Monthly Archives: September 2012

Raspberry Journal Page

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It is officially fall and with that the season for berries is coming to an end. I thought it would be fun to capture the last bit of summer by painting a raspberry and get some practice with “quickhand” writing. Basically quickhand is a way to rapidly record ideas in a journal or sketchbook. The letter forms are streamlined so you can work fast without sacrificing legibility. I’ve chosen to wrap my notes around the shape of the berry. My style is a bit of a hybrid as I’ve mixed capital and lowercase letters in the words.

Cheers!

Kelli

Alphabet Soup

Week 10 of the “Drawn and Decorated Lettering” Class

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This will be the last post from my adventures in the watercolor lettering class. It has been a wonderful journey, not only have I learned about hand drawn lettering but I was able to fill in more of the gaps in my watercolor knowledge. The ten weeks have flown by and I am excited to continue with this new skill.

As the title suggests, this project is all about combining different lettering techniques. An underlying theme of the class has been to include a sense of whimsy in our pieces. With that in mind I chose the first line from Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit. I first sketched my interpretation of Peter holding a carrot from Mr. McGregor’s garden. Then I added the words around Peter. Once I was satisfied with the sample I transferred it to my watercolor paper. At this point I should mention it is a good idea to recheck your saying just to make sure nothing has been copied incorrectly. It is very easy to get caught up in the design and not realize a word has been missed. If you do miss something (like I had) you can use your kneaded eraser to fix the omission.

After triple checking my work, I inked the rabbit and letters with a waterproof micron pen. I left one word and the punctuation uninked for variety. Once the ink was dry I painted the letters then removed some of the color from the top of each which gives them a gradient look.

For those of you who are interested in learning how to hand drawn and decorate letters, there will be another class in November. Check it out, I highly recommend it!

Cheers!

Kelli

“Crazy Quilt” Lettering

Week 8 of the “Drawn and Decorated Lettering” Class

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I’m not sure what the best name for this week’s project is but it has been referred to as a “crazy quilt” style. When drawing the letters of your quote, saying, song, etc. you force all of the words to fit in a predefined area. In most cases you will have more words than space so in order to make everything fit nicely you can stretch, squish, and twist the words. What this does is give you fun pockets to add drawn embellishments.

While I love creating art and have a fair number of creative moments this type of lettering caused me a fair amount of head scratching in the beginning. I must have tried a dozen sayings before realizing that the best solution would be to do a simple design (my own Occam’s razor). I wanted a saying held special meaning for me which is Joseph Campbell‘s “Follow your bliss.” The embellishments are objects that lead me to my own creative bliss – pieces from the natural world in this case depicted by leaves, insects, and an owl. I finished the design with a stylized sun to show that if you follow your bliss you will find happiness.

Cheers!

Kelli

Artichoke

Artichoke

I think every cookbook I own or have owned over the years has recipes for cooking artichokes. There are myriad steps entailing more time than I have the patience for and although the end result is very tasty I prefer to draw them. There’s something about the pink-violet and green color combination that just looks so lovely.

Materials: Strathmore drawing paper, Faber-Castell Polychoromos and Prismacolor pencils

Cheers!

Kelli

Barn Owl – Graphite Drawing


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The barn owl (Tyto alba) is one of the most widely distributed species of owls and one of most widespread of all birds. Unlike other owls, barn owls do not hoot, they make a type of shree scream. They were often called “Demon Owl”, “Death Owl” or “Ghost Owl” by many rural communities and were hunted because they were thought to bring evil. Today the barn owl is listed as an endangered species in several states. I prefer the ancient Greek mythology where Athene, the Goddess of Wisdom, was so impressed by their great eyes and solemn appearance that she made them her favorite creature. Today the owl is pictured on the Greek 1 Euro coin.

No matter your beliefs, the barn owl is a majestic creature. It’s other worldly aura lends itself so well to a graphite study.

Materials: Strathmore drawing paper, Derwent Graphic and Mars Lumograph pencils

Cheers!

Kelli