(I posted this for my friends on my personal facebook, but I decided I wanted to share it here as well)
I tried really hard to convince someone who stopped by my booth at market yesterday that drawing is ABSOLUTELY a skill that can be learned and improved upon, and they refused to believe me. But - let me tell you something. I mostly create drawings to eventually use them to create printing blocks, but 30 years ago? 20 years ago? Even 10 years ago I might have told you I was actually terrible at drawing. I didn't have nearly the skill level I have now (and I'm still learning!) - but somewhere along the way I gave myself permission to just draw and do it badly, and then with practice I got a lot better! (I'm sure there are people I went to high school with who are like 'Wait, Julie makes visual art? Wasn't she like...a band geek and dance and theatre nerd though?" Yes I was, and yes I still am ;))
So just - if you want to learn how to do something, ANYTHING art related (and of course I include the performing arts in this!), please please PLEASE don't give up before you even start! You might (and probably will be) kind of terrible at it at first. AND THAT'S OKAY!!! I know, I know, some of us hate hate HATE being bad at something (especially if somewhere along the way we got saddled with those "good student!" sort of labels) but I promise you, life's much more fun if you just...LET YOURSELF BE BAD AT STUFF!!!
*looks around...oh, uh...where did this soapbox come from and why am I standing on it all of the sudden? ;))
In the middle of another big project, during one of the many "hurry up and wait" portions (Gotta let that paint dry and the clay bake sometimes!) I pulled out some art supplies and made this ridiculousness.
A bit of the process for making my "Dance Joy" print, available as a digital download in the store!
April showers bring May flowers, as they say... A half-page calendar for April 2020 along with a half page coloring sheet bursting with flowers for you to color! Created with my hand-carved printing blocks. Click the PDF link above to download and print this sheet!
Like this? Wanna help out an independent, small-time artist?
Tossing a coin in the tip jar is always appreciated:
A hybrid bit of experimentation today. Physically block printed spider, imported in and colored/touched up digitally. I'm having fun with this!
Been working on learning how to do digital art! (It definitely involved sitting down with my oldest child and having them help me figure out how the heck layers actually worked!)
8.5 by 5.5 inch (half page) calendar pages for download! These fit the largest books I make - cut on the dotted line and use a page from your book to determine where to punch holes!
Happy happy New YEar! If you are getting a start organization for the new year, here is a download for calendar pages that will fit in my 4x6 blank books! Cut along the dotted lines, and use a current page to determine where to punch holes.
I've been doing some experimenting with some different ways to make books this summer. Here's one I just completed!