My First Art Journal Page

I don’t doodle and I don’t Art Journal.  Not bad going for someone who likes to paint.  I have an A4 sketchbook that I use to roll excess paint from my roller when printing on the gel plate.  I thought it might eventually be useful for collage.

Art329It was my husband’s birthday yesterday.  We don’t do presents or cards anymore.  I glued a gel print into my sketchbook and started writing.  Then I scanned it and printed off my ‘card’.  I’m quite happy with it.  I might do more. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

Getting Out of a Funk

I am not totally out of the Doldrums yet, but I think the wind is starting to pick up.

The next thing I am going to say may not be entirely professional of me, but I have my reasons and I think you may forgive/understand my predicament.  I am temping somewhere I have been before.  There are times when the role can be very busy, but the rest/most of the time it is as slow as a tortoise.  As my pay is at the minimum wage, so are my duties.  Basically, I just answer the phone and deal with queries and take messages.  I am qualified and capable of doing more, but I am not being paid to do more, so I don’t, and I haven’t been asked.  In the meantime, in-between answering calls, I look at world news.  World news is quite depressing.  After a couple of days of catching up with The Guardian Online and BBC News, I start to get depressed and angry.   So I started reading art blogs.  Reading art blogs cheers me up and because I can’t make art at work, I get inspired to make art at home.  Remember, I am NOT a doodler.  I don’t doodle.  So, no art at work!

Reading one blog has led me to reading another, and since I have free time I have been reading the blog from back to front.  I am in year 2009.  I am currently reading Carla Sonheim’s blog.  I just love her quirky style.  While reading her blog I remembered something.  I remembered that I also heard of her from a blogger I follow, Jill Kuhn.  Jill has been doing some of her online classes.  Jill also has a quirky sense of humor that I love.  While looking at the free stuff on Carla’s blog, I came across a tutorial that I knew I could do and thought it would kick-start me into getting me out of the Doldrums.

So, I got out my watercolors.  Right?  I didn’t think I would see them anytime soon, but I do have so many pretty colors.  If you don’t have watercolors, you can use ink or add water to your acrylics.


I just followed the tutorial that I will have a link to at the end of this post.  The one on the right I made with the end of a Romaine Lettuce.  I know, the dog usually gets it but he stole a burger from the counter and so I painted with it instead.

I think these actually look better scanned than in real life.  I used pencil in the first and last one and colored pencils for the middle one.  I used Gamboge for the first and third as a wash and a pink for the middle one.  I didn’t do any erasing as I quite like the dark areas of pencil.

Things I learned.

  1. I might make fewer marks to start with.
  2. In saying number 1, I might not make so many lines with the back of my brush after painting on the Gesso and use the pencil more.
  3. It might be a good idea to look at some flowers first to work out some other shapes.

The most important thing that happened was that I got excited about what I was doing.  I was following a process.  Sometimes I need someone to tell me what to do. (Don’t tell my husband that though!)  In following someone else’s process, I learned what works and doesn’t work for me.  I also discovered a cool way to make lily pads!

If you want to try this yourself, visit Carla’s website here.  Thanks for stopping by!


I am in the Doldrums

The Doldrums is an actual place (2).  I am in a different Doldrum place.  I am in 1 and 3.

noun, ( used with a plural verb)

a state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art:

August is a time of doldrums for many enterprises.

the doldrums.

  1. a belt of calms and light baffling winds north of the equator between the northern and southern trade winds in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
  2. the weather prevailing in this area.

a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits.
Number 2 looks like this:
boat-2137770__340Although it looks pretty, it could be deadly.  No wind, no movement, no nothing and is where the phrase being in the Doldrums comes from.  There is no wind in these sails and no one is going anywhere.
I have been under the weather since the start of last week.  I even had to take a day off of work it was that bad.  Even though we had some lovely weather over the weekend and I had plenty of light, I was too tired to do anything.  I don’t have my mojo.  Although I feel marginally better, I still feel flat.
My new contract is easy and I have opportunities to catch up with the news on the internet.  I can also read art blogs.  I need inspiration.  I have gone off printing and feel I need to paint.  Something pretty would be nice.  So, I am going to try something different.
I will let you know how it goes.  In the meantime, you can find me in the Doldrums.