Thursday, November 17, 2011
Another orange sunrise.
Caroline was nice enough to do some extra things for me yesterday. Since I had leaking under the kitchen sink, I had her pull out the two baskets and wash it all down under there. Looks all nice and clean now. She even vacuumed Karma's cat bed! Tada!
During the night I picked a mandala, found some graphite transfer paper, taped them down onto a watercolor block, and traced the design.
How disappointing was this? I could barely even see it! And I had pressed pretty hard. Maybe graphite paper gets old? Shouldn't.
Anyways, I had to sit and kind of sketch it all in with my pencil. A messy project as I got pencil lead all over the side of my hand and smeared it all over the place--LOL!
Luckily I wasn't too concerned with this first mandala because the top sheet on this watercolor block was a bit messy to being with...so I pressed on.
To start with, I used my set of 24 Staedtler Watercolor pencils, picked out a few round watercolor brushes, and started. This is as far as I got. Took a lot more time than I had thought it would because of the tracing issues. I felt like I accomplished something, though.
Maybe seeing all these orange sunrises drew me to the yellow and orange today--LOL! I am already discovering how coloring makes a huge difference. You can accentuate whichever shapes you want. :)
This is a practice run. I am finding out how to draw or trace the mandala on to the watercolor paper and which brushes work the best. I just did pretty basic colors on the orange and yellow, but when I continue I want to try out blending some colors like our teacher showed us in her video. Maybe even some doodling, too! We don't have another lesson until Monday so I can take my time. Fun-fun-fun!!! I am so glad Serena told me about this mandala class!!
I didn't get much sleep so--nope--not on days yet. I plan to catch a nap sometime before Leah comes over after work. If I do anything else in the meantime, it will be getting started on the Christmas cards. It would be nice if we could finish them today. :)
Sunny morning. A balmy 8 degrees. I'm glad I got all the laundry done already and made some food I can nuke for lunch. Therefore...I can nap whenever I am able--tada!!
Wishing you a comfortable day filled with gratitude. :):)