I find side views and quarter view the most challenging to do, which is why I try to do them a lot.
I saw a little girl today, clutching her little doll pretty fiercely. It was the inspiration for this journal page.
My favorite part is the monster dolls eyes. I think he’s pretty cute.
One thing I love about painting in my journal is that is keeps my creative muscle in practice. I really think it helps me fine tune my skills, plus I am able to squeeze in some painting time without making too much of an investment on a canvas or board.
I am also really loving layering color pencils onto acrylic paint. I am able to focus on this effect in my journal before applying it onto a bigger painting.
Just a wee bit of time to do a little sketching in my journal today.
Pre-painted journal pages with stabilo pencil in white and black.
I almost want to keep these pages as is, but will probably still paint them. We’ll see.
I think this one might be my favorite. As soon as I added that green around her eyes, I knew she was a mermaid and that she absolutely needed sparkles. So, out came the gold and pearl mica medium.
paint + pencil
I’m calling this one Juliette. Not sure why. She just looks like a Juliette to me.
I only have 15 double pages or so left in my moleskine art journal. So, I am hoping to finally get this art journal filled with some portrait practice. I have found that I really like turning my journal longwise to do these.
I found a few images on Pinterest to inspire me. I love the silvery hair of the first one and the soulful and wise eyes of this second one.
Just a little over 2 weeks left before my kiddos are back in school. My art journal is the perfect place for small, quick art breaks, while trying to fill these last school-free days with fun memories and happy times with the kids.
We’ve been traveling to visit family, so I thought I’d break out the art journal to get a little happy art time in.
I managed to get a few progress shots. Sometimes it is really hard to do this, because once I get in the flow, I forget about the camera.
I used graphite pencil, acrylic paint and Prismacolor pencils for this page.
Off to start another page!
Gosh, I wonder how many bags I have sewn myself in the last 10 years. You’d think after so many bags, I would know exactly what I want in a bag, but I am still figuring it out.
I tried really hard this time, to try and get it right. I don’t want a fussy bag, no flaps and zippers, so I have a feeling that those buttons will get on my nerves, but aren’t they just super cute!
I do, however love pockets on the outside of my bags. Easy access for keys, phone and sunglasses. I just don’t like making pockets. Yuck!
So, instead of making them, I ripped apart some old cargo shorts that I didn’t like and wallah! Instant pockets! Yay!!
More pockets on the inside too, a simple snap closure and I used an old belt for the strap. I also made it a bit smaller than what I usually make, which means I won’t have room to carry around everyone’s stuff. Sorry, my bag is too small. He he
So, I guess my bags are slowly evolving and I will eventually figure out the perfect bag for me.