This past week's lesson was brought to us by the lovely and talented Joanne Sharpe! I took one of Joanne's classes a few months ago at one of our local stores. It was a full day class where we explored all types of writing and journaling exercises. I had a wonderful day and came home with lots of ideas.
True confessions...I adore Joanne's work, but I struggled with this week's lesson. I really don't like my own handwriting and find that I can't come up with more than two ways to make letters! LOL! I mean by that statement that it takes too much brain power for me to think of more than two "fonts!" **giggle** I'm a person that likes to just start flinging paint and see where it takes me...this type of art takes more thought and planning. However, I enjoyed the process and was happy with the final result.
I started my piece by first using a regular pencil to lightly outline my letters and flowers. I then started adding my watercoloring (I did really enjoy watercoloring...I love watercolors!). I used Peerless watercolors for the coloring. If you've never used Peerless watercolors...you NEED them! They are watercolor papers...easy traveling, just pack up a few pieces of paper, and easy to use.
Once all of my watercolors were dry, I went over all of my pencil lines with a Fude Ball marker. (Yes, I did watercolor the flowers before outlining in black) This allowed me to change some of my lines, to add thicker lines to my large faith letters, and to add more detail to my sketch. (Most of these flower designs were taken from Joanne's book...they are not my original ideas...only the layout is my design)
The bulk of the work was in the outlining and adding of details. I added lines to the flowers, some doodling around the letters, the black and white patterns (love that!), and the black and white dots, which I am obsessed with adding to many coloring pieces! I also used Copics to add a hint of shading to a few of the flowers.
The quote on my piece is also from Joanne's book...I love that she included two pages of quotes in her book that you can use on your own art...what a great idea!
Overall, I did enjoy creating this piece, even though this is not exactly my style. I really appreciate Joanne's work and think she is wildly talented. I'm hoping to become more comfortable with writing as I'd like to incorporate some of her lettering styles into my art journal pages. I also really enjoy this type of high end doodling when I'm on vacation. We tend to camp quite a bit and bringing along a sketch book and a few pens/markers is a great activity in the evenings or to do with the kids.
Now we're on to week four of our Life Book challenges...can't wait to see what's next!