What do Skeletons and Peonies Have in Common?

Hi friends! I am so glad to be back doodling around in a sketchbook today! After many weeks of spending my “free” time on assignments for a painting class I am taking it is fun to just play in a sketchbook!

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I started off wanting to do a bit of a Halloween sketch so I sketched a skeleton in ink in the sketchbook that came in my Smart Art Box but I didn’t think that this mixed media paper was best suited to ink as it bled through so I decided to also try my watercolors on it.

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The watercolor also wanted to absorb in and show through the back of the page a bit but I actually really loved the effect, it was like Chinese brush painting (not that I am trained in that discipline at all but I have played with the materials before) and I loved the effect. I also loved accenting that sketch with the flexible pen that also came in the box that I forgot to use in the first sketch. Remember, just because a supply came with certain things doesn’t mean you can’t try it out with something else you have that you might enjoy more. Any new supply you add to your stash should make your other supplies more useful (not redundant) and you often come up with really cool techniques when you use materials in new ways or in combination with other products. Mix up that media man! Watch the video to see these two paintings come together:)

The supplies in this video were in the October Smart Art Box. Smart Art sponsored this video and I thank them for their support. If you would like a surprise box of art supplies delivered to your door each month consider subscribing. They ship to many countries and you can find out more on their website.

Supply List: (Occasionally Smart Art will have additional boxes for sale. You can check availability here. As of now there are no extra October boxes listed so I have linked to the products on Amazon (affiliate links used) for your convenience.

Out of curiosity I looked up the prices of the products in the box on Amazon and they came out to about $61. I will definitely use these products in other projects (and yay they included my favorite fountain pen safe waterproof ink!) After I open and use my products from a subscription box I store the supplies with other “like” supplies so I will remember I have them the next time I need a pen or bottle of ink. I recommend doing this if you get random supplies here and there. I know it is tempting to keep kits or certain brands together but you will use them more (and they won’t dry up and go to waste because you forget you have them) if you store like with like. If I find I have a double I put the extra in my office art space (for when it’s too cold to craft down in the basement) or in my travel art bag or pass it along to a friend if it has a shelf life. I mention this because art subscription boxes are fun but you might forget what you got if you don’t put them in their proper homes after the first play. At least that’s how I am. I hope you enjoyed this sketchbook sunday and til next time happy crafting!

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Sketching Desserts and New Supplies! {Inktober}

Hi friends! After falling off the Inktober bandwagon I finally did a sketch!

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Watch the video to see the process!

This was my take on yesterday’s #inktober2017 prompt “Juicy” and I had fun rendering this sweet treat in inks. I began drawing with india ink in my fountain pen and coloring with inks. I did use some watercolor to expand my colors. They both worked fine so use what you have. Supplies below.

  • Fountain pen safe india ink: (this is the exact ink I use, I can’t believe I found it!)
  • Fountain pen: Jane Davenort Inkredible pen, load the cartridge with fountain pen safe india ink as the inks that come with the pen are not waterproof)  *note, this is the old style pen, you can get the white and gold one from janedavenport.com
  • Bleed proof white opaque watercolor (I love this thinned with water for gauzy colors with ink of for sharp opaque highlights used straight from the bottle)
  • This is the watercolor paper I did my swatch on
  • And the art journal I worked in
  • First edition mermaid markers (from comparison at end of video)
  • All of the new Jane davenport products are available on her website (watercolors, inkcredible inks, new style pen etc)  *And will be in Michael’s stores across us and Canada after November 10th
  • Reference photo

I snapped a photo of the mermaid marker in comparison. The colors are not perfect matches but some will do in a pinch. I have not run out of any ink in my mermaid markers yet but I have refilled my Beinfang Watercolor brush pens with these liquid watercolors and they worked perfectly (you can even mix these colors to get just the right shade) so that is another option.

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If you want to see more of the new Jane Davenport products that will be out next month you can see my unboxings on my YouTube channel. The first box contained the inks I used today and more art journal/papercrafting stuff and the second box was more of the mixed media product stuff. I plan on doing a review of the new art media stuff so you can see what would add value to your stash and what just duplicates what you already have (and I think that this will be different for different people.) Let me know in the comments if there is anything in particular you would like to see me use first. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Inktober Day 6…7…8… eh, who’s counting?

Hi Friends!  I totally skipped Inktober Friday and I did not go with the Inktober prompt yesterday, instead I am honoring 2 viewer requests: 1. Draw a Pumpkin and 2. Use Inktense pencils:

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You can see my process in today’s video!

Supplies I used:

OK, now for my excuses reasons I did not have an inktober sketch Friday or today. Friday it took all I had to get the live show up and going and the kids were off school (4 day Columbus weekend) and today I did actually sketch but I wasn’t in my filming location (because that was strewed with various supplies for a card tutorial coming up this week) and honestly the sketch is not totally done but perhaps I will snap a pic of in the morning and post it to Instagram. Look at me, falling of the wagon and making excuses already LOL! The kids are off tomorrow too and we just bought paint to repaint the girls bedrooms so I am not holding out hope that I will get tomorrow’s Inktober done either but you never know. I’ll be painting something either way:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Inktober Day 5: Long

Hi friends! Don’t worry, there will be a live show later today but I wanted to pop in quickly this morning and share my sketch for Inktober day 5 where the prompt was “Long”:

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This was my most favorite Inktober sketch I have done so far. Watch the video to see how it came to life!

Today’s prompt was the word “long” so what’s more fun than a long rainbow braid? You can learn more about inktober here.

Supplies I used:

I am loving the daily #inktober2017 challenge. I am not sure if I will post an inktober video each day but I’ll at least post a sketch if not. See you later for the live show and til then happy crafting!

Inktober Day 4: Underwater

Hi friends! Today’s #inktober2017 prompt is “Underwater” so of course I drew a mermaid! You can learn more about inktober here. I was so excited when Jake Parker, the founder of Inktober said it was OK to do a pencil sketch before inking! So that is what I did!

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I looked at a pose from the book Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrations (A wonderful book & CD of reference fashion poses by Sha Tahmasebi) You can find it here for $14.48  (I paid $24 at Barns and Noble sheesh!) It is great for working out a figure pose especially if you like the willowy fashion figures and dynamic poses with attitude! I recommend it!

Supplies I used:

OK, that’s the last post from me today! You are going to be totally sick of hearing from me with all of the Inktober sketches! I hope you are playing along, it is a lot of fun! Til next time happy crafting!

Inktober Day 3: Poison

Hi friends! Just popping in really quick with today’s #inktober2017 sketch using the prompt “poison.”

Here is a quick time-lapse video of the sketch:

Supplies:

That’s it for now! Are you doing the Inktober challenge? All you need is a pen and paper, give it a try and let me know how you make out in the comments below. Happy crafting!

Inktober Day 2: Decorative Corn

Hi friends! For today’s Inktober sketch I made a drawing of a bunch of decorative corn I picked up at the grocery store this week:

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Watch the video for the process:)

Supplies:

Tomorrow’s Inktober prompt is “Poison”, I am looking forward to that one, sounds spooky! Til then, Happy crafting!

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