Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How I Paint Water (Zebra Cartoon)


How do I paint water?

Build layers of color starting with the lightest shade. I allow the first layer to dry. When I want to reveal water ripples I add "wet" splotches of paint and immediately press crumpled plastic wrap onto the wet paint. I wait a few seconds and lift it up and off. Let this dry and repeat. Remember to leave white areas for light.

And here's the big tip of the day (I'll probably be famous for this); for pee add a bit of Tim Holtz (Ranger) Distress Stickles in the color Scattered Straw. timholtz.com/blog   Stickles is a glitter glue that comes in a handy little squeeze bottle. (Yes, I've always been addicted to glitter and now as an adult artist instead of using glitter on handmade valentines I can create my own artsy pee.)

Cheers-
Darlene

Monday, March 30, 2015

Stillman & Birn Zeta Sketchbook is a Joy to Use With Watercolors



I'm working in the Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook (hardbound). It is almost filled with Zebra cartoons. I must order another soon. The paper is smooth, white and heavy. It is a joy to use with ink and watercolors. I know it is advertised to hold up to mixed media. May have to get a larger one and experiment with mixed media in it. Love those Stillman & Birn people.stillmanandbirn.com

What paper are you using?

Cheers-
Darlene

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sabrina Ward Harrison's Book Invites Creative Expression

I am working in the art journal/book "And The Story is Happening( a journal and collage)" by the fabulous Sabrina Ward Harrison.(Chronicle Books 2012)   This is a beautiful book and it took me a bit of time to have a go at the idea that I would be creating on the pages of this book. But that is the intention Sabrina has offered in this journal of her brilliant collage art.

There is a vellum pocket on the inside cover with pieces of paper ephemera. (FUN!) Sabrina invites us to tell our stories through writing, painting, collage or whatever creative expression we desire. Here is a capture of my moon story. The quote and background is Sabrina's work. The story and face are mine. You can see how much fun it was for me to define a face from Sabrina's background painting.



Dream big. Express freely. Here are some of Sabrina's links to inspire you,
Find her on Facebook, Sabrina Ward Harris

sabrinawharrison.tumblr.com

www.amazon.com


youtube.com

vimeo.com


Cheers-
Darlene

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Live a Life That Matters (Free Book)



This is exciting. My friend Jeff Goins is about to release his next book, and he’s giving away a limited number of copies for free.

If you don’t know Jeff, he has one of the fastest-growing blogs in the world and has made waves online with his quickly growing platform.

In the past few years, he’s inspired millions (literally) of people to go beyond the status quo and live a life that matters. And in this new book, he’s encouraging you to discover your true calling, that thing you were born to do.

The message of this book is so important that Jeff wants to get it into as many people’s hands as possible. So for a limited time, you can get it for free (just pay shipping) at this link:

CLICK HERE to get your free copy of Jeff’s book.
www.artofworkbook.com/darlene

Obviously, this deal won’t last long. It’s a prelaunch special before the book hits the bookstores. See if the offer is still available below.

CLICK HERE to get your free copy of Jeff’s book
www.artofworkbook.com/darlene

Cheers-
Darlene


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Live sketching at the College Deli


Did a little sketching live at the college deli. Love the message on their sign. Evidently some students are helping themselves to anothers order. Cheers-Darlene

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Stillman & Birn Zeta Series for Zebra Cartoons = DIVINE!



I have been using the Stillman & Birn Zeta Series Sketchbook. (5.5 x 8.5 Hardbound) One word to describe the delight of using it...DIVINE!

Cheers-
Darlene

Monday, March 2, 2015

Zebra Ignores the Electric Bill

YARKA Professonal Watercolors, Micron Pen, Stillman & Birn Zeta Series Sketchbook

I'm going to have to get Zebra a library card, or they'll shut off the water next.

Cheerios,
Darlene

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sketching People in Public


I wanted to go out and practice sketching crowds of people and/or people in motion, so I went to one of my favorite locations for watching people...the Kenyon College campus. This is the large college bookstore. I saw plenty of students only they swished by me...zip, zip, zip! Finally these three stood in line at the register long enough for me to sketch them.

Cheers-
Darlene

YARKA Professional Watercolors, Micron Pen, (5.5 x 8.5) Stillman & Birn Zeta Series Hardbound Sketchbook