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Homemade Book Journal

Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I watched our instructor, Jerney, for Let’sfaceit2021, show us how to make an art journal out of an old book.

In order to create enough room for adding paint and ephemera to the pages, we had to go to each “signature”, where the string binding shows, and gently remove two to four pages on each side of the string.

I used a small book of van Gogh’s portraits that I have had for a long time and read lots of times. Plus, it is the only book I could find in the house that didn’t have a glued binding which would just fall apart.

So after we removed the pages, she showed us how to use a soft gel medium to glue two pages together to make them thicker. Then she taught us how to make a pocket on a page. We used a ruler to press down on the page placing it diagonally from the top of the book and then rippped away the right hand corner of that page and the one behind it. Then we glued the sides and bottoms together to form a pocket. It was actually pretty easy!

After that we mixed whatever color of paint we wanted with clear gesso to make it more transparent so the words can show through some. She painted a side view of a woman across both pages, but since the page on the right of my book had a picture of van Gogh in the middle, I decided to paint an abstract likeness of him on the left side.

What I love about this book is the cover which you will see in this video. Thanks for reading and watching!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Iberian Lynx in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I finished drawing this Iberian Lynx. This was a fun “big cat” to draw!

I find that drawing animal fur is actually relaxing. I used to think it felt frustrating and monotonous years ago when I first began drawing, though. But I enjoy drawing furry animals so much that now I just find it a soothing challenge.

I hope you are all doing well. I also hope today is the first day of healing for the United States of America!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Practice Portrait in Oils

 

Hello Friends!

Today I painted this portrait in oils. Our teacher for Paint Your Heart and Soul this week was Fran Schlosser. She showed us how to paint a portrait by looking at just the shapes, angles, and shadows, and do it quickly. However, I spent more time on it than she did, because I am not used to using oils. And the smell of the solvents is not pleasant. I have good ventilation in my studio, but it still bothers me. So I probably won’t use them often. Experimenting is fun though! So now I am getting back to a pencil drawing I started last night.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Cheetah in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I began drawing this Cheetah! I finished it just now after working on it for a few hours this afternoon. Lots of spots!

I think he is a bit too tall, but with those legs he may be able to run even faster, ha ha!

So this is my third drawing in my series of wild cats. So far I have drawn a lion head and a tiger (but no bear), oh my!

I will probably be working on my class lessons tomorrow or this weekend. I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Eyes in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

This is for the second class this week in Paint Your Heart & Soul. Our instructor was Saskia van Drunen.

She showed us how to use Strathmore Toned Tan paper. The tan paper is for showing the midtones. We only used a mechanical pencil which I don’t normally draw with. To add the shading we used a blending stump which I never seem to think of when I am drawing either. But I will now! Lastly, we used a white charcoal pencil for the lightest areas. Unfortunately, my whitest areas look bluish in the photo, because it is a foggy day outside which affects the light.

The things I liked about this lesson were:

1) She showed us that eyes are all different shapes depending on the person’s expression.

2) She pointed out that eyelashes look more realistic when they are drawn in clumps, not all the way around the eye.

I enjoyed learning how to draw expressive eyes with Saskia. She explained things very well.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Profile Portrait in Charcoal

 

CLOSE-UP

 

Hello Friends! 

Yesterday I did one of the lessons for Paint Your Heart and Soul. Our instructor was Joan Martin. She showed us how to make liquid charcoal to paint the background of the paper. We rubbed charcoal sticks on sandpaper, put it in a jar and added water for the consistency. Then we painted the paper. I used a hair dryer to dry mine, because there was no sun out by the time I got to it yesterday afternoon.

To draw the portrait, we used willow charcoal and to get the areas of light, we used an eraser and lastly, to make the brightest highlights we used a white Gellyroll pen.

This was a fun one! I still need to do the other lesson of drawing eyes with different expressions.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Ballerinas in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

I don’t know if you will remember or not, but I have posted these ballerina poses before (I think.) But this time I added a few things!

I drew them in charcoal on a thick piece of paper. Then I used my Arteza brush pens to color them and the background. Next I used a stamp with the word joy in Japanese. And lastly I copied the song called “Waltz” from Swan Lake. Then I cut out two stanzas from it and glued them on. Lastly, I drew around the dancers and the music with charcoal.

I enjoyed creating this! It didn’t take very long either. I like the texture that these brush pens make when I swipe them on the paper!

Now I am going to attempt to do the main and mini lessons from my class called “Paint Your Heart and Soul.” Hopefully I can post them tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I drew this in charcoal and painted it in acrylics. Then I used a sponge to dab acrylics into the stencils to create the background.

This is for Week #1 of Let’sfaceit2021. Our instructor was Jenny Manno.

I haven’t done the assignments for my other class, Paint Your Heart & Soul 2021, yet. One is a mini lesson on how to draw the eye in three different expressions in pencil and white charcoal on tan toned paper.  And the main lesson is doing a profile portrait with liquid and dry charcoal. Hopefully, I will be able to do them tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Tiger in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Here is the tiger I drew the other day! This is one of the most challenging animals I have ever tried to draw! I think I probably ought to have drawn it in a bigger sketch book. But the reference photo does show it sitting on some kind of concrete slab I think. And it doesn’t show the whole tail either. But I am not sure its proportions are correct. It looks kind of funny to me, ha ha!!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Lion in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I drew this lion in pencil. I was thinking that I have never drawn any BIG cats like lions, leopards, tigers or panthers. So I decided to give it a go.

The other night I also drew a tiger which I will post tomorrow.

My online classes began yesterday for Let’sfaceit2021. The teacher is a new one for me. But for some reason I just couldn’t seem to draw a face intuitively yesterday! I haven’t been doing portraits much during the break. So I will try again today.

Tomorrow my class for Paint Your Heart and Soul 2021 starts. I am excited about that one since I have never done it before.

I hope you are all having a great week so far.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

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