All my life I have been inspired by color. In my home, my clothes, in nature. As October arrives I think of orange, the color of harvest and the color of joy. Think of all the beautiful colors of the fall leaves celebrating the season! As I thought about orange, I immediately thought of the bright, joyful Chinese lanterns. I love their color and shape. I used this as inspiration for the cover of my fourth quarter traveler's notebook planner. After using gesso to prepare the kraft cover, I painted layers of acrylic paint until the yellows and oranges blended to my delight. I added white to accent areas of light and make my lanterns come to life!
Friday, June 28, 2019
Planners can be as unique as you are if you create your own. I enjoy creating my own planners as the seasons and color choices change. This year I've designed quarterly inserts for my travelers notebook - changing the theme and colors based on the time of year. I always love an excuse to paint a sunflower, so I chose to feature this on the cover of my third quarter planner. A bit of gesso, acrylic paint, inks and a permanent pen was used to create the cover shown. I especially like to flatten the cover so I can paint the image on both the front and back covers.
Monday, June 10, 2019
After a recent trip to a botanical garden, I was indeed inspired by the colors and wanted to document them in my art journal. Try it yourself - choose a flower, walk through the woods, or find a favorite vegetable in your garden. It doesn't have to be complicated, simply let it inspire you to create a page in your art journal!
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
April is here - which means Spring is in the air! Time to do what you love! I'm loving watercolors and the color CORAL right now. Watching the magic of watercolors dancing together is very meditative. The color CORAL brings energy and warmth to the page and your life. Pantone's Color of the Year is Living Coral so now is the time to try this warm color in your journal. TIPS: Allow watercolors to move around on a wet shape by dabbing paint from your brush. Try Daniel Smith's Quinacridone Coral for a beautiful coral color.