturday. Almost hard to believe that there was a blue sky above those murky clouds we had during the whole week. This means that I will have to do my gardening today, no excuse. I don’t feel like going out, because even though it’s sunny, it’s very cold, so it means my hands will freeze and I am so not up to it. But things have to be done in order to preserve my vegetables from freezing, so I will do them.

And here’s another watercolor ink doodle I did during the past week:

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Today I will also be working on another spread in Book of Days. If I finish it today it will be the fourth BOD spread in one week. Well done with catching up on this one, I think. I skipped the Life Book lesson this week – it was some calligraphy practice that I really did not care about, so it made more time for other stuff. Good week.

Have a wonderful weekend people!

Watercolor Ink Doodle: 21 October

I did this one a couple days ago:

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I used blue, turquoise and sap green watercolors and ink markers.

Today I am working on Book of Days again. It’s been raining for 48 hours, so no running on two mornings. Yesterday I went for a walk in the afternoon, in the rain, because I felt like going crazy closed in the house for more than 24 hours. Today, I think, it’s the movies again. According to the forecast, there should be no rain tomorrow, so I may manage some long delayed garden work and maybe even a run in the morning. I really like autumn colors, but that’s about all I like about autumn. Rain is just awful, cold is horrible, and darkness is depressing. But no point in complaining, right? Plus, it’s Friday today! YAY!

Book of Days Update: Week 38

Ok, I am in a Book of Days mood this week. I finished Week 38 yesterday:

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Used acrylics and hot glue gun stencil for background, star stencils and heart mask (which I cut from paper) in the foreground. I colored the stars with Sakura Glaze pen in yellow, added black lines with Edding black paint marker and Uni-Ball Eye black pen, and white details with Edding white paint marker and Rotring 0.5 pen with acrylic ink.

It was quick and easy. I think I will try to do one more today! Have a good Wednesday you all!

Book of Days Update: Week 40

Finally, I felt inspired to dive into Book of Days. I missed most of the course, but that’s ok. I will catch up eventually, I think 🙂

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This is Week 40. Done with acrylics, sakura glaze pen in black, Faber Castell Pitt markers in red and yellow, Edding paint marker in black and white acrylic ink in my Rotring 0.5 pen. The little bubbles in the leaves is stencil by Tim Holtz and the big bubbles around is stencil by me 🙂

I really enjoyed this and I can see that there are more lessons of this type in BOD, so off I go to start another one! Have a nice Tuesday!

New Pencils

I’ve had really little time for art these past 3-4 days. I started several things, but did not finish any yet, so I have nothing to show you. Except… My new colored pencils arrived yesterday and I am super excited about them. I had just little time to try them in my play journal – started a face, very quick one, but I can tell you that even on this crappy paper the pencils behave like nothing I’ve seen until now. And I do have Faber-Castell Polychromos, which are professional pencils and very good of course, so I know what I am talking about. I am not saying Polychromos are bad, they are just different, so the comparison is not completely fair. I think that the two could work wonders in combination. I have to try.

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So, Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901… They are wax based, same as Prismacolor, just much more expensive but, I think, worth the price, judging from the first 20 minutes I used them. I cannot compare them to Prismacolors, because I have never used those. I have heard many times that people are unhappy with Prismacolors being very prone to breaking, so I did not even want to try my luck with them. These are not supposed to be breaking, according to the reviews I read. I haven’t tried sharpening them yet, so I cannot say, but will let you know.

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What I can say is that they are super soft and creamy and that they blend miraculously well even on this paper which is not meant for drawing at all. They cover the surface very quickly and with bright colors, and seem to last very long – after what I did, they seem hardly used at all. I kind of expected that they would be shrinking very fast judging from the amount of pigment they leave on paper. And there are so many colors (76) that I am positively overwhelmed. I hope that I will have some more time tomorrow morning to explore….

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Play Journal Update: 03 October

I did several pages in my Play Journal last week:

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This one is done in lunch breaks at work. The left page is obviously hand drawing practice. At first I thought there is nothing coming out of it, without an eraser and looking at a scanned book page on the screen, so I must say I am again surprised with myself. They actually look like hands 🙂 One very satisfying thing about it is the pencil I used – it’s a Derwent Drawing pencil in chocolate color. I have two of those pencils (the other color is blue) that I bought who knows when and why and almost never used because I almost never draw. LOL! The pencil is beautiful soft and creamy and I really enjoyed using it. Another thing that I did not have, besides the eraser was a pencil sharpener, so I used up the pencil almost to the wood which of course prevented me from doing any details, which was scary but I think very helpful in the end because it stopped me fussing about the details and worrying about being very accurate in reproducing the photos. So, it’s a sketch. The mermaid on the opposite page was a practice for Vitamin Sea painting I need to do this week. Mermaids never give up when it comes to drawing practice. Far from perfect, but perfection was not the goal.

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The next two pages. The left is one more mermaid practice. This time I gave her some sea water with water soluble pencils. On the right hand side an autumn doodle with colored pencils and ink. Here’s a more detailed photo:

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The next two pages look like this:

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Obviously left page is still empty. And the photo of the mandala on the right in more details:

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That’s it for today. My idea about putting my work out there on Red Bubble did not leave me. So this morning I registered and uploaded my first work. It looks amazing. I will write about it some time soon. For the time being, have a happy Monday!

 

Play Journal Update: 30 September

I am sorry that the video I posted yesterday did not work. I will have to use YouTube for videos obviously. I don’t know why there is an option on WordPress to upload videos if they won’t play. Ok, I give a slight chance that I did something wrong 🙂

Anyway, here’s the doodle from the video:

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It’s in my Play Journal, done with crappy colored pencils and ink. I ordered very expensive colored pencils and they should arrive next week (when I will be away), so in two weeks time I will post a photo of my new treasure. I am in as much love with colored pencils as I am with watercolor, so don’t ask. Yes, I do have Polychromos 60 pieces tin and I love them, but I also wanted to try Prismacolors. Now as everybody’s saying that Prismacolor quality control is crappy, I did not want to buy them and in addition they cannot be easily found where I live, so I opted for something even better: Caran d’Ache Luminance, which are… um… very expensive… I thought to myself: WTH my dear, if you have that money, spend it on something you really want. Not that I needed much persuasion… So there we go. They are on their way to me. They say that they can draw on black paper too, so one reason more to try them!

And yesterday I started a new watercolor doodle in my Strathmore Journal:

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I planned to doodle around the painted shapes, but this morning I changed my mind because it looked so pretty as it is. So I will leave it. I used turquoise Ecoline and new gamboge from Daniel Smith. I think they are beautiful together.

Migraine is definitely gone. I went for a run this morning. The weather is still great, weekend is coming and all is good. Have a happy Friday!

And it’s Raining Again

I didn’t pull any oracle card yet because I wanted to finish this. I didn’t feel at alk playful this morning. It’s raining and dark and my mood is a bit poisonous. I am pressed with deadlines and haven’t got much time for art. I am behind with Life Book and currently doing a piece there that I do not enjoy… but I said I would do all lessons, so I  will finish it tomorrow. So, here we go:

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Concerning my mood this morning I am pretty pleased with it.  It makes me happy to look at it now. There you go… even my mood is not so dark any longer. 🙂