2015 – off to a great start!

So far I’ve been working on several of my 2015 goals and it’s only the first week of January! Here’s what I’ve hit so far.

Lettering and Doodling – Every couple of days I pull out my sketch book and doodle and practice my lettering. I’m finding that I can create more whimsical, simpler illustrations if I’m not looking at the object. If I’m looking at an object, I feel compelled to make it realistic looking.

Patterns – While I was doodling the other day, I realized that some of these doodles could be made into a pattern. This pushed me to continue with a theme – cosmetics. So my pattern plan is to continue doodling and at a later date, I’ll look through my sketchbook to find things to use.

Linocut – I’m totally intimidated by all those tools! But, I haven’t forgotten about my number one goal! Right now I’m sketching out some ideas and I promise (oh no, why did I just write that?) that in the next few weeks you’ll see my first linocut. I’m planning on trying it on dark paper, which would encompass goal #4 too!

Video – I made my first videos. I wanted to share one with you, but I need to first figure out how to make the videos compatible with WordPress. Even though I compressed my videos, they weren’t in a format that I could upload to WordPress and I’m not ready to open a youtube account. Don’t worry, you aren’t missing much – it was a shaky video where I’m painting some branches!

Here is my complete list of 2015 goals in case you missed that post.

Things I want to try in 2015:

  1. Linocut. 
  2. Lettering.
  3. Online workshops.
  4. Painting on dark paper.
  5. Doodling.
  6. Video.
  7. Patterns.
  8. Maps.
  9. Digital Brushes.
  10. Watercolor Parties.


I hope you are off to a good start too! 🙂

12 thoughts on “2015 – off to a great start!

  1. It’s very easy to open an account in youtube and upload videos!! I think you need a gmail address and that’s all! You should try it! 😉

  2. A very inspiring list of arty things to try this year. I might join you for some of these. (By the way, I already bought some black paper – plan to draw with pastels on it, and started on some prints, but I use polistyren, as it’s easier to “carve” lines in it – all you need is an ordinary pen.) K.

    1. Great! I can’t wait to see! Thanks for the tip on pastels and dark paper. I never figured out pastels. Maybe I should try them again. An addition to my list – oh no! Btw I just started reading “Making art a practice,” by Bennett. I’m enjoying it – you may want to check it out. I’ll check out that other carving material too – thx! 🙂

      1. Thank you for letting me know about one more good book – I’ve already added it to my most important list 🙂

        The other day I noticed that you’d like to try making maps, you might want to have a look at this book first – Map Art Lab: 52 Exciting Art Explorations in Mapmaking, Imagination, and Travel by Jill K Berry and Linden McNeilly

        Meanwhile, wish you loads of inspiration! K.

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