#964 – Happy ‘Sketchy’ New Year!!

Hello and welcome!! Its pretty late in the year for New Year cards, but after forgetting to publish them in the beginning of the year, any time is just fine, I guess! πŸ˜‰

I was very inspired by these set of cards that were made by Norine Borys. Love how she added her own ‘sketchy’ charm into simple stamped images. I mean, they would look so beautiful by themselves, but by adding the sketching, she added a beautiful charm of her own to them!

I tried applying my sketching skills with the Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamp set. I first stamped the images on the cardstock using distress inks. Of course, I misted the inked stamps before stamping them, so that the colors spread and mixed a bit. These looks absolutely wonderful by themselves, of course. I had half a heart of leaving them alone, afraid of ruining it, but I went ahead with it.

When I was done, I realized that the final result was making me less than happy. They weren’t look great at all! I stared and stared trying to understand why – what was different between what Noris had done and what I had done… and no, I was not thinking about my sketching skills being the problem.. Then I realized it. I had white space between my stamping! I then picked up my brush, and watercolored some green leaves between all the white space, and voila! It started looking a whole lot better! πŸ™‚

Finally happy with the results, I proceeded to add some splatters once everything was dry, and then the frame, and finally the sentiment. That came from Paper Smooches Alphadot stamp set. I stamped the letters skewed, but mostly together. I felt it went with the ‘sketchy’ look of the flowers well. πŸ™‚

And that’s my 2 cards done! I’m joining the following challenges with these cards –

Watercolor Wednesday challenge #323: Cathy’s Challenge: All Things Feminine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stamploration Summer challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#894 – Some more drawings…and coloring!

Hello and welcome! As you might know, I’ve started to dabble on drawing, and free hand water-coloring, along with my regular card making activities. I had posted some of what I had made in a previous post. This here is the next installment! πŸ™‚

I have bought a A5 sized book for practicing by drawing and simple coloring – Brustro Artists’ Sketch Book. And all the art work featured in this post, are what I’ve drawn there. I find the book to be adequate for my practice as of now.

This one is inspired by Alex Siberia’s designs. She has got a ton of awesome digital images at her shop, and I found them really inspiring to draw. Of course, I am not commercializing mine, neither have I outright copied her art – this is my own style.

I drew the flowers using a pencil and used Uniball Fineliner pens to outline them – I do have pens of different thickness – 0.05, 0.1 and 0.3 – and I use them however I feel like. Once the outline was complete, I erased the pencil lines and colored the whole thing using Zig brush marker pens.

Of course, the paper is not think enough to handle the coloring. The color was showing through the page, but thankfully, the paper’s thickness was enough to not let anything bleed though to the next page. πŸ™‚

And this one proves that the pages aren’t exactly meant for watercoloring!! πŸ˜€ I tried to get a look of illustration, but no..not meant to be!! I’ll attempt the next one over actual watercolor paper, and use this one for pens and my Zig markers… maybe pencils too, if I can manage it! πŸ™‚

But I did looooveee those butterflies!! πŸ˜€

Some autumn/fall artwork, going along with the popular theme in the card-making world at this time! I tried drawing myself and some no-line coloring with the Zig brush markers. Loving the look of the marker’s colors on this one – a little more practice, and I think I’ll get a hang of it! πŸ™‚

And back to only sketching! Its full of leaves this time. And I really wanted to try out drawing some Gingko leaves!! They are so pretty – I think if I use any color other then green for them, they would be mistaken for flower petals!! πŸ˜€

So, on this one, I tried to create texture by varying line thickness and density – but I don’t think I established it very well. But I did like the look of the leaves here! And all the dots accompanying it! πŸ˜€

I’ll join the Paint Party Friday: Week 31. What a wonderful platform to show off some artwork! Thank you Eva and Kristin for hosting it!

Well, that’s it for now! I’ll hopefully make the next set soon!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#890 – Drawing and Painting

Hello! Something a bit different from my usual cards today. I had mentioned in a few posts previously that I have also developed an interest in bettering my drawing and free hand watercoloring skills. Of course, I am also including a couple of media other than just watercoloring.. and also mixing up drawing and painting. It is not really an everyday effort, but just something I like doing every now and then, so, there’s very little of what I’ve created.

Here’s some of the better works of what I made in the past few months –

I have used a simple spring bound drawing book for all of these. For this one, I used watercolors and then used Uniball fine line markers and Uniball Posca white marker.

I was inspired by this gorgeous piece I found in Pinterest. I first drew everything using a normal pencil, and went over it with Uniball fine line markers. I used color from Zig Brush markers, coloring the umbrella, cloud and cup by first applying it on a piece of transparency and then picking it up using a wet paint brush to use. The ferns/leaves are all colored by direct to paper method.

I wanted to sketch the poppies that I watercolored in this card. I used Uniball fine line markers of various thickness on this. And I used Uniball Posca white marker on the flowers’ centers.

And that’s finished! I’ll try to show what I create as and when possible in the future too.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#870 – A Hand in Drawing

Hello and welcome! As you might know, I started trying a little bit of freehand watercoloring recently. Of course, my favorite being flowers and leaves, that’s where I started. Another interest of mine has been in drawing as well. Since I started with watercoloring, I thought I would dabble my hand in drawing as well.

I first used pencil to draw the outlines and then used Uniball FineLine pens for drawing. The piece was originally supposed to be an oval wreath of leaves, but then I filled up the rest of the page with more leaves, leaving the center empty. Had to fill that up with something, hence the random quote! πŸ˜‰ The …quite misplaced…quote is stamped using alphabet stamps that I own – Altenew’s Ombre Alpha and Honey Bee Stamps’ Brush Grunge Alpha.

I, in fact, am learning both of these from a wonderful YouTuber Shayda Campbell. She has videos creating both watercoloring and she’s really wonderfully talented! Since I have a bit of knowledge on both watercoloring and drawing, her level of teaching is just right for me! Thank you so much Shayda! πŸ™‚

That’s all for now. I’ll have another post in some time with updates on my experiments with both watercoloring and drawing. And my trials in finding ‘my style‘ in both these new endeavours!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚