Inktober Wrap Up Sketchbook Flip through!

Congrats to all who participated in Inktober, or any other drawing challenge this year! What fun it was and though it is tiring at times it is so fun to finish it! If you would like a closer look at any of the Inktober drawings you can see them on my Instagram page. You do not need to have an Instagram account to click on my page to view them.

If you like this style of work you may enjoy Critique Club Where I have 68 long, real-time live narrated tutorials, creative prompts and inspiration (and 2 new lessons added monthy!) you will be learning how to use all of those mixed media supplies and you can even receive personalized feedback fro me. Details here.

FYI there was a weird bit of freaky picture distortion at the bottom of the screen like an old VHS tape for a few minutes in the middle of this Livestream. There was speculation that the raven painting was haunted, then again it’s Halloween and I just watched Poltergeist so I might be imagining things LOL!

Here is a list of supplies I used during the month. Affiliate links to Blick and Amazon are used and I do earn a small commission if you purchase through my links but it doesn’t cost you anything extra. Thank you for your support!

Please keep in mind that you do not need all of these things to create the art I shared. I use different supplies based on where I am drawing and what reviews I might be working on. One set of alcohol markers, pencils, or watercolors is fine as long as they do what you want them to do. The list below is for your convenience in case you want to know more about any of the products I used. Let me know if I forgot to link something, it’s totally possible that I will.

Surfaces:

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I hope you had a nice weekend and a happy Halloween. We usually don’t get many trick or treaters but we were wiped out of candy by 6:30pm and had to start handing out bags of microwave popcorn and Nutrigrain bars! Hubby made a dash to the closest convenience store and restocked. I’d never seen anything like it! Well, if my house gets TPd we can use it as a paper mache project LOL! Happy crafting!

Let’s Draw Knitting Hands in Mixed Media!

Hi friends! I created this painting for the Inktober prompt “loop.”

You can find a real-time version of this tutorial, along with others (68 total!) and monthly art prompts over in Critique Club. The cost is $5 a month and you can cancel anytime. You can also upload up to 2 paintings a month for feedback from me. I’d love to have you as a Critique Club member.

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That’s all for today! I should have a new podcast episode up later today as well as a new cardmaking video on YouTube if you want some more crafty goodness. Happy crafting!

A DEmo of an Inktober marker drawing

Hi friends! This week for sketchbook Sunday (a day late on the blog I know LOL!) I decided to share the creating of the inktober prompt “Compass.”

You can see all of my Inktober daily drawings on Instagram. You can look at them even if you don’t have an account. I will do a wrap-up here at the end of the month though if you would rather wait. The prompts this year have been quite challenging but that’s what I like. It gets me out of my hum-drum typical box and has me doing drawings I otherwise wouldn’t. I think I’ve enjoyed this years challenge more than I have before. In the past there were many days where doing the challenge was just another task in a long to-do list but this year it has felt like a joyful treat I get to do when my other work is done. Isn’t it funny how our mindset can change?

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Thanks for stopping by today! If you are taking part in Inktober let me know! I hope you are having a fun time with it. Until next time happy crafting!

My “Lazy Days” Inktober Art Bag

Hi friends! It’s October, or if you are me “Inktober!” For the past few years I have attempted Inktober and the past 2 years I did the whole thing and didn’t miss a day. I have to admit I kinda crawled into this month. I was NOT raring to go or full of ideas and energy. I even doubted if I had it in me to undertake a daily art challenge. I decided that I was going to start it, one day at a time, and then I thought, why not make it a bit easier on myself? So I put together a “frictionless” bag of supplies for the days I am tired, lazy or just want to draw away from my art desk. See what I picked in the video below!

Here’s what’s in the bag. Affiliate links used.

I can grab this bag of supplies and sketch while sitting on my couch watching TV. Sometimes to meet an art challenge you just need to remove the “pain points” like going down to my studio and picking out supplies. Often I am not undertaking my daily inktober drawing until after dinner and all of my regular work is finished. I can be pretty tired by then but I always enjoy drawing and I am so happy when I am done. You can keep up with my inktober drawing on Instagram and you can find out about inktober here incase you would like to draw along! Happy crafting!

Mixed Media Parrot! Let’s layer up lots of supplies!

Hi friends! Today we are going to put Hahnemulhe Bamboo Mixed Media paper through it’s paces!

You might remember this bird from a watercolor tutorial I did a few years ago, it’s a longer on in case you prefer a slower approach in real time.

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That’s all for now! Happy crafting!

Inktober 2019 Wrap Up! How did I do?

Hi friends! I did it, 31 drawings in 31 days! I am so glad I finished Inktober this year because I noticed improvement from day 1 to day 31. You can see the drawing in today’s video and learn a bit about the process. It’s long and chatty so be forewarned:)

I kept to my theme of drawing hands and also went with the Inktober prompts. With those strict guidelines I allowed myself some leeway with the supplies I used. They all contained some ink even if it was just a scant outline. Here are my go-to supplies but others were used as well.

My inktober supplies:

Here are the sketches I did this week. You can see week 1 sketches here, week 2 sketches here, week 3 sketches here and week 4 sketches here.

Day 28 prompt “Ride” I use black fine-liner and watercolors with colored pencil accents on this.

Day 29 “Injured” This was alcohol marker, black fine liner and pen and colored pencil accents.

Day 30 “Catch I wanted to do a mystical scene (catch a falling star meets crystal ball fortune teller) I used fine-liner to outline my hand sketch and ball and painted the background with 2 layers of black watercolor, then lifted out smaller circles and added metallic watercolors and flicked on metallic watercolors for the background. I used watercolors, colored pencil and metallic watercolors on the hand. I like to draw watches, several of my hands were wearing watches, I rarely wear a watch tho LOL!

Day 31 “Ripe” I drew a smelly sock (hubby’s idea!) but I wish I went with more of an athletic looking sock and used wavy lines rather than swirly flourishes for the stink-lines. I had to add flies to make sure I got the “stink” across. I used alcohol markers with colored pencil and acrylic pen accents.

I had to take a day off after Inktober and honestly I felt a bit of a let down not having a challenge to work on so I decided for November I am going to do a mini oil painting a day. I used to paint in oils all the time and I have loads of small canvas panels. Maybe some of them will be nice enough to give as Christmas gifts. I think I will shoot for 5 days a week, not every day because I would really like to take a day off per week. If you have been wanting to challenge yourself and grow as an artist I highly recommend trying a monthly challenge. There are so many to find online. If you would like to join a small group of artists that are growing their skills and get feedback from me on your current work check out my Critique Club and see if that is right for you. We would love to have you!

Did you do inktober? Let me know what you think below and til next time keep creating!

Inktober Week 4 Wrap Up & Drawing Hands Painting Nails

Hi friends! I have made it to day 27 in the Inktober art challenge and each day I have used the official prompt and stuck to my theme of drawing hands. Here is today’s endeavor…

You can see a time-lapse of this creation and some relaxing swatching here:

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Below are the other hand drawings I did this week!

Day 21 “Treasure” watercolor, fineliner and colored pencil sketch.
Day 22 “Ghost” (I was inspired by the pottery scene from the movie ghost) Watercolor and Paint pen.
Day 23 “Ancient” And I drew an old-timey candlestick phone with india ink and acrylic paint pen. (I figure if an iPhone5 is antique this qualifies as ancient LOL!)
Day 24 Dizzy Watercolor and paint pen
Day 25 “Tasty” I used gessoed matboard and colored pencils with pan pastel blender in this experiment.
Day 26 “Dark” this is alcohol marker and colored pencil with hints of paint pen.

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I’m off to bed! Inktober has been making for some late nights but it has been a great challenge and lots of fun! Happy creating!

Inktober Week 3 Progress -Sketchbook Sunday

Hi friends! Here we are at day 20 of Inktober 2019. I have enjoyed the additional drawing practice each day but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a struggle some days! Here is today’s drawing for the prompt “tread” and my personal theme of drawing hands.

The real-time tutorial for this painting will be available in Critique Club tomorrow, you can find it in the classroom by tomorrow night. Critique club is a membership group for people who want to grow their artistic abilities. You can upload 2 original paintings you are working on for a custom critique for me per month and you have access to the all of the longer, more advanced real time tutorials in the group plus two new tutorials every month. You can learn more about Critique Club here. In the meantime you can enjoy the time-lapse of today’s artwork now!

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Here are the other Inktober drawings I completed this week. I actually was able to finish up a couple of sketchbooks I had been working on for a while, that feels great! I post my drawing daily to my Instagram account if you want to follow along. You can see my projects form week 1 here, and week 2 here on my blog.

Day 14 “Overgrown” 2 of my alcohol markers ran out during this drawing! I was able to custom mix refill ink from alcohol inks and blending solution to get me through the project.

Day 15 “Legend” I though about reading a creepy book and then turning around and seeing a creepy monster peeking over your shoulder LOL!
Day 16 “Wild” I was thinking of people wildly parting at a rock concert. Honestly, it was really hard to fit the daily prompts with my hand theme but I really like how this drawing turned out.
Day 17 “Ornament” This is pretty obvious but I liked how it turned out. I used inktense pencils on this one.
Day 18 “Misfit” This was hard to fit in my theme of hands but I kept thinking of the punk rock band the Misfits and so I drew rock-star hands spelling the word “Misfits” in American Sign Langue and then added music imagery including their iconic guitar and a pic with the Misfits logo on it. I’m not sure it many people got this one:)
Day 19 “Sling” This was a lot of fun although I spilled acrylic paint on it halfway through. The original sketch was sloppy and inaccurate so spilling the opaque tan ink on the page was a blessing as it wiped out a lot of my drawing so I could start over. This is a bartender slinging drinks, a Singapore Sling to be exact LOL!

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Thanks for joining me on my Inktober journey, til next time happy creating!

Sketchbook Sunday-Inktober Day 13 “Ash” and this weeks Inktober drawings!

Hi friends! I am still chugging along drawing hands for inktober. Today’s prompt is “Ash” and what came to mind was a hand holding a cigarette with ash forming at the end.

You can follow my daily Inktober progress on my Instagram page. if you like:) I have kept up with it so far posting a new drawing each day. I’ll share the rest of this weeks drawings at the end of the blog post. You can see how I created this in today’ video:

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Here is a look at my Inktober sketches from the past week. You can see week one’s attempts on last weeks Sketchbook Sunday Post. I can see an improvement from this week to last. I really love challenging myself and working out the problems in each drawing. I am getting a bit faster at drawing hands too which only comes with practice.

Inktober day 6, prompt was “Husky” and I decided to draw a hand attached to a person. It is a bit cartoony but nevertheless I like how it came out.
Day 7 “Enchanted” and I thought a magic apple would do the trick!
Day 8 “frail” This was one of the first times I have used alcohol markers on toned paper and I love how it turned out. I used Stathmore toned tan mixed media paper, alcohol marker and Prismacolor Colored pencils.
Day 9 “Swing” I thought of swing music and a trumpet for this day’s prompt. I used toned grey mixed media paper, pencils and markers too.
Day 10 “Pattern” I think this might be my favorite inktober drawing I have ever done. After drawing the hand holding the measuring tape and stamped sewing pattern stamps all over the image in clear ink and rubbed chalk o the background. I was a bit scared to do this because I didn’t want to ruin it but it turned out good!
Day 11 “Snow” I was back to the toned grey paper to give this a cold feeling and I think it turned out pretty well. I really like my cuffs. I did the falling sow with a white paint pen and dabbed some of the flakes with my fingers to blur them and add depth.

Day 12 “Dragon” keeping with the inktober prompts and the theme of hands was really hard with this one but I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I used Strathmore marker paper and applied 2 layers of back marker to the background to get a matte black look. I wanted a dramatic shadow on the hands here and probably should have pushed the shading more but I ran out of time and didn’t want to miss a day.

And today’s prompt is in the video! With the exception of today’s project I have used Art-n-Fly Markers, Prismacolor Pencils and a white gel pen on various papers and sketchbooks. I have been surprised at how differently markers behave on different papers. It is really important to give yourself time to adapt when you change up your materials. I think the more you get used to a paper the better your art will look. This is really important to stress if you are a beginner or on a budget. Don’t think you need to go out and buy something new, you might just need to adapt to using what you have and explore all that it can do! Are you doing Inktober this year? I think challenging yourself to do something every day is a wonderful way to get in the habit of making art and see your growth over time. I hope you give it a try!