Inchies – Swirling

The theme for Day 11 was “swirling.” Instead of drawing something that swirls, I opted for a completely different idea and grabbed some old art

(see previous post: https://ginalento.com/2021/08/25/i-have-done-something-horrible/ )

and I cut it up into the 2×2 squares. I sprayed the squares with spray Ink and sealed them after they dried so they wouldn’t reactivate. They reflect the light a little and my scanner wasn’t handy so this is just an iPhone photo of the 4.

More Inchies

Day 7 was “Broken” and Day 8 was “Boots“

For”Broken,” I thought of something more, ambiguous and just let impulse take over.

For “Boots” and octopus with boots popped into my head so I went with it.

Inchie Challenge Continued…

Days 4-6 prompts:

Day 4 – Yellow – I was totally spontaneous and I used two Tombow Markers and a waterbrush to create this one. Simple designs like this can grow into something else…

Day 5 – Wood – They Draw had sent out an email about typography so wood became wooden letters.

Day 6 – Sea

I kinda went berserk on the prompt for Sea. I am also doing Carla Sonheim’s Year Long class and the lesson came up for working with crayons and melting them. I made a bunch with crayon and used other media over top over the crayons. I created many Inchies for the prompt “sea.”

Prompts 4-6
Sea- Two melted crayon with silver gel pen
Sea – layered melted crayon with gel pen
Sea – watercolor and gel pen

Inchie Challenge

During August, I participated in the Inchie Challenge. Inchies are small 2×2 Art. I like doing these because they can lead to ideas for other work. The ideas for Inchies was started by Amy Maricle and occasionally she’ll host an on-line challenge to encourage people to create these little pieces of art.

One thing that I agree with Amy is that you always have time to create art. However. Amy has created a no hassle way to create art in a short time and that’s with 2×2 inch sized art that can be done anywhere. You can tuck little 2×2 inch squares in your bag and all you need is a pen or pencil. I usually carry a small sketchbook but little 2×2 inch squares can also be inspiring and fun.

Inchies Day 1-3 Plus 1

There were 12 days of prompts:

Day 1 was “Bundle“

Day 2 was “egg“

Day 3 was “mend”

The squiggles was an Inchie I did, just playing around with taking a line for a walk.

Square Flowers

I love working in Square sketchbooks. This one is actually a square Moleskine I found somewhere. I don’t remember where I purchased it. The paper isn’t the best for wet media so I only use the one side but that’s ok because I have been able to do some surprising projects in it, most of the using techniques from Carla Sonheim’s classes, which can be pretty messy.

This one is actually a Pam Garrison exercise but Joanne Sharpe does something similar. I went rogue by using a brush fountain pen.

AEDM Days 24 – 30

I haven’t posted anything for the week because of the holiday. Even when I am busy with holiday activities, I still create every day. I have also added writing to my routine. Nothing earth shattering, but I am learning some tricks and plan to add that to my daily routine. I have been doing it for a week now and I may incorporate into my blog as well.

To catch up with my AEDM in one post….here are the daily portraits that I do every morning. These are in a new journal and I don’t remember where it came from. I originally tried to use it for International Fake Journal month but the paper sucks for drawing/watercolor and ink so I had put it aside. I am on a mission now to fill every sketchbook I had abandoned and this was one of them. It’s being used for my daily portraits and my writing to expedite filling it.

11/24/20
11/25/20
11/26/20
I made biscuits for Thanksgiving
And pumpkin pie
11/27/20

The one above, Ethan S, I had posted on Sktchy when I completed it but never got around to posting on my blog.

11/27/20
11/28/20
11/29/20
11/30/20

AEDM Days 14/15

I zonked out early yesterday and I forgot to post. I was working on some sketches yesterday that I don’t want to share yet, but I thought of a new themed sketchbook that I will probably start after I finish my Christmas cards.

Another task that I tackled yesterday, in my bullet journal, was my Thanksgiving shopping list. I have tried regular planners for years, but I have had the most success with bullet journaling. The nice thing about a non formatted planner like bullet journaling is that I can track things like Thanksgiving shopping lists from previous years. It takes the guess work out of holiday planning and has been a valuable tool for me. It also reminds me of what worked and what didn’t.

You can find out more about Bullet Journaling here:

https://bulletjournal.com

Today I finished up my week long daily doodles and I also tried out a new sketchbook to see what media it will handle.

The daily doodles are in a Strathmore 400 series softcover Drawing sketchbook. I love this whole line of journal type sketchbooks. The paper is awesome and you can get different weights for various media, they open flat and I like the 7.75 x 9.75 size. It’s perfect for my dailies.

Strathmore Series 400 Drawing Journal

This was done in a new sketchbook that I haven’t tried yet, but I have two of them. This is the first page and I tried watercolor and ink. It’s a square format and I love square sketchbooks but I am not sure how I feel about this one yet. More to come on this sketchbook….