My 3rd Journal Full

I’ve recently filled up my 3rd journal. Its filled with written journal entries along with watercolor portrait paintings and other things. For this journal I used the portrait travel journal that I brought at Hobby Lobby. Its a perfect size journal that you can take with you every where you go.  Compared to my second journal a strathmore mixed media which is about the same size, this portrait travel journal was much easier to keep open as I work in it. I was hoping to to use my dip ink fountain pen, but it bleed through the paper. Using regular pen was okay. The paper did hold up when I use watercolor.  Sometimes after watercolor dried the colors would sometime stain the paper next to it.  The same thing would happen when I drew something using the Faber castell artist pen.





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.

Retrospective: Reflecting back on 2016

Retrospective

When I first created this blog, one of my biggest goal was to improve in my creative writing.  To challenge my self to express my thoughts into words. Something that I don’t do to well. The toughest obstacles for me in 2016 is writer blocks, what should I write? What would be interesting enough to get my followers to read and to come back to my blog, plus attract other readers. Continue reading “Retrospective: Reflecting back on 2016”

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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If we were having coffee..

coffeeIf you and I were sitting down somewhere having a cup of coffee or tea I would try to avoid bring up the discussion of the presidential election. It would just be a waste of energy. I would bring up how the weather has slowly change here in south Texas. The mornings are little cooler and the afternoon are just fantastic to be out-door. In two days it will be getting darker sooner, yes daylight saving time. That always a drag even though I don’t mind the extra hour of sleep.  It will take a while to adjust, but the hard part is adjusting that will it will be dark before 6pm.

That means less time to get stuff done during the day. Speaking of things to do, it time to get back at job and hunting and maybe finding a holiday job. Just got finished working on a temporary project. Again no progress on the job front. Still wondering what does it take to get an opportunity to gain work experience. Well I try not to let that bring me down. Been busy these past five weeks with inktober challenge. Every day, challenging myself to drawing something using ink only. No pencil, no erasers. It been fun and enjoyable seeing all the talented artist showing their artwork on Instagram.

On the film photography side, still clicking away and have over a dozen of film rolls I need to get developed. All of them taken this year, ranging from terror expo, to siclovia, random street photography, and the girls at PETA. Hopefully will send a few rolls this week to get developed. It feels kind of weird not seeing any of the photos that I’ve taken this year. It even sad not being able to publish anything on my blog. Maybe I should turn to the dark side and get a digital camera, but then that won’t be any fun. Having to see your photo instantly instead of waiting to finish the roll of film and getting it developed. Not knowing how your photos came out and being surprise that they all came out is exciting.

I hope I can do another coffee/tea chat and won’t be a stranger. I pray that things will change for me soon and I’ll have more stuff to write about.

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.

Watercolors

Hello Everyone,

It been awhile since I made post on here.  During the month of July I was participating in world Watercolor month.  My goal was to do a painting each day for the 31 days in July, but I was only able to do 21.  It was fun and a learning experience.  The fun part was interacting with people  via Facebook from all over the world who share the same passion for watercolor.  From beginner to experience watercolor users, everyone showing their skills and creativity.  Am sure everyone learned something new from this World Watercolor month. Here are a few of my watercolor painting that I like the most.