Experimenting

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I got some sun printing paper for Christmas that I’ve been itching to get around to trying out. Having just finished a giant project I’ve been working on for over a year, I decided today would be a good day to try it.


I had the idea to do some Spirograph designs and some letters. I had more of the spirographs at the beginning, but quickly ditched them when I realized just how many tiny holes I would have to cut out. As you can see, I left quite a few of them uncut in the pieces I did keep.


Some of the things must’ve blown off the paper part of the way through (I found the whole thing upside down when I remembered about it thirty minutes later), but I like how there are the different colors. I think I might use that idea in my next one. I call this one “Alphabet Soup”.

Origami Flight- Illustration Friday


This week’s topic of “origami” made me think of what must’ve been thousands of little paper cranes we used to make in our free time in high school (i.e. When we were bored out of our minds in class). So I thought I’d let one take flight, with some vaguely origami clouds around it.

This week I chose to do watercolor on my smooth Bristol ATC with my usual Pigma Micron liner pen (size 005).

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How Trendy of Me

I am definitely in love with the fact that the 90s are back, fashion-wise. I went to the mall a few times while I was on “vacation” last week and Forever21 felt like home with the color scheme and styles that are being displayed prominently right now. I was wandering through going, “Ooh, I used to have that in elementary school.” I was also frequently saying, “Why are they selling flannel for $20 in the middle of an LA August?” but that was more to do with the 100+ degree temperatures outside the building.

Anyway, every store I went to had major throwback appeal. And, most importantly, it all go me majorly re-interested in chokers. I have a ton somewhere in a jewelry box, but I wanted to wear one right then. And, running out of money quickly for the week, I decided to make one. Right before I went to the mall (again).

It was easy to do, and I decided to add a little wire heart, too:

In fact, it was so quick and easy that I decided to make 8 more:

You can find them in my Etsy shop, only $5 each.

I definitely like the 90s style best. Maybe I’m just stuck in my elementary school style, but I think it’s a lot of fun. Definitely going to do more like it, I think. Anyone else really excited about 90s fashion coming back?

Tiny Bug – Illustration Friday

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It’s been a while since I’ve done an Illustration Friday. When I saw the word for this week was “tiny,” I immediately thought of this little ladybug on a leaf.

Marker, colored pencil, and Micron pen on smooth bristol ATC.

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P.S. – I’m back, and planning to switch to a Monday/Wednesday schedule. Illustration Friday posts on Mondays, whatever else on Wednesdays.

National Coloring Book Day

Apparently there is a day just for coloring books. Yesterday, if you were unaware. Like days for donuts, cakes, etc., I only heard about it on the day. I don’t think anyone could keep up with all these random days. Anyway, my skin tone marker set also happened to show up in the mail yesterday, so I thought I’d do something with them.

A few weeks back I sketched this picture:

and colored it in pencil in my drawing pad. Then I had the idea to color it in marker and watercolor as well, so I traced it in Photoshop and printed it out three times. I decided to do the colored pencil again just to have the three on the same paper in the same dimensions for comparison. And I wanted to film them all:

I think it’s safe to say that I am best at the markers. But, that is what I’ve had the most practice in, so that was fairly predictable. Watercolor was the quickest, which I wouldn’t have thought of, just because I haven’t painted much recently and thought it would be more difficult. I really ought to get a colorless blender pencil, as well.

All in all, this was a really fun project. It was nice to see how one picture can be so different in different media.

P.S.- Want to color it, too? Click here to download the line art.

Floating

That’s how I feel right now. I’ve got so many things I’m working on, but it seems like nothing is getting done on any of them.

It’s like, I know I’m doing things. I spend a lot of time doing them, but I’m getting nowhere.

All this to say, there’s nothing interesting to show this week. But hopefully soon. Maybe it’s time to start something else. Because that solves the problem of working continuously on things and never getting anything done, right?