Saturday, April 30, 2016

Art and Oatmeal: Ink and Inktense: Under the Sea

Working with a random limited palette of Derwent Inktense pencils, an Under the Sea theme, and a bowl of oatmeal with sliced apples.

First go was a bit realistic. I didn't leave room for journaling!

The second try was drawn first and then lettering added. Sort of simple and cartoon-like.

And one more. I wrote the quote first, and then decorated around it. I think this one is the most fun!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blooming Today: Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts are blooming in the yard! 

Picked a sprig to sketch.

Pen sketch using the Zig Writer on cheap Strathmore watercolor practice paper 140 lbs.

First a watercolor glaze.

Punch up that color with Tombow markers!

Love these little heart flowers.
And the hummingbird does, too!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Breakfast Blooms: Coloring My Nature Journal Pages

Most Wednesday afternoons I join my buds (Buds - Get it?) for a botany walk at various woods and wetlands in our county.  We are on the lookout for native wildflowers, ferns, mosses, trees, and even the occasional liverwort. We walk, talk, and discover. Some take notes. Some take pictures. I have made it my practice to sketch and note. At first there were way more notes than sketches. But after 2 years of drawing on the trail, I can sketch quicker. We don't stay in one spot for very long unless it is a matter of counting stamens with a magnifying glass to determine species, so my sketches are in pen and done very quickly.

I found that these nature journaling pages, when added to a bowl of oatmeal with sliced apples, cinnamon, and colored pencils, make for a well balanced way to start the day!

The pages are done in "vignettes" like the one at the top of this post and the small one below. I couldn't resist drawing the tall fuzzy Cinnamon Fern fiddleheads growing in the Skunk Cabbage Patch. The little green "tongues" sticking out of the ground are Canada May Flowers. I don't believe that this form of Maianthemum canadense will have flowers. 

We saw this little Mitrewort growing in the wetlands. It's characteristic two leaves were so tiny! Usually the leaves are a bit larger. When I put color to my notes I am reviewing what I saw that day. This helps me remember the information. I need all the help I can get! 

More Botany Walk pages:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

(Under) Trees in Parking Lots while Waiting for Appointments: Antietam Lake

Beautiful sunny day. Arrived early with every intention of drawing a tree for this series. But in the shade under a tree at the end of the parking lot, I found these beauties! Just enough time to quickly sketch them. Colored pencil added during breakfast the next day.

Lovely dark red Trillium just starting to bloom.

False Solomon Seal whose leaves were unfurling.
(I know, I know, I spelled "Solomon" wrong.)

Fun Jack-in-the-Pulpit.

The Bloodroot were past their bloom, but the leaves are awesome.

For the love of color...

Inspiration by Joanne Sharpe. Loving color today!

Wild whimsical sketch. First layer is watercolor.

Add some watercolor markers.

Some Inktense pencils.

And some sparkly Stickles!

For more color click images below!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Playing with Watercolor Markers: Distress Markers

Doodle Flower completed with Tombow Markers on the left and Distress Markers on the right.

Distress Markers used:               

Squeezed Lemonade              Peacock Feathers       
Crushed Olive                           Shaded Lilac
Peeled Paint                              Salty Ocean
Mowed Lawn                            Faded Jeans
Worn Lipstick                          Seedless Preserves
Picked Raspberry                   Festive Berries
                                                       Barn Door


The first layer of markers.

More color added after the first glaze dried.

See the Tombow process here:

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Playing with Watercolor Markers: Tombows Part 2

Tombow Doodle Flower with 3 layers or glazes of color.

Inside of flower detail.

Leaf detail.

Flower petal detail.

The other side of the flower will be done with Distress Watercolor Markers.

For Part 1 click on image below:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Shut Your Monkey!

Okay, does anyone else have this problem?

I shut the monkey. 

Now I have the art studio supervisor constantly on my back.

Breathing down my neck.

She is very demanding.

She rearranges my art supplies to her liking.

She approves of art work by sitting on it. 

Disapproves of a piece by chewing on it.

Playing with Watercolor Markers: Tombows Part 1

Another Tombow vs Distress watercolor marker challenge in progress. I cut my Doodle Flower in half and chose a few Tombow colors to work with.

Tombow Green/Yellow List: 


Tombow Pinks/Purples/Blue list:


Using the side of the marker, I put color close to the doodle lines of the first shape and then used water to blend them in the middle. No scrubbing!

To get a bit of texture, don't completely fill an area.

First watercolor glaze layer.

Flower detail. 

Working on cheap Strathmore watercolor 
practice paper 140 lbs.

Click for more!