Tips: Getting start with art journaling

Am not the artistic one in my family and just like anyone who starts a new hobby, they are going to suck at it at first. That just the way it is.  I’ve been drawing now for two years and within that time frame I’ve add watercolors and even started journaling.  For most of us it hard to know how to start off or from keeping our self from not getting discourage that our artistic abilities suck.  Let me give you a few tips that can help you along your journey.

First tip, start off simple and keep it basic. Don’t go challenging yourself to do something that is beyond your skill level.  That will only discourage you.  If you must, look up tutorials online on how to draw or paint something.  I do that a lot just to see if there an easier why to draw things.

Second tip, you are going to make mistakes, but those mistake will help you get better.

Third tip, it okay if you want to try other things.  I first started off drawing, but felt I just need to try something new, so I did watercoloring. Now I go back and forth, drawing one day and then watercoloring another or both. That one thing I like about art, there are so many different area you can experiment with.

Fourth tip, practice, practice. As they say practice make perfect. That one of the most important thing I want to stress the most. You must practice if you want to get better. I try to at least draw something every day.  You can participate in one of those online challenge where they suggest different prompts for a month to draw or paint.

Fifth tip, if at some point you get discourage, take a deep breath and walk away from what you are doing.  Take a day or two off if needed.  Learning any new skill can be discouraging if we feel we are not improving or not seeing the results we want.  Once you feel you have recovered, resume what you were doing or discard, and try something else.

I don’t consider myself a great artist nor do I think my art work is top-level, but do know that every day I see improvement. A lot of these basic tips you can apply to other areas outside of art.  Maybe learning how to swim or dance. You have to start off simple and keep it basic.  Then as you learn from your mistake you will get better and see improvement, not making those same mistake again. But to get better you must practice and practice in order to challenge yourself to do something with much more difficulty.

Don’t forget, have fun with it.

My 2nd journal is full

This week, I finally made my last entire in my second journal.  For this 2nd journal I decide to try out the Strathmore 5×5 mixed media hard cover.  I wanted to have something that not only I can write in, but doodle.  Doodle using pen,pencil, color-pencil, or watercolor.  That a must for me, because sometime I don’t have anything to write.  So might as well doodle something. In that case I usually referred to the DNDchallenge that posted on instagram.  The only thing that I had issue with was when I would write on the backside of the pages.  Since it a hard cover, it was difficult to keep it open.  Also am right handed, so my right hand and arm are doing double duty, writing and trying to keep the journal book open.

Now I will try something different for my 3rd journal book.  I’ve been look around at the art stores and seeing what available.  Any suggestions? Here a few photos from my journal.

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Half way done with InkTober

I’ve made it through the half point of InkTober.  Wow! this has been a challenge for me.  For those who don’t know what InkTober is, it a month challenge of drawing only using ink.  You can draw anything or follow the prompts provided, but they must be in ink.

For me the challenge is not making a mistake when drawing. Am still a rookie when it comes to drawing and drawing in ink is a whole different ball game.  You got to be confident that your next stroke with the pen is the one you want.

So for me, before I put ink to paper, I listen to a few tunes and clear my mine. After one or two song,  I do a quick pen sketch on a piece of paper that is just trash.  Just to get an idea of the lines and shapes I’ll be drawing.  Then I go my sketch pad and start drawing awhile I continue to listen to my music.

For this challenge I used the suggested prompts provided by InkTober.  Here are a few of the drawings.

1st week of WorldWatercolorMonth

World Watercolor Month is well under away and the first week is complete.  For me it be fun, but also challenging.  The challenge of coming up with something new to paint each day and to be able to complete it.  I am one who usually take my time, but this has really force to do things on the fly.  Awhile there no requirement that each watercolor painting you do has be done at a specific time and/or submitted, I would like to do 31 watercolor paintings.  I’ve been posting my watercolor painting on the World Watercolor month Facebook page, as well as on my Instagram with the #WorldWatercolorMonth. The best part is interacting with people from around the world, both beginner and experience watercolor users, plus see each other art work. We say that we are connect by internet, but we are much more connected through art.  Here are my watercolor painting for the first week.

If We were having Coffee

Wow! we are already half way done with 2016.  The days are just breezing right by us. Some what scary since I’ve haven’t made any progress on finding a full-time job.  I was working temporary for the past 3 months.  Now am back focusing my attention in finding a job.  Awhile I do that, am still working on my journal entries and exploring the world of watercolors.  For the month of June I did several dndchallenges with watercolors which was fun.  Here are a few, all done in my Strathmore mixed media book:

 

Now that July is here and it worldwatercolor month, I will be challenging myself in doing 31 watercolor paintings.  So fair I’ve done 5 and working on catching up on 6 and 7. It been amazing seeing many other people’s art work from around the world.  People from all ages, skill level and different walk of life.  I will do a separate post of my watercolor painting for world water-color month. If you are participating in this and posting your watercolor paintings on Facebook, you’ve probably already see my first 3.

In the mean time the heat is on here in South Texas and in other parts of the United States.  That means doing any outside activities early in the mornings and staying in the air condition the rest of the afternoon. I’ve cut back on how far I do my morning/afternoon walks, just because it to hot.  It going to be a long and hot July, but I hope I can catch up on reading my books.  I’ve fallen behind and still trying to finish my current book.