Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New watercolor sketch book

Sketch book I made
8.5" x 5.5" 

Front of sketch book

Back of sketch book

For many years I have kept journals- for travel, favorite sayings, sketching, painting...all kinds. Recently, I've been thinking I'd like a combo sketch book- one where I can both write and paint. But I was not able to find such a product...so I made my own. :-)

I used the ever beautiful Graphic 45 paper for the cover. This paper is from the "Nature Sketchbook" paper stack- PERFECT! On the inside, I made one signature with alternating writing and painting paper. For the painting paper I used a full sheet of Arches 140# cold press that I cut to size. For the writing paper I used a Strathmore 100# paper Colored Pencil acid free paper. I alternated each piece so when the book was finished, there is a writing paper next to a painting paper. That way I can keep notes, or write descriptions...whatever I choose, next to a painting.  There are 24 pages in all, as I don't like huge painting journals. 

My sketch books are usually one or the other, painting OR writing...so combining them is new for me. I look forward to using my new journal.  Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

watercolors and embossing powder

This is old school stamping! But all things come back around, yes? Embossing seems to be back.

To do this, I started with a small piece of watercolor paper. I stamped the poppy image (Heartfelt Creations) using versamark and then embossed with white embossing powder. Then I wet the watercolor paper and sprinkled Brusho watercolor powder around, one color at a time. I used a water filled brush to help things along. Then when as I liked it, I dryed it with a hairdryer- NOT a craft heat tool, as I didn't want to re-melt the embossing powder.  Then I took a piece of 110 pale blue card stock and using a square the new Stampin' Up stitched die set, I cut out the square. (Ill use the stitched square in another card). I used glue to adhere the watercolor paper to the blue card.  

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Urban Sketching at the beach

Beach from the boardwalk by the clock.
watercolor in my 5.5 x 8 journal.

This week was a bad weather week, but just before all this rain and wind, I went to the clock on the Bethany Beach boardwalk and set up my travel sketch one early evening.  I sat at a bench and painted this. The angle was interesting because the sand dune in the front hides the actual beach and you just see the water. I hope I was able to convey that. I find drawing and painting the ocean HARD! So I keep drawing and painting it. I admire those on YouTube who, in a few swishes with their paintbrushes, create a realistic ocean painting. There is a lot of time and practice behind that seemingly fast painting.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Urban Sketching class

Dolles, Rehoboth Beach on the boardwalk.
I focused on the sign- a close up.

Sitting in the gazebo on the grounds of the Rehoboth art league. 
This is a bench made from logs. And I was looking at an arbor.

These are just two of several sketches I completed this weekend on my Urban Sketching at the Rehoboth Art League. It was a fun class, 6 + the teacher, Rosemary Connelley.  The idea of Urban Sketching is to record the world around us. Whatever we see- record it...the picture and writing about it- date, time, smells, sounds.  We used pen and ink with watercolor.  Doing this kind of sketching forces you to slow down and observe, something I forget to often do because I get caught up in the minutia of the day. There is more information on this worldwide movement here.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Getting ready for Urban Sketching

supplies I'll be bringing for Urban Sketching:
watercolor spiral pad
brush, water brush, pencil, Pitt Pens
Winsor & Newton watercolor set
paper towels, water
insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat

And it all fits in this cloth bag I made. 
Ready to go!

Through the Rehoboth Art League, I'll be spending this weekend doing a group Plein Air Sketching. I am really looking forward to this. My past plein air experiences are limited. I did do plein air painting in Provence, France for 2 weeks several years ago and it was a real challenge - there was WIND...so much that it would knock over our easels and it prevented us from several days of no outdoor painting. The winds in France are called the Mistrals, and they are quite strong.  I've done a little plein air in my old town in NY- I would park my car at the lakes in town and paint what I saw. That's about it! To be honest, I am a studio painter- I really like my creature comforts and no bugs!  I also like to paint from reference photos. Painting from life is much harder for me. I want to improve my real life spontaneous sketching.  

 I want to improve my outdoor painting / sketching as I have a trip to Italy in late August and I will be bringing this very bag and supplies for travel sketching. I thought it would be good to start practicing before I get to Italy! I live near the ocean and have plenty of inspiration to sketch. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Beach Putz house

I changed it up with this glitter house. It has a beach theme. I had so much fun making this one! I used sand (with gllitter) on the ground. I made tiny logs to make  log and rope fencing. The paper used is from Graphic 45, with the anchors on it.) Look close near the door- a tiny pair of flip flops! I used real and faux shells along with shell pieces. A little sign points the way to the beach. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making. Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Log Cabin Putz glitter house

I am fairly obsessed with these little houses! The process is fun and I love decorating them once the houses are together. I am now thinking BEACH...how cute would that be? More to come!