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    Issue #11 of the Daisy Yellow Zine
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    Led Zeppelin in the Moleskine

    "Invariably, some of the more astute of Led Zeppelin's listeners realized
    that what they were watching was in part a magic show.”
    Stephen Davis

    8x12" watercolor Moleskine, ink, watercolor

    A page dedicated to Led Zeppelin. Drawn over the course of a few hours while my dad was teaching my daughters and I how to play bridge and then we switched to our favorite game of Hearts. I just kept adding to it bit by bit. Watercolored the next day. Lots of references to music, lyrics, concepts, mysteries, psychedelic stuff! Here's more work from this journal. It is a Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal.


    Random Squares

    “Our homes do not have to offer us permanent occupancy or store our clothes to merit the name. To speak of home in relation to a building is simply to recognise its harmony with our own prized internal song. Home can be an airport or a library, a garden or a motorway diner.”
    Alain de Botton

    Playing with masks.

    Collecting rose petals from the pool.

    Field trip with 7th & 8th graders to a water treatment facility. Lots of pipes.

    Failed but yummy scented attempt to dry oranges, tangerines & grapefruits {from juicing} in the sun.

    Playing Careers with DD12 and drawing in a tiny handmade journal with pens from Tokyo. Best game ever. 

    New tripod. 

    Levels and layers.

    Interesting natural shapes.

    Pretty puffy purple weeds invading the front garden. 

    Prepping for ICAD by paging through my cards from previous challenges.

    Some days it seems like the world is overflowing with inspiration. There are so many things that I don't remember to include at this blog. Bits from my day, quirky stuff that goes on around the house, things that bloom in the garden. 


    Hanna's 2014 Spring Mail Art Swap #2

    The stack of postcards is going out in the mail {late, like clockwork} for Hanna's 2014 Spring Mail Art Swap! The theme this year was stripes of black interspersed with everything else, lots of stitchy texture, plus the inside and outside of the circle shapes. I had a lot of fun creating these, using everything from espress-stained papers to gelatin plate prints to watercolors to... an acrylic painting on canvas, cut up!!!

    You can find my time travel post where I share the postcards I've made for all of Hanna's swaps over the years.


    Experiments: 19 Mandalas, 2 Inks & Gouache {Part 6}

    Let's review. experiment #1 + experiment #2 + experiment #3 + experiment #4 + experiment #5

    What are experiments? Experiments are my way of exploring art materials in every which way. They lead to tangents. The goal is not the page at the end, but the EXPERIMENT ITSELF.

    How will you know your materials inside out if you do not test their limits?

    "What if" questions guide each iteration. So I am analyzing the interplay between various inks, water, gouache and also pens and nibs. Sometimes I start with a hypothesis but just as often not.

    What's this experiment all about? On this page, I drew 19 mandalas using two different inks. I then painted "around" the mandalas with gouache with a limited palette {purples, blues} to get the soft blend at the outside of the shapes. The inks here are J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir {the bright blue} and J. Herbin Perle Noire {the deep purple}.

    Here's the first post about this journal, with more pages. This work is in a Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal.


    For those planning to do the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge, I just published the first of several ICAD Creative Warm-Up Exercises. Be sure to get both of the blog feeds in your feed reader or via email if you don't pop in regularly. Info about the feeds is at the bottom of the ICAD FAQ.

    Zine #11 will be released in the next few days!


    Line Practice: Pangrams

    my doodles altered digitally

    Sentences containing every letter of the alphabet {pangrams} are perfect reference tools for drawing practice! To improve your lettering skills and refine your ability to “see” the details & differences in letters, write sentences with an ultra-fine black marker in a variety of fonts.

    More Pangrams:

    The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
    Why did Max become eloquent over a zany gift like judhpurs?
    Six of the women quietly gave back prizes to the judge.
    We could jeopardize six of the gunboats by two quick moves.
    I quickly explained that many big jobs involve few hazards.
    My folks proved his expert eloquence was just a big hazard.
    Quickly pack the box with five dozen modern jugs.
    Brown jars prevented the mixture from freezing too quickly.
    The five boxing wizards jump quickly.

    Practice Matters

    The more lines you draw - with intention - the better your lines will be! I promise, practice makes all the difference in the universe. Just keep drawing lines. Not merely squiggles, but lines where you "try" to do something. Maybe parallel lines, perpendicular lines, grids, flowers, invented patterns. There is no magical formula at all! Your hand and arm and mind will gradually learn how to do what you intend to do. You might not be able to "see" your progress for a year or two, but it will happen. Just keep going. Like the energizer bunny. 


    And then it looked like candy

    “A person's life consists of a collection of events, the last of which could also change the meaning of the whole, not because it counts more than the previous ones but because once they are included in a life, events are arranged in an order that is not chronological but, rather, corresponds to an inner architecture.”
    Italo Calvino

    Clairefontaine watercolor paper, pencil, gouache

    I'm loving this whole gouache escapade. When I drew the ogees in pencil {usually I don't work in pencil} I really didn't like them! They looked dorky. But then I figured I might as well use the good paper, so I started painting. And then I started adding patterns and shapes. And then it looked like candy.


    Experiments: Two More Inks {Part 5}


    Today's experiment involves drawing with two inks using two Speedball nibs. I painted around the doodles with water to soften some of the edges. The sepia ink is J. Herbin Lie de Thé Ink and the light turquoise is J. Herbin Bleu Azur Ink. The Lie de Thé has a gorgeous, earthy rust undertone {I don't know the word used by ink afficionados}. Conclusion: Good fun. I am really digging ink and water. I prefer the Éclat de Saphir better than the Bleu Azur... only because it is darker. The inks are all intensely saturated and smooth as silk.

    Let's review. Skip the following list if you already have a scorecard! experiment #1 + experiment #2 + experiment #3 + experiment #4.

    Here's the first post about this journal, with more pages. This work is in a Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal.


    Art Doodle Love Journal Update

    "Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it;
    boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    This page started with a flash of an idea. In my mind, I could see small mini-squares with wavy lines for slow journaling. I thought a little flower would balance elegantly with the compact words so I drew a different sort of flower in each doodly box. 

    Click to read more ...