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Origami of the Week – July 30

Lion Image Gallery 2This week’s origami could also be called the lion and the girl. While the lion was made with traditional folding techniques, the girl is more of a paper craft. Her body is made from 2 sheets of coordinating origami paper folded into a kimono, and her hair is crepe paper embellished with a small button.

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Ahooga

Little French CarAnyone who spends any time listening to me talk about art inevitably hears me say the words watercolor pencil. I can’t help it, I love them, they are portable, come in a wide array of beautiful colors, and can be used wet or dry. Anything you can paint with watercolors can be done with watercolor pencils and the results are the same, if you want them to be. My brand of choice is Derwent and I love looking around their website for new products and ideas. Today’s sketch is adapted for watercolor pencil from one of their tutorials of a little french car. Not sure what makes it french, it looks like a 1920’s style truck to me (hence then title ahooga for the fun horn from that era). No matter, it was fun to do and you can see the entire sketch by clicking on the thumbnail.

Materials: 140# Arches CP, Derwent artist watercolor pencils, Niji waterbrushes

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Ruby Take Two

Ruby Throated HummingbirdVery rarely I’ll repaint a subject. I typically don’t do this since I have so little time to paint and I always want the subject to be a “new”. I need to get over this, every time I sit down to paint it’s a new experience. The choice of materials, my mood, the time of day all have a direct effect on the outcome. About a month ago I painted a ruby throated hummingbird, at the time I was going with the more “traditional” watercolor style, this time I used my watercolor pencils and my new favorite brush – the niji waterbrush.

The difference between the two is dramatic, I think my favorite part aside from the level of detail I added is the personality of this little bird. To me he has a look of sheer determination, no one will get near his nectar. OK, maybe I am anthropomorphizing him but it’s my painting so I can :) If you agree/disagree let me know.

Materials: 140# Arches CP, Derwent artist watercolor pencils, Niji waterbrushes

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Origami of the Week

Lotus Image Gallery 2 Image Gallery 3 Image Gallery 4 Image Gallery 5
This is the first of what will become a weekly post on what I’ve been doing with origami. I’m new to this art form so many of the first pieces will be simple as I perfect the skills of folding. Click the thumbnail to see a gallery of recent projects.

If you are interested in trying this out for yourself there are many resources available online. A few of my recent favorites are origami.com and origami-fun.com. I recommend using a bone folder and trying out some different washi papers – traditional Japanese origami papers.

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