Hello sisters in crafting! I am finally back after 2 months of no blogging here at Sisters Craft Cafe. I've been so busy with so many things, new discoveries, family bonding moments, social media, building up my instagram feed and housekeeping. I mentioned housekeeping because it's like a major part in my life every now and then when my 2 toddlers are up and about.
I'm so excited to be able to share with you my wonderful journey through watercoloring and lettering. There's so much art in me that I haven't tapped. I did not have the opportunity to do so in the past because either there's no mentor or inspiration or no money to buy art materials. But as the saying goes, "It's never too late or too old to learn something".
PAINTING WITH GOUACHE & WATERCOLOR
My favorite subject is Flora. My medium of choice is either gouache or watercolor. I like gouache because of its bright pigments and I like watercolor because I can play with it while the paint is wet since it does not dry quickly as compared to gouache. For a start, my favorite brands are Reeves gouache and Symbalion watercolors. I use waterbrush pens a lot because of their portability, but I also own several traditional brushes that I use at home.
|water brush pens|
Here are some of my favorite works using my favorite materials....
I really enjoy brush lettering and I just recently started to incorporate my works in wedding invitations that I design for INKPRESSIVE INVITATIONS. My vision for Inkpressive Invitations and Crafts is that, all of the stationeries will have my original art. Sounds wonderful, huh?
|a practice sheet from INK SCRIBBLER book|
|My recent work|
|my handwriting after a cup of brewed coffee|
I recommend NOT DRINKING coffee when you are about to write, because you can really see the hand tremors, and it affects the strokes.
Perfection is not really my goal when it comes to art so I just embrace who I truly am and what my hands can do. Comparing myself to others won't help and copying won't take me anywhere.
I truly recommend, that if you can't find a mentor who can teach you face-to-face, simply go online and read from the experts' notes.
1. I learned a lot of techniques from LINDSEY BUGBEE of THE POSTMANS KNOCK. She's an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G watercolorist and calligrapher.
2. Watercolor journaling from the best teacher GAY STRATHMORE of WATERCOLOR JOURNALING
3. Lessons by JIM at JIM'S WATERCOLOR GALLERY
4. WHIMSICAL INSPIRATIONS from WALKYLAND by MONIKA FORSBERG
Keep on practicing and doing what you love.