I’ve been fighting my creative mojo lately. And by that I mean I’m fighting to get it back – or at least to get it back on track! I know I’m not alone in this; it’s every creative person’s nightmare. You want to create, but everything you try doesn’t turn out how you want it. Or you just can’t come up with any ideas! What do we do? We channel our inner Dory (you know, from Finding Nemo) and just keep swimming – er, practicing!
When I run out of ‘original’ ideas, I turn to sites that I love. The ones that teach new techniques, show new projects, and encourage. They even urge you to copy them, or as known in stamping, CASE (Copy And Share Everything). One of my favourite sites for watercolouring is called Let’s Make Art. I found it because my stamping friend Susan mentioned it once. Susan only shares her stamping projects on her blog, but I know she loves watercolouring too, as well as other media. (Secret’s out, Susan! Time to share!) Anyway, on Let’s Make Art, you can sign up for monthly Kits, or purchase them individually. If I lived in the U.S., I would definitely order their kits – they include everything you need for a project. However, dealing with exchange rates, shipping and duties – it’s just not workable for my budget. BUT – the awesome thing about Let’s Make Art is that you can watch their videos, and do the project by yourself! They also let you download the image outline (when available) for free – so you don’t even have to draw!
So, with my mind a blank and my creative self frustrated, I downloaded their Hallowe’en Cat outline, watched the video, and then went to work! Here’s the video below, in case you want to watch.
Here is my Hallowe’en Cat.
Is it perfect? No – it’s not even purr-fect! You can see where I need to go back and rework the blue beneath the tree branches, and where my hand smudged some of the ink. But did I have fun? YES, I DID! And that’s what counts.
As far as watercolouring goes, this is pretty simple! You only need two colours, blue and black. I chose Phthalo Blue, because I love it! The idea is to create a sort of ombre effect, except with going darkest at top & bottom, and lighter in the middle.
First, download the image outline of the cat. Use graphite paper to copy it onto your watercolour paper. For the blue, start from the top and work downwards toward the middle, adding more water as you go, to lighten the colour. Next, work from the bottom upwards, doing the same (but better than me!). I found it easier to turn the image upside down, pulling the ink towards you, instead of trying to ‘push’ it upwards. Make sure the blue ink is completely dry, and then colour in the tree with the black.
That’s it! I did a full sized 8 1/2″ x 11″ panel, so the image is quite large. I think that’s where/why I ‘lost control’ on the bottom half; I’m not used to colouring such large images. (that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking with it!). I think I’ll try it again, but this time reduce the image by 1/2 in my copier, and then copying it onto a smaller panel.
TRY A DIFFERENT MEDIA
If you like the Let’s Make Art images, but don’t like, or don’t have watercolours – try a different media! This Hallowe’en Cat would be great done in blended Distress Inks, for example. If you have Brusho Crystal Colours or Ken Oliver Color Bursts, try those out for another different look. Oh, the possibilities! Now I feel like my inner Dr. Suess is coming out!
DO YOU KEEP SWIMMING – ER, PRACTICING?
When you’re in a funk, what do you do to get out of it? If you have some sites you love, please share! If you’re looking for more reference sites, let me know what type (media) and I’ll try to help. In the meantime, I hope that you’ve been inspired to get back your table, and just keep swimming – er, practicing!
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