What Do You Swap? : Daily Art Practice


Couch Talk


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.


Recipe Swap


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.



Tea Day



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,


20 thoughts on “What Do You Swap? : Daily Art Practice”

  • Awesome art today-yours and your daughter’s I enjoy a good food blog once in awhile. i started following a cast iron cooking group on facebook recently
    Happy T and new week

  • Your daughter is quite talented. I hope she doesn’t get discouraged by some careless thinking art teachers along the way. Keep encouraging her so she doesn’t lose interest.

    Goodness. That is a beautifully drawn Winter Salad. Ironically, I am hoping to generate interest in a swap for our 10 T Tuesday anniversary coming soon. Any suggestions on YOUR part would be gladly accepted and appreciated.

    Your tea sounds good and I am really drawn to loose leaf tea over tea bags, too, Thanks for sharing your daughter’s drawings, your gorgeous recipe, and your tea with us for T this week, Kate.

  • I agree that the expressive faces your daughter drew are just wonderful! I appreciate that you have shared them.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  • Your daughter’s sketching is awesome. I love the face on the carrot, and the little girl is just adorable. The watercolor painitng of your salad is beautiful as well – what a great idea to combine it with a recipe. Happy T day, Kate.

  • Oh your daughters sketches are fun. I particularly love that happy girl; she is jumping for joy! Have a great t day Kate. And keep drawing. You have some wonderful drawings even if you don’t think you have that much imagination. Hugs Erika

  • Beautiful artwork by your daughter. I agree that she has lots of imagination. I remember when my son was a preschooler, he never forgot to include eyebrows when he drew faces. Lovely and colourful drawing. This salad recipe sounds interesting and tea sounds delicious too.
    Happy T Day!

  • I’m going to try and comment again. Last week it didn’t seem to work.
    Your daughter’s drawing is great. I love how she did the eyes, looking at a particular direction.
    And your recipe card is amazing! So beautiful! Do you physically exchange? or is it online only?
    Happy T-Day,

  • YOur winter salad looks very colorful, I like the idea of swaps but I rarely participate in them because I don’t like adding deadlines to other things going on in my life.. Your tea sounds interesting, one I haven’t tried.

  • Your daughter’s drawings are so cute and charming. I can see she would love the Kawaii Kitties book. Your Winter Salad recipe card is gorgeous. Happy T Day

  • Thats so lovely i’m not sure i’d want to swap it i’d want to keep it.. lol kate.. I put in an inquiry for your bracelet.. I’m hoping they find it. Theres been no up date since Jan 15th.. which tells me it is running late.. but then no update from there.. so i don’t know.. Hope we find it.. Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  • Wow, your daughter has such talent and imagination, and I think that she must get that from you as you are an amazing artist 😊. I love the expressions on her drawings. The way you painted the winter salad recipe is so beautiful too! Happy T Day wishes! Hugs Jo x

  • Kate, you are first this tea day! Your daughter’s artwork is wonderful. How proud you must be of her. Of course, she is taking after her mom. I loved your recipe page. What a great idea for this month. Happy T Day!

  • Your daughter has drawn some great expressions on her characters. I love that you shared the colouring. Your recipe looks great and the illustration is excellent. A very belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

  • Hi Kate, sorry I’m late again. RL got in the way, I love your daughter’s drawings and you can see that she thought about perspective etc -how old is she? I also love your recipe card for the swap. I use watercolour paper for all my journals and use Unipin fineliners for all my writing and they work great on watercolour paper – they are fadeproof and waterproof and come in multiple nib sizes. Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx

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