Friday, October 10, 2014

More Like Big Flowers as Trees

Jamie Fingal checking in on the October theme of trees.  I had to dig deep to find some in my artwork, realizing pretty quickly that I don't do trees, but big flowers as trees.  Whimsy House stencil has large tulip flowers, the size of trees.
One of my art quilts - big flower over airstream trailer. Windows, door, flowers and leaves are all stencils by StencilGirl Products

House tag with big round flowers, painted with watercolors
Another tulip tree piece.  This was made on watercolor paper with washi paper and fabric, some painting with watercolors, and pen and ink.  Just another way to look at trees. 

Monday, October 6, 2014


I have a little sketchbook made from a lovely soft handmade paper which still has bits of fibre in it; this was a present some time ago and I use it occasionally when I pick up interesting or coloured leaves when out walking. They press nicely between its pages and I have found that a blob of hot glue fixes them to the page. It always amazes me as to how well the leaves keep their colours.

Some of the leaf shapes look like little trees in themselves. I have been following a line drawing workshop with Lisa Congdon and, inspired by her methods, added some geometric tree shapes around one of the leaves in the sketchbook.

I then took photographs of some of the  pages and put them through grunge filters in ipad apps. I then printed them out onto photo paper and added more geometric shapes using a black Berol marker.

Have fun with October's autumn theme, Jackie.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Theme

Hello everyone!
Carol Sloan here, bringing you this month's theme.

Our theme will be “trees” this month.

It's no secret that I love trees.
For climbing, sitting under, sitting in, collecting leaves, picking up bark and acorns (or fruits).
I love to photograph them, paint them and draw them.
I've created several series of artwork around the topic of trees.

If you spend more than one or two minutes looking around my blog, you will see that I spend a lot of time drawing or painting trees.

I have several thermofax screens in my shop that have pieces of a tree on them –  several different leaves and stems.
You may even find one or two drawings of a complete tree in there.

One of my Etsy shop customers requested a Christmas tree thermofax screen to use in making Christmas cards.

I sketched out several quick tree ideas for her, then ask her to let me know which ones she wanted me to “flesh out” for her. Here's a look at the preliminary sketches.

The following are a few of them that I sketched in my sketchbook as potential designs.

Whether you draw a life-like tree or a stylized one, you could draw your own tree for use on a card or use it as a reason to get in some sketching time.
Either way - pull that sketchbook out and get to sketching!

Please share your images from this months theme in The Sketchbook Challenge Flickr Group, and don't forget to tag it with the code oct489 so it can be included in the end of month slide slow on this blog.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September slide show

Show time! The last day of each month we have a slide show of the Sketchbook Challenge Flickr group's work for that month's theme. To have your work in the slideshow, be sure to tag it with the theme's tag for that month, given on the first day when the theme is announced.

Thank you to all of our followers for playing along!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Adding Words to my Watercolor Travel Journals

Hi! Jacqueline here.  I love to combine words with my sketches and paintings in my watercolor travel journals.  It is like keeping an art diary.  I look for interesting painting shapes giving places for my words to wrap around and to go in and out.  Often, before I start a watercolor painting, I will make sure that there is a nice design to the painting just so I can write down my thoughts and feelings about the places that I am visiting.  Here are a few examples of how I combine words and watercolor in my journals:

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Text, words, the artistic chalky way!

Hi everyone, Desiree here! Haven't you heard the saying a picture is worth a thousand words? Well maybe its worth more if the text and words are also added to the artwork!

I love text in art, art made from text and text on fabric too! Its all good. It can tell a story, add to a painting or even be the painting.

I thought for fun I would share some chalkboard art with you!! It is all the rage and so easy to do! I have several tutorials on my blog about different ways to create your own chalkboard art. I will post the links at the end of this post. Its a way to use your sketches and text to create wonderful signs, menus, etc. Here are some basic chalkboard backgrounds, green, blue and black. It think the resolution is high enough you should be able to download but if not I can post a link or you can easily make your own if you have a photo editing software. These work well for online cards or messages. I made my background in photoshop and on a different layer I added text and sketches. But there are so many different ways to do it! Here are just some fun examples with Halloween coming up its a great way to do your menus!

I then did some sketches and changed them to white, with the smug tool I smudged them to look like chalk.
 Make sure you pick some scary fonts and images if your doing Halloween Menus

 You can always do nice saying too! This is a saying I wrote for other cards I made also.

A fun project that I was licensed to create for wall art.

These are fun ways to create chalkboard art via your computer but…. you can make some great chalkboard art using chalkboard and chalkboard pens!! Here are the tutorials I promised. Have fun!!! I hope you will sign up to follow my blog while you are there! Text and art is such fun!

Here is the link to my sketching blog where I have a weekly challenge to keep you motivated to sketch more often! Join me and post you sketches right on my blog!