I have a confession to make…
I’ve always wanted to be able to draw pretty faces ever since I was a young girl… BUT my faces always looked much like this drawing (eyes closed):
Until recently, drawing a face (or two or three!) EVERY DAY has really improved my drawing skills! PRACTICE really does makes a difference!
PLUS, learning from other artists in books, YouTube videos, online classes… thank goodness there are SOOOO many great ways to learn to draw (faces) today!
I drew this face with pencil last week and I hope to paint it with watercolor:
She is my first face that I’ve drawn that I have REALLY
liked loved!! I am a little scared to paint in watercolor as I don’t want to mess her up. I think I will scan my drawing first so I have a future reference. 🙂
My second face, I also created with pencil and used an Elegant Writer pen (with water) to create the black lines:
She reminds me of a flower, opening its petals to reveal its inner beauty – much like I hope my art does with continuous practice!
I know I have SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN but I feel like I’m starting to create some pretty faces…
Do you have a subject that YOU would like to learn how to draw better?! I hope you give it a try!! (And I’d love if you shared it with me!)
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Tagged art classes, art journal, art practice, creative play, drawing, faces, inspiration, learning, Learning to draw, pencil sketch, pretty faces, sketchbook
“Creativity is not a talent… It is a way of Operating.” – John Cleese
Wishing you a happy and creative day!
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Tagged art journal, color pencils, creative play, doodles, encouragement, happy, inspiration, lettering, meditative, quotes
In continuation of yesterday’s post, I discovered an exciting new way to complete my third collaged background from the fantastic, Australian artist, Toni Burt. I discovered her YouTube videos and online classes from a friend on Instagram.
I started with the same background in my sketchbook but added some white and blue acrylic paint to mute it. As you can see below:
After my paint dried, I covered my page with clear gesso to give it some “tooth” so I could draw my face on top.
I then went though the steps I learned in Toni’s class, “Flowers In Her Hair,” to create this beauty:
I hope you check out Toni’s classes at ToniBurt.com.au – I found the cost of her classes to be very reasonable for the amount of material she covers.
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Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, creative ideas, drawing faces, flowers, graphite, inspiration, Learning to draw, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, roses, soft pastels
I think creating from my imagination is the most fun! I hope you enjoy my ridiculous creatures:
I started each creature with a scrap of gelli-printed paper and then made up the rest of my animal, adding details with a black pen and color pencils.
And yesterday I created this silly Martian and told his story with this Limerick:
May it inspire the child in you to have fun and play in your art!
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Since my last post, we have had many changes in weather. It inspired me to draw some of Mother Nature’s moods:
I hope it gives you a smile today!
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Tagged art journal, drawing, drawing faces, fun, graphite, humor, inspiration, Learning to draw, sketchbook, weather
Seems our weather in the Pacific Northwest has gone from a cool Spring to above 80 degrees in one day! Ugh!! I do like warmer weather but prefer gradual increases in temperatures…
Here is a doodle I did a while ago but I haven’t posted yet:
My cat loves the sunshine but even he was too hot to be outside this afternoon! Lol!
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Thank you all for your input on my 4 color painting! I liked ALL your suggestions so it was really difficult for me to choose which ones to ADD to my pages…
I hope you like the additions I made and look forward to hearing what you think!
Thanks again EVERYONE for your comments and likes!!
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Tagged abstract, acrylic paint, art journal, color experiment, Colorful, creative ideas, creative play, gelli-printed paper, inspiration, mixed media art, paper collage, pattern play, quotes
Sometimes it is fun to limit a painting to certain perimeters. I decided to try these four colors in my art journal as part of an assignment from Carla Sonheim’s year long class:
I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics in Medium Magenta, Cadmium Orange, Payne’s Gray and a light gray blend (Titanium White mixed with Payne’s Gray).
I don’t think it is done. What would you do to complete it?
Would you add another color? Glue collage on top? Add a quote or a poem?
I look forward to hearing your ideas!
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Sometimes I just like to swirl my paintbrush around with watercolor in my art journal. No thinking involved… just playing with color:
Yesterday, I didn’t have much time but I still wanted to DO something! So I created this haiku over my ribbons of paint:
I remember using scissors to create ribbons for wrapped gifts before store bought bows became popular. “Zip!!” And curls appeared like magic!
Wishing you a day with happy memories!
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Tagged art journal, color, creative fun, creative play, haiku, happy, ink, lettering, meditative, memories, playful, ribbons, watercolor
I’m a little behind on my assignments in my year-long class with Carla Sonheim. So yesterday, I combined two lessons into one. This quote from Jane Austen on writing:
And secondary, Carla’s tip on sanding magazine paper. Roughing up this glossy paper gives it “tooth” which adds a nice texture to my collage. It also gives a nice vintage feel to this piece which I like. I added other papers, including an old postage stamp.
As many of you know, I love experimenting in art! So this page was super fun to do. 🙂
Do you have a favorite book that Jane Austen wrote? I hope you share it with me!
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Tagged art classes, art journal, creative play, experiment, flowers, fun, Jane Austen, mixed media art, paper collage, quotes, romance, sketchbook, writing