You probably didn’t think that scribbling was an art, or even needed to be taught.
Well…let me surprise you…
Once I saw Julie Johnson’s scribble art, I knew I had to jump at the chance to take her first online class, through Jeanne Oliver’s creative network. Julie and I had been in some online classes before this, and I have always loved her work. I knew this would be awesome…and it was!
My first drawings of the class…contour and continuous line drawings were the first assignments. Love the looseness of the line, and learning to hold the pen farther back (less control, but more scribbly!)
I had to do a few self portraits…trying out different papers and different pens.
I worked quite a bit in my old abandoned Moleskine journal…
It is starting to fill up with continuous line drawings… I was sitting out in the backyard one afternoon, just enjoying the birds, cats and drawing exercise.
The point was, just care about the lines, and not picking up your pen…not about accuracy or perfection. Boy, was this fun!!! AND relaxing!
It was so much fun, I thought I would try more faces…so when I went to spend the day with my mother in law, I took my art supplies with me, and chatted with her, while doing continuous line faces, from portraits I had found online.
I kept going…and going…
I embellished this one…quite a bit! She looks like a character from Cirque du Soliel!
Profiles are tough for me!
And this one was drawn from a photo of a Marie Antoinette doll.
From our engagement photo…oh so many years ago, when we looked so young!
It is safe to say, that I am now a bit addicted to continuous line drawing!
This was the toughest assignment yet…Directional Line…all drawn in ONE DIRECTION…up and down…no hatching or cross hatching. This was H. A. R. D. It took a lot of discipline to stay focused on up and down lines!
Here’s a drawing I did while I was on the phone…trying to keep my lines loose, in order to try more scribble art…
Telling a story…with scribbles. Micron pens and white gel pen, in my moleskine journal
This is what was on my lap…a pillow, my iPad, my journal. And in my hand, a Micron pen.
Then I took the drawing slowly into the “scribble zone”…making loose circular and swirling motions with the pen.
It takes some practice to let go…
…and just keep going. I went a little wild with the scribbling. FUN!
So many scribbles… I am getting the hang of this now….
…and I just love the effects! This is a Micron pen, with added purple Stabilo fine line pen on top. And at the very last, a white Sakura gel pen.
And THIS is my favorite drawing of the class (so far!). I bought four Copic fine liner pens to try them out. I DO love them. This is drawn on 8 1/2 x 11 inch Neenah cream colored Bristol Vellum drawing paper. THIS is what I wanted to achieve by joining the class. Julie was an AWESOME teacher…SO many videos! Enough for a month long class! I haven’t even done all the assignments yet, but I have loved every minute of it. I am learning to love pen and paper…two simple drawing materials, that look sooo lovely together.
I LOVE TO SCRIBBLE!
Even on my iPad.
I used the Pen and Ink app and a simple micro fiber tipped stylus to make this portrait. VERY cool!
If you are on Instagram, check out Julie’s drawings and paintings. They will inspire you! Her class is still available. She is an awesome teacher, with a big heart! And so passionate about art and drawing and scribbling!
I have a feeling there is way more scribbling to come!
Besides lots of drawing and scribbles, I have painted too! Mostly for friends and family.
Anniversary Sunflowers – It is kind of a tradition now, that I paint sunflowers for my friend every year (though one year, it was Jane Austen characters instead)
I painted four sunflower paintings at the same time on my easel. I used a painting by Monet of a bouquet of sunflowers…zoomed in, and used the placement of the flowers as a reference for painting these.
Three of these are now available in the Etsy shop.
I painted waterlilies too…for my sister who loves Monet’s paintings. I’ve missed painting these…the colors are very calming, and I find painting waterlilies very peaceful.
I had an idea earlier this year, to paint Mt Fuji for a friend of mine.
I have always loved Hiroshige’s views of Mt Fuji, and learned he did 36 of them. I have also loved Hokusai’s The Great Wave, which also features Mt Fuji in the distance.
So, I tried my own version… a 5 x 7 inch acrylic painting on gessobord, of Mt Fuji and Blossoms. I even found the Kanji script for the word “Japan” and included that in the upper left corner. I gave it to my friend, just as she was about to leave for a visit to her mother’s homeland…Japan.
This same friend, was kind enough to carry these works of art to my sister and her family in Thailand.
Hmong Beauty – 5 x 7 acrylic on watercolor paper (something lightweight for carrying so far)
For my niece in law, that I hope to meet one day!
Thailand Beauty – 5 x 7 inch acrylic on watercolor paper
For my sister…so far away
And for my niece-in-law’s sisters. 4 x 6 inch gouache portraits with lots of color.
Sometimes, I have to get away from the normal things I love to paint…to get out of my comfort zone. I saw something similar on Pinterest, and decided to paint a rock Minion, for my friend.
Hardest painting YET!!! It is tough to paint on a rock! I used all surface craft paint from Michaels. About $1 a bottle. Rock…free, from my yard :-)
And last, but certainly not least…are the little kitties that have adopted me and my backyard for the last two months.
Thunder and Bolt
When I am taking a break from art, and need to stretch, I love to go outside and play with them…and sometimes I catch a very silly face, just by accident!
If a cat can laugh…so can I :-)