This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
I try to use my own photo's as much as possible, sometimes I borrow from the web. If I inadvertently use your picture without giving credit, please do let me know and I will either credit or remove it, I hope you will do the same with mine.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Sketch Book Ideas.........................................

I originally started my sketch books to learn how to "loosen up" with my water colour paintings. I felt I needed some guidance from other artists and see what I could do. I enjoyed it so much that I have done almost 20 books. Now what? Well since the first book I have evolved into a complete different direction. I have found some artists that I adore their work. I don't want to copy them but they have given me ideas and I am filling my sketch books with them. From "Annsdoodles" I have found products that I never dreamed were out there. Yes I started out doing watercolour, and I still do but......oh there is so much more out there. The sketch books do not handle some of the products well, I need better and different paper or card stock. Till then I am still using mainly water colour.
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The products do not show up well on here but in that picture there is glittery paint that shines when you move the page. I need more colours in that particular product. It will look nice on cards and things.
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Now if you happen to be an artist and I have copied one of your pictures, not to worry, when I do anything other than the sketchbooks it will only be my own original ideas and artwork. However I have found it useful to get some things down so I remember.
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I still love doing faces, they are not meant to be lifelike. These are with the idea of doing pictures for childrens cards or bedroom pictures. When I do those I will be using glitter and the raised effects on a lot of things.
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I would like to do some birthday cards and things that could go in a small frame.
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I have been learning to do unrealistic flowers and zentangles.....all of those I will decide how and what to use them on later
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These are but a small portion of whats in the sketchbook
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Yes, I have done a lot of nudes to help get my proportions, those will certainly not be among the things I make to sell (blush)
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I love Fairies and that will be one subject that I will do for sure
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This brownie is copied but modified, I just wanted to keep the idea. I like it and will no doubt do my own version.
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Suns and Moons are a popular subject and I love doing those.
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These next are a few unfinished pictures.I have probably 1/3 of my book still to colour and have started a new book.
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I still have a lot to learn but I will always have a lot to learn and so I need to make a start somehow.
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I need to focus on getting some products done this winter so that I can get started. I will have pictures, cards ACEO's, quilts, bags, totes as well as other thing like
my wooden wind chimes. So much to do.................


  1. wow Janice your drawings are amazing i could spend many an hour gazing at your lovely drawings,thankyou for sharing my friend xx

  2. Janice, truly wonderful! I know you don't think so, but you are so talented! I love the words you put with your art as well! Big Hugs!

  3. LOL ! Janice I just spent the best time reading and reading and looking at all your drawings and words..
    Thanks so much for sharing it.
    Barbra Joan


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