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Flashback Friday: Simple Flowers #art #ink #spring

Greetings,

It’s late at night and I just remembered I haven’t posted this week’s flashback post yet. Ugh. I’m tired. It’s been one of those weeks…

On the bright side, looking back in my art journal my drawing of simple little flowers brought a smile to my face and brightened my mood. While I remember not spending  a lot of time on this drawing, I recall that it was simple and relaxing to create. It serves as a reminder that not everything I do in life has to be grand or complicated. Take pleasure in the simple things and even simple drawings; I feel better knowing I have done something rather than nothing at all.

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This entry was inspired by an art lesson from one of my favorite pen and ink artists, Helen Williams. She offers a wonderful ebooks that describes her process. These little flowers were a part of the first few lessons in her book “Flips, Folds, Ribbon, and String“. If you find this entry inspiring be sure to check out her blog A Little Lime for more information.

That’s all I have for now. Goodnight readers, goodnight…

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Flashback Friday: Doodle Flowers #art #ink #mixedmedia

  
So you might have noticed I have been a little obsessed with spring around this time of year. What’s not to love? Warmer winds, greener grasses and all those lovely flowers just starting to bloom! Today’s post shares a little doodle I did a year ago expressing my passion for spring.

Similar to last week’s post, this entry was also inspired by artist Lisa Congdon from her drawing class hosted by CreativebugSketchbook Exploration”. In the last section of her class she explores collage making and adding hand-drawn elements over the top of collage.

My own version incorporates vintage transparent paper which was combined together using acrylic gel matte medium over a light green inked background using Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Once the background was completely dry, I added hand-drawn flowers inspired by Lisa’s book “100 Ways to Draw a Tulip”. For a final touch, I used Derwent Inktense blocks over the top of the pages that exposed all the wonderful texture lying underneath.

It’s nice to break from complicated drawings and let loose by adding simple drawn elements to a page. After all, my journal is for me and is supposed to be fun, not serious artwork intended for museums. I encourage you to check out some of Lisa’s books and classes. It’s always good to find new sources of inspiration. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this entry.

Until next post – Denielle

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Flashback Friday: Spring is Here! #art #ink #spring

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Looking back at this past week it does feel like spring – doesn’t it? Apparently I felt the same way this time last year OR maybe it was wishful thing at the time… Regardless, spring always feel like a welcome change after staying cooped up in our houses all winter long.

Like many critters that roam the earth, we start to come out of our little holes and spread our wings as we emerge from our winter hibernation. Some people go for long walks, while others run. I myself love doing both. Just breathing in that fresh air can do wonders to your mood, lift your spirits and place a pleasant smile on your face.

Springtime is also synonymous with the blooming season. Even now where I work, little stray wild flowers are beginning to poke through the ground with small bursts of color. It is wonderful! I love watching things bloom all around me. I adore even seeing simple grass makes its transition to dull brown to a lush green. With all the color coming alive around me, I can’t help but admire this season!

This entry pays tribute to all things spring; the color, the flowers, the lovey green fields and all the people I see enjoying it. My sketch is inspired by artist Lisa Congdon from her drawing class hosted by CreativebugSketchbook Exploration” . While my drawing is inspired by her class, I infused my own flavor into this sketch by using my own preferred art material, namely my favorite Derwent Inktense Blocks, and added my own twist to some of the hand-drawn flowers. I hope you take some time this upcoming week to look all around and experience the wonder of season. You may become inspired enough to draw or write about it.

Until next post…

Materials Used: Derwent Inktense Blocks, Sakura Pigma Micron Pen, Pilot Parallels Pen, Koi Water brush