Using a Printer in Your Process | Tuesday Tips

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Art Journal, Tuesday Tips & Art Tips | 0 comments

This is a simple method that can really help illustrators in their process! You’ll need some artwork intended for coloring/painting, as well as a camera/scanner, computer with editing software, a printer, and paper.

After you have created the artwork you want to color or paint, use a scanner to upload the artwork to your computer. If you do not have a scanner, use a camera. Although a high quality camera would be optimum, I think you could do a version of this method with a phone camera! ;)

Once the artwork is in the computer, use an editing software to crop and work with the exposure as needed. I use Photoshop to help me in getting the artwork ready. If your editing program has the capability, you can clean up the artwork by erasing parts that may have had issues or problems.

It’s hard to tell, but can you see the printing on the right hand piece of artwork? Another advantage to this method, (if you decide to print your drawing softer than the original) is that you can add to your drawing or change it without too much problem when you’re coloring it.
Next, decide what kind of paper you want to print the artwork onto. (Check your printer manual to see what kinds of paper your printer can handle.) This is soooo helpful, because if you haven’t already guessed, you can print multiple copies of your drawing! No need to worry about ruining your color work or messing up your drawing …just print it again! :)

I really like this method and highly recommended it! Have you tried this before? How has it worked for you?
(Note: Photos are edited.)

Polly Dolly | Storytime

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Art Journal, Children's Story | 2 comments

Once upon a time, nestled by a beautiful meadow, sat a little cottage. It was yellow–just like lemon pie, with pink sprinkles on top. There was a chocolate covered porch–not actual chocolate you know, but the paint looked like it.

A sweet-faced ragdoll lived there, named Polly Dolly. She kept all sorts of little plants on the porch because she liked them so much. And whenever she found a little bud or blossom struggling in the soil outside, she would dig it up and put in in a little pot so that she could take care of it and help make it strong again.

Oil Painting and Q&A | Wednesday Behind-the-Scenes

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Art Journal, Wednesday "Behind-the-Scenes" | 0 comments

This year, I’ve started to pursue a focus in oil painting with my mentor. It is exciting to continue growing in this area. My journey really started with oils when I was in my mid-teens and I still have so far to go!


Things That Have Helped Me with Oils

Here’s a little list of several things I’ve found that have helped me in using this medium:

– Having a mentor and developing a deeper understanding of the foundation of good art.

– Learning charcoal with my mentor. It’s so neat to see the impact of our charcoal studies. Did you know that studying charcoal can positively affect your ability in oil?

– Using water-mixable oils. (Above picture.) I started out with regular student-quality oils and switched to water-mixable some time ago and it has been a blessing. It doesn’t mean I won’t ever use the real kind again, but for now, I’m enjoying these.

– Using The Master’s Brush Cleaner and Preserver soap! (I got mine from Hobby Lobby.)


Do you like using oils? What things have helped you in your oil studies? What is your favorite art medium?

Q&A Opportunity!

Over the next few days I’ll be available to answer questions you’d like to ask pertaining to oils and oil painting in the comments. I’ll be responding to every comment, so ask away!

Ideas on How to Get Re-Inspired as an Artist | Tuesday Tips

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Art Journal, Tuesday Tips & Art Tips, Various Posts | 2 comments

Have you ever felt discouraged, un-motivated and un-inspired over creating art? Perhaps you vaguely want to draw, paint or create something, but getting yourself excited over it is hard.

Today, I’d like to share with you a list of ideas on how to get re-inspired as an artist. Need some uplift in your artistic journey? Let’s dive in!

Idea #1 – Pray About It

You can ask God, the best Creator and Artist of all to inspire your heart with His Word, guide you for what He wants you to create and give you the diligence needed to accomplish it.

Idea #2 – Encourage Someone Else

Think back to a time when you’ve encouraged someone else with your work. How did you do it? Was it by a greeting card, a handmade print, or a bookmark? Pick someone to encourage and create a little something for them. Just seeing their smile and gratitude could be the little push needed to keep going!

Idea #3 – Look at Other Artist’s Work

This one comes with some caution, since looking at other artist’s work can be an hindrance rather than a help. If this is the case, then I’d recommend taking a break from looking at other artist’s work and focusing on your own for a week. Don’t allow yourself to look at children’s books or look at art in other ways. Try to keep your exposure to other artist’s work to a minimum and maximize your time focusing on developing your own work instead.

Idea #4 – Just Start In

“Just starting in” may be the best thing to do. Find a small project, or an inspiring photo to sketch. One thing that might help is to think of any sort of art project that sounds interesting and inspiring for you. For example, instead of forcing yourself to start into something that doesn’t inspire you, perhaps give yourself fifteen minutes to do anything you like as long it is getting the pencil to the paper, or the paintbrush to the canvas. Get the momentum going and then try riding on it.
Do you have ideas to add to this list on how to get re-inspired as an artist and get over mental blocks? Share in the comments!

Many thanks to Liz Anderson Photography for the picture in this post! :)

A Smile for Your Day

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016 in A Smile for Your Day, Art Journal | 8 comments

Hello, friends! It’s truly been a long time–over a year since I’ve really said “hello” on this dear, dusty, art blog! How are you all doing? I hope to get this website spruced up a bit and start posting a little more regularly. ;) If you have any ideas or wishes for what you’d like to see on here, please don’t hesitate to let me know! Would you like more paper dolls? Art tips? More stories to read? More artwork? Let me know in the comments or send me an e-mail!

Also, an exciting development that has happened recently, is that I’ve decided to start offering an online art mentorship to ladies ages 15 and up! You can check over here for more details!