The last 3 years my hubby and I have traveled the US living in our fifth wheel...exploring new places and just enjoying each other’s company. It’s been a colorful journey where I’ve explored new art forms and meeting other artists. I’m not formally trained in art, but the creative process been part of my existence since a little girl...starting with flower arranging with my gramma, expressing myself with poetry as a young woman and now in later years, sketching, drawing, journaling and sculpting. Always drawn to color and whimsy and self expression.
The Sketchbook Project was given to me as a gift by my daughter. At the same time, I watched some video somewhere about mark making and using that to jumpstart your ideas. I thought of using that for this sketchbook. So I made a decision to use “This One Thing...” for my sketchbook.
The steps are the same for each page:
1. I used a Stabillo All pencil and with my eyes closed and using my non dominant hand I drew and marked on the page some simple lines. There was no thought or intention to draw any particular thing....just this one black line. (the one exception was the page titled: She Wore Flowers in her Hair. On this one page I consciously decided to draw a face without looking at the page or any image).
2. I then looked at the page either that day or another day and as I looked, some figure or idea would begin to emerge. I enhanced the image with Prisma black pens and sometimes filled in with lots of doodling. Working fast and not carefully, to quickly get the picture out of my head and into the paper.
3. Using a brush and water, I enhanced the original black line (stabillo all pencils are activated with water). Then I used a small limited pallet of water colors and added colors.
In retrospect, the watercolors became a nuisance, but I liked their intense colors and I finished the book using them. So, due to messiness and bleeding through the page, I opted for using only one side of the paper.
I’m so happy I participated in the Project. It was fulfilling to me to start and finish and stick to the process. I guess you will notice that my lines are curvy, organic and loose. I’m inspired by organic shapes and love nature and my little sketches have made me smile and chuckle and wonder...where did that come from? Hope they bring a little fun to you also.
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