These first 3 were ordered by a returning buyer for her kids' teachers for Christmas this year. This sweet buyer lets me choose the color scheme and design for the signs. So for these three I based my color scheme on the ribbon I would use on the side. See if you can spot my inspiration ribbon on each one.
I've put a couple of sets of tags in my ETSY SHOP. These are so fun. I made bunches of them last year and tied them to bags of candy to give to friends and neighbors. They were a huge hit and made a simple gift (candy corn mixed with honey roasted peanuts--it's yummy, try it!) look more fun and festive.
I'm a list maker. Lotta lists. To Do lists, grocery lists, Things I Don't Want To Forget lists. Inevitably I end up doodling on those lists.
This was my To Do List for yesterday
I also doodle on meeting agendas (basketball booster club meetings can get really boring), church programs, my kids' school notebooks...if there's paper around, I'll probably doodle on it--with a ball point pen.
Sometimes the doodle is something I want to keep for later reference. Who knows? It may end up a painting or an Art Journal page someday. (The girl with the balloon in my To Do list above became the inspiration for my Art Journal page yesterday).
I've had these loose pages lying around EVERYWHERE for quite a while. But today I decided to consolidate. (This is only part of them!)
Notice 99.9% of the time it's people. People are my favorite things to draw.
I cut around all the little characters and lettering I had lying around and some edge designs I tried out and I glued them into My Idea Sketchbook. This is where I turn when I need inspiration. I got three pages out of all my little doodles.
I kind of love seeing them all together. Now the next time I'm feeling artist's block, I'll just flip to one of these pages and let the ideas flow.
This page was fun and frustrating. It had it's moments where I didn't think it would make it.
The first thing I did was draw my little face...which originally looked like this. (More on that in a minute). This pictures also shows you the difference between the finished face (bottom) and one that still needs the details added (top). The details--strands of hair, shading on the face, cleaning up the lines--really make it pop.
I then cut out her dress. I painted clouds on a book page and then outlined them with a Micron pen. And then I cut them out.
Okay, so now I had all the elements ready for the page. Now to prepare the page. I squirted out some blue and white acrylic paints onto the page and smeared them around with an old credit card and with my fingers.
Once that was dry, I placed things where they would go and marked where I needed to paint the hands and legs. This image makes me laugh. I love the floating, dismembered body parts.
Then I put it all together and it looked like this...for about 15 minutes. And then I decided that I just didn't love the face. It wasn't working for me at all.
The little quote on the side says "She was holding on by a thread." It seemed quite perfect to me.
SOOOO....I cut out a new face and had to get it to fit just right. It felt weird gluing it right on top of the first face, but there was no other way. And so now I have about 3 other little faces that didn't fit but may be used somewhere else later. And in the end I'm really glad I simplified the face. It just seems to fit better with everything else going on on the page.
I took sort of a different approach today. I had several head sketches hanging around and a few ideas I wanted to explore so I worked on 4 different heads at the same time and then waited to see which one "spoke" to me once they were done.
The one with the dark brown hair was my attempt at a Day of the Dead type girl. I don't love her. In fact I loved her much more BEFORE I added all the Day of the Dead stuff to her. I may re-draw her and just do her without all the design on her face, but keeping the flower petals around the eye.
The orange haired face is headed for a little Halloween page I think. I had to cut off her long eyelashes, but I'll be adding them back on once she has a page of her own. I see her with a witch's hat.
And the short haired blondie is based (loosely--you know I don't do perfect likeness) on Kaley Cuoco and her new short haircut. I watched The Big Bang Theory Last night. :)
But in the end, the little pink haired sweetie and I bonded today so I created a page just for her and her little yellow bird friend.
I've had those little scrap pieces of paper doily hanging around ever since my art class girls did PAPER ANGELS last December. I knew I wanted to use them for an Elizabethan type collar and this face was perfect for what I had in mind. She's a little bit 19th century clown, a little bit Alice in Wonderland, and a little bit Marie Antoinette. How's that for an interesting combination?