Monday, September 9, 2013

Sketchbook Challenge Blog Hop ~ Gina Lee Kim

Hello Friends! Gina here. Welcome to your first stop at our Houses and Hideaways themed blog hop!

Before I fully reveal my final project...

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...let's kick things off with a WATERCOLOR BACKGROUND TUTORIAL!! Yay!


Watercolor Background Tutorial from Gina Kim on Vimeo.

I incorporate a lot of this wet-on-wet technique in my art and it's personally a favorite way to begin a painting or fill a blank journal page. I use professional artist grade watercolors from a variety of manufacturers (Sennelier, Daniel Smith, Holbein, and M. Graham).

Note: video is also viewable on YouTube.

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So, this is how my Houses & Hideaways project evolved. Since the autumnal equinox is approaching soon, I knew I wanted to work in rich, fall colors.

 
My sketchbook came in handy to brainstorm color combinations and play with composition.

 
I took this photo while waiting for the first watercolor layer to dry. And yes, I have twinkling lights above my table. They make me happy and more productive. At least, I think so :).

 I chose a delicate wash of orchid pink and golden yellow as my background sky. Does it look like dusk or dawn to you?

Years ago, I bought these cute house-shaped chipboard pieces (made by Maya Road). Today I am so happy to finally use them. I added yellow washi tape behind each window to make the houses glow from within. Maybe the whole neighborhood is up crafting in their art studios!


There you have it: my portrayal of Houses and Hideaways.


And finally, I wrote a poem--a blessing, really--for each and every one of you.


Thanks for visiting!

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p.s. a special thank you to Jill Berry for designing beautiful stencils that I've used repeatedly in my art, and to Jacqueline Newbold for elevating my work to the next level. You both are incredible teachers I hold in deep gratitude.

49 comments:

  1. Gina, I love the pages and your poetry. The colors have inspired me as we do not have a fall until late november!

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    1. Thank you Monica!
      Late november, really? Where do you live?

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  2. Wonderful interesting post and I love the final product. The quote moves Me.Who is the author? Denise

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  3. You are the Author of that pretty poem ?Love it! Denise

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    1. Haha, Denise! You're so cute; yes it was me. Once in a while, the poet within comes out. Wine helps!

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  4. Gina, this video and your art is lovely! This was a wonderful treat.

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    1. Thank you Janet! You're always so cheerful, enthusiastic and kind.

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  5. Great video! Love your piece and your poem is really moving. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Beverley! I'm so glad you enjoyed it all, especially my poem.

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  6. Thank you Gina, What a wonderful way to start this blog hop!

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline! The pressure was on for the first guinea pig to go. Ha ha! Looking forward to your blog hop tomorrow.

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    1. Thank you Maryanne! I'm so glad you liked it.

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  8. Great video Gina - it makes me want to break out the watercolors!

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    1. Thank you Sue! Watercolors are my favorite medium, but then again I am biased :)

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  9. This is a beautiful piece. Inspiring. I just love homes and always like seeing this theme.

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    1. Thank you Denise! I love houses and homes too--such beautiful symbols to work with.

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  10. I loved your post - especially the twinkling lights in your studio. I have little white lights up in my studio too!

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    1. Thank you Marlaine! You're a kindred studio artist that needs twinkling lights like me. Yay!

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  11. What a wonderful instructive video, and I love the way your painting turned out. Did you use acrylic paint on top of your watercolor wash? Gotta get some of those houses! Too cute!

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    1. Thank you Carol! This was all painted with watercolor but you can certainly use acrylic as long as you're careful not to disrupt the watercolor underlayer.

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  12. Gina--can't wait to play with paper, watercolors and salt in my own studio this afternoon. What a great way to start the blog hop!

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    1. Thank you Mollie! I'm so excited that you're going to play in your art studio.

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  13. Great job! Thanks for doing the video, it was really helpful.

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    1. Thank you Patricia! I'm so glad you found the video demo helpful! That makes my day.

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  14. Gina..I am excited..I love watercolors. Where do I find the pages to do this? and where do you get the stencils for you lettering..love this look.. sew peacefully

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    1. Thank you FLO_rancher! That is a quarter sized (torn) from a full 22"x30" sheet of Fabriano Uno watercolor paper. But any good watercolor paper would do. I've been collecting stencils for years. Just keep an eye out for them at any craft/fabric store.

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  15. Gina, I love the painting you have done. The video about making watercolor wash backgrounds was perfect, thank you for the extra bonus.

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    1. Hi Glenda! You are very welcome. I feel really appreciated so thank you!

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  16. Lovely job on this...and good video too!!

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    1. Thank you so much Joan! That's so nice to hear. I try to do good work!

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  17. I love the picture you created. Your studio is awesome and so organized. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, mrscharmed! My studio isn't always awesome and organized. Clutter is a never ending battle!

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  18. Love your studio. Question - Where did you get the great cubbie holes between the sets of drawers at the back of your table?

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    1. Thank you so much myra! That cubbie is a Faber-Castell Mix and Match Studio Caddy.

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  19. Thanks so much for the tutorial! Your art is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I appreciate you telling me that. I wanted to produce a good, introductory video and I'm so glad you like my art!

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  20. Thanks for the video Gina, you have a gift for teaching and I would love to learn more about watercolours from you,

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    1. Thank you Kaz! That's really sweet of you to say. I am working on another video as we speak. A short 5 minute clip.

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  21. Thankyou for the watercolour background video.

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    1. Thank you Curlyq! I'm very proud of this video and so glad to share it here with you.

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  22. Wonderful tutorial and beautiful poem! I love twinkle lights too. Not only do they make me feel more creative, but happier, too. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Jeannie! You speak my language :) May we all surround ourselves with beautiful things that make us happy.

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  23. Thanks for sharing your wash technique -- I hadn't really considered tilting the paper/board to my advantage before. You have a soothing voice too that makes it such a pleasure to listen to your instruction. :-)

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    1. Aww, thank you Kristin! That means a lot to me and I'm so glad my video instruction was helpful.

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  24. Thanks for the tutorial. You make it look sooooo easy.

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    1. Thank you Jo! Strong, freshly brewed coffee and lots of chocolate help kick my muse in the pants.

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  25. Thanks for sharing! It is so great to see your blog Gina. You are such an inspiration!!!

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  26. It was such a pleasure to go through your post. I'm enthralled with your beautiful colors. This blog hop has really brought me to a whole bevy of artists to follow and be inspired by. Thank you.

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