Monday, February 24, 2014

Giraffe WIP finished

I'm finding spending more time to complete a painting allows me to enjoy the process instead of painting something to quickly.  This painting was done on 140lb paper, 8.5" x 11", using Daniel Smith watercolors, Derwent Intense colored pencils, and a little Schmincke gouache.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Giraffe WIP

I've been slowing working on this guy.  I used Derwent Intense pencils, and Daniel Smith watercolor.  Not sure what I'll do with the background.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dasio Japan $1.50 store

While in the SF bay area I discovered this really cool Japanese store where everything is $1.50.  This is my latest purchase--11 rolls of double sided tape, a plastic art box, big black clips, a pill box that I plan to use for watercolor palette, and small silver clips.
The Mixed Media Master Class book and Martha Stewart Living are from Joann's along with the bird paper clips.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hand made watercolor journals

Here are 4 journals that I made.  Two in the front are Coptic binding and the two in the back are long stitch binding.  The paper that I used for all 4 was watercolor 140lb. 
On the two in the back that I used a long stitch binding, I had bought black bookbinding repair tape for the spine. The paper I used for the cover was blue card stock paper, Japanese paper with a light blue and pink design, butterfly paper, and for the small journal I used washi tape.

View of spine

Front of journals

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Accordian Journal

I didn't intend to take such a long break, but I've been fighting this nasty Sinus infection for the past month and a half.  After 3 courses of antibiotics, I think I might be on the road to feeling better.
Even though I haven't posted, I have been busy making journals and doing quick sketches.
I've been seeing those Moleskin Accordion  journals and thought I'd try to make one.  I used drawing paper for inside the journal and paper that I had bought in Florence, Italy for the front and back cover.  For me the tricky part was getting the pages to line up.  Once I got that figured out the rest was easy.  My accordion measures  7"L x 5"W.


Front Cover
Front and Back Cover
Koi Fish

Koi Fish

As you can see my first few pages are of Koi fish swimming.  I used DS watercolors, Schmincke gouache, and Twinklings H20s.
The Twinklings H20s are luminescent watercolors that have an intense shimming of color and sparkle.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

One watercolor a day-- food studies Day 7

Today I worked on painting vegetables.  The only thing I had available to paint were some avocados.  I'll probably do more food studies when I have some fresh veggies in the house.