Saturday, March 10, 2018

Morning Mosaic #12 - Step by step

Slowly but steadily I am catching up on the morning mosaics I have done so far as part of my daily morning art practice. As I am writing this I have just finished number fifteen.

My morning art has become a bit like my journaling. I try to do it every day, but it's okay if I skip sometimes, since I know I will get back to it the minute I can. When you are forming a habit that is a lot harder to do, but now it's just ingrained in my system, so I feel way more relaxed around my daily art than I did in the beginning. And like journaling I miss it when I don't do it and feel like I have missed weeks when it's usually only a day or so. It now no longer really feels like something that requires discipline, it's just something I do.

Anyway, here is mosaic number twelve, done in nine sittings in the early morning, usually right after getting up and right before breakfast.

This is one of those paintings where I think the way it looks halfway is probably more interesting than the end result. I really like images six and seven. But I have a hard time leaving anything white when I do these and I do like the final version as well. I think it would make a great wall made of small tiles, or a huge blanket made of pieces of soft fabric. :-)

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my morning art process and I wish you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Getting to know a new box of pencils

Every year at my work there is an end of year bonus. I put most of it in a savings account to pay for trips and vacations (and repairs and unexpected expenses of course), but I always try to invest in some sort of art material as well.

After having gotten the full collection of Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils a few years ago and loving them, I decided that this time I would invest in their watercolour pencils, the Albrecht Dürer brand. They are exactly the same colour range but water soluble, so they are perfect to combine.

That's a 120 pencils!

Good quality (and rather pricey) art materials fresh out of the box are both breathtakingly beautiful and somewhat intimidating. I am a big believer of getting the good stuff and using it, even if you don't make masterpieces, but that doesn't mean that I don't have to swallow a few times as well before I pick up such pristine supplies and put them to paper.

The best way to get over this and get to know the colour range is simply to play with them, swatch colours and make some art. I decided to use sections of the box in the order they came in and do some colour gradients. In pattern form of course!

These were done in an old Moleskine watercolourbook, A4 size. It took quite some time to finish these, since you colour first and then wash them with a brush and water to really make the colours come alive. It means I had to go over every square or triangle twice!

I don't know if you are familiar with them, but these pencils remind me a little of the Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons in the way they respond to the water. They are more intense and therefore actually a bit less like watercolour than the watercolour pencils I already owned, but I sure do like them. I like the velvety finish they have and how pigmented they are and also how well they dissolve in water.

By doing these gradients I also get a good peek at the range of colour in the box and also: colour in general just makes me happy.

All in all I am very content with my new purchase and I'm sure I will enjoy this box for many years to come.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

All the little squares

In my never ending love of grids I am most surprised by how I still keep finding new ways to work with them after several years of play and experimentation.

Lately I have been inspired by a more pixel like approach, where I colour in every little square separately and let those form a pattern or abstract drawing. It's an experiment that started in my journal (which I will show you in a later post) and that has now found it's way into my favorite grid drawing sketchbook: the Molesekine XL Squared notebook.

Here are some drawings that I recently finished:

Colouring in every little square seperately makes these even more slow going than my usual grid drawings. One of these can take about five hours of work. I hardly ever finish them in one go, but they do keep me occupied while I listen to my favorite podcasts and they can be comfortably done on the couch. I may have a studio and a second worktable downstairs, but nothing beats art on the couch!

Hope you liked this peek into my sketchbook and this new approach to grids and wishing you a wonderful and artsy day. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Morning Mosaic #11 - step by step

Every morning when I get up one of the first things I do is go to my studio and do my morning art. Just half an hour in my sketchbook before I move on to my day. Together with my journal it has become a daily practice that keeps me sane. I have a very busy mind so focusing on either shapes and colours or just words helps me to keep things in perspective. It is my form of meditation and as a bonus it brings me colourful pages and filled up notebooks, which makes me happy.

Here is a step by step of a page in my current morning art sketchbook, which is all about watercolour mosaics. This is mosaic number eleven.

Every picture represents a thirty minute session, so this one took about four hours to complete. I really like how this one turned out and  wouldn't mind a quilt or something made with this pattern. :-)

Hope you enjoyed watching my process and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day.

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Second Leuchtturm (a journal)

When I looked back through my blogposts to see when I did my last journal post I was surprised that was three months ago and was about the end of the first Leuchtturm journal. In that time I have filled an entire journal of which I have shown you nothing yet! So I guess you could say I'm a bit behind on my journaling posts.

So today I want to introduce you to the Second Leuchtturm. I liked the Leuchtturm 1917 notebook so mucht that I immediately started another one. The only difference is that this one is has squared paper instead of a dotted grid. I actually like the dotted better, but I wanted a light blue book and they don't seem to make those anymore so I could only find a squared one.

Here you can see the Second Leuchtturm next to the first filled up one. This is obviously before it was used.

Anyway, today I will show you some spreads from the first 80 pages of this book. The book has 250 pages, so there are more posts to come about this journal.

These Leuchtturm1917 notebooks are somehow perfect for my style of journaling, which is basically like a travel journal of everyday life. They are not perfect in themselves and I would never advice anyone to use them as an allround sketchbook for instance, but for me they are a perfect match. I have a feeling this will not be the last book of this kind I will use as a journal.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into my journal and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day.
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