I can remember being scolded as a child because I liked to scribble in my storybooks. The illustrations inspired me and I wanted to be part of the story.
Charlie O’Shields has written the second book in the Sketching Stuff “Draw Upon A Time” series. The story is written in rhyme, and follows a lonely little dog who is looking for a friend. Along the way, the dog sees things, and describes them.
And, joy of joys! The reader is actually invited to draw & color in this book! On almost every page there is a place set aside for them to do just that.
The paper will handle pencil, pen, crayon and most similar media. Marker might go through to the back. I used watercolor markers, with just a swipe of water and there was a little bit of spotting that you can barely see on the back. The paper didn’t buckle or wrinkle.
There is a place at the front of the book to test out your drawing tool to make sure it won’t bleed through
This series is fun, inspiring for the beginning artist and just awesome all around. You can find One Little Dog on Amazon.
#DoodlewashJune2021 prompt: Basket. Okay, so apples are gathered in barrels not baskets. But they both start with B, so I’m claiming it for the prompt.
Did you know apple seeds contain cyanide? Eat between 80 and 500 seeds in one sitting and you could make yourself sick! Apples aren’t the only fruit with cyanide in the seeds. apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, plums and prunes all have cyanide in their pits or seeds.
#DoodlewashJune2021 prompt: Vacation. I know I already did this prompt, but I did this one first, mislaid it and did the other. Finally found this one so
Did you know that Route 66, one of the original U.S. highways, became known as the ‘Mother Road’, but was first called ‘Bloody 66’ because of the many accidents that occurred on its narrow and twisted roads? Over the years, the road was made safer, then obsolete by new, high-speed highways.
I stained the postcard with a mix of Dried Butterfly Peaflower tea, and black tea to the map-like colors. The States were free-handed so not very accurate, but that wasn’t really the object. Once the background dried, I drew the States and car, then painted with watercolor.
Reference photo courtesy of Pexels.
Pen: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen
Background: Dried Butterfly Peaflower Tea & Black Tea
Paint: Daler-Rowney Aquafine watercolor inks
Paper: Hahnemühle cold-press watercolor Postcard
Brush: ZenArt Black Tulip brushes
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Did you know that chickadees hide food like squirrels and similar animals do? Unlike most animals, though, the chickadee hides each item in a separate place and is able to remember where each item is. Some believe they can remember thousands of hiding places.
Playing with both a new paper and a new watercolor, so I kept going even after I felt the piece was done, just to try out a few things.