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Sketchbook Project: Week 8
I FINISHED A SKETCHBOOK!!

When I began this project, filling a sketchbook was my goal. I can't believe I filled this one in just two months.  I have dedicated an average of two hours a day on creating pages that I (mostly) like.  Some spreads have taken double that time, and others less than two hours. I've experimented with subjects and mediums, and this week I tried my first ever self portrait.  Well, half a portrait anyway.  I'm not comfortable with creating any human forms.  Especially trying to recreate my oh-so-familiar face. I almost erased the portrait about thirty minutes in.  I even said out loud, "I don't know why I keep working on this because I'm going to erase it."  But then I just kept going.  And then there was a finished (half) face. To me, there are glaring problems with the portrait.  And I still considered erasing it even after I was done.  But then friends threatened my life if I did, so it remains in the book.  Ha!  I know with time and practice, I will improve and become more comfortable with drawing people.  But for now, here's where it starts, immortalized on the interwebs, which is a truly vulnerable feeling, if I'm honest.  It seems about right though, to start the project feeling vulnerable about putting a daily sketch into the world and ending this book with the same feeling.

Enjoy the pages.  And don't worry, I've got a fresh, blank book waiting for today's drawing.

(Catch up on previous weeks here.)

Watercolor, Gouache, Japanese Brush Pen, Colored Pencil

Watercolor, Micron Pen
Micron Pen, Watercolor, Gelly Roll Pen

Left: Gelly Roll Pen   Right: Mechanical Pencil

Watercolor
Prismacolor Colored Pencils

It's Finished!


I will be starting a community revolving around the goal of filling a sketchbook very soon.  I'm excited to offer support and encouragement to others who want to get their creativity on paper.  So many folks have expressed to me that my project has sparked them to start (or pick back up) their own book.  I can't wait to see what we can do together!

Have a great week! 

Altered Thrift Store Art -- You Should Try This!
A while back, my husband and I met a couple friends at a local coffee shop for an art project.  Before this meeting, we would each bring our own separate projects and mediums and have a fun time chatting, drinking coffee and creating.  But this time, we were all working on the same type of project: altered art.  For months we had been scouring local thrift shops for paintings that were inexpensive and would lend themselves to be interesting and easy-to-work-with scenes for fun painted additions.

I found this magical paint-by-number at my favorite shop.  When I spotted it, I instantly knew that this horse had to be a unicorn.
Here's the before:


I added a horn, and made his mane and tail fuller and more flowing with some metallic paint, too. He also needed some woodland friends.  So I added a couple tiny gnomes and a fox peeking from behind a tree.
Here's the after: 


 I love this painting so much--it's now hanging in my kitchen.

My husband and our two friends did these paintings.  My husband altered the painting on the left with the octopus and weird eye creature.  Our friend Lisl added the minion building a snow minion--so clever! The water creature on the right, by our friend Craig,  isn't completed yet, but it's so good!  I can't wait to see it when it's done.



This was so fun--you should definitely try it. It's a quick project (since you're not painting an entire picture), and you get to be so creative!
Daniart, painting, thrifting