Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Artist's Playroom #13

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Earlier in the week I happened across a blog called Just Add Water Silly! Jenn offers a weekly challenge in the form of The Artist's Playroom. This week's challenge was to get back to the basics, grab a pencil or pen, and get to sketching.
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I have to tell you that I really didn't want to try this. I can't draw. At all. I can zentangle some, but I can not draw. My daughter told me that maybe Jenn invited me to try the challenge because she wanted to challenge me! Maybe she wanted me to push my limits, and therein learn something. So I tried.
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I began by studying other drawings on - what else? - pinterest :). From what I deduced there, I sketched out three basic flowers in my little moleskine watercolor journal. I figured I wouldn't go too big and bold the first time out.
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After I had my flowers sketched out in pencil, I went over the lines with a 01 black micron pen.
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I filled in my basic sketch lines a little and tried to emphasize certain lines. (I have no idea at all what I'm doing. Totally winging this thing!)
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Then I watercolored. First I used some old metallic water color paints I found in a drawer. They don't even have a brand name on them. They sparkle - which I am all about the sparkle, so they are perfect!
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Next, I used my Derwent Inktense Pencils (which I use on everything) and watercolored the flowers and leaves. Then I looked over my drawing, touched up lines that had gotten somewhat obliterated in the process, and pumped up the sparkle here and there.
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Voila! And there you have it - my very first drawing/sketch/watercolored real thing ever! Yay!!!!!!
Thanks, Jenn, for inviting me to participate. You can count on me to be a weekly visitor :).

Feel free to visit The Artist's Playroom to see submissions from artists that actually know what they are doing :). It isn't too late to participate yourself!

17 comments:

  1. Holy cow girl, you think you can't draw? They rock, awesome job!!! Pat yourself on the back! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  2. for someone who says they can't draw you nailed these... get those pencils and pens back in your hand and get started on some more to share with us...xx

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    1. tracey - i love your work! i'm awed by your talent - thanks for stopping by and leaving me such a warm comment :)

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  3. For someone who "can't draw" you did a fantstic job. It is fabulous. I love the colours and that yellow flower is perfect. Love it.
    Von

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  4. Umm...gorgeous! And you said you couldn't draw? Seems you surprised even yourself!!

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  5. Hmm...you say you can't draw? What are you on about?
    Listen to me....YOU CAN DRAW! and you draw extremely well.
    I've only just started to post on Jenn's brilliant APR, but everyone is so encouraging and inspiring. There a great bunch and so talented. You'll love it :D

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    1. thanks! i just spent some time on your blog wandering around - pretty awesome! i'll definitely be back to visit!

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  6. Alice: If you think you can't draw. Then, I really can't draw. So please do me a favor and say, "I am a incredible artist." Your flowers are just the kind of work I so admire.

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  7. Ha ha can't draw? You so CAN!! Lovely work, I love the flowing petals and the composition.

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous and very refreshing !

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  9. Awesome piece....I love the detail in the sunflower.
    Great Job!

    blessings,
    Cindy♥

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  10. Well how about that! You must be tickled to big smiles and happy giggles about your first step into the world of drawing/watercolor:-) Hope to see much more of your creations at APR!:-)

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