Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Let's Do Coffee

Artist Trading Card, Markers

This is the first of a series of Artist Trading Cards.  They're all different, but they are very quick and fun to make.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Whim 19

This is another whim from Joanne Sharpe's "Whims in Watercolor, Pen and Ink Class".

Monday, April 22, 2019

Drawing Shapes

After #oneweek100people was over, I began to think about how I could translate the shapes that I had drawn with watercolor into line.  So, rather than drawing the contour or the entire person, I began to draw the individual shapes, not thinking of them as hands, feet, heads, etc.  In the picture above, I started with the Talbots catalog again.

Then, I took the theory "live", with people that moved around yesterday at the Artist Trading Card swap.

There is an ATC series beginning here...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Whim20 - Artful Abstractions

These are more whims from Joanne Sharpe's "Whims in Watercolor, Pen and Ink" class. 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Decorating Paper

I decorated a sheet of watercolour paper with sprays this week too.  I'll be needing a new sketchbook soon, so I'll use it for the covers.

Saturday, April 13, 2019


This week, more than fifteen hundred people around the world participated in a challenge to draw one hundred people in a week.  We shared our efforts on Instagram and in a Facebook group.

I did all of my sketches in watercolour.  By Day Four I had completed 107!

My goal in participating was to gain comfort in drawing people on location,  and to get faster at it. This was accomplished by going for the big shapes in watercolour rather than getting bogged down with the detail that a pen can tempt.  I also learned to "see" a little better and to stop and think about the main thing that captures a human figure.  Perhaps it is their glasses or hat, their hair or the shape of a bright red shirt on a bicycle!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Cherry Blossoms

Artist Trading Card

One of the themes for our local April swap is Cherry Blossoms.  I rarely use the (optional) themes, but this one inspired me!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Whim9 - All About the Tape

We'll be adding words in a later lesson of Joanne Sharpe's "Whims in Watercolor, Pen, & Ink".  I used metallic paints on the left page and Daniel Smith watercolors on the right side.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Gelli Plate Play Day

The organizer of our Vancouver Artist Trading Card group hosted a gelli plate play day last weekend.  Almost twenty of us gathered for a fun afternoon of printing - everyone had a ball!  My objective was to make some prints with light values, which can be cropped into backgrounds for greeting cards and ATC's.  I am very satisfied with my output of 35 prints, all of which can be stamped or drawn on.  I'll just show a few here.

On these first two,  I used a hand made foam stamp

On the next two, I lay down some embossed wallpaper.

Christmas card potential above

On the next two, I used a styrofoam stamp created at the play day.  Our hostess had large blocks of styrofoam and a soldering iron to melt patterns into them!  On one block, you can make 6 different patterns.

To make the last three I used embossed card stock to make the pattern. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Whim8: Save the White

Joanne Sharpe's Whims in Watercolor, Pen and Ink Class

Later in the class, we'll add a phrase to the right hand page.