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Using a Printer in Your Process | Tuesday Tips

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...

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

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...

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10 Tips for Painting Outside | Tuesday Tips

10 Tips for Painting Outside | Tuesday Tips

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Art Journal, Tuesday Tips & Art Tips | 7 comments

  Painting outside is the focus of today’s post! Whether you’re hoping to capture some of fall’s beauty, waves crashing on the beach, or a brilliant rose blooming in the garden–I hope these tips will inspire you! :-)   Tip #1 – Keep Your Supplies Simple   Keeping your supplies to a minimum can be so helpful! If you’re using watercolors, bringing a sketchbook, small case of watercolors, a paintbrush or two, pencil, water jar and some paper towels should be fine! Sometimes hiking a little could be involved before deciding where you want to paint.     Tip #2 – Contain Your Artwork   Sketch a light square or rectangle around the space where you plan to work. This is a great way to help yourself keep your work contained. Have you ever had the experience where you start drawing something and then end up with not enough space to continue the rest of the dress, tree, etc? After creating your square or rectangle, put some light marks to place things inside of the space. Start with one object. A tree, for example, and use that to guide where you will place your other objects.     Tip #3 – Mix Your Colors   When you begin to paint, try to keep yourself from using one color straight from the pan. (This is if you are using watercolor.) Try to make your mixes at least two colors each.     Tip #4 – Small Jar with Lid   When painting outside, take your paint water (or turpentine if using traditional oils) in a container with a lid that does not leak. A simple canning jar like this one can work well!     Tip #5 – Lean Your Artwork on Something Steady   When painting outside, using an easel, table, or other sturdy object can help in keeping your artwork firm and in place. For a simple, makeshift easel, use a board and lean it against a table.     Tip #6 – Squint and Squint Again   This is probably one of my favorite tips! Squint! When looking at your subject, squint your eyes and you’ll find...

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Practical Ways to Study from Life – 4 | Tuesday Tips

Practical Ways to Study from Life – 4 | Tuesday Tips

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Art Journal, Tuesday Tips & Art Tips | 3 comments

And this is our last post in the series of posts on practical ways to study from life! You can view the Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 if you’d like a refresher on what we’ve already covered! Today we’re going to talk about motivation.   Tip 3: Stay Motivated   If you’re anything like me, sometimes motivation to actually get up and do it can be hard to come by. So in this post I’m going to list some ideas on how to stay movtivated, and then you can share your ideas in the comments!!     Ways to Stay Motivated   – Pray! Make your sketching from life start with prayer. Pray for help in staying consistent, for ideas, for guidance and for inspiration.   – Look at Other Artists’ Work Carefully select some artists that you admire and be inspired by their artwork. It is a good idea to ask one of your parents to help you make your selection. (Your parent can protect you from inappropriate artwork.) Study what the artists do and ask yourself questions as you study. How did they create the leaves? What kinds of brush strokes or pencil strokes did they do? How did they handle the lighting?   – Get Connected with Other Artists Find some artists that you can get connected with and share what you’re working on with them. Ask if they’d like to share on a regular basis and perhaps decide on challenges to complete together.   – Become Accountable Commit to doing a sketch a week and have someone hold you accountable to see that it gets done. You could even start a mentorship with an artist you admire and ask them for advice, assignments and guidance in your work. What are your ideas on how to stay motivated? I’d love to hear...

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Practical Ways to Study from Life – 3 | Tuesday Tips

Practical Ways to Study from Life – 3 | Tuesday Tips

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Art Journal, Tuesday Tips & Art Tips | 2 comments

And we’re onto our third part of the Practical Ways to Study from Life series! If you’d like a refresher of what we’ve already covered, you can view the Introduction, Part 1 and Part 2. Today’s tip is a fun one!   Tip 3: Try New Things   This tip is to encourage us to change things up with how we study from life! Instead of always using a sketchbook and pencil, we can use other supplies in our studying, which will provide variety in our work.     1. Change the Pencil! Here are some fun options of other things to use besides a sketchbook and pencil! – Charcoal – Colored Pencils – Markers – Chalk – Watercolor Paint (Draw with a brush) – Crayons – Pastels   2. Change the Paper! Here are some other “paper” options instead of using a sketchbook! – Pastel Paper – Bristol Paper – The Sidewalk (with chalk) – Cardboard – Scraps of Wood – Whiteboard – Chalkboard   3. Change the Subject! Here are some ideas of subjects to study! – Draw the light coming in a window in the morning and it’s affect on the table and floor. – Draw the food sitting in the pantry or on the table and arrange it in a creative way. – Draw a special toy in a new environment. – Draw a building near you, but only draw a section of it. – Draw quick sketches of trees when riding in the car. – Draw a stack of books on top of something unique. – Draw a pot of soup on the stove, but do it from above, so that the soup can be seen. What ideas do you have for ways to try new things when studying from life? I’d like to hear...

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Practical Ways to Study from Life – 2 | Tuesday Tips

Practical Ways to Study from Life – 2 | Tuesday Tips

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Art Journal, Tuesday Tips & Art Tips | 2 comments

And we’re onto our second part of the Practical Ways to Study from Life series! If you’d like a refresher of what we’ve already covered, you can view the Introduction and Part 1! Today’s tip is foundational to growing in our skill of studying from life!   Tip 2: Be Consistent   Have you ever dreamed of doing something amazing? Imagined what it would be like to accomplish something beautiful and great? Isn’t it interesting how those dreams never seem to come true unless we do something about it? And that sometimes (depending on what it is) it doesn’t happen in a timely manner unless we’re consistently working towards it? The last post emphasized “doing” it: actually studying from life, and this post builds off of that, by emphasizing the need to be consistent.     This is a reminder I so need right now! It’s one thing to sporadically do it, but it’s another to be consistent at taking time to study from life! Would you brainstorm with me? Here are some ideas of ways to study from life consistently, and I’d like to hear your ideas too!!   Ways to Study from Life Consistently   – Set aside ten minutes a day to draw from life. – Do your ten minutes next to something that you already do consistently. (Like after lunch.) – Keep a sketchbook in your purse, so that wherever you are, you can snatch a few moments to sketch from life. – Use a calendar to check off the days when you study from life. – Find someone to do it with you. – Have a parent, sibling or friend keep you accountable. – Post a “study from life” sketch on your fridge each day for the family to see. – Leave your ideas in the comments!! I’m looking forward to hearing...

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