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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Derwent Inktense Pencils. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Derwent Inktense Pencils. Show all posts

Friday, January 17, 2014

sketchbook ~ the art of discipline

hello sweet readers ~

have i told you lately...

how much i love sewing. quilting. coloring. drawing. doodling. writing?

but did you know?

... they don't necessarily come 'naturally' ~

even more importantly, did you know...

"the narrow gate"  ~ watercolor card
... they are disciplines? 

bear with me in delving into the nuances of the word "discipline" pretty please?  typically, we tend to view discipline  as a harsh punishment. however, websters dictionary, in the fullness of the definition, describes it as: 

~ instruction.
~ a field of study
~ training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties, or moral character
~ control gained by enforcing {i say reinforcing} obedience or order
~ orderly or a prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior
~ self-control
~ a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity

the making. building. learning. perfecting, and creating of anything ~ {like art} ~ is a discipline. truly and surely just as each of us breathes oxygen!  

it isn't as much a matter of "talent" ~ but of habit.  willingness. study, time, and patience. {yes, definitely patience!}



the art of creating is a many-splendored {and disciplined} thing!  
ongoing mixed media sunflower
i have found the daily practice of a craft, in finding and relying on a working knowledge, building upon a basic rudimentary skill, {no matter what you do} is what makes it more of a discipline ~ and many times, turns it into an exploration.  do you love it?  {that certainly helps ~ but is not required}.  do you naturally gravitate towards something?  probably. that's a key, for sure. 

but anyone... can learn to do almost anything.  we definitely have our strengths... but most of it is {cultivating} a discipline. think of it as planting seeds...

just as pertinent and applicable in art, as it is in a relationship with God, prayer time, our friends, or a work ethic. 

and i emphasize the word:  developing ~ {aka discipline}.

i never thought i could draw, much less do a simplistic watercolor.  but i enjoy it... not because i practice, but because i've cultivated it... it may not go much farther.  

and that's okay.  there is much joy in just trying.  in discovery. but there is {more} ~ way more... to enjoy in the discipline. 
as with everything, in all we do ~ art, work, or discipline... just begin.  

and do it the best you can.

blessings on your weekend!
xo
leslie

Friday, December 14, 2012

My Newest Christmas Cards ~

Oh Happy Friday ~ I think this week ahh... has kicked my patootey!  But even bigger Ahh... so glad to make it through!  And speaking of 'making it' ---

Making handmade Christmas cards  has been one of the most relaxing things I've done these past couple months... and I love it!  Learning {more} to watercolor, drawing trees ... adding glitter and microbeads.  I have a small lap desk stored by the couch, so I can grab it to draw on, while Brian and I visit, watch a little football, or movies, etc...
Although the glitter and micro beads have to be done downstairs on the big work table... or else I'd have a very big, super grande ... mess!
I do my best to keep the mess minimal in the glitter department, and I do that by using a large manilla file folder.  All the glitter is tapped off onto the open folder, and then I fold it back up, and tap it back into the glitter container.  Works pretty well.  Microbeads... well, they are entirely another challenge!  Man, oh man, do they BOUNCE --- e v e r y w h e r e!  I have found that while I can still use the file folder, it's also good to have a terry bath towel underneath, which has to be shook outside... and then the whole world is sparkly and shiny!!  lol








EnJOY some relaxation, and ponder the miracle...  Emannuel ~ Love Came Down.  Thank you, Lord!  Praying much joy and peace for all of you~have a great day, and hopefully a lovely, Christmassy weekend. 
XO
Leslie

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A World of Octobers ~ Sketchbook

Happy Thursday everyone!

Thought I would share some highlights of my noon-time stroll yesterday along the river...of course, all I had was my iphone {as I wishing for my 'good' camera!}  but... nonetheless... it was COOL.  {literally and figuratively!}  And it provided inspiration for my sketch {below}... I hope you enjoy it, too...
And a fresh new coating of Fall {en} snow!

Cloudy and calm.
Those leaves that hadn't fallen yet ... well, they got their little stems froze off!

This is a beautiful one, isn't it?  
I had such a good time with my splashes... may have gotten a little carried away, not knowing when to stop??!



I just loved the sweet curly-curvy brown edges on that leaf.  I used my Peerless, and Inktense pencils for watercolors to attempt to highlight it... while I didn't quite get the effect I wanted, it was very fun.    

The leaf is my version of a project from the class "Wild Art of Abandonment-2" class from Christy Tomlinson, taught by Junelle Jacbosen.  COOL.  

Can you believe October is fast leaving us ~ going to gone... gone... gone?!  
EnJOY!
"I'm so glad we live in a world of Octobers."  

Anne of Green Gables.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

FearLess Peerless ~

All I can really say is wow!  So far, this is my most favorite watercolor product!  These are known as "Peerless" watercolors, and I got to order a special set labeled "Joanne colors" when I enrolled in Joanne Sharpe's COLOR LOVE class. 

This product comes loaded dry, onto pieces of paper!  Hard, cardstock-like paper.  Amazing product.  See more about it here. This is a product that has been around a very long time, originally used to tint black and white photographs!  {I have some of those pictures of me as a baby ~ I should find them!}
Bright, beautiful, clear and completely transparent, and also they are a fun, totally mixable color with a fabulous palette of colors to choose from.


I don't care for the drawing above... just messing around, really, because I love using this product.  It is good to PLAY!  Who knows, maybe by the time I add somethin' here or there... a drawing, stencil, paint or doodle ~ maybe i will like it better?

And a color chart.  Always good to have as a resource.

The photo below wasn't made using the Peerless watercolors, but my Derwent watercolor pencils, drawn and colored below.  I have always loved aspen trees!  And it's one of my favorite landscapes to create... I'm so looking forward to learning more, and what I shall add to this, if anything ... we shall see!
I'm not totally lovin' it yet ~ but it's a place to start.  And one must start... somewhere! 


I'm filling up my watercolor journal!  It's been GRAND!

Hope you're filled to the brim with beginnings.  {you're never too old - I can safely say!} It's all about attitude. Do you have new or old beginnings to share?

in the meantime ~~~Just Begin!
XO
Leslie

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Der Went My Sunflower ~

Sorry about the title {not really} ... bad pun ~ I have  a wacky sense of humor...  lol. 
So this is my sunflower doodle and using my Derwent Inktense watercolors, which was part of the excercise in Joanne Sharpe's COLOR LOVE class. She did hers with Tombow markers, but I don't have any of those, so I played with what I had.  And I had a great time! Have I told you lately how much I love this class??!
I like the white accents, which I added with a pen, as I forgot to leave some areas white on the page.  I get carried away with the fun of it all. I added shadowing, too... and bits of little details with my black Pitt Pen.  This is one of the ways I use to think... be grateful... pray... meditate... and be more inspired.

As you may know, all day long, sunflowers follow the sun, turning their faces so to speak, to face the sun.  I like to do my best to do that, too ~ just make that "SON" instead of "Sun."  and it's nothing 'new under the sun' but more importantly, to me, it's a timeless, never-ending, reminder, of the One who is full of love and mercy. And I'm so grateful for a Savior who is my Sonshine!   

"Keep your face to the sunshine
and you cannot see the shadow."
Helen Keller

P.S. Maybe you'd like to visit my post where I wrote this quote using stained glass paint and my 'doodled' faux stained glass windows in our home: click here...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Splish ~ Splash !

My newest art supply - Derwent Inktense Water Soluble Pencils!

And they are really, well, intense color.  Easy to use, and ... fabulous!  
 What I really like best is their versatility, whether drawing with them, then adding water, or mixing the colors after drawing, or not!This is just the small set, which I bought at Michaels with my 40% coupon.  I'd like to see how they work on fabric, next.

Fabulously colorful ~ and I splashed the tip of the pencil with the tip of my watercolor brush, and I was just a splishin' and a splashin' and having a good ol' time!
And I got to learn SO MUCH MORE about them from Joanne Sharpe's blog, and Joanne Sharpe's Online Class "ColorLove 101!"  (Sorry the link before didn't work - it should go to her blog, "Whimspirations" now~)
I've seen them on  the 'net ~ heard about them.  
Never used em... 
Til now!  Thanks Joanne, for showing the cool ways to use them!  It's been a really amazing class, and I'm looking forward to catching up, and viewing the rest of the classes she has posted.  I'm okay with being behind... cuz it's a 'forever' kind of class.  My favorite kind!  I believe you can still sign up for it...TAKE IT! 

Now I'm singing with my splishin' and a splashin' !!! {Sing the rest of the tune with me!!!}

Stay COOL! 
Hugs and more,
Leslie
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