Thursday, March 1, 2012

March theme: Flowers!

Jane LaFazio here. The Sketchbook Challenge theme for this month is flowers!

small quilt
a quilt of flowers


from my sketchbook  from my sketchbook
Doodle flowers in pen, and fill them in with watercolor (above)
from my sketchbook  from my sketchbook
Trace flowers on to vellum with ink, and fill them in with color pencils (above)
 zinniaLaFazio_sketching & watercolor
Draw and paint real flowers, realistically. 
   marigold   flower stamps (3 part)
Carve stamps of flowers.
fabric vase tutorial
Print flowers on fabric and machine stitch them. 
kimono cloth detail 1
Applique flowers and hand stitch them on fabric.
flower fields detail
Doodle flowers on canvas, using acrylic paint.

Grab your sketchbook and go outside (if it's warm enough!) and draw flowers.
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1. looking carefully at the flower, sketch it in pencil.
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2. Once you've got the basic shape, refine the drawing. Try to look at what you're drawing 80% of the time, and your paper 20%.

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3. Ink the pencil drawing, still looking closely at the flower. Erase the pencil marks.
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4. Watercolor! Leave plenty of the white of the paper showing.

The Sketchbook Challenge theme for March 2012 is flowers!
Join us!
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Special Prize Giveaway Announcements for March:


Prize package giveaway from Gelli Arts! 

One lucky winner will receive an 8"x10" Gelli Art plate!

Prize Package giveaway from The Thread Studio!

 One lucky winners will receive TWO 4 packs of gorgeous gilding flakes!

And 3 lucky winners will receive a piece of mail art from one of the sketchbook challenge artists!

How to be eligible for prize drawings: 
In order to be eligible for one of the March 2012 prize packages you must post at least one photo of a sketchbook page related to the March  2012 theme to the Sketchbook Challenge Flickr group and you MUST tag one of your photos with the code "mar638".  
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TAGGING YOUR PHOTOS WITH THE PRIZE CODES:  PLEASE DO NOT TAG MORE THAN ONE PHOTO WITH THE PRIZE TAG - IT DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING AND IT MAKES IT HARDER AND MORE TEDIOUS TO GENERATE THE WINNING LIST EACH MONTH - THANK YOU!
  Post as many photos as you like but only put the special tag on one of them.

Information on how to upload photos to flickr can be found 
here.

Winners will be chosen by random draw on 3/31/12 and announced on the Sketchbook Challenge blog either on that day or on 4/1/12.

12 comments:

  1. I love flowers! Right now we only have snow (finally!) but but drawing flowers will make it more springy!

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  2. Excellent theme!! One of my favorite things to draw.

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  3. Great theme: I always love flowers. My daffodils are just now blooming.Little Sweeties, & snow bells...

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  4. I lvoe flowers!!! looking forward to this month if I can get any time to get some pages done :)

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  5. Wonderful flowers and lots of ideas to get me into this month's theme!

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  6. This is a great challenge. I will definitely be following you all and learning and eventually with hope be able to produce what you guys are producing. Thanks for coming up with such an interesting blog.

    http://www.rkembroidery.net/

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  7. I love this theme, Jane! One of my most favorite things to draw, paint and sew. Looking forward to it.

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  8. Am excited to participate in the challenge, thanks to all for the inspiration!

    http://fabiennepc.blogspot.com/2012/03/sketchbook-challenge-flowers.html

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  9. I love this blog and it's challenges. But I must say. If the winner is selected by random draw, what is the point of it being called a challenge?? What's the point of the work, the craft, the talent? I think it would be best done by popular vote then it truly becomes a CHALLENGE.. otherwise is just like the lotto, bingo, or any non-challenging event. This has turned me down a lot.

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  10. Thanks for your comment Laura. The prize giveaways are not supposed to be the motivation for working in your sketchbook to the current monthly theme, they’re just an added bonus meant as a reward to motivate participants to share their work.

    The SC is all about realizing the value of spending time working your sketchbook and the theme that we post each month is meant to help kick start that process. The SC is not about comparing any one’s work to any body else’s and it was never intended to be a competition. It’s about providing an encouraging, inspiring and sharing environment for each persons individual creative journey no matter what their skill set and experience is.

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  11. Sue, you couldn't have explained the rationale of the prize giveaways any better. I'm in full agreement. Thanks for making this clear for everyone. Now to enjoy the flowers!

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