Well a few weeks ago Joanne's had a massive sale and I got a pack of 48 ZIG markers for somewhere around 25 bucks. Today was the first time I decided to use them.
I just started a new class called A Whole New Doodle and the teacher gives you a few print outs for you to color on. I printed one out and decided to draw it into my journal instead of just coloring. I actually think I found the picture on her blog somewhere. Her name is Stephanie Ackerman and she is a doll. Anyways, here is my pencil drawing and then pen.
I tried to use all of my colors - which I couldn't but that's why there are so many random colors. I even messed up on one flower. I am not sure if I am going to add any writing but for right now, I am finished.
I found this cute little birdy on Geninne's Art Blog and I thought I would try to re-create him. Of course, I can not do as well at Geninne but I thought that would just try. I washed the back ground out with a light purple.
I've never really drawn a bird but I think I did okay.
Then the painting began, and apparently I can not control my water colors. I messed up a little and then a little turned into a lot.
For those of you who don't know me, I am a perfectionist. It is already a huge feat for me to draw and it not be perfect but to just got with the flow - but to paint, and mess up like I did - I had to fight every bone in my body to know crumble this little birdy up and make him into a paper air plane. None the less - I confided in some of my art journal buddies - who gave me some great ideas - and marched on. I finished painting him and I used a bit of gesso to cover up the purple. That didn't turn out so well...and to make matters worse I got water on the rear end and smeared those colors.
EPIC DISASTER. I wanted to stop right then! But...I decided to try a sky blue acrylic wash. That was a fail in and of its self.
Then a light bulb came on - I can cut him out! Silly that I didn't think of that to begin with. So I tore the page out (which I hate to do in journals) and carefully cut my colorful birdy out. I then used some other watercolors besides my Peerless and did a color combination. (While playing with the epic disaster page, I figured out that bleach works really well with my Peerless Watercolors.) I also added a paint swatch that I got from Wal-Mart.
While gluing and cutting I devised a quote. I knew what I wanted to write but I wasn't exactly sure how I wanted to word it....I used my "cursive" and then I traced over and made the letters thicker - which is a trick I learned in my Letter Loving Class by Joanne Sharpe.
I was upset because I wanted to use a flower, and I have all of these cute little felt flowers but I didn't want it to be a color - I wanted it to be white. Well, while I was playing in bleach - I just threw a little flower in there and what do you know? A white flower. I traced it and put a black spot in the middle and I think that it pulls the entire page together!
Here is a close up of my bird:
He isn't perfect, but I think I've done well for my first almost disaster and bird drawing. :)