Hello my lovely crafty friends! I have been making a few things lately and today I would like to share with you some of those things. It is going to be a lot of fun with drawing flowers for an open card. Mostly. But there will also be some art journalling and mixed media art piece I have made. Let’s get to drawing flowers first.
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I’ll be honest – I am terrible at drawing
It’s not a secret that I LOVE paint sticks – you may have noticed that already. I love the way they work on paper, blend, shimmer and sparkle. But I also love experimenting with different media, just to see what effect it makes, how two things work together… This is what I really enjoy. And I love using stamps, stencils, inks, paints and all sorts of crafty stuff. But when it comes to drawing, and I mean freehand drawing, I am just horrible.
I find it a bit easier to draw something when I try to copy an image, I can look at all the tricky bits and just try to copy. With various results. But this is not the kind of drawing I would like to be able to do… Not to mention drawing flowers! I think drawing flowers that look good enough is a real thing – I admire many artists who create floral artwork with watercolours, acrylic paints, or any other way. I watch videos of those creations and I am gobsmacked how easy it looks. But when I try – it’s a disaster! With no image to look at, my drawings don’t even resemble flowers…
Drawing flowers – I gotta figure it out
Being one stubborn crafter though, I always keep trying to figure out a way to make something look my way. And I always keep trying until I can create something I don’t feel bad about. You may think that this is nothing new as not so long ago I made a post on drawing roses with inks. That’s true, roses turned out lovely and I loved how it turned out to be a really simple technique, I used it on a few occasions.
But roses are not the only flowers, right? With the spring and summer flowers in mind I wanted to figure out how I can draw various flowers myself. So finally, after going through a few different techniques like stamping with paint sticks I showed in this post I finally managed to work out a way to make my hand drawn flowers look GOOD. I mean, really GOOD. And I am so excited about it!
Art journal – the way to feel free about creating anything in any way you like
I started with an art journal page. I have made, I think, 14 art journal pages so far (and almost made 10 more, LOL) so I consider myself a beginner. When I got to creating my first art journal page I wasn’t sure what was right and what was wrong in art journalling. I was looking for some rules – and I loved the definition I heard in one of the videos. It was – roughly – that art journalling is whatever you want it to be, no rules nor limits to your creative journalling. That encouraged me BIG TIME! I had to try. And I loved it! There are so many techniques to learn and so much inspiration!
But today I am going to show you my two latest art journal pages. Both pages show drawing flowers and you can clearly see a kind of evolution – every attempt is a bit better than the previous one. This only confirms that practice makes perfect 😉 and that I have a lot of practicing to do! 😉
So here it is – the first attempt:
I think it is OK for a beginner’s art journal page but it is not the kind of flowers I meant.
So I took a new journal and a new blank page and tried again. I was being a bit cheeky and stamped the flowers gently. Just because I wanted to have a rough idea of the shapes. I used a pale black ink pad and didn’t press the acrylic block hard, just touched the paper. The paint sticks covered the stamped lines easily. Then I painted the flowers and finished it with some outlines.
And I finally got to use my new cutting dies from Tonic Studios! Yay! They were part of my prize won in a giveaway on Instagram a while ago and couldn’t wait to make something special with them. I used Tonic Studios Wings & Things Damselfly & Dixie Wings Die Set and Wings & Things Fae & Pixie Die Set. I cut the Fae and coloured her with… well, guess… PAINT STICKS and watercolour pencils. And mounted her on the page with some foam pads for dimension. She was a perfect match for the garden style flowers I managed to draw! That big flower was just perfect for her to sit on. And I think the whole page needs a bit more work but it is fun to play with and I will surely make a new version one day 😉
After practicing drawing flowers over the stamped ones I tried freehand sketching. It was quite easy now that I knew the precision is not that important. Well, see for yourself – here is my video of the process:
The flowers look quite nice, don’t you think? Not a totally-photo-realistic kind of drawing, but a rather artistic one and that’s the look I am happy with. For now at least. I can now improve this technique as I know I don’t need to stress out about precision. Especially at the stages I considered very hard. So definitely I will work on that 😉 And I encourage you to try – it is fun, it is easy, it is very forgiving. Particularly when using PAINT STICKS and Elegant Writer – remember: they react with water!
And finally – The Fairy Die set
I have one more piece to share with you – made with Tonic Studios Cutting Dies – not using the technique but using stamps and a background that’s been lying around for ages… I coloured the fairy the same way as the one I used on the art journal page – with PAINT STICKS and added some glitter paint. And I realized it was a bit too big for a card so decided to make a picture of it – for framing maybe… mounted it on an A4 hammered card.
I hope you enjoyed this little lesson – learn along style 🙂 If you want to see more of my paint sticks techniques videos – you can watch the videos in other posts or visit my YouTube Channel – don’t forget to LIKE & SUBSCRIBE 🙂
See you soon 🙂 xx