Watercolour and ink

I’ve been experimenting with watercolours and fine liners lately.

With the lockdowns and fading light, photography has become more and more difficult. I love being creative and wanted something I can do in my house, on my own, whenever I have a spare moment.

I’ve been exploring these two media, both very new to me. There is so much variety in the art store – it’s difficult to know where to start!

Experimentation

So I started by drawing and painting the same thing, over again, using different pens, brushes and paint mixtures, to see what I liked.

Once happy with a technique, I then reproduced it on watercolour paper (more expensive than the cartridge paper I was using, so not for experimenting!)

I used a size 4 brush for this. It has a lovely fine point so I can use it for some finer details as well

Digital art

I first created the dandelion in Procreate on my iPad. I then wanted to see what it would look like painted.

That’s what I’ve been up to lately, and some drawing.

Have you learnt any new creatives skills lately?

Take care,

Michelle

My finished pattern design

I finished my first repeating pattern with Anne LaFollette’s mini course!

I’ve learnt lots about Adobe Illustrator, and I’ve come realise I want more! I can see how big this creative program is and how it is the programme used in the graphics and illustration industry.

I going to have to invest in it, as I feel not using it is now a step backwards, away from my goals for my creative business.

I’ve got one more lesson left on the mini course, ‘saving work’. But I want to continue creating patterns and illustrations.

What next?

I’ve started watching Bonnie Christine and signed up for another mini course with another pattern designer.

Anne’s academy course sounds amazing, but I’m not ready to invest $1000! A bit more research and development is required before I invest that sort of money!

Teaching yourself pattern design

I’ve started Anne LaFollette’s pattern design mini course, ‘From Doodles to Dollars’. For day 1, I created sketches to use in a pattern. I drew them on my iPad Pro using Procreate and Apple Pencil. Anne works on paper and photographs her sketches to digitise them.

I took inspiration from my daily walk in the woods with my dog and baby boy. I collected leaves and berries to sketch at home. I find it much easier to sketch what is in front of me than from memory.

I have started with simple shapes, Anne says we can always get fancier later!

Having already taken Anne’s course, ‘From sketch to wrapping paper’, on Skillshare, I can see this is the same course spilt over 5 days.

The design is created in Adobe Illustrator, I have downloaded the free trial to have a go. It is over £200 a year to buy though, and I already pay for Photoshop and Lightroom so I think I will just a play with it for now.

I’ll upload what I’m creating on the course soon.

Take care,

Michelle