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Homemade Book Journal

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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! 馃榾

 

Iberian Lynx in Pencil

 

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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! 馃榾

 

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! 馃榾

 

Profile Portrait in Charcoal

 

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Hello Friends!聽

Yesterday I did one of the lessons for聽Paint Your Heart and Soul.聽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! 馃榾

 

Ballerinas in Mixed Media

 

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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聽Swan Lake.聽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! 馃榾

 

Tiger in Pencil

 

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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! 馃榾

 

Lion in Pencil

 

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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! 馃榾

 

Rabbits in Pencil

 

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Here are the rabbits I drew and mentioned in my last post. I have missed drawing animals as I said yesterday. I have heard that the class of Paint Your Heart and Soul 2021 which I signed up for does include drawing and painting animals as well as other things besides people, so I am excited for that class!

I also signed up for Let’s Face It again for 2021. I don’t plan on trying to do everything in both classes, because that would be way too much for me. Also, I plan to spend much more time exercising than I did this year! I did way too much sitting in 2020! I am proud of all of the things I learned and the art I did, but I did not do it around an exercise routine like I needed to! So that has to change! I may also try to post more regularly but only a couple of times a week this coming year.

I hope you are all doing well and staying physically and emotionally healthy!

Have a wonderful dsy! 馃榾

 

 

Mice and Rats in Pencil

 

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I have been taking a break from doing art since my classes ended a couple of weeks ago. It has actually been nice to just spend more time exercising, reading, and watching movies. Plus today I broke down boxes that were piling up and put them in the recycling.

I did, however, do a little sketching. I decided to do a few mice and a couple of rats. I also sketched a couple of rabbits that I will post tomorrow. One is kind of goofy in its elongated size, but it is one that had been unfinished in my sketch book for a long time. I have missed drawing animals!

I hope everyone’s holidays have been nice and relaxing; ours was this year! I only bought a couple of things online for gifts, because I don’t get out to go Christmas shopping anymore anyway. I don’t need the stress!

Have a wonderful day! 馃榾

 

 

Giraffe Portrait in Watercolor and Pen

 

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Over the weekend I took down almost all of my art that I did this year, so I have the two blank walls available to fill again as I do my new classes for 2021. I also went through old artwork and found this giraffe that I had penciled onto a piece of watercolor paper well over a year ago and forgot all about! So I decided to paint it yesterday.

I have been busy the last couple of months going through our books and have donated a few bags to the library as well as taken about five full bags to a used books bookstore in town to trade them in for credit. There were a lot of my husband’s fantasy novels and our son’s novels he couldn’t keep since he is moving in a couple of days. Anyway, so now I have about $400 in credit that will take a very long time to use! I don’t know if I ever will use it all! I don’t go there very often. But I am just glad to be getting the house cleaned out little by little!

A few weeks ago I sold a neighbor two American Girl dolls and a bunch of clothes for them. And now she is interested in buying a doll clothes closet that my daughter wants to sell, too. All of it is in perfect condition, and she definitely has gotten a bargain!

I hope everyone is doing well! I may have another post or two this week, but just in case I don’t, happy holidays to you all!

Have a wonderful day! 馃榾

 

 

 

 

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