Growing up I remember my mom doing a lot of calligraphy. She had some intricate looking pens that she used to write with. I can still recall the scratchy sounds of the nib on paper as she created each letter.
Funny how those memories came flooding back as soon as I began to notice some beautiful hand lettering posts on Instagram! “I must create something like this.” After all these years of lack of practice my lettering skills had gotten a little rusty! How I longed to create those flourishes again……
Did that mean I had to relearn? Maybe….
To my great relief, I found this wonderful little book called Lettering for Planners by Jordan Truster and Jillian Reese of Loveleigh Loops. You can’t find anything simpler than this! I started with a brush pen that I purchased for $2.99 at Hobby Lobby and some graph paper (as I didn’t have dot grid paper). You don’t need a lot of tools. See!
Consistent practice is what makes one better at this art (like any other art)! So I practice whenever I can. Inspired by one of John Muir’s quotes, I created the above piece, I know it’s not perfect…. but I love the journey – learning, improving and most of all enjoying every scenic path!!
Painting these blue teacups in watercolor was such a pleasure. I used to see paintings of pretty and dainty teacups on Pinterest, and they always reminded me of some other time. Finally one day I was inspired to paint.
I remember seeing rows of dainty teacups in fine china adorning the shelves of the cabinet in my mom’s dining room. Looking back even further, I remember seeing them in my grandma’s kitchen. Hand painted and delicate, those exquisite teacups with matching saucers perched quietly on the high shelves must have listened intently to the conversations around the dining table, observing old and new generations coming together, absorbing their stories…….
I cannot look at teacups without reminiscing about old times!
Sometimes all we need to do is to look at all we have done and delight in our talents to feel confident!
Once in a while grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and turn back the pages. Revisit your work – prose, art, photographs – whatever you create on a daily basis.
Really look, express gratitude for your god given gifts, and take pride in them! Love whatever you do and feel the positivity seep back into your life. How many times have we appreciated someone and restored their self worth!
It’s time to extend that tenderness towards your own work.
What do you do with your mounting pieces of art? Before you know it, they have begun to probably gather a fine layer of dust and have started fading and inching their way into every space available!
Yes! storage does seem to be an obvious solution but we have only so much space! So I came up with 5 verysimpleways to handle all the clutter created by old and growing number of artworks.
This is the most important step. I categorize my artwork chronologically. This is a good way to keep everything organized in one place. It actually also helps me look back at my old paintings and reflect on how much I have grown as an artist. It’s almost like a journal that takes you down your memory lane. However you can also organize your artwork according to subject like flowers, landscapes, portrait etc.
2. Put them up!
Adorn your wall or space! Fish out some pretty or interesting pieces and put them on frames on the wall or counter tops. The best part is you don’t need many frames, just a couple and you can keep changing the display. This works really well in kids’ rooms using their “own art”. Another way to display your artwork is by simply pinning them up on a cork board in your work space area and just watch them bring in some cheer!
3. Create something out of them
While categorizing my artwork I discovered sheets that had only one or two nice pictures. So I cut out the good ones like a bouquet or a flower and then glued it on another piece of paper to use as a bookmark. Or you can glue the cutouts on a card stock paper to create greeting cards also.
4. Gift / Give away
There’s always someone who really cherishes your artwork – your grandma or your friends! Gift them a pretty one. They will LOVE them! You can also donate to the library or to a classroom if you have a lot of nice paintings that need a home.
Yes you heard it right! There are always some artworks that we are not very proud of and don’t mind getting rid of. Just recycle them and claim back your space!
I hope you liked these tips. If you know of any other tips please share them here. I will appreciate!
Here’s another watercolor collage that I started last year (December 2018) and completed this year (yesterday)!! How time flew by!
Next time I might add dates underneath each painting to make it a visual journal so that when I look back I get a better idea of the flow of life. After all, art is a reflection of our thoughts, ideas, and experiences – everything that makes up life. Isn’t that so?
Every once in a while there’s a lull in our blogging world and then a word, a sound or a picture nudges us gently out of it and like a newborn we emerge, fresh and awakened, ready for the world!
I was browsing the aisles for some scrapbooking supplies in a craft store yesterday, when I got distracted and diverted into one with home decor (often happens)! Then I started (wasting my time) admiring every piece.
The mellow music playing in the background drew me deeper into the aisles as I lost track of time and “my purpose”, absorbing and inhaling the words, and colors.
Little did I think this little diversion would end up as a blog post!
Finally done with the two watercolor collages that I started sometime in early September! I divided a paper into squares or rectangles and filled them with scenery whenever I felt like watercoloring.
Sometimes when you really want to paint or test out a particular scenery in mind, but on a small scale, this is a good way to do so as you get to finish the work quickly and also get a general idea of how the scenery ends up looking.
I totally enjoyed this process since there was no time restraint and a lot of freedom involved. However, don’t get tempted to finish in a hurry! It doesn’t matter whether the painting is a product of your imagination or an inspiration from a photograph, looking back, each painting has a story to tell about what you were thinking at the time or where you were!
Somewhere in the aisles of Michaels, I discovered Gouache. At first, I struggled to pronounce the word (gwash) and when I finally figured it out, it took me yet some more time to understand its nature, its texture….its purpose! I simply couldn’t fathom why one would need gouache. Didn’t the world already have the transparency of watercolors and the opacity of acrylics and oils?
Anyway, I went ahead and bought a box of gouache paints mostly out of curiosity. But they just sat on the shelf. It was tough to reach out for them. Watercolors seemed so familiar, so comforting….And acrylics so smooth as they gracefully flowed over the canvas while the box of gouache, shy and awkward just sat there forgotten.
Alright! I had to give it a chance so I gingerly opened the box. The colors looked pretty on the palette, no complaints there. I quickly sketched a little scene and started working the paints onto the paper. Gosh! So this is Gouache! Colors – so vibrant, opaque and matte – I fell in love with them! I had to work fast with them (they dry up pretty quickly) but like the acrylics, they are quite forgiving… I could paint over the last layer over and over again and in doing so hide any mistakes or add depth to the surface. The only pain – the paint dries up really fast. In the end, my painting looked just like one of my watercolors except more opaque and bright.
All in all, I enjoyed the experience and I will paint some more with gouache. But I guess watercolor is still my top favorite medium.
Weather is on her best behavior these days with warm days and chilly evenings which leaves a lot of room for some luxurious walks in between. Every now and then I pause and am blown away by the quiet spectrum, from the golds to the flaming reds!
And from one of these walks, I procured two leaves lying astray on the pavement. They must have blown free from the humongous Bradford Pear that is leaning so much on one side that the branches sweep the ground everytime the wind blows.
The leaves looked so alluring, I just had to paint them. Watercolor? Acrylic? Something surreal about their nature made me pick watercolor. I hope I have succeeded in emulating the spirit of their hues!
What do you think? Do you also like to pick up leaves and paint them?
So this morning I positioned three Gala apples (my favorite) by a very sunny window to watercolor them. Sunday mornings are such a great time to paint. There is a certain air of ease, comfort… a space to create.
Here they are – Apples – to welcome October and to participate in the Doodlewash October Challenge.