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    Monday
    Nov242014

    How Many Ways Can I Draw Lines?

    Drawing is making marks on paper. And when you make marks often, surprising things happen.

    When I started drawing I didn't know that I would or could get better. I thought that people were either born with innate drawing talent or they were not. Perhaps they skipped the queue. But the truth for me has been that my coordination and control have improved over the years. If you are having trouble getting the pen to do what you want it to do. Maybe you just need to draw more lines. 

    When I started drawing in about 2008, I was an accountant - a financial analyst - with no particular drawing skill set. I started drawing doodly lines simply to pass the time while my kids were doing stuff. I drew in moleskine journals. On airplanes, at swimming lessons, while the kids splashed in the tub, at Starbucks and book stores.

    The boxes looked like wonky kites. Parallel lines intersected instead. Circles looked like cracked eggs.

    But looking back, I can see that every time I challenged myself to try something new {what about a mandala without any curved lines? what about ivy leaves that cover each page? what about a mandala where the lines focus on negative space? what about a new alphabet?} I made a step forward. In understanding, in pen control, in art. With trial & error & practice, I now know how hard to press, how to move my arm, my hand, to get a reasonable facsimile of a straight line. I can draw curves. I still can't draw great faces, but I believe that one day I will. 

    As you draw, consider how you might add some challenge to your work. Take a look back to your work one year ago, two years ago, beyond. Can you see a difference? Do you feel like you have more control over the pen?

     

    Ten things to draw to improve your line work: 

    1. Draw repeating things. Like parallel lines. Now add some spice to the repeating things.

    2. Draw ordinary things. Danny Gregory, author of Everyday Matters, has a list of 300+ EDM drawing prompts... everything from Draw Your Shoe to Draw a Garden Tool. This is EDM #25: Draw a Glass.

     

     

    3. Doodle free-hand

     

     

    4. Draw squares. Draw a bunch of squares as close together as you can. Fill an entire index card.

    5. Draw circles. They will look wonky at first. Just keep drawing them, even on top of each other.  Draw circles to fill an entire index card. Now put circles inside the circles. 

     

     

    6. Write pangram sentences. Write pangrams {sentences using each letter of the alphabet at least once} in a variety of fonts. Here's a 27 letter pangram: Big fjords vex quick waltz nymph. Jot that down on an index card and put it in your backpack. When you have a few moments each day, hand-letter the sentence, attempting to emulate the font as precisely as you can. Notice the serifs and the angles. 

    7. Draw letters. Invent fonts and write letters in the invented fonts. 

     

     

    “To learn how to do, we need something real to focus on — not a task assigned by someone else, but something we want to create, something we want to understand. Not an empty exercise but a meaningful, self-chosen undertaking.” Lori McWilliam Pickert

    8. Draw patterns. You can divide your page into sections or stripes. Repeat a pattern along each section.  

     

    9. Draw knots. Knots are incredibly interesting to draw. Invent a knot, or tie a rope in a knot and draw it. 

    10. Draw your surroundings. 

     

    The key isn't reading books like "Drawing 101" or "100 Drawing Tips!" or "Drawing for Everyone" but rather simply putting pen to paper and doing the work. You don't need a Certified Urban Sketching Coach or a Pre-Perforated Line Rendering Kit or a Muse-Centric Drawing Workshop in the mountains of Peru.

    Just stay with it, practice your lines, draw every chance you get, and your lines will improve. There isn't any magic formula, just keep drawing lines.

    Saturday
    Nov222014

    Daisy Yellow Watercolor Workshops

    Happy News:
    Watercolor Playground & Painted Paper Paradise Workshops
    Exended through year-end 2015

    Yup! An additional YEAR of painting!

    Registration open until March 31, 2015
    Resources available until December 31, 2015

    Holiday Workshop Sale Pricing
    Sale Ends December 8, 2014

    Combo-Pack: $76  $62 USD 
    Watercolor Playground & Painted Paper Paradise

    Watercolor Playground $39 $32 {save $7}

    Painted Paper Paradise $49 $44 {save $5}

    I'm also teaching a new workshop at 21 Secrets, which launches in April 2015. Registration is now open.

    Click to read more ...

    Thursday
    Nov202014

    Gouache Grid & House

    "Photography is an immediate reaction,
    drawing is a meditation."
    Henri Cartier-Bresson

    Drew a freehand grid in pencil, then painted with gouache. Very relaxing and meditative.

    Watercolor paper stitched, painted with gouache. After stitching it's like paint-by-number because there are little sections to fill in.

    This is my 6th year of AEDM, Art Every Day Month, an annual November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day. 

    Tuesday
    Nov182014

    Art Journal: Aquarius

    "I like to edit my sentences as I write them. I rearrange a sentence many times before moving on to the next one. For me, that editing process feels like a form of play, like a puzzle that needs solving, and it's one of the most satisfying parts of writing."
    Karen Thompson Walker

    This is a wide Clairefontaine Carnet de Voyage journal with drawing paper.

    Here's what's on these pages: Neocolors, Tokyo metro ticket, magazine clippings, typed text, doodles, lyrics, gelatin prints, round labels, a photograph of a gardening tools, map, japanese papers, painted papers and papers from Sue, index card art, perfume sample, wrapping paper, high flow acrylics. In other words, a bit of everything:)

    Big announcement!!! I'm teaching a new workshop at 21 Secrets!

    I'm participating in AEDM, Art Every Day Month, an annual November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day. 

    Thank you to Seth of The Altered Page for including a link to one of my art journal tutorials in this week's link round-up!

    Tuesday
    Nov182014

    The Sanity-Salvation of Artification

    Snap! That's the sound of the imaginary photographs you can take as your art evolves. To help you notice how it all comes together... the colors, textures, shapes, lines & words add a plot twist. A bunch of art supplies intermingle and are transformed into something else altogether.

    What if art turns out to be the difference in your week? 

    Continuing thoughts from...

    1. At the intersection of synergy and compound interest
    2. On Not Getting Sidetracked
    Monday
    Nov172014

    Crossroads: A New Workshop {21 Secrets!}

    21 Secrets Spring 2015 Registration {Early Bird Discount}

    I'm thrilled to announce that I will be teaching a new mixed media workshop called Crossroads, part of 21 Secrets Spring 2015.

    In Crossroads, we will explore the intersection of thread, paper, paint & ink in our art journals. We'll be sewing & painting paper with watercolor and/or gouache. This is my third teaching gig at 21 Secrets!

    Here's how it works! On April 1, 2015, you'll gain access to twenty-one workshops. Each workshop is taught via video tutorials and detailed PDF documents. There's a private Facebook group for 21 Secrets and access to the group is available upon registration {another reason to register early}.

    Click to learn more and register for 21 Secrets Spring 2015 at the special "pre-sale" discount of 40%. Please note that instructors receive payment for teaching via registration links.

    If you register via a link at Daisy Yellow, I'll get a portion of the registration fee. 

    The workshops are for artists at any level and the learning environment is warm, friendly and down to earth. There are folks who have been art journaling for many years and people experimenting with their very first art journal pages. Here's a peek at some of the art created by the teachers for the Spring 2015 21 Secrets!

    The last workshop I taught at 21 Secrets was Watercolor Playground, so click here or click here see some of the student work from that workshop!

    Some comments from the Watercolor Playground workshop discussion group:

    "What I love about your videos so far, is that because I have a smidgen of knowledge I love how your exercises are teaching us basic steps of controlling the paint without making it boring.  We end up with something that is cool to look at and can be used.  I don't know if teaching comes easy for you but I would say that you definitely have a knack for sharing in a creative and interesting way!  I have learned a ton just watching your videos and can't wait until I dip my brush into water and some beautiful paint.  Now maybe I will get those expensive paints I bought out and take them for a spin."

    "I can't tell you how much I enjoyed doing these pages. My only other attempt at doing watercolor was based on learning from a book, and it was so abysmal I put it away and never got back to it. Thank you so much for these brilliant ideas/exercises, Tammy! I am hooked on watercolors."

    "Thank you for making watercolor fun! I was getting too stressed trying to get things to come out like the original picture in other watercolor books. I wish I started with this class first before trying to learn from books."

    Saturday
    Nov152014

    3/4 of a Doodle a Day...

    Doodling with Sakura gelly rolls and glaze pens in a blank, lined journal {those swirls around the edges are printed on each page}. 

    AEDM: 30 Days of Art. I'm documenting my participation every few days. This is the 6th year I've participated in Art Every Day Month, an annual November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day. 

    Wednesday
    Nov122014

    Art Journal: Wheel of Fortune

    The very best fun. The simple act of cutting and pasting images, words and colors into a journal. 

    This is a super duper wide Clairefontaine Carnet de Voyage journal that is filled with drawing paper. 

    Here's how I work, in the dining room. Baskets and boxes of papers, adhesive, paint {not used on this page}, a mug of coffee, tons of collected papers and magazine clippings to choose from. Scientific paper categorization process? Small stuff in the small basket. Bigger stuff in the bigger basket. Then it all gets cleaned up, at least in theory.

    Here's what's on these pages: Typed words, magazine clippings, doodles, Pink Floyd lyrics, index card art, gelatin prints, round labels, eraser stamp imprints, a photograph of a bicycle, greeting card, a photograph of an art journal page, japanese papers, painted papers and a super cool Wheel of Fortune tarot card received from Lauren. Plus Neocolors!

    AEDM: 30 Days of Art. I'm going to document my participation in this challenge every few days. Art Every Day Month is an annual November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day.