What Do You Swap? : Daily Art Practice
For Christmas, my daughter asked for a blank journal so that she could sketch, like me. We found one at Dollar Tree and she brought it home and instantly started sketching. My husband encouraged her to write the date on each page so she could track events and progress. The other day, she brought this page to me and asked me to color the carrot and the strawberry. I colored them in with marker, but everything else is hers. I told how much I loved the expressions on the faces of the fruit. And how well she did on the perspective, making sure the pant leg is shorter, on the leg that is in the air. I love how she pulls these ideas and characters out of her head. Frankly, it makes me a little jealous that she has SO much imagination and KNOWS how to express it on paper. I have would love to say I have a creative imagination, but I draw a blank when it comes to putting it on paper. I am hoping to discover some of that freedom this year. Freedom to dream creatively and put it to paper even if it means making bad drawings. We will see what happens.
Sometime ago, I started following the Instagram account of Lori Christensen. She hosts a recipe swap twice a month and I was inspired by the beautiful recipes that she posted. I decided one of the ways I was going to challenge myself this year, was to participate. For the month of January, we are focusing on a green food. I chose this delicious Winter salad recipe that we had several times over the holidays.
I started by sketching my image in pencil, applying masking fluid to leave white highlights and copying my text with a Micron pen. The pen was a bit of a challenge on textured watercolor paper. I may need to find an alternative writing instrument that has waterproof ink. I then continued adding layer after layer of watercolor.
I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Nspire by Numi Organic Tea Silver N Spice. I love that this is white tea, so the flavor is mild, but in my opinion, the spice is the best part.
What types of swaps do you participate in?
Happy Tea Day,