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I made stuff again! Watercolor inchies, sewing kit, wrist pincushion, sketchbook cover, bookmark!

I made stuff again.  After a long, dark time.  I made the inchies a week ago, and I made the sewn things last night.  I haven’t posted my sewing/crafting projects here before, because I kind of stopped crafting when I started doing the art, but now I’m more into the craft than the art at this time, so I’ll be adding that to the blog.

The first thing I made was these inchies:

I made them for a swap on  They are Yarka watercolor on Stonehenge paper.  It was good to paint again.  🙂  (If you are new to the word, ‘inchies’ are little pieces of artwork that are just one inch by one inch in size, and people do them in all kind of media.  They’re harder and more fun than they look…or at least, than they looked to me when I discovered them!  And they are even harder to photograph!)

Last night, I finally fired up the sewing machine after months of disuse.  First, I made a needlebook/hand-sewing kit to carry around with me, mostly to the couch, to do hand-sewing and embroidery-type projects.  I designed as I went, and it’s a very simple design that of course took me way too long to work out on the fly.

Then I wanted a matching wrist pincushion, so I did that on the fly, too, and it also took me way longer than it looks.

The little pincushion on top is velcro’d on and I can detach it.

I’m going to make a strap for my sewing machine to strap it there sometimes, I think.  But that fabric is just tiny scraps, so I don’t think I have enough to do a matching one.  I want to make a sewing machine cover, apron, and thread-catcher, too.

Lastly, I made a cover for my new sketchbook out of drop cloth.  I call it, “Overcomplicated Primitive,” because once again, rather than go safe with a light cotton and turn the seam allowances in and all that, I had to adapt my usual easy pattern to leave the seams raw.

Not that big a deal until I had to fit these double loops in just right,

so that when I put my mechanical pencil (.9mm point) in them, they hold the book shut.

I also made a little matching bookmark to tuck into it.

I’m having so much fun sewing again.  🙂  It’s exciting to be enjoying *anything* again this much, and it feels so good to be ‘up’ enough to make actual stuff.



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Watercolor Seascape

I got up before everyone else this morning and sat in the chair looking at the view we are leaving in a month.  I decided to get brave and do a watercolor of it.  I started with watercolor pencil, which really helped me get my shapes down, but it turned out way too light, so I painted over that with regular watercolor paint.  It’s 9 x 11 on Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper.  I feel it captures the peaceful feeling I had this morning, and I am realizing that my own art is about capturing the energy of a moment, rather than its details.  So I’m pretty happy with it!  I don’t like working in a spiral though, I’ve decided.  I have some pre-cut 8 x 10 watercolor paper on the way that will be fun to experiment with instead.



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Sketchbook Product Pages and Scribble Faces

I have also been doing sketchbook pages!  See, I’m really not a slacker.  All the time.  In every way.  So yeah, anyway, Jerry’s Artarama sent me some free acrylic guoache paints to try out with my last very big order, so I did!  They are Turner Acryl Gouache, and they gave me a red, a yellow, and a blue.  They are FUN!  For one thing, they dry almost instantly after you lay them down, which makes for some interesting experiments for someone who likes spontaneous abstracts.  (Me me me!)  For another, their pigments are very vivid.  I will have to look into some other colors to try.  And no, they didn’t ask me to review these (please please please, art stores, send me free stuff to review!) and I am not getting compensated.  I just got free stuff cuz I have ordered so much stuff lately.  Here are the spreads done with them:

The page on the left above is mixed media, acrylic watered down with glaze added, water soluble graphite, yellow neon poster paint marker from Sharpie, and fuschia India ink.  The page on the right is more Turner Acryl Gouache.

I also played around with my new Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils on the right of this one, and did some more scribble sketches on the left:

I also did a mixed media page with the India ink and white acrylic paint:

And two pages of abstract watercolor experimentation:

Those are actually what made me want to try the larger watercolor paintings.

And hey, I’m totally going to count my scribble sketches as my ‘catch-up’ faces.  Heehee…now I believe I’m only 2 behind.

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New watercolor paintings!

I am not a slacker!  Well, okay, I kind of am and kind of ain’t.  I haven’t done my faces.  And I obviously haven’t posted in several days.  But I have been painting like crazy!  For one thing, I’ve been experimenting with larger abstract watercolors, which I have found to be quite challenging.  Here are my favorites:


8 x 10 watercolor on Stonehenge.

8 x 10 watercolor on Stonehenge.

5 x 7 watercolor on Stonehenge.

7 x 5 watercolor on Stonehenge.

I have done some acrylics, too, which I will post in a post of their own!

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Faces # 18 and 19, Sketchbook pages

I drew the continuous line drawings for these faces about a week ago, then painted them the last couple of days.  # 18 on the right, Blue Woman, was a laborious painting during a bad night.  I like the way she FINALLY turned out, but I didn’t like how much I had to work and re-work her.  I was cut-off from my flow, and I felt it.  But doing the blue side opened a bit of flow for the red side, which came more easily and also, fittingly enough, represents more of how I was feeling.  I think I was afraid to let it out in my art, so I tried to make the blue woman pretty, but when I started painting the red woman, I saw my feelings manifest in the paint.  It happened, like the best art always does, rather than me making it.  I like her.  These are done on the Sketchbook Project pages I hand-tore to size and will go in the Sketchbook:



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Face # 17 – Vampire

This isn’t one of those sexy, True Blood or Twilight vamps, but when my line drawing came out looking a bit Bram, I went with it.  I actually wasn’t yet depressed when I painted this, believe it or not, and had a total blast:


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Face # 16 Zombie

I’ve been doing art, but also been climbing my way out of a depression so not interacting with others, so I haven’t been posting it.  Now, I am not into zombies like so many are these days, but when my line drawing turned out too pretty and boring, I decided she really needed to be one.  So here she is.  I am going to gift her to just the right zombie-lover, so if that’s you, let me know.  🙂  She’s about 7×10 inches on hand-torn Stonehenge:


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