Friday, May 8, 2015

Blind Contour Drawings

Every once in awhile I like to do some blind contour drawing.  "Blind Contour" is drawing without looking at your paper.  I find I often have funny or surprising results.

I drew this skull as a blind contour drawing and then came back and went over it with a heavier pen and added the little shading marks on the cheeks.

I did this next blind contour drawing when I first woke up this morning.  If you are a fan of Futurama, you should be able to recognize the character.
Yes, it is Bender (or maybe Bender in a blender).   ha-ha!  And is you don't like it, you can kiss his shiny metal a$$.  hee-hee.

To see my previous blind contour drawings, click on the label below.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Spring Flower Doodle

Another colorful doodle: water based markers, Indian ink pens, Sharpie white paint pen, Sharpie gold metallic pen, and colored pencils on 9" x 12" watercolor paper.

I plan to cut this one up to make a couple of postcards and then use the rest for art journal pages, ATCs and inchies. 

I'm so amazed by the color I am getting out of the water based markers.  They are probably close to 20 years old & almost all of them are "juicy" ... funny thing - I have other sets that were more expensive and supposedly higher quality that dried out within a few months of use.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Colorful Doodle

This is what I doodled yesterday.  It is a piece of 12" x 9" watercolor paper.  I started with these old water based markers that I never use because they bleed and run and smear.  In this case, that is exactly what I wanted.  So, I covered the paper in blotches of color and then added water to blend them together and soften the edges.

Next I used my PITT Indian ink brush pens to add flower shapes, vines, and swirls here and there in various colors.

Then I used my Sharpie Gold Metallic pen to add some random leaf shapes, and my Sharpie white paint pen to add a little detail.

I covered the entire page with clear varnish to preserve the layer and keep the inks from smearing.

Next I used my black PITT Indian ink pens in different sized tips to detail the big flowers.  And another go round with the white paint pen to make things pop.  Finally, I used a little sparkly gel pen to add some shimmer.

I plan to cut this up to make pages for junk journals, ATC backgrounds, inchie backgrounds, etc...

I enjoyed the process & was happy to have some time for art on a Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tastes Like Chicken

Doodled this chicken in my sketchbook last night.   Used brand new Faber Castell pens (from Christmas).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I think this was the first time I picked up a pen since last October ... I doodled this yesterday. 

Funny thing, I dated the front 2014 - I guess my brain still hasn't realized that it is 2015.  Hoping things get better.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gift Tags : Free Download and Print

One year I ran out of gift tags, and whipped up a few for my gifts.  I was looking through some old files ... and here they are!
this one is great for a sweater, hat, mittens, socks, etc...:
this one makes a good tag for a pet gift:
and here are a couple general purpose tags:
Anyhow, feel free to print these tags to use on your gifts. They look great printed on brightly colored paper.

Here is a PDF file with all of the free gift tags to download and print:

Merry Christmas!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Countdown to Halloween : 31 Days of Halloween Art : Day 31

Trick or Treat 1971 
Have a safe and spooky Halloween!