Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CREATIVE TUESDAY!

*HELP!!  I CAN'T LEAVE ANY COMMENTS FOR YOU TODAY!!  I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON, BUT KNOW I WILL VISIT EACH OF YOU WHEN I CAN!!!

I love Creative Tuesday!!  It is a type of sketchbook challenge that happens every other Tuesday.  Our host, Mr. Toast, gives us a prompt to do with what we wish.  Now, I am a paper crafter, through and through.  NEVER have I had a sketchbook, or if I did, I turned it into an art journal or something.  But, I found this site, somewhere?  and I thought I'd give it a try.  I am so glad I did.  I am actually doing work in my sketchbook, that actually resembles drawing!!  No dimension, no wicked fancy pictures, just drawing the only way I know how.  And my progress has been slow and steady, but I feel like I have accomplished a big feat!!  With each new prompt, I feel I think of a way to make it work.  TOTALLY outside my comfort zone.

And the people there are so kind!!  They are wicked awesome artists, but they still have a kind word for the "newbie".  It really is a lovely group.  You just have to click on the link above and check them out.  You will be happy you did!!

This prompt was Trees.  Well, even I can draw a tree!!  But how do I make it better, different, make it my own.  Here is my take.
I started off with my Derwent water color pencils, and drew the tree, and some lines down to show the bark, and some branches on top.  hmmm.  blah.  What to do???

I let it sit for a week, thinking.  Then, I had my idea!!  Some doodles in the bark!  Yes, this is good!  But, the doodles were too light.  So, I went over the WHOLE TREE with my India ink markers.  Much better.  Now, how to make leaves.  I can't make a million leaves, that would look dumb. Hmmmm.  AHA!  Samp circles all around the top!  I got a foam stamp that was the perfect circle, and stamped it with 3 different inks. Nice!!  But, it is still empty.  Circle bushes!!!  And some grass with a green marker to bring it together.  Now, it just looked like a few circles.  How do I fix that?  Some brown doodles!  Like the branches that would be inside!!  A few squiggles for good measure and done!!

BUT, I couldn't stop.  Spray ink was calling my name.  "spray me Daniella, you always use spray ink, we need you".  I was unsure, so I took the picture without spray ink, then sprayed one type of spray ink on it and it had like no color (although it was called evergreen) and made my ink run!!  ACK!!  Thankfully I keep a heat gun at the ready, and I was able to save my ink from running too much.  So, I tried a different spray ink, and it worked wonderfully!!  I am not going to tell you which ink was the bad one, and which ink was the good one.  I just don't roll like that, bad mouthing  one company.  It doesn't matter really, right?

I think I like the no spray ink one better, but the ink did fill in the top of the tree, and the splashes on the white paper do add more depth.  What do you think?????

Thanks for visiting and reading my 12 page story!!  I just always have such fun with these sketchbook pages, I can't help but tell the whole story!!

Enjoy the other fabulous artists!!  And say hello to Mr. Toast too!!!

24 comments:

  1. Hello Daniella,

    Well, this is awesome! I can see it on fabric, hint, hint, hint...:o)


    ~ Gabriela ~

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  2. This tree is really cute, Daniella. :D

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  3. Very cool! I especially like the stamp-circle leaves and bushes. It's exciting to read the process behind the work.

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  4. I love what you did with this tree! It's so much fun with the doodley trunk and the curly branches. I do the same thing sometimes; scan my picture before I try something scary that might ruin it. :) Sometimes I like the before better and sometimes the after. But you never know until you try!

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  5. Very cool. I like doodling bark myself and have done a few zen doodled trees. The stamped leaves are great. Very creative!

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  6. oh this tree looks great!!! love the texture you achieved!!!

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  7. I really love the fact that you are stepping outwith your comfort zone and having fun. Isn't that what this should always be about .... having fun?!!
    This is really cool with the doodling.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  8. I love how you created the leaves! It is just so cool with the circles! This design would make a great greeting card! Love, love love it! :-)

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  9. How fun to read how this page came along, and it truly is wonderful!!! I think the spay ink was one step too much, it's still amazing but I like the one without the spray better. And the leaves/circles are such an awesome idea!!!

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  10. I too enjoy seeing how these entries come about. For some reason I let CT creep on me and not have something ready. Got to get busy. Great job. Dani.
    QMM

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  11. very creative tree, you've really made it your own.

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  12. Wonderful! I love your story of how it came about. I agree with you about these challenges making us ectually draw. Beautiful colours as well, you should be very proud of it.

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  13. I love the doodles in the barl and how you did the leaves and bushes, great piece!

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  14. I couldn't leave a comment this morning so now I think I can now, I love this tre it looks like a quilt,, lot of work,, I love it!

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  15. hi
    the same thing happened to me today!!! why is blogger so frustrating...it's 6 pm and this is the first time i have been able to leave comments....so annoying...
    BUT your tree is so cool! I love the detailing on the trunk and the circular leaves! awesome - xo

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  16. How very cool! I think this is my very favorite thing you've done so far!

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  17. I'd like to send you a picture of the owl cookies - they are pretty darn cute and would love to link to you and feature a picture of your inspiration owl. Leave me a comment and I'll send it via email.
    Lisa
    theenchantedoven.blogspot.com

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  18. I love hearing (and seeing) the process! Your doodled bark is so cool and the addition of the circles for the leaves... I think it really makes it!

    xo
    Kristin

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  19. I love your tree! It looks so fantastic! X

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  20. Tried to leave a comment yesteday...hope it works this time.

    Love your trees, the texture, the colors, the creativity ~ What a delightful piece, just made me smile from ear to ear.

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  21. "no wicked fancy pictures, just drawing the only way I know how. And my progress has been slow and steady,"

    Daniella, you know, this PERFECTLY captures what CREATIVE TUESDAYS is all about. It's about getting out of one's comfort zone (if not having drawn before) and just having fun with it, getting in touch with one's right brain creative self. nonw of us spend enough time there so I do beleiveflexing out brain muscle allows us to think creatively in other areas too.

    You did a great job here. I LOVED reading the process and am so glad you did what you did. It works great. Really, fantastic job. Love the bark, the sponge circles, etc. TY so much for pushing yourself and writing this up for all to enjoy.

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  22. Wonderful! And I loved being a part of all the steps along the way.

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  23. I love the tree. It's very whimsical and playful. Beautiful and fun art.

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