Lesson 1 on Sketchbook Foundations with Liz Steel starts with the basics.... getting to know your tools. Which makes sense and this time I have kept my tools to a very basic setup. 10 watercolours, a pencil, brush and a fountain pen. Plus an eraser. Sometimes I cannot commit to the line and want to wipe it out. Hopefully I will be able to learn how to draw an ellipse this time around with Liz. Her teaching style is always fun and informative and doing a weekly class keeps me disciplined.
A birds eye view of my desk on this woyww. I am adding some finishing touches to pages from my holiday sketchbook. The sketchbook is almost complete and I am surprised that I was able to fill so many pages while out and about. The next photo is the beginnings of a temple sketch with an enormous ficus growing through the walls and footpath. Starting to work from photos as i finish the last couple of pages.
Next project will have to be Xmas cards and I will be turning to woyww desks for inspiration.
After a wonderfully relaxing holiday in Vietnam I am almost back in the woyww routine. This post is a little loaded with pics of my sketchbook journal pages from the holiday. Promise to only show 4 pages of my sketchbook which hopefully will give you a glimpse of wonderful Vietnam. Firstly, beautiful lotus flowers and leaves. The country was so lush and green with beautiful gardens and trees everywhere.
Quick fun sketch of Ha Noi city streets in the old quarter. I got the city sketch idea from a brochure but what I missed drawing is the electrical wires that would criss cross all over the page.
The landscape was full of paddy fields/terraces, lakes and mountains.
Wherever you went there would be a variety of animals but I was quite taken with poultry. Normally I am the tourist patting the cats but this time I was taken with the chickens who knew not to cross the busy roads if they wanted to live another day.
Taking a sketchbook on holidays was new and definitely something I will do again. A lovely way to stop and really make you look at the country you are visiting.
No crafting this Wednesday as I am flying off for a little break. I leave you with a pic of the birds in our garden, the Australian Rose Breasted cockatoo aka pink and grey cockie. Kitty was very interested but as they made so much noise she decided to stay inside. Have a lovely woyww.
My desk this Wednesday has the left over items from card making on the weekend. Finally got to play with the Magnolias for Her stamp from "Altenew" (US) and Nouveau Flowers from Clearly Besotted Stamps from the UK. When I saw both of these stamps a couple of months ago on a blog I had to track them down. Here are a couple of photos of the cards I made.
Yes you can see my shadow on the card. As per usual I am rushing around and don't take the time to take a really good photo.
Finally a lovely collection of cards from RosA (thank you for the cards and the catch up :)
This weeks SBS klass has been with Liz Steel and we covered teacups and architectural drawing. Well to tell the truth I am still struggling to draw an ellipse and getting those teacups to sit on the saucer with some form of perspective and proportion. My first pic shows the cup and some details that Liz suggests you sketch out quickly so that you understand the cup before you draw. She manages to drink her tea hot while she is sketching and painting! Mine went cold and I went back to using a mug. The next pic has a wide border because I cannot even draw a straight line but in the end it really didn't matter.
Have really enjoyed SBS. All the teachers are wonderful and had such different styles and I learnt lots of tips and techniques. Now I just have to practice, practice and more practice. Not enough time in the day or night. Off to join in on woyww and I promise to slowly drop in and visit lots of desks.