No one has been more surprised than me about the latest coloring book craze. Back in the day coloring books were the enemy of creativity and that made sense. A kid with a crayon and a blank sheet of paper really learned to play with color, with materials with no restrictions about staying in the lines or using the correct colors. We do remember how important it was to STAY IN THE LINES! (And NOT to color on the walls 🙂 I even remember a book called The Anti-coloring Book. Well, coloring books have taken over the bookstores not by the shelf but by the aisle. They’re in drugstores, specialty stores, stationery stores and who knows where else along with a myriad of colored pencils and markers. I do believe coloring can be therapeutic, a great way to reduce stress or boredom, (although if you’re an artist or keep an art journal you’re never bored) but here’s a challenge. Find a good permanent black marker and doodle your own coloring pages. In this page, I used watercolors instead of colored pencils and I had blast. I got to play with my watercolors without the pressure of having to create a watercolor masterpiece and as an added bonus I can journal in and around the spaces. So give it a try and see what fantastic coloring pages you come up with.
In line with the current trend for cycling what better way to celebrate than to our craft than upcycling a bicycle. I had so much fun creating this quintessential english country rose garden wrappe…
Source: Country Garden Crochet Bicycle
I took a photo of a flower, cut it into 1″ pieces with the help of a ruled cutting mat (shown beneath the white border of the photo,) and pasted the pieces mosaic-style onto a sheet of paper, leaving some white space in between each piece. It’s an interesting way to present a photograph or your own artwork in an art journal or scrapbook, or to make a card or give as a gift. You’ll notice I could have been more careful pasting the squares but I was just experimenting and having some fun. I have to remind myself that “Perfection is the enemy of good.” I don’t remember who said that but they are important words for me to remember.
For a more formal way to work with mosaics check out Mosaic Moments on http://www.snapncrop.com
my original sketchbook in the center on top of a section of wrapping paper…what fun!
How to repurpose and re-enjoy your art….
One of the things I’ve been doing with my art recently is re-using it in different ways. I especially liked this small “strawberry” watercolor I did in my sketchbook, and made it into postcards and cards. And one of the most amazing things I learned in my BEGINNING class at the Sketchbook Skool (www.sketchbookskool.com) was that I could turn my art into fabric or wrapping paper, so… I took a chance and sent my artwork (digitally of course) to Spoonflower.com and voila! …an amazing roll of wrapping paper came back to me via US mail. Now to be honest due to the resolution of the file the background of the paper came out brown instead of white, but I learned what I did wrong and I loved it even in brown. If you want to turn your art into something totally new and interesting check out Spoonflower.com. And if you want to really enjoy drawing and painting again, or for the first time try taking a class at the SketchbookSkool. They even have some free trial classes. And please subscribe to my blog. I promise I won’t inundate you with email, but it will keep me on my toes and remind me to write now and again. I hope to inspire you to give your creativity a boost or a jump start if you need one.
What I’m learning at Sketchbook Skool…
I’ve started carrying a sketchbook with me wherever I go, so when I found a prized parking space in Jersey City, NJ this morning I took some time to draw the scene in front of me. I sketched using a marker rather than a pencil, which is a new concept for me and added watercolor and some colored pencils when I got home. In the past, I would have found all the imperfections in my drawing, and there are plenty; I might even have torn it up and tossed it. But I learned to silence my inner critic, to enjoy the process and know that I’m learning and challenging myself; and I’m really having fun. So this week, challenge yourself. Carry a sketchbook or journal and draw (or write about) what you see.
Here’s a shoutout to http://www.sketchbookskool.com. Check ’em out!
What do you do at the service center while waiting for your car to be repaired? Do your Sketchbook Skool homework, and draw the kitchenette…
Next time you find yourself having to wait, draw something, write a poem or a song, or a story. Do something creative and the time will fly. This week my http://www.sketchbookskool.com homework this week was to “draw your kitchen.” Mine’s a mess, so I borrowed this one. Give it a whirl. Draw YOUR kitchen, or use your kitchen as a writing prompt.