Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mosaic Monday #27 - Got the Fever

Drawing Fever, that is.  
#1 Daughter gave me a drawing book for Christmas, along with a set of markers.  I have featured some of my drawings, inspired by that book, in three previous posts (2/2, 3/14 and 4/7).  But lately I have taken it up a notch due to a secret project (you will see it eventually) and an idea I had earlier this year.

What was that idea? My Day-Timer pages, with attractive art and pithy catch-phrases for each month, stirred my creative juices.  I originally planned to wax lyrical about the meaning behind the phrases, and perhaps select a variety of photos from daily life to accompany them.  But then I had the epiphany to create a post AND draw simultaneously - I could create my own drawings with those phrases!

And I am delirious with the joy of the process and the outcomes.  

As you might predict, I am learning as I go along, and I think my lessons learned are delivering improved quality drawings.  Here are "Angie's 
A-Ha Moments":

ONE: Draw in pencil first.  It will erase, unlike marker and colored pencils!
Phrase for March

TWO: Go over the pencil with permanent marker and then erase all pencil marks before coloring; lingering pencil can blend with the colored pencil and mar the desired tone.

THREE:  If I complete the drawing in stages - pencil, marker, erase; pencil, marker, erase - I can draw over the marker with pencil but only where I want, thereby creating the illusion of objects being behind or on top of each other.  So excited about this discovery!

FOUR: A ruler is my friend.  Especially if straight words are important!  I found my lettering tends to slant upward as I move right to left - pencil lines to guide my lettering helps tremendously, and the lines can be erased!  No one needs to know!  (But now I guess you do ....)

FIVE: Inspiration can come from anywhere, such as this bookmark that I picked up at the library check-out counter.

SIX: When looking for fonts for a particular theme, Pinterest is my go-to source!
Phrase for February

SEVEN: It's good to let a drawing percolate overnight, or even a day or two.  Sometimes I like it more when I haven't been staring at it, and sometimes it helps me discern what needs to be improved.

EIGHT: I may need a wider variety of colored pencils.
April theme: my drawing book inspired me to try this style with the positive and negative spaces

And that's when I knew I had the fever.  Whether you are a painter, quilter, knitter, eco-dyer, choose your passion - you know you're hooked when you need MORE SUPPLIES!

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  1. Very cool art! We've not artsy talent here at all.

  2. How wonderful!! Looks great. You may want to try out some of these markers my oldest discovered. They are called shading markers. She got them at Michaels. They work like watercolors. Happy Mother's Day! :) Kit

  3. ...I've caught many fevers, but never this one!

  4. I always have fun drawing and colouring with our youngest grand-daughter and it's so relaxing.

    I enjoyed seeing your art Angie.

    Happy Mother's Day to all who celebrate, here in the UK our Mothers Day was 31 March.

    All the best Jan

  5. What a lovely idea for rainy days we have in May. Happy MosaicMonday.
    Heidrun xxx

  6. lUV YOUR ART. And decided to follow suit in putting up a mosaic of 3 of my fun art pieces. Happy Monday

    much love...

  7. You have created pretty signs Angie. I love ' Celebrate Life'! I have never tried this kind of drawing - maybe I should! Wishing you a great week.

  8. awesome...drawing make us feel relaxing...
    Have a great day

  9. Hello, I like your pretty art work and the phrases are inspiring. I wish I could draw. It look like fun. Pinterest does have some great idea. Thanks for hosting. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

  10. Well we BOTH have the same FEVER! I showed a little of my art this morning too. And I sketch with a pencil then erase it some if I'm doing water color, then go over it with pen. In my sketchbook I'm using colored pencils. And I'm absolutely loving it all! I've never done this type of art before and it's amazing! I bought a color wheel last week to learn more about colors. I love your idea of going over the pen with the pencil. I'll try that. There are so many wonderful tutorials but mostly I'm just playing around. But I'm doing some art every day so that I can get more relaxed. Wouldn't we have fun together? Happy MM! Hugs, Diane

  11. Beuatiful drawings, Angie! As Winter sets in here in the Southern Hemisphere, we'll be spending a lot more time drawing and painting!

  12. You are having so much fun ... and you have so much talent! I like the idea of the monthly theme (even a non-artist could do something with that idea...couldn’t I?). Fun reading the spines on your reading material (book covers are one thing I miss about reading on Kindle). Didn’t know about the new (or maybe old?) Kristin Hannah. I will check on that when I visit my (on-line) Library later this morning.

  13. I love to draw too. I just wish I was better but I guess i am just a doodeler (?).
    Hope you had a happy Mother's day

  14. This is a lovely How To! I like drawing, myself. Great ideas here.

  15. Good for you! I took some drawing classes but did not pursue it. Maybe I'll try it again.

  16. Your drawings are very nice. I do love to doodle and draw but am not so concerned about the outcome. I just enjoy the process and, of course, with me, more is always a good thing. I tend to not leave a lot of white space. :) (If you see my walls at home, you will understand.)

  17. Love that...You know you're hooked when you need more supplies. Fun drawings and great process tips!

  18. Hola from hot and sunny Menorca. So you discovered another talent to add to the list? You creative people make it difficult for us ordinary mortals to keep up. And now we're off for a drive to one of our favourite little towns, Es Migjorn Gran, coffee and cake,a few photos and lots of memories.

  19. Lovely drawing, aren't you a brilliant artist.

  20. wow wow, I love what you created here. Amazing!
    I take part in a meme called Paint Party Friday. I think you should too. :)
    You find links in posts in my artblog if you are interested.

  21. Wow, it would be nice to be creative. Your drawings are spectacular!!

  22. You got talent! Awesome work, Angie and thanks for sharing.
    Keep up the good work.

  23. Wow! ~ lovely art work ~ so creative! You go girl!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  24. I really like your art work Angie. Drawing is not a talent of mine though it's on my bucket list one day to take lessons and practise. It's just that I have no many interests and don't want to stretch myself too thin. I do like to crochet, sew, knit (in that order). Have a wonderful weekend.

  25. Oh yes, you certainly know you are hooked when you have to have that one more supply. Your artwork is lovely oozing with whimsy and fun, Angie. I look forward to visiting you again and again and see what is inspiring you each time.

  26. your art is beautiful!! i think it is so important to have a hobby or two. i happy for you that you have a fun, colorful art to keep you busy!!


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