The Making of a Watercolor Doodle Accordion Book

Today I made it my mission to get out all my various watercolor pans, liquids and pens and doodle up a pretty little accordion booklet for a friend. I wanted to make something bright, colorful, happy and full of personality to send to this friend to give her a happy mail surprise and hopefully bring a smile to her face.

So I started with a 9" x 12" watercolor sheet, cut it in half and folded it in an accordion style. I started just laying down different colors, watched them dance and play across each section. I love seeing how the colors interact with each other when they're placed together in a small area. It's fun to watch the magic happen right before my eyes!

All in all, this project took me a few hours to complete, after I doodled the shit out of each page! I was able to just sit outside with my kids splashing in the pool and doodle with a white Signo pen on each page. I also broke out some of my little text rub ons to put on each page, for something a little different. Truth be told: I totally forgot I even had those little rub ons until I saw them in my stash cabinet! Win!

Hope you enjoy what I did here. I'm thinking I might make a video of my process at some point once school is back in session and I don't have an audience!

A Walk Around in My Summer Gardens

We've been enjoying a lot of outside time this summer. Splashing around in the pool is about the greatest past time these kids have these days, and I love how our "old fashioned" summer is going! It's so nice to be able to just stay home, chill out, enjoy each other's company and not have to be "go go go" constantly. 

It's nice to be able to sit outside with the family, look at the pretty flowers, listen to the birdies singing and just be able to enjoy each other's company! At one point over the weekend, I decided I needed some inspiration for my art journal. So I got up to walk around my yard. I forgot how many pretty flowers we've got growing around here, so I thought I'd share some pics:

Lots and lots of different shapes and colors in both my yard and my flower boxes that totally gave me inspiration to doodle and draw some pretty things in my sketchbook. Wanna see? Check it out:

I'm really into watercolors these days so both of these pages are using a couple different watercolor sets. I'm loving the vibrancy and contrast of all the colors and learning as I go, how the watercolor acts with other colors and with various techniques. That's what my art journal is for: to play, frolic and have fun seeing what happens with each of the elements that I put on the page. Not to care about what the final outcome is. Not to look for perfection. But to just let go and enjoy "arting" with various supplies!

Twinchies and Swaps Make for a Fun Summer

Summer is already nearing the end, and I'm so bummed out about that. We've had about the best summer in forever. (I pretty much say that every single summer!) Lots of sunny days poolside, splashing around, eating lunch on the deck and listening to some cool tunes. Days where we stayed in pajamas all day long, watching movies, shows or playing on iPads. And yes, even the days where mama makes the kids take out workbooks and do them to keep sharp on skills. Yeah, I'm THAT mom. But the kids don't really seem to mind too much, thankfully. 

So I haven't blogged or social media'd with any huge detail since the late spring. Kids and family first, right? 

But I have been doing art projects here and there to keep me happy! Last week, in fact, I just finished up some "twinchies" for an online art swap in one of my art groups on Facebook. 

Do you know what a "twinchie" is? Well, an "inchie" is a piece of artwork that is completed on a 1" x 1" substrate. So a "twinchie" is created on a 2" x 2" substrate. Inchies are definitely more common, which is why when I set up the event in my group, I chose to do "twinchies" so that it gave everyone a tiny bit more room to play with. 

Anyhow, I wanted to share what mine are looking like so far. They're pretty addicting to do once you start, so I've got waaaaaay more than I actually need for the swap! If you wanna trade, let me know and we can swap some art!

Happy rainy Monday!