Red Cabin

Winsor and Newton watercolors on Canson cold press paper

Breaking in the new sketchbook

New year means a new sketchbook, right? Not that I need an excuse. Spent a little while today sketching what I saw outside my window using a Micron 08 black pen. The Micron seems to be my go to for ink. I haven’t found anything comparable in my price range. The sketchbook is a $5 steal from Five Below. It is about 9×12 with a black hard cover, spiral bound on top, and the paper is a medium weight and smooth, which works for my method of sketching in ink. My goal for 2017 is to sketch everyday, no matter how small the sketch is. Even a doodle will suffice. I would like to fill this book over the next 365 days. What is your art resolution for 2017?

house pouch 2

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house pouch 5House Pouch (another side of me)

Here is a fabric house pouch that I sewed for a swap that I hosted on Swap-bot.com. That’s right, yet another craft or form of art that I love (and can’t find much time to do). I don’t host swaps that often anymore, but used to host a ton of quilting and sewing swaps. I stopped doing so because the quality of sewing I received in return wasn’t so hot, and a lot of people weren’t into the sewing ones anymore. So after a couple of years I figured what the heck I’d host again. This is the one that I just sent my partner yesterday. The one that I received in the mail? Yep, that same quality that I remembered from a couple of years ago. Live and learn I guess. I WON’T be hosting another anytime soon. Don’t get me wrong, I love Swap-bot.com, but lately it’s become a lot of simply trading pre-made $$ store items, supplies, or paper-made artsy stuff like ATC’s (which I’m not really that into unless they are hand-drawn or zentangle). I hope that my partner likes this one!

Monoprint from Recent Workshop

So a lot of the work that I show on here is related to Zentangles, but what you don’t know about me is that I enjoy creating A LOT of types of artwork. Here is a monotype that I created while participating in a workshop at a local art gallery. I used cheesecloth, the handle of a paint brush, Q-tips, and squares of cardboard to create this piece. It’s about 8 x10 in size. I haven’t worked in this medium for quite some time, but it felt really good to play around again. Enjoy!