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    Linus: How do you like the chocolate I made for you?
    Lucy: It's terrible! It's too weak! It tastes like some warm water
    that has had a brown crayon dipped in it!
    Linus, tasting it: You're right. I'll go put in another crayon.
    ~Charles Shulz, Charlie Brown

    5x8" watercolor moleskine, pitt pen, watercolor

    Drawing and painting flowers. The more I do, the more I want to do! So relaxing. Love the watercolor with ink in this moleskine journal. I draw lines in pitt pen first and then watercolor. I'd like to figure out how to get the pink ribbon to look like a pink ribbon rather than pink leaves! My younger daughter said, "We should take these to the museum and ask the manager to put them on the wall." Wow!



    Embroidered | Just Dream Mandala 2.0

    "For me, the camera is a sketch book,
    an instrument of intuition and spontaneity."
    ~Henri Cartier-Bresson

    The Just Dream mandala is officially finished! This colorful bit of cotton embroidery began in January with a hand drawn mandala on the reverse in blue fabric pencil. It bloomed through small bursts of work through the first half of the year. You really can do magical things in the pockets of your days. You don't have to do everything all at once or even in the same month. Just make progress on something each day.

    Having lots of projects running simultaneously lets me match the work to my mood, work space, concentration, time etc. I have a Happy, a huge watercolor doodle going, a bunch of B&W mandalas in the moleskine, Tekenfilm, an altered book that needs journaling, a new acrylic doodle like Dream Circus that just has a background, Boulevard, a doodle cityscape, watercolors etc. in the new Exacompta journal, and on the back burner, unstarted, an overflow of ideas that I probably should start writing down or I'll start forgetting!

    I finished the curvy swirlies and added twinkly stars too. It's a keeper. In fact I like the back just as much as the front. That's so fiber geeky.

    Learn about the origins of the Just Dream mandala in Part 1 + Part 2 + Part 3 + Part 4.

    You can see my first embroidery project at Threaded Doodles.



    "No matter who you are, no matter where you live,
    and no matter how many people are chasing you,
    what you don't read is often as important as what you do read."
    — Lemony Snicket

    5x8" watercolor moleskine, pitt pen, watercolor



    "Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it in, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life's bittersweet route."
    — Tom Robbins

    5x8" watercolor moleskine, pitt pen, watercolor

    I'm developing a workshop for art journalists, a triple top secret project of my invention, and I will let you know more in the month ahead. If you have any thoughts on potential workshops, on how to improve Daisy Yellow, etc. please let me know.

    Your questions, ideas, thoughts, insights, all welcome, all appreciated, all wonderful!

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    Flowing Sunshine

    "What wouldn't I give now
    for a never-changing map
    of the ever-constant ineffable?
    To possess, as it were,
    and atlas of clouds."
    ~David Mitchell

    5.5 x 8" Exacompta sketchbook journal, pitt pen (xs), watercolor

    First flowers and now mandalas and suns in psychedelic colors in the Exacompta journal. The first sun was drawn first, then painted. For the others, I painted the backgrounds in watercolor, let them dry overnight and then drew the mandalas on top. The texture is just wonderful for drawing, no drag, lovely. You could do this in photoshop (merging a watercolor background w/sketch), which is cool and you can play and interchange backgrounds, but this is the real thing! FYI, you can find Exacompta sketch journals, unlined, with a super shiny silver edge at Vickery.


    Bouquet of Watercolors

    "The books in Mo and Meggie's house were stacked under tables, on chairs, in the corners of the rooms. There where books in the kitchen and books in the lavatory. Books on the TV set and in the closet, small piles of books, tall piles of books, books thick and thin, books old and new. They welcomed Meggie down to breakfast with invitingly opened pages; they kept boredom at bay when the weather was bad. And sometimes you fall over them."
    — Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

    my favorite, i think

    the ribbons look like pink leaves

    not liking the odd blue-purple flower on the top left

    5.5 x 8" Exacompta sketchbook journal, pitt pen (xs), watercolor

    I've been playing around in several journals this week. This Exacompta journal has paper thinner than watercolor paper and a touch thicker than the paper in moleskine sketch journals. As you know, I draw on watercolor paper so I decided to paint on drawing paper to see what happened. I found it interesting that the color stays where you put it, I don't know how else to describe it. The white of the paper looks great against the colors I typically use. But I had to work quickly to blend colors - if you don't blend instantly there's really no blending as there is no absorbancy and the color dries quickly. You get used to this with acrylics, because they dry quickly as well.

    I liked the challenge and was impressed with the way the paper, not designed for wet paint, handled the paint without warping (unlike Hand journals, ugh). Overnight, I popped parchment paper between the pages and put them under hardbacks. The third painting was inspired by Quinn's watercolor flowers, as it was actually painted in reverse - paint first, pitt pen second.

    Getting out of my comfort zone, in terms of size and type of paper, helps me think out of the box. Two business buzzwords in one sentence, do I get bonus points? Lots of fun ways to experiment with your art supplies... check out Creative Experiments (Intro).

    More bouquets tomorrow, in the moleskine watercolor journal!


    Containers of Flowers

    "If you love a flower that lives on a star,
    it is sweet to look at the sky at night.
    All the stars are a-bloom with flowers..."
    ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

    Working on a container garden of zinnias + marigolds, planting strawberries + jalapenos, checking the upside down tomatoes, starting alyssum + marigold seeds. The girls are happy to help with anything that involves water and getting things themselves wet. My younger daughter discovered that she could make "music" by spraying water into different sized pots so she made a water symphony. After a day of planting in the upper 90's, a quick jump in the pool followed by... a race out of the pool when we heard thunder! A good tired.


    Curiosity + Oil Pastels (#2)

    "Alice had got so much into the way
    of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way
    things to happen, that it seemed quite dull
    and stupid for life to go on in the common way."
    — Lewis Carroll

    don't forget to play with your art (in photoshop)

    More oil colors in the 5x8" moleskine (check out the first experiment in Curiosity + Oil Pastels). I used color shapers and white eraser to blend the circles, this time adding color in several layers, then blending, then a little color here and there.

    Lots of potential experiments... shading with tortillons, trying oil pastels over gesso, or as a resist with watercolor or acrylic.

    So it turns out that student and artist quality oil pastels are like turnips and mangoes; pentel is not a mango. I might order a handful of Sommeliers, because I'm really curious what they'd be like. I wonder if they are like butter...