Saturday, February 1, 2014

Still Sketching

So far, I've been able to run with my creative goals this year to sketch or make art at least 3 times a week. Last year, the Artsy Ants really helped me with their weekly challenge called "Sketchy Sunday", but since they are not hosting it this year, I needed to find something else.  Recently, I stumbled onto "The Sketchbook Challenge" on the blog of the same name. 

This month's theme is "Sketching with Collage". Inspired by some of the ideas on their blog, I came up with this piece on winter trees.  The background is a purple and yellow watercolor wash, and the snow is modeling paste with white acrylic paint. The trees are sewn into the paper using a tapestry needle and embroidery floss. 

I've also been Zentangling with Erin at The Bright Owl. It's a great stress reliever at the end of a busy day. 

And dear Jack Hamm of Drawing the Head & Figure has continued to mentor me as well. Been practicing drawing elbows and things . . . 

I have also been crocheting and knitting. My first scarf ever turned out well. That is, until my daughter decided to use it as a jumprope and ripped a huge hole in the middle.: )

I also made this winter headband that she has been using as a neck cowl. You can find the free pattern by Ruby Faye here

The only one of my creative goals that I haven't been able to work on is the text for the children's book. I have to figure out how to make time for that. We have winter holidays from school this week, so maybe I will get to it soon! 

Or maybe I just have too many creative goals for this stage of life.: )


  1. There's so much you've been able to accomplish! I love that you're exploring different techniques as a creativity outlet!