Sandwich’s On My Palette: Watercolor Illustration
My birthday falls on Mother’s Day weekend. If I had planned it, it would have landed somewhere else on the calendar (mainly for my husband’s sake) but of course, our parents never consult us on these types of things. Our names and birthdates are things that are out of our control.
My family was good to me this weekend and I got spoiled with cards, love and a trip out to eat. My son had some leftover balloons from a science project and the littles wrote messages on them and blew them up. When I walked out of my room on Mother’s Day morning, they yelled and threw them in my face. My son had a cup of tea waiting and there were cards sprinkled all around the room. What sweet little people I have!
And what sweet friends I have. My friend gifted me these Kuretake GANSAI TAMBI Watercolor paints . I am so excited to give them a try. I did use them to paint the swatch card but that was it. I think I am afraid of messing up the beautiful smooth surface of the cakes.
My cousin, gifted me these beauties. The book, Imagine a Forest: Designs and Inspirations for Enchanting Folk Art, is full of gorgeous, colorful illustrations. Several tutorials are included as well. I planned on napping the afternoon away but when they came in the post, I skipped my nap because I couldn’t stop drooling over the artwork. I even started one of the projects!
I have always wanted a fountain pen and now I have one! I am planning on using this Lamy AL-Star Fountain Pen in my art to outline, doodle and hand letter. I may even write a few letters with it. It was so easy to use and I didn’t have any issues with assembly or getting the ink to flow.
Hopefully next week, I will have some projects to share with you using some of my new goodies.
In case you are wondering why I have a picture of a sandwich, I thought you might like to see what my son eats for lunch everyday. This is usually his first course, followed by some sort of chips, fruit and dessert. He is only 13 and I have no idea how I am going to feed him at 18 if he keeps this up.
These are the only thing I baked this week, Amish Friendship Bread Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I used sourdough discard, which to my understanding is the same thing as Amish friendship bread starter. They were delicious and so creamy. I didn’t eat the cookies but I did try a few spoonful’s of the batter. Cookie dough happens to be a weakness of mine. I would rather eat the dough than the cookies. Is that weird?
In the Forest Watercolor
I completed a few more pages in my Watercolor With Me in the Forest.
Daily Watercolor Practice
If you remember, last week I started sharing my daily watercolor practice, which I limit to 30 minutes. Sometimes, I use pictures for inspiration and other times I draw from my imagination.
The tiger in the following picture was drawn from this book, The Chinese Brush Painting Bible: Over 200 Motifs with Step by Step Illustrated Instructions. I got this book from the library and it has so many great tutorials for everything from food to animals and landscapes. I am enjoying browsing this book and wishing I had more time to practice everything.
I am finding that I really like painting buildings and doors. More to come next week.
I am joining the ladies for Tea Day today, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Harney & Sons Mulled Plum Cider, 4 oz Loose Leaf Tea. I purchased this tea a few months ago directly from Harney and Sons. There is definitely a lot of spice in this tea but I am really enjoying it. I am wondering if this would taste good steeped in milk, like chai. I may have to try that.
Happy Tea Day,