How is it almost March already! This year is just flying by. In honor of it being ‘almost’ a few things in the Northern Hemisphere…. March… Spring… end of Winter… I am happy to share the March Calendar Page! Subscribers get this in their in-box each month. so if you want to be sure that you get it, please subscribe in the “Let’s Connect” box below. Today, I am also sharing March’s page here to thank you for visiting!
Have you seen my posts on Instagram this month? I decided to do a 365 Day project. Have a look here if you haven’t see the work so far!
Why a daily project? Well, I want to be accountable to myself to make something every day and I really like seeing my style evolve with daily art-making. I felt the accountability challenges I have done (The 100 Day Project here and Inktober here) really were great for improving my skills with drawing and watercolors. So here’s hoping for more of that!
I am following an astrology-related theme for some of the drawings to give me some focus. I even added my word of the year to one of my favorites and shared that in last week’s blog which I thought was neat.
Have a look below for some recent drawings and pop over to my shop to see what originals, unframed prints and framed prints I have available!
OK friends, we are in the home stretch! If you are still looking for a unique holiday gift for someone special I still have original art, printables, prints, and even access to art classes available for you to give this season!
Holiday ORDER DEADLINES;
>>> Prints - Order by 12/13 overnight shipping to receive by Christmas
>>> In-Person - I have framed prints for sale at Rhythm Cafe in Merrimac through 12/22
>>> Original Art - Order by 12/19 priority shipping to receive by Christmas
>>> Printables - Order by 12/24 to receive download and print at home by Christmas
See something you love but is not mentioned here? Reach out to me and I would be glad to set it up!
Welcome to the 2018 Gift Idea Book! I have original art, printables, prints, and even access to art classes and Get Messy membership. Al of your unique gifts right here!
1) Original Art and Printables: I am selling original watercolor illustrations as well as printables right here on my site. Easy to order, print and pop into a frame … Need a gift asap? Done and done! Want original art? Please purchase before 12/15 for holiday arrival. Take a look at my shop here!
2) Prints and my art printed on things: At Society6 you will find prints as well as my art printed on various things like notebooks, gift cards, pillows, zippered pouches, bat mats, shower curtains, coasters, mugs, phone cases… so much. 50% off SALE on Cyber Monday! Have a look at my Society6 store here and plan your shopping list now!
3) Art classes: Get Messy is having a HUGE course sale for Black Friday! This is your last chance to grab their art journaling courses and at a great discount. Their classes will teach you how to create gorgeous artwork, no matter where you are in your creative journey. I have really loved being a part of this supportive community this year. Follow the affiliate link here to take advantage of this huge discount.
4) Custom Orders: See something you’d like? I will take custom orders for the holidays up until 12/15. Reach out to me and let me know what you are thinking of!
5) Gift Certificates: Don’t forget you could give someone a gift certificate that can allow them to choose their item of their preference. Reach out to me and I would be glad to set it up!
I have almost made it through the Inktober Challenge for the month of October. Originally set up by illustrator Jake Parker, there are a ton of prompts lists (search #Inktober on IG) out there, but I decided to just follow my own inspiration. I think these types of personal challenges are great for getting in my daily art-making practice and making me accountable to myself.
This month I started with a theme of meditative animals and plants and was thinking about oracle cards or something like that as a final result. After a visit to Unity Farm Sanctuary early in the month, I got loose with my watercolors. I morphed that a bit into a series of wild cats, and now I am putting crowns on tropical animals… who knows where this will lead!
I have uploaded drawings from the month to Society6 where you can purchase prints in a uniform size of your choice. For example, order three 8x8” prints (here is a link to what I mean) and then a set of tiny frames (here’s an example). Then hang them as a set!
I thought I would share my process for the illustrations I did for the #the100dayproject. I started back in April thinking I would have a theme for each week, and I got (happily) stuck in the land of fruit, veggies, and flowers. After the mid-point I started branching out a little to give myself some variety. I have done a number of drawings that I never posted because they just didn't turn out. Like a pineapple, papaya, a bunch of birds, a thistle flower, some herbs... there are quiet a few! My daughter actually has the pineapple drawing hanging in her room - pretty sweet!
I start by sketching out a few illustrations. Usually I do more than one, and then I land on the style I like the most. Then I darken the outlines and trace it onto watercolor paper using the light in the window. I am usually working on more than one drawing at this point. Once it is on watercolor paper, I add the micron pen detail, erase the pencil lines, and then start to add watercolor. Sometimes I do the watercolor first and leave the pencil lines until after.
Clean water for watercolor is the most important suggestion I could make in working with watercolors. I keep three water jars nearby. Depending on the colors I'm working with, I use one for yellow, one for red, and one for blue or green. If I am using a purple or black that will change it up. Working with muddy water really ruins the final result. I start with my largest brush and add washy color. I try to be patient and let each layer dry before adding smaller and smaller details of color. Letting the color dry in between layers especially at the beginning is also super important. I love the washy effects and happy accidents of working wet-on-wet, but this works best for me on a small scale at the very end of the process. For some of my flowers, I Iet the paint puddle and dry. These little birds in my example photos became more delicate with final details.
The painting comes together and this is where it becomes more of a daily project. Some finish quickly and others take a few days, so that influences what I post when. You can see the entire collection on my website, or on Twitter, where I have pretty much only posted these drawings. On my Instagram I have posted daily art making with this project as well, so there is lots more art overall to see there.
I have put a few items on my Society6 page as well. Is there a specific drawing you would like a print of? Let me know!! Next year I will sell originals, but I didn't even think of that when I started this 100 days ago....
I made this accordion flip through in early February following a tutorial from Kiala Givehand, who was the featured artist on Get Messy for the Season of Kindness. I ended up using the journal to hold photographs and sketches from our recent trip to Key Biscayne and the Miami area. I sketched on Strathmore Mixed Media paper, because this paper has a stiffer quality but can handle both watercolor and pen. The photographs were mounted on Strathmore Art Again black paper. Please have a look at my video and subscribe to my YouTube channel to be the first to know about upcoming videos!
While in Florida last week I was working in my Kindness Accordion Pocket journal that I made following a tutorial through Get Messy Art Journal community. In each pocket I have a small card of mixed media paper that I cut down to fit the pocket. I have used these cards to sketch beach scenes and memories I want to keep. Using watercolor and a fine point sharpie I finish each to include in the book.