Completed Water Lily

I finished the colored pencil drawing of the water lily. This is a scanned in version and the colors are a bit off but you get the idea.

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I really like the end result and I finally found a way to use colored pencils where the outcome was good. It takes a long time but the blending of the colors is the definite key. We went to Louise’s house again to make more leaves for our ski chair. We have a lot more to do and now I have 7 more leaves to stitch with a felt covering. Hopefully, the needle breakage will be less than the last set. Have a good weekend.

Colored Pencil Drawing and More Felt Leaves

I have been stitching a felt leaf every morning for our Big Ski Chair Affair project. It’s a little nerve racking because if the needle hits the wire base, the needle breaks. I have broken four needles so far. It always happens when I try to speed up a bit or don’t pay enough attention.

Felt Leaves

Here’s the leaves I finished. I haven’t added any veins. I am going to check with the other ladies before I do. Maybe the small ones don’t need any?

Blending Colored Pencils

I’m still working on my colored pencil drawing. It takes a lot of time. You can see in the upper left corner that I am blending the background. I am using odorless mineral spirits and applying a tiny bit with a brush. And it works! The colored pencil layers blend and cover the white of the paper.

First Layer Blended

Here it is after the first layer is blended including the leaves. I haven’t started on the water lily itself yet. Trying to learn how this works before I make a mess of the flower.

Background Blended

And here is the water with a couple more darker colored pencils added. It definitely gives richer colors than just using colored pencils alone. You don’t push down hard with the pencils, just do a light circular stroke to cover the page. That way you don’t damage the tooth of the paper. Next, I will add more layers and details to the leaves. Once I finish the leaves, I will try the flower.

Hope you have a nice weekend!

Color Homework

Hurray! I finally finished my Free Motion Stitching on Felt online course preparations. I have set the date for March 17, 2017 and registration will open in February. So if you’re interested, you can see more details about the class here. It’s going to be a really fun class so if you’d like to learn how to machine stitch on felt or improve your free motion skills, I think you will learn a lot!

In my spare time (Ha, what’s that?), I have been doing a few color homework exercises. My Level 3 Art and Design course starts in February and since it has been nearly three years since I took the color course, I thought I should brush up on my color scales and other suggested exercises that I didn’t finish before.

Color Homework

So I have been working on color scales, made a colored pencil color chart for my newer colored pencils and in general, playing with paints. I always forget how fascinating it is to mix different colors and see the differences between, for example, two different reds with the same green. I always learn something every time I mix paints.

I also have been working with colored pencils and watching a few videos on YouTube on how to use them. I have never been really satisfied with my use of colored pencils so I thought I should learn a bit more about how to use them correctly. Lachri Fine Art has some really good videos and she does some beautiful colored pencil drawings. So the Instagram photo above is my start to a colored pencil drawing. That is just the very first color on the background. It takes a long while to do this correctly so I will show you stages as I go along. I also have to get some odorless mineral spirits to help blend the colors. I think this is going to take me a long while to finish.

Happy New Year!

Here we are at the end of 2016 and looking forward to 2017. It’s hard to believe how quickly the years zip by. I am really looking forward to 2017 as I have finally signed up for Level 3 Art and Design with Gail Harker. I have wanted to take this class for years and it has finally worked out so that I can. It starts in February and I’m excited to get started.

I am working hard to get my last online class completed so I edited photos, put them in the right places in PDF’s and edited videos today. So I’ve only got a bit more to go and then machine stitching on felt will be ready to go. I think that I will probably hold the first class in March.

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Here’s a sketch I did this week of a pile of rocks. This stack of rocks is on the path that I follow in the summer time when I walk every morning. And the rocks are really different colors. I think the top two in the sketch look like they are a bit off balance as I got the angles slightly off but I did like the way the sketch turned out.

Happy New Year and all the best for a creative 2017!

Playing in the Sketchbook

I have been playing around with some previously screen printed sketchbook pages. The first couple I added watercolor backgrounds.

This screen was one that Louise made up for deconstructed screen printing. She used a hairy yarn and it gave an interesting result.

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This one I added some patterns with colored pencils. I haven’t used colored pencils all that much and I’m usually not happy with the result.

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I figured out that the problem was I just needed to add at least two layers of colored pencil over white. The page on the right has only one layer but the page on the left had a different blue colored over the same blue used on the right. I like that result much better. It completely covers the white of the sketch page.

So that’s how I did these last three page spreads. So I have been playing with coloring books this week!

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Thought you all might like this old photo from Christmas past. I’m the one with her hand always in her mouth. I think I’m about three and half in this photo. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!