Summer Garden Art – Ink and Wash

Summer Garden Art – Ink and Wash

Location

This summer I was fortunate to take a week off to visit some good friends of mine who live on the Sunshine Coast in west British Columbia, Canada.

Their delightful home is perched high on a hill with sea views that overlook the local bay.

This is a wonderful spot to observe sailing boats, cargo ships and cruise liners navigating up and down the coast.

We also spotted hawks and eagles.

In early evening, the full Moon rose from the east, climbed high and bathed us in shimmering light that danced across the water and set the scene for a perfect moment.

Garden Layout

Due to the rugged terrain, the front garden has deep lavender and cone flower terraces supported by tons of bedrock underneath.

The house is perched right at the apex of a rocky outcrop.

After a 3m wide terrace, the back garden falls off at a steep incline plunging to the lower garden level below.

Water Restrictions

Due to the incidence of forest fires and a lack of rainfall in the area, there are stringent water restrictions in place during the summer months.

This means that you can only water with handheld hosepipes or buckets for two hours each day.

Therefore, this garden must contain chiefly indigenous plants which can survive these dry hot conditions and those which can make it through the harsh winter snows that may accumulate up to two feet deep.

Because of the natural terrain, the back garden is particularly interesting with a walking path that winds throughout.

Looking with my artist’s eye, I decided to draw a plan view of this garden rather than to select one part to draw.

Garden Plan View

I created the sketch for the plan view from the terrace by lightly drawing the outline shape of the perimeter fence and the outside walls of the house.

I later realized that the garden is not actually square, but it’s a bit more of a rhomboid shape and that the house has a few more ins and outs than I had in my sketch, but in general, there are two rectangular shapes, the fence and the house.

Pen

With a 0.1mm black pen I lightly sketched the main features of the garden.

First, I drew the terrace round the back, the gates on either side, the pathways and the rough hewn stone steps to the east and west.

Seating Areas

Next came the sitting areas of which there are several.

There is the main terrace seating area, the Hummingbird café bench, the lower-level intimate chat section on the path, the main stage forum in an emerald glade of fine grass and finally, a few steps up from there nestled a garden chair in the solitary meditation area.

Along the wall I sketched in some of the massive external boulders as this garden was basically hewn out of bedrock.

Large Foliage

Some of the trees and plants are quite spectacular.

There is a gigantic wisteria on an espaliered fan just at the top of the terrace which I drew first.

A colossal magnolia tree with extra-large blooms dominates the scene right down in the main valley, but still visible from the house.

Around the corner to the left, is a delicate rose garden still under development.

A hardy white grape vine cascades over an aging trellis arch at the top of the western staircase flight.

Against the back boundary grows a towering clump of bamboo which eagerly shot up this summer.

Hard Landscaping

A sun-kissed covered seating area is fondly called the Hummingbird café for obvious reasons.

The guys have hung feeders and the birds flock in.

Down at a section which I think is called the “globe theatre glade” had been erected several vertical poles all around the circle.

This provides a strong statement area.

Topping each post are stylish multi-colored garden lights which can fluctuate from white to colored, warm or cool at the flick of a switch.

To have a wonderful area in which to gather on warm summer evenings is no doubt a serene place where the imagination can soar.

Raised Beds

The folks had strategically positioned several raised beds and grow a striking selection of herbs and vegetables including some immense tomato plants.

Pumpkins cascade out of terracotta pots to seek the warmth and light.

This vegetable heaven is over towards the east of the property, so on the plan view it is represented with oblong boxes.

Overview

Once I had laid down on the page the main hard pathways of this drawing, the key seating areas and some specimen plants, I was ready to fill in the rest.

I took my time in the core section and found different ways to illustrate distinctive plants.

Now this really is me using my artistic license as there are many component bushes and trees thriving in this area.

Perspective

For most of this drawing I used plan perspective which means the viewer is looking down from above.

Plan view lays things out very much like a map.

For a lot of the unknown shrubs, I use the plan viewpoint where I just plonked the leaves on the page, but in some cases, I employed elevation perspective where I created the side view of the plant in its position.

This combination technique adds visual interest to my illustration.

Wildlife

A vast number of birds are attracted into the garden.

The hummingbirds came in their droves.

I saw blue jays for the first time in my life.

Chipmunks popped in and out of the shrubbery busily collecting snacks, peanuts and seeds.

Many chickadee birds fluttered in the trees and around the bench where I was.

As I sat on the terrace with my sketch paraphernalia, a chickadee bird swooped down and landed on the top edge of my sketchbook.

To start with I didn’t realize what it was and I let out a scream that had the household running as I leapt to my feet.

I soon realized it was a cute little two-inch wild bird.

I settled back down to my sketching and five minutes later another chickadee, probably the same cheeky one from before, landed on the toe of my flip-flop as I relaxed, legs crossed, sketching.

This time I kept my cool as by now I was an expert outdoors woman and not just a city slicker.

Evolution of a Garden

I had visited this enchanted garden last year and although the main features were in place and all the hard landscaping had been done, back then the plant life itself was quite a wilderness.

In the year I have been away, the owners have really labored to clear a lot of the vegetation to bring forth specimen plants that were there, but could not be seen.

By the sweat of their brow, they felled dead trees and cut back countless brambles and blackberry bushes to let the light in and which allowed lower growing shrubs to have a fighting chance.

Gardens, obviously, are living things and that they continue to evolve, whether we pay attention on not, is a natural wonder.

I look forward to witnessing how this well-loved outdoor space will develop in the future.

Watercolor

I had my traveling art field sketch equipment with me as I don’t like to take too much art stuff when I go away.

My minimal drawing kit included:

 

 

Side Note 

As I have recently been getting into colored ink work, I really wanted to take my tinted inks with me, but it was totally impractical to lug twelve small glass bottles of quick-stain ink my bag.

The thought did cross my mind and then I let it go…

Paint and Wash

After breakfast I set myself down on the back terrace with my field drawing equipment.

My water pen had some liquid in it which I prefer rather than a jam jar of water.

Mixing olive green and yellow ochre, I put two drops of water into the khaki pan and two drops of water into the mustard-like pan and with my paintbrush slowly stimulated the paints.

Then I mixed the two colors over on the paintbox lid palette.

I thinned the colours down substantially by releasing drops of water into my palette.

I’m really working with microscopic amounts of paint here with only one or two teaspoons of each color.

Painting

I started coloring the stone steps to the east and west and some of the main boulders with very light watercolor wash

Ensuring to let the pigments dry and to not work on adjacent colors that were still wet, I pushed on.

Lightly washing the shrubberies in different greens, I developed the plant life in the garden.

It was a scorching day around 28C and the paint was drying quite fast.

I turned to the large stones with some yellow ochre and a dab of sepia brown.

Once the boulders were dry, I mixed up a slightly deeper carmine red and added light shadows nestled below and to the left of each rock.

Adding shade again breaks from the plan view to the elevation view, but this is a piece of art, so that’s why I did it.

I believe the combination of top and side views created additional interest in this artwork.

Area Names

The owners have some fun and quirky names for the different zones of their garden.

Where I could remember some of the words, I wrote them on my drawing.

Reflection

I did enjoy creating this artwork.

Although it is not correct as an architectural drawing or even perhaps a garden layout drawing, it is a perfect sketch representation of this wonderful and magical garden.

As my friends continue to pour love, warmth and energy into their property, it will no doubt mature, blossom, bear fruit and become a garden of anybody’s dreams.

I feel honored to have shared some time with them in their wonderful uplifting outdoor space.

Thanks to my friends for their exceptional hospitality and openhearted spirit.

I simply loved being an aspiring artist in their welcoming haven.

 

If you have are still with me this far in, then thank you for sharing part of your day with me.

Love,

Alison

 

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Aspiring Artist Activity

This activity is to draw an artists impression, or illustration of your backyard.

If you don’t have the luxury of a garden, find another natural space which you like to visit.

Landscaping

  • Sketch the perimeter fence of the property.
  • Add outlines of the big shapes like house walls and any other buildings.
  • Sketch in any paths, streams or ponds.
  • Now bring in greenhouses, raised beds, seating areas and the like.
  • Start to add textures to hard surfaces such as wooden decking, stone paths, gravel walkways, brick paving or boulders.

 

Plants

  • Now draw in all the main greenery such as large trees and specimen plants.
  • Using a variety of styles, fill in all the beds with different plant drawings.

Color

  • Once you are happy with your pen drawing, get out your favorite colored art medium, so perhaps this would be watercolors, markers or inks and lightly wash color over your drawing.
  • Start with the lightest colors and work up to the darker shades.
  • It is okay to leave some parts unpainted.
  • When everything is dry, go over it all again with a black pen to sharpen up the images.

Words

  • Add words to your page to add interest such as terrace, greenhouse, fishpond, glade or potting shed.
  • Let everything dry.
  • Frame your artwork.
  • Hang it proudly in your art studio.
Alison Hazel

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Alison Hazel is a mature woman who shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

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How To Make 12 Artist Trading Cards with Neurographic Art

How To Make 12 Artist Trading Cards with Neurographic Art

Inventor

Read more about the Neurographic Art inventor Psychologist Pavel Piskarev https://www.neurographica.us/author.

 

Introduction

In this post, I’m going to share with you how I made these neurographic art Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) which are super fun and quick to do.

I like working with artworks that are as small as Artist Trading Cards because the whole project is not as daunting as sitting down with a massive blank page in front of you.

When you are learning a new technique it’s sometimes easier to just do micro versions of what your big picture will be one day.

In this way you can hone your skills on small artworks to start with and build up from there.

 

Artist Trading Cards

Artist trading cards are small artworks which are 2 ½” x 3 ½” or around 62 mm x 90 mm.

They are basically the same size as a regular playing card.

I have more information on artist trading cards on this link as well.

Briefly, artist trading cards is a technique for every artist, such as you or me, to create the type of artwork that we do on very small cards.

When complete, these ATC’s can then be traded, swapped or given away, never sold, to other people.

Artist Business Cards

The idea is that one day when I’m a super duper artist and attempting to get my artwork in galleries or something like that,

I will design some Artist Trading Cards which show the type of work that I’m offering.

Artist Trading Cars showcase your art style in a micro way.

They are like business cards or old fashioned calling cards for artists.

I don’t want to talk too much about developing your art style here.

As you may know, I really am a fledgeling artist.

I do art because I like it.

It makes me feel good, but I am exploring many different ways of expressing my art on this creative journey.

Neurographic Art

Neurographic art is it is an art technique that helps you clear your mind.

It can be meditative and it can bring focus to situations.

You could pay attention to one particular question such as, “should I leave my job or should I move country” all of the big decisions you have to make and things that are worrying you.

The idea is that as you are working through these art pieces, you are thinking about the actual issue which then goes into the art.

The idea being that at the end, you find some peace, if not a solution, to the question that you posed.

There is more information about basic neurographic art techniques on this link.

Supplies

The main supplies I used for this artwork are:

  • Watercolour paper.
  • Sharpie pen and I have one of these retractable ones plus one of my daughters used to work at Starbucks and they introduced us to the Sharpie that a retractable with your super for artists because you don’t have to keep https://amzn.to/3wjtqiIputting the lid back on and off it’s much quicker to work with.
  • I’m also using a 2H pencil just to throw the outlines of some circles
  • A circle template which I’m use to draw the circles on the cards
  • I also have an ellipse template that I’m using to draw the ellipse cards as well which will save it later on so
  • I’m use the Sakura Koi watercolor paints which are pretty straightforward.
  • Scissors or a paper cutter.
  • Black marker pen.
  • Gold gel pen.
  • I have two round paintbrushes. One is just for the plain water so I’m keeping that clear because I’m going to be doing wet on wet. I use the second paintbrush for the individual paint colors.

You Have What You Need

Don’t feel that you have to have all of this equipment and if you don’t you can’t do it.

Use the supplies that you have to hand.

You are an artist that’s why you are here.

Get your stuff out and let’s get started.

Step 1: Paper

So the first step is to cut your paper to the right size.

Because I’m using watercolour paints I’m actually using watercolour paper here and I’m using a paper cutter, but you can use scissors.

You want to cut your papers to be 2 ½” x 3 ½” or 62 mm x 90.

Example

For this example, we’re going to be doing three artist trading cards so you need to cut at least three papers.

They have to be the right size although very often artist trading cards are made in series of 12 and because you’re really going to be signing them on the back later on as we will see.

Step 2: Design

Circles

For this design I’ll be using my circle template and my 2H pencil to lightly draw different size circles onto each of the three papers.

On the first paper I will draw one circle, on the second paper I will draw two circles of different sizes and on the third paper I will draw three circles each with a different size and two circles overlap for interest.

I take my black sharpie pen and go over the circles.

It doesn’t have to be exact near enough really is good enough for this art.

Complete the whole dozen with four with one circle, four with two circles and the final four with three circles.

Neurographic lines

Now we’re going to be drawing some Neurographic lines onto these pages.

Put the pen in your non-dominant hand and by that I mean if you’re right handed use your left hand and if you’re left-handed use your right hand.

Hold the pen lightly and draw a line from one side to the other trying to make it wiggle, although you could do curves if you wish.

It is important that you go from one edge of the page to the other and ideally you’re going to try and touch one of the circles as you go through an end on another edge.

That’s your first line.

Now we’re going to draw the second line. Choose another side of the page that you have not drawn from and draw another neurographic line across the page and exit on a different side.

At this point you’re going to draw your third neurographic line and again you want to come from a side that you may not have used, so you were going out from one side maybe connecting.

Choose to pass through one or two of your circles and then and at the other side.

What you have now is a circle with one, two or three circles on your page and three neorugraphic lines.

Smooth Connections

The next step is to curve out every intersection or connection on the page.

Take your pen and gently describe curves at all the harsh intersection so there are no hard intersections.

Soften each of the curves this tends to create blob shapes on the page.

Take your time.

This is the meditative part of it as well.

Continue slowly and smooth out all your connections.

At this point you can make some of your lines a little thicker if you want to as you join them in from the connections.

You may find that because there are multiple connections which converge at one point that you have quite a big blob of black which creates these large connections as well which is great.

Composition

Take a look at your three artwork so far and see if you’re happy with the composition.

Do any tweaking if you feel you need to.

Let your instincts be your guide.

Paint

For these artworks I’m using tones in the cooler colour blues, greens and teals I will be mixing up three different colors.

I will paint the colors one by one.

The first color mix is with olive green and a dash of permanent green deep.

You never want to use your color straight out the pan as you always want to mix them up a bit first.

I add a drop of water to the pan and let the paint work itself through the water and then I will put it onto my palette.

First Color – Green

I have a the light green mixed.

Using my water only paintbrush I’m going to lay some water into one of the shapes on the artwork because we are working on one of the blobs at a time.

I put a little bit of water into that one block, but not too much water, because I haven’t actually stretch the paper because it is such a small artwork.

Using my color brush, I dab in some of the paint.

Take your time.

Then choose a second space to add more water and paint with the same green.

Next I will choose a third blob space on the artwork, add water add add color.

Space it out

It is important to note that I’m not working on two blocks which are adjacent.

I am specifically placing each color in three different areas on this artwork.

I’ll put that aside now to let the first card dry thoroughly and move onto my second artist trading card.

Again using the same green I’m going to come in and colour in three of the blobs.

Continue onto all your cards painting in three areas of green.

Second color – Blue/Grey

For my second color I’ve mixed up some Prussian blue with a dab of Payne’s grey.

I mix these two colors on my palette and I’m ready to go again.

With the art completely dry, or moving to an area that is not adjacent to a wet one, I lay water down into one of the spaces and add my blue grey paint.

I will do a second section of blue paint using another area within the drawing.

Finally, I will move onto a third area with the blue grey.

Continue on all of the artworks so they’ve all got the blue in three areas on them.

Third colour – Olive

For the third color I take olive green and I mix it in with a little permanent yellow deep which I mix on my third palette.

Once again, I come in with my water brush and then add color to three sections on each of my three artist trading cards.

By now you’ve got a lot of the artwork colored in. 

At this point I like to step back a little bit and see how much of the white paper is left.

Gold

I decided to add some gold at this point as I only had a few empty spaces left.

This is a gold water color paint I’m using the van Gogh ancient gold and I do want to mix the paint thoroughly with water before I use it.

I dabbed some of the gold directly onto the paper, without adding water to the page first, just to add some shimmer into some of the areas.

Embellishments

I allowed all the artworks to dry thoroughly.

Now it is time to consider putting on some embellishments.

Embellishments are often used in your neurographic art such as flowers, words or lines to add a bit of interest to the artwork.

I choose to add some gold dots into the areas where my black connectors were quite large particularily where I had many intersections coming together at a hub.

Gold Dots

I put three gold dots.

You could at this point add some gold if you wanted or some extra blue if you desired to make some other embellishments on your artworks in the same colours that you used.

The trick is to use a little bit of restraint because it can get overwhelming if you don’t know when to stop.

Flatten the Paper

Because I didn’t stretch the paper beforehand, and as I’m using watercolor paint, the paper has buckled and crinkled.

One way to make a paper lie flat again is to place it, when dry, under some heavy books overnight.

The pages will come out flat-ish which is good enough for me.

Artist Treading Cards – Add the Info on the Back

As these are Artist Trading Cards, and you are probably going to be handing them out to people, there is specific information to add onto the back.

Using a black fineliner write the following information:

  • Series name
  • Series number
  • Your name
  • Date
  • Email or website

I used a 0.3 mm Faber Castell Artist Pitt Pen to write my information as follows:

 

Series: Winter Circles

Number: 1 of 12

Alison Hazel Art

January 2022

AlisonHazelArt.com

 

I also drew a thin line border around the cards.

Series Name

I’m calling this series Winter Circles mainly because I did it in the winter and it’s got circles however you may call your art series anything you like.

You could have called it Happiness Meditation or Friendship Cards or something like that.

Your choice of series name goes back to the intention which you may have stated at the very beginning.

Numbering the Series

Typically, a series of Artist Trading Cards has twelve cards within a series and they are all similar and often made on the same day.

Each one of the 12 cards in a series will have a unique number.

The first card will be number 1 of 12, 2 of 12, 3 of 12 and so on until 12 of 12.

When you trade these cards with other people and give them number seven of 12 or number nine of 12, the recipient will know from your numbering system that it is from a limited edition Artist Trading Card series.

Date

I date the cards with the month and year in which they were created.

Contact Info

I always put my website URL on the cards, so in the future anyone can look at other artwork that I do and get to know me as an artist from there.

I believe that you never know what your art hobby will blossom into.

It is prudent to provide all your information on every artwork that you create, trade, distribute or sell.

Give Away – Family First

I will be keeping one Artist Trading Card for myself.

I will send one of my Winter Circles Artist Trading Cards to each of my three daughters in the mail in the next letter which I write to them.

List Giveaway

I will send one of the remaining eight cards to the first eight people on my mailing list who respond to my email with the words, “Winter Circles Giveaway”.

This is a first come first served basis.

You do need to be on my mailing list to receive it.

You will have to provide your postal address as well.

Good Luck.

If you are reading this way after the event then I’m sorry you were too late.

To make sure not to miss out on art giveaways again, join my maillist here.

Aspiring Artist Activity

If you are an aspiring artist, please do the following:

  • Design 12 cards.
  • With a black pen draw some circles and a few neurographic lines.
  • Paint or crayon the cards in a color palette of your choice.
  • Add embellishments as you like.
  • Choose a suitable series name and add the series and contact info on the back.
  • Post images.

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Sketch Journaling For Beginner Artists

Sketch Journaling For Beginner Artists

Journaling

Journaling is a popular way to document your life-journey.

There are several ways to create your own journals.

Let’s have a quick look at some types of journaling.

1 Bullet Journaling

Bullet journals typically have bulleted points and lists of things to do.

You can track what you did with mood trackers and habit trackers.

Bullet journals can be done simply with a pen.

I started my excursion into journaling with a bullet journal a few years ago.

2 Art Journaling

Art journaling is really when you paint a picture in a journal.

Art journals can have collage elements that embellish the pages as well.

For art journaling I prefer to use a watercolor book.

With the better paper, you can paint what you see as you visit places like the beach or a new part of the city.

Art journals really are an extension of a sketchbook.

I began art journaling when I joined my city “Urban Sketchers” group that used to meet once a month to draw specific building, bridges or public artworks.

Groups like this offer you an abundant community of like-minded artists.

3 Sketch Journaling

Sketch journaling is more about the pen and ink sketch that can be painted or colored with pencil or markers and generally chronicles your day.

With sketch journaling each page is for a specific day or trip to somewhere like a city, sports event or restaurant that was memorable.

Sketch journaling usually features the date almost like a diary entry.

You can look back and see what you were doing on a specific day.

Sketch journaling is typically not done for every day of the year, but perhaps twice a week or twice a month for hey days and holidays.

 

Sketch Journal Challenges

Some dedicated sketch journalists will take up the challenge to sketch journal every day for a month or something like that.

These challenges are good to get you in the habit of sketch journaling.

We are organizing a “Seasonal Self-care Sketch Journal Challenge” later this year the details of which will be posted soon.

Sketch Journaling

Page Design Elements

Your journal page needs to have a few spaces to write your insights, quotes, notes and remarks.

These comments can be around what happened that day, who you met, where you went, what you did and how you felt.

You can also add the date, the temperature and weather conditions, day-in-the-life observations, meals shared and the food you enjoyed preparing.

Sketch Journal Page Process

Pencil Sketch

Start with a light pencil sketch to give the bones of the drawing.

Make three spaces for writing some comments.

You will add these notes and observations later as the day unfolds.

You will erase the pencil lines after you have completed the pen and ink overlay.

 

 Pen and Ink Overlay

When you are happy with your pencil sketch, draw over the lines with a black pen.

Start with the finest pen you have. I typically use a 0.1mm nib for the first ink overlay. The thin ink lines are used as a guide for the watercolor wash.

I may go back in after the watercolor with a thicker nib pen like a 0.3mm or a 0.5mm pen to add definition only to certain areas of the drawing, but I won’t know this until later.

When the ink is completely dry, gently erase the pencil lines with a white plastic eraser and brush the dirt from the page.

Avoid using a sweaty hand to wipe off the erasing’s as this can add smears to the page. With a soft brush, sweep all erasing grime onto the floor and not onto your desk workspace.

 

 



Watercolor Wash

Add a light, very light watercolour wash to a few areas of the drawing.

I like to use only two complementary color washes like yellow and lilac, blue and light orange (beige) or pink and green.

When you use a limited palette, it produces a more sophisticated finished artwork.

Keep all the colors light for the first pass.

You can wash the notes areas as well.

Let the paint dry.

Now go back in with a smaller brush to color some highlighted parts of the drawing like the books on the shelf, coffee cup or plants.

Always work wet-on-dry and avoid painting two different colors right next to each other when the medium is still wet to avoid unintentionally blending the color.

You can repeat this step again for as many times you need to build up the color and to enhance the image.

Crayon and Colored Pencil

Allow the paint wash to dry.

It can take until the next day for watercolor paint to dry completely.

Go in with some sharp colored pencils in the same color palette you chose before, to add definition to the features in the drawing.

Don’t overdo it and avoid the washed notes areas.

Gold Trim

Add some gold trim as a highlight.

Take a gold gel pen or gold watercolor or gouache paint with a fine brush (perhaps a size 2) and add a few highlights to the important things in the painting.

As tempting as in may be, do not overdo the gold.

Allow your artwork to dry fully.

 

Comments and Notes

When all is dry, you can add some notes about the day.

Perhaps write what happened, a book you read, who you had lunch with and how you felt.

Add a gratitude part as well for self-care. Here write a couple of things for which you are thankful.

You can add quotes that mean something to you or a line from a song lyric that resonates with you on this day.

This is your sketch journal, and you can write exactly what you want.

Your sketch journal may become a memory of your life. It can be shared with your children when they are bigger. That is up to you.

Back in the Day

In centuries past, women would embroider needlework samplers each year to show what they were working on and the stiches they had learned or perhaps a recipe they had mastered that year.

Needlepoint Sampler

These highly treasured and richly embellished fabrics are like the art and sketch journals of today, which many people are quietly creating at their kitchen tables and in their creator studios all over the world.

Self-care for This Year

You may be doing a bullet journal, art journal or sketch journal or perhaps a combination of all three types of journal rolled up in one.

What really matters is the joy and peace you can achieve for yourself, and therefore those around you, through paying attention to your self-care needs and mental health as you work with color and create art. 

Art Supplies

Gather Your Stuff

I belive that as artists or aspiring artists yoru probably have all the supplies you need.

Reach for what you have and don’t let not having something specific stop you from creating something wonderful.

My Art Supplies

For clarity I have listed links to the exact art supplies I used to create this sketch journal page below.

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Alison Hazel shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

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