Sunday, October 12, 2014

Watercolor, gouache and Inktober

October is Inktober and its all over Instagram! I can't say I've fully participated but I've done a few things and I'm using the definition of ink pretty loosely....ball point pens, micron markers and the real stuff (to me), my Winsor&Newton colored inks. Here are few :

Then I have been using my watercolors and gouache. I realize I have so much to post because I haven't been blogging alot lately. I've just recently got the blogger app so I think that will help me to be more consistent. Below are some new watercolor paintings. I'm trying to stretch myself and create more abstract pieces, which I love, love, love doing, they just take alot of planning.

Today is Sunday, we don't have alot planned, just laying low today... It's going to be a busy week coming up. I hope everyone has a great day and lovely week!

Friday, July 18, 2014

a very little Lettering Tutorial

I put a post on FB in the ICAD community and I was asked how I did the lettering on this recent card:

( it's been awhile since I've updated this blog so I'm a little behind on my ICAD pics :) ) this one above is #42 I think....anyway here is how I did the lettering-
First write with pencil-
Then write it again...
Outline with 01 pen...
Fill in with 05 pen...
Add curly q's and stuff, then erase the pencil lines. Done🙌
Thanks to both Collette and Karla on Facebook for asking!! That prompted me to post this:)))  have a great night people! ...... PS here are some other pics of lettered art I've done recently---


Bye xxoo and remember:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

ICAD update! June 4th thru 19th

I'm still hanging in there with the ICADs. Some days I want to give up but I'm trying to keep on going. It keeping me committed. Below are more ICADS dating from Jun4 to the 19th. I still have yesterdays and todays to do . I just was so busy with work that I wasn't able to make something yesterday but its Saturday so I take do both today.
I didn't follow the prompts so much early on but I started to pay more attention after the Beatles card (bottom right)
I really like the top left card. Well actually I like them all:)

Father's Day was stuck in there and that one was fun to do, particularly the watercolor background. I got a lot of good response on IG and FB for the Toy Camera card, it struck a chord with a lot of people. that was a surprise.

The orange flowers were tricky. I wanted to move away from my micron markers and try some india ink. The paper of the index card is a disaster to work with but I am going to keep trying. Maybe I need to gesso the card. not sure, I've got to test that out.
I hope you like having a look and I'm having a good time doing these. Making art everyday is the cure for a lot of things! Most importantly it get me out of my head.
Happy Saturday!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Here is ICAD 3.  Today is the day!
My friend has a nice garden so every time
I visit she gives me this amazing mint.
I put a leaf in my water every morning, along with a slice of lemon.
It's so delicious and refreshing.
We have petunias on the porch. I could not resist painting them in my art journal.
I gave this to my mother-in-law for one of her birthday gifts this weekend.
Happy Birthday Julia!

Have a great day everyone!

It's June, ICAD is back!

I'm participating in ICAD this year again. I'm going to try to keep posting to Instagram and linking to DaisyYellow Art.  I highly recommend joining in, it keeps you drawing the month long! Check out Tammy's blog for more info. Here are my first two for June below:

ICAD1, such a true quote

ICAD2, sarcastic and grumpy Monday

I'll post again tomorrow. Have a good night!
Fran T

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Its been awhile

Oh boy, its been a while... I've ignored my blog for sometime now. Life just gets in the way of things some times. I hope some people venture back and have a look maybe. It's spring again, almost summer actually. I'm painting flowers and trying to keep the sketchbooks filled.

I just painted the flowers, leaves and the shadows on the table. That way the focus would stay on the flowers.
this was a shot I took before I added any color
I painted this last Friday. Full color in my sketchbook.
The past few months I've been doing a lot of quotes. Most times they are quick and easy to do amidst the crazy pace of life sometimes. I'm posting a few and hope you like them.


I hope that I hear back from someone and I'm going to do my best to post more often.
Take care and I hope everyone had a good May and an even better June!
Be well,
Fran T