Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What a difference a black outline makes

When adding watercolour paint to my patterns (they're not doodles, I always think of doodles as something you scribble on a piece of paper while talking on the phone, or in class while pretending to listen to a teacher, not something you do on purpose), my outlines fade a little bit.

It's amazing how retracing those outlines with a black pen will make the colours pop:

Monday, August 29, 2011

More colour

I am learning more and more about colour and colour combinations and why certain combos work better than others. Youtube is a great source to learn more about colour theory, and it doesn't have to from be videos on painting and mixing paints only.

This lady shows how to work with a colour wheel and certain combinations in flower arrangements. Here she is explaining anagolous colours:


One of the lessons in Alisa Burke's Watercolor Bliss is to look at pattern and colour.

So I've been doing this, for days:

I forgot how much fun colouring in is! There's a meditative quality to just doodling and then looking for a nice colour combination to fill in those doodles with lots of great colour. ....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Watercolour Wednesday; a review

When I started Alisa Burke's Watercolor Bliss course, I felt I needed some new paints. I am very much part of the 'these supplies are too good to be used on nothing important'-club, which I know I shouldn't be, but hey, it's an excuse to buy some goodies, right?

After some searching, I found the Koh-i-Noor 24 pan stacking set.

The set is tiny, fits in my hand, but the colours are amazingly vibrant. I tested them by using the colours straight from the pan, and then adding more and more water as I went along. I really liked the results:

Then I tried them out even more, pairing colours together, seeing how they looked.

For what are considered a school supply, I am happily suprised by these paints. The colours are vibrant, they mix really well. The set is small enough to throw in your bag for on the go arting, and does not take up a lot of space on your desk (space is a huge issue for me at the moment!), and they don't cost the earth.

This Koh-i-noor 24 pan stackable set gets a thumbs up from me!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


OK, so I didn't post any more Week in the Life pictures. I'm not sure if I'm going to. There's tons more pages and now that the project is over, I'm a bit bluhhh about it. I might just do a flip-through video of it all.

But this is my favourite page of the whole week and I wanted to share it here. I had so much fun taking these pictures and the page itself really stands out in the rest of the book:

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Week in the Life - Wednesday and Thursday

Here are my A Week in the Life-pages for Wednesday and Thursday:
The day starts at midnight, so the first picture is usually that of my alarm clock, so you get to see what time I go to bed.

On Thursday I decided to take notes throughout the day and then refer to the pictures:

A Week in the Life - Monday and Tuesday

I first heard of 'A Week in the Life' at 23.30 on Sunday night, a whole 30 minutes before the week would start. Not that much time to get things organised, but hey, I had a book, I had my Pogo printer, so I could get started.

Unlike most of the people doing this A Week in the Life-project, I'm not a scrapbooker, and I was doing this project every day at the end of the evening. From what I can tell most of the scrapbookers took notes and pictures throughout the week, and are now starting on their scrapbook pages.

When I first started doing my pages, something was off:

The pages needed PAINT! So I spent every night giving the pages a colour wash before adding pictures and words.

Much better! On Monday night I also spent a lot of time adding my DIY tape, and carving journaling spot-stamps for me to use throughout the book. I stamped a few pages and put them into a new pocket I made at the back cover of the book, so it was all in one place and ready to use.

So here we go, A Week In The Life, the pages for Monday and Tuesday: