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    Issue #11 of the Daisy Yellow Zine
    Index Card-a-Day runs through July 31st!
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    Monday
    May192014

    Hanna's 2014 Spring Mail Art Swap #2

    The stack of postcards is going out in the mail {late, like clockwork} for Hanna's 2014 Spring Mail Art Swap! The theme this year was stripes of black interspersed with everything else, lots of stitchy texture, plus the inside and outside of the circle shapes. I had a lot of fun creating these, using everything from espress-stained papers to gelatin plate prints to watercolors to... an acrylic painting on canvas, cut up!!!

    You can find my time travel post where I share the postcards I've made for all of Hanna's swaps over the years.

    Friday
    May162014

    Experiments: 19 Mandalas, 2 Inks & Gouache {Part 6}

    Let's review. experiment #1 + experiment #2 + experiment #3 + experiment #4 + experiment #5

    What are experiments? Experiments are my way of exploring art materials in every which way. They lead to tangents. The goal is not the page at the end, but the EXPERIMENT ITSELF.

    How will you know your materials inside out if you do not test their limits?

    "What if" questions guide each iteration. So I am analyzing the interplay between various inks, water, gouache and also pens and nibs. Sometimes I start with a hypothesis but just as often not.

    What's this experiment all about? On this page, I drew 19 mandalas using two different inks. I then painted "around" the mandalas with gouache with a limited palette {purples, blues} to get the soft blend at the outside of the shapes. The inks here are J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir {the bright blue} and J. Herbin Perle Noire {the deep purple}.

    Here's the first post about this journal, with more pages. This work is in a Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal.

    Updates:

    For those planning to do the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge, I just published the first of several ICAD Creative Warm-Up Exercises. Be sure to get both of the blog feeds in your feed reader or via email if you don't pop in regularly. Info about the feeds is at the bottom of the ICAD FAQ.

    Zine #11 will be released in the next few days!

    Wednesday
    May142014

    Line Practice: Pangrams

    my doodles altered digitally

    Sentences containing every letter of the alphabet {pangrams} are perfect reference tools for drawing practice! To improve your lettering skills and refine your ability to “see” the details & differences in letters, write sentences with an ultra-fine black marker in a variety of fonts.

    More Pangrams:

    The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
    Why did Max become eloquent over a zany gift like judhpurs?
    Six of the women quietly gave back prizes to the judge.
    We could jeopardize six of the gunboats by two quick moves.
    I quickly explained that many big jobs involve few hazards.
    My folks proved his expert eloquence was just a big hazard.
    Quickly pack the box with five dozen modern jugs.
    Brown jars prevented the mixture from freezing too quickly.
    The five boxing wizards jump quickly.

    Practice Matters

    The more lines you draw - with intention - the better your lines will be! I promise, practice makes all the difference in the universe. Just keep drawing lines. Not merely squiggles, but lines where you "try" to do something. Maybe parallel lines, perpendicular lines, grids, flowers, invented patterns. There is no magical formula at all! Your hand and arm and mind will gradually learn how to do what you intend to do. You might not be able to "see" your progress for a year or two, but it will happen. Just keep going. Like the energizer bunny. 

    Monday
    May122014

    And then it looked like candy

    “A person's life consists of a collection of events, the last of which could also change the meaning of the whole, not because it counts more than the previous ones but because once they are included in a life, events are arranged in an order that is not chronological but, rather, corresponds to an inner architecture.”
    Italo Calvino

    Clairefontaine watercolor paper, pencil, gouache

    I'm loving this whole gouache escapade. When I drew the ogees in pencil {usually I don't work in pencil} I really didn't like them! They looked dorky. But then I figured I might as well use the good paper, so I started painting. And then I started adding patterns and shapes. And then it looked like candy.

    Friday
    May092014

    Experiments: Two More Inks {Part 5}

     

    Today's experiment involves drawing with two inks using two Speedball nibs. I painted around the doodles with water to soften some of the edges. The sepia ink is J. Herbin Lie de Thé Ink and the light turquoise is J. Herbin Bleu Azur Ink. The Lie de Thé has a gorgeous, earthy rust undertone {I don't know the word used by ink afficionados}. Conclusion: Good fun. I am really digging ink and water. I prefer the Éclat de Saphir better than the Bleu Azur... only because it is darker. The inks are all intensely saturated and smooth as silk.

    Let's review. Skip the following list if you already have a scorecard! experiment #1 + experiment #2 + experiment #3 + experiment #4.

    Here's the first post about this journal, with more pages. This work is in a Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal.

    Thursday
    May082014

    Art Doodle Love Journal Update

    "Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it;
    boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    This page started with a flash of an idea. In my mind, I could see small mini-squares with wavy lines for slow journaling. I thought a little flower would balance elegantly with the compact words so I drew a different sort of flower in each doodly box. 

    Click to read more ...

    Tuesday
    May062014

    How to do the index-card-a-day challenge

     “No need to hurry. No need to sparkle.
    No need to be anybody but oneself.” 
    Virginia Woolf

    Everything you'll need to know is in the ICAD FAQ.

    PS: If you want to get the index-card-a-day blog posts in your feed reader starting June 1st, be sure to get the separate feed. Info about the blog feeds.

    Tuesday
    May062014

    Life Without a Studio!

    “Sometimes things happen in life that you didn’t plan for.
    All you can do is suck it up and start mapping out a new plan.”
    Colleen Hoover

    Dust. That's what drove me to pull every single basket off the art shelves that line a closet-sized nook adjacent to the laundry room and the kitchen. It had been about about 3 years since I thoroughly cleaned out the space and dust was winning. So I pulled the wooden baskets off the shelves so that I could dust. I couldn't get a good shot of the shelves because there isn't much space or light for a photo!

    There's no "studio space" so I'm used to seeing a few baskets at a time. It was wild to see everything at once spread across the dining room floor! {Disclaimer: Well. Not everything! The majority of magazines, papers, japanese papers & ephemera are stored in the guest/sewing room.} And the canvases. And the kids' art materials. And. I'll stop now.

    It took 3 days to sort, re-organize, vaccuum, switch and revamp the baskets; I work in 15-20 minute sessions. That is the reality of having wrists and thumbs that are so easy to strain through over-use. If I injure something, it will set me back a week. And no, my back didn't fare very well. 

    The inks, blank journals and watercolors are back in their respective baskets. All of the journals-in-progress are in one place. The block printing inks and paint pens will be donated to school. The cracked eraser stamps were pitched.

    You've got to develop a system that works for the way YOU work. The stuff used to cut or shape goes together {x-acto knives, circular paper cutter, hole punch, scissors}. The palette knife, sandpaper & mark-making tools are stored with the heavy body acrylics rather than having a separate basket for tools. The book-binding stuff is together. The washi tape, matte medium, a few stamps, a set of alpha stamps and a few ink pads are stored together as an art journaling basket. I'm cool with using just a few favorite stamps - the last thing I want to do is search through a stamp basket for a particular stamp.

    If I had an art studio with twinkly lights I imagine I might organize the materials differently. Maybe I could have materials visible and easy-to-reach rather than sheltered/hiding in baskets. But I'm a realist and my choice is to make the best of the space I have!