Friday, January 31, 2014

An Illustrated Quote...

I've been in love with quotes lately, and I thought I'd stop in to share one with you that I recently illustrated in one of my handmade books...  I hope you like it!

Happy Friday! :)

Friday, January 24, 2014

TUTORIAL: How to Create a Wax Resist for Watercolors

Here's a fun technique that you can do with watercolors and wax paper, two supplies you might already have on hand.  This is a great technique to use in your art journal - the possibilities are endless!

Here's what I used:
*Yasutomo & Company Authentic Chinese Watercolors
*Niji Waterbrush
*Watercolor paper or sketchbook/art journal
*Wax Paper

Step One: Place a piece of wax paper on top of your watercolor paper or sketchbook page.  Draw some shapes or a pattern with a regular pencil (a regular wooden pencil works better than a mechanical pencil, since you can press harder).  Press hard so that the wax from the wax paper will transfer onto your paper surface.

Step Two: Choose your watercolor from the set.  I used #55, light green, since it's one of my favorites.

Step Three: Squeeze some of the watercolor onto a palette.  Using your Niji waterbrush filled with water, add a few drops of water to the color to thin it down, then mix it up a bit.

Step Four: Paint over the area where you had previously transferred wax paper to your watercolor paper surface.  You will find that the wax from the wax paper acts as a resist!

There are so many fun uses for this technique!  I hope you will enjoy using it in your artwork. 

Happy Friday! :)


In the interest of full disclosure, I am a current member of the Niji Design Team and was given the Niji Waterbrush and Yasutomo & Company Authentic Chinese Watercolors by Niji/Yasutomo.  As always, I promise to only recommend and use products that I love!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Books, Books, Books...

I've always been obsessed with books, especially sketchbooks, art journals, and scrapbooks, but lately, it seems my obsession has kicked into high gear!  I can't go a day without spending at least an hour inside the covers of one of these books...  I've been working on filling several art journals and sketchbooks, and I've also been working on my Project Life albums and Smash Books lately too.  Oh, and I just finished a little Snap! album for 2013.  I hope to share more pages from these books, maybe in video form or just in a photo heavy post, but for now, here are a few little peeks...

The page below is from the little handmade book that you see in the above stack of books (it's the top book with the ribbon binding).  The book pages were put together from scraps I sewed together on my sewing machine, and the stitching was inspired by the work of Thomas Campbell, who I have been obsessed with for quite some time now!  The left part of the page has a scrap from a vintage grade book (flea market find) and a halftone made from a vintage photo booth picture (also a flea market find).  On the right, I was working on practicing brush script, and the paint was still wet when I took the photo - I like how it still glistens! :)

Next up is a page from the same book, where I did some random sketching, wrote a favorite quote, and added some white triangle designs that I made from some old puffy wallpaper border.  The background is from an old oil monoprint that I made in college.  This was a fun page to make!

The last page below is from a different handmade book (not one from the stack at the top of the post), and it was made with old xeroxes from t-shirt designs, masking tape, markers, watercolor, acrylic paint, and some craft sprays.  I love the randomness of these books that begin with binding papers together that already have images on them before the books is bound...  Making books this way also eliminates the "fear of the blank page," and it sets up challenges for myself when I start to fill the book.  I love working this way!

I hope you are having a creative week!  Thanks for taking a look inside my books today.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Buffalo Girl

This is a page from my watercolor Moleskine sketchbook, made with watercolors, acrylics, and pencil.  I have been loving  my little sketchbook filled with that thick watercolor paper lately, layering colors on top of one another for hours on end...  I hope to fill tons of these books this year!

It's finally starting to get a little cold here in Florida!  I love it.  I got a new knitted sweater with a fox on it at the start of the season, and today is the first day I've been able to wear it.  It's nice to be cold for a change, even though "cold" in Florida is not that bad at all.  

I've been working a lot on my Project Life albums, my sketchbooks, some applications to various things, and scanning artwork like crazy.  I've had to get some of my art ready for a publication that I was accepted into for a book that comes out in 2015.  Lots of exciting stuff happening around here!

Hope you are having a creative day!!