Puddle Jumping – Illustration Friday

Prompt: rain

Media: marker, colored pencil, watercolor, Pigma brush pen

Paper: smooth Bristol ATC

For this week’s Illustration Friday, I knew I wanted to do rain boots jumping in puddles. I used my brush pen for outlining, to give myself some more practice, colored a layer of marker, then added details with the colored pencils. To give the raindrop effects, I mixed up some light blue watercolor and used a splatter technique with my fan brush.

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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.

Send It Off

I haven’t posted a project that didn’t involve yarn recently, and I want to correct that injustice. Because I do occasionally do something other than sit around an knit. Occasionally. Although I do have a giant string of projects waiting in my Ravelry queue.

Anyway, back in May (I should really catch up on these things already) I had a few occasions that required cards. And most times I like to make cards, unless I find a really funny one at Target. First was a friend’s birthday:

I started with my watercolor cards I bought to make Christmas cards last year and created the purple to pink wash. Then I drew the decorations with markers. I also glued rhinestones on at the last minute, but I didn’t take a picture of it after that (of course). Gold rhinestone in the centers of the flowers, if you are curious.

Then, there was Mother’s day. One grandmother got a lovely plant and the other got a card with a picture of a plant, a week late. Yeah, I’m on top of these holidays this year.

Again, I took my watercolor card and started with washes of color. Over several days, letting the cards dry in between coats, of course, I made a layer of yellow, then slowly added light, transparent washes of the orange and purple to get the desired sunset. Then I took my trusty India ink on a dry brush and created the palm trees with just a few, sweeping brush strokes.

On the inside of this one I used lettering stamps to write “Happy Mother’s Day!” in rainbow colors. Then I signed it and sent it out. Again, a week late. In my defense…well, there really is no excuse except I guess I was just a little busy with a billion different projects getting ready to go on my trip to France. Even though those things were a month apart. Yeah.

I cannot recommend these watercolor cards highly enough if you like to make cards of any kind. They have other versions for different media as well, but I find watercolors to be the best way to make these cards.

My question to you today is: What do you do about greeting cards? Do you make them, buy them, or send e-cards? Do you go for funny or more sappy poignant cards?

Button Ornament

It’s a bit late, considering the holidays are over, but I wanted to share the ornament I made for an “Ornament Exchange” back in December.

It didn’t take very many supplies, just some different sized buttons and string.

I got the original idea from an old Martha Stewart Kids project and changed it up a bit by using string instead of pipe cleaners that I couldn’t find anywhere in the house.

 

I think he came out pretty cute. What do you think?