Saturday, April 1, 2017

What's In My Sketchbook ~ Megan's Birthday Tea Party

The baby of the family turned eight this week! We always make handmade cards for each other; here's my card for Meg.

~ Bridget

Saturday, March 25, 2017

What's In My Sketchbook ~ Fawns

I've been sketching some gentle little fawns today. 
I'm not quite happy with the face of  the first deer. I think his head might be a little wide and too much of the left eye is showing . . . or maybe his eyes are too far apart? 
I'm very pleased with the second fawn, although he did turn out little fatter than the fawn in my reference picture. What can I say? I like chubby animals!

~ Brittany

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mountain Embroidery

I've drawn mountains many times on the covers of  journals and I recently started a painting of mountains, so to cover all my bases I thought I'd try stitching them too!

I'm using a mountain painting that I just started as a guide for this project. The embroidery follows the painting pretty closely, however I did simplify the mountains. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to make the flowers match but I really like how they are turning out!

~ Brittany

Saturday, February 25, 2017

What's In My Sketchbook ~ The Castle on The Cliffs

I've been wanting to dabble with mixed media for a while, so this week I decided to take the plunge with this dreamy castle. 

I laid down watercolors first, added details with colored pencils, and outlined everything in ink.

I love the way watercolor skies look; I can never get that same effect with colored pencils. I painted everything else as well, but only the sky is untainted with the lowly pencil. :)

I used the pencils in two ways.  On the castle I mostly just used them for shading to add nuance.  But I went crazy with the pencils on the cliffs.  The pencils lent a more realistic grainy, "rock-like" look to the cliffs.

The ink outline created strong defining lines which (I think) perfectly convey the strength of this castle and the harshness of the rocky cliff.

I'm so happy with the final result.  It was exciting to see the picture develop and to see how each of these three mediums brought their own unique strength to the final product.

~ Bridget

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