Perfectly Imperfect Lines

I used to be afraid to use markers or ink pens. The black lines were so permanent compared to pencil lines I could easily erase and fix. I thought the lines had to be perfectly straight, circles had to be perfect curves. That’s not easy to do! Even though I was afraid of ruining myContinue reading “Perfectly Imperfect Lines”

To add ink or not to add ink? That is the question.

I have to admit, I sometimes don’t know the right answer to this question. Most often my style is to work in watercolor and add details in ink. But sometimes I hesitate to add the ink details. When I think about, the occasions where I question adding ink, are when I’ve added a lot ofContinue reading “To add ink or not to add ink? That is the question.”

InkTober recap

Participating in InkTober was a great motivator. I got into the habit of working daily which was great. I didn’t follow the prompts but worked on what inspired me. I held off on adding Watercolor to my ink sketches, but towards the end I gave in. And purely by chance I got to meet theContinue reading “InkTober recap”

Happy Halloween!

I remember when the kids were so little, I worried they would wobble off the porch when someone opened the door for them. After 15 years of trick or treating, this was the first year that even the youngest didn’t need me to tag along. Not only did I stay home, but it was my oldestContinue reading “Happy Halloween!”

Overlay designs to create a new design and a pattern

I recently came across a watercolor painting I did in pinks, blues and yellows. At the time I was trying to paint abstractly. The other day for my InkTober challenge I drew Montauk daisies, which are in bloom in the yard. I immediately thought of that watercolor and thought it would be cool to overlayContinue reading “Overlay designs to create a new design and a pattern”

InkTober inspiration

9 days into InkTober and I’m going strong. Some of my sketches I’ve been proud of, some not so much. Some days it takes a while to figure out what to draw. The reference photo above is from Mollie Makes, a creative magazine I love. I find the magazine inspiring even though I don’t sewContinue reading “InkTober inspiration”

What a difference a challenge makes

Today I grabbed my sketchbook when my son and I left to visit my mom. I never would have thought to bring it, if I wasn’t trying to draw everyday for InkTober. By the time we arrived at the beach the sky had cleared and it was beautiful out. We walked barefoot in the sand, putContinue reading “What a difference a challenge makes”

Inktober

I’m participating in InkTober this year. Jake Parker created InkTober in 2009 “as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.” Learn more and see the official InkTober prompts here. It starts Saturday, October 1st!Continue reading “Inktober”