This, That and Daily Sketchbook

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I’ve just finished up part 1 of the watercolor class with Yao Cheng on Creativebug. It was lots of fun to do and I’m looking forward to part 2. I like her carefree approach to the medium. These are some of the exercises. I really enjoyed watching all the colors mingle together.
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This one just happened to match the crochet bag (pattern from Attic24). She states to knot the new color but it was looking messy so I looked in one of my books and was reminded that it looks better to fasten off before joining in a new color.
On the Daily Sketchbook front I played with some different tools like my fine line painting pen, my ruling pen and my tracing wheel.
Then I moved on to creating some patterns. These pics aren’t great. One day a better camera will happen.
Finally, I played a bit with different brushes and strokes. It was fun.
I did manage to finish my Haiku shawl. It’s very pretty but would look much better on someone built like Kate Moss. :)
I had to frog my knitted cowl and I’m kinda itching to start one of these.

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I’ve been continuing with my Daily Sketchbook and just yesterday I began to feel a bit tired of it. 70 something days into it I guess it’s to be expected.

We’re still in winter weather with snow expected to arrive along with the first day of spring. I think it won’t be long now until warmer days though.

I’ve been finishing (well, trying to) yarn projects. Like socks for my son (done) and my Haiku shawl for me (getting there). I also have a cowl to complete and I’m fighting the urge to start a new something. There’s never a shortage of awesome yarn and patterns out there is there?

I’ve signed up for Creativebug since they lowered their monthly fee and I was so enticed by the watercolor class by Yao Cheng. I haven’t started it yet as my supplies just recently arrived but will soon. I did watch the first two lessons though. I have to say that I really prefer Craftsy classes for many reasons but I do like the aesthetic of Creativebug and I think Yao did a wonderful job. She got me excited to play with watercolor.

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Daily Sketchbook Update

Just so you’re not bored I will just share one pic of each theme that I’ve been doing in my sketchbook for the last few weeks.
Cats, abstract landscapes with acrylic and then kitchen items in black and white. I keep posting daily on Instagram so if you want to follow along please do.

This project has been fun and frustrating at times but I haven’t felt like giving up at all. It has really just become a part of the day. You can always start whatever daily project at any time for any length of time. You make the rules. Exciting? Overwhelming? Just take it day by day. Following along others that are doing a daily something helps.

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Daily Sketchbook {Days 38-47}

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I spent 5 days playing with letters. It was lots of fun and I plan to revisit this theme later in the year.  I’m discovering that the hardest part of this project isn’t the doing but the documenting. I find it easy to post daily over on IG but rounding them up here has been a challenge. But I’m doing it.Processed with Moldiv
Then I went back to flowers. I don’t ever get tired of those. So now I’m on to something new but you will have to wait to find out what. Or follow along on Instagram. @dana.barbieri.

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Hi guys. I’m behind on posting my daily sketchbook pages here and that will be in my next post. We’ve been having snow after snow here but I’m feeling hopeful that spring is on the way.

I’m starting this post with just a few minutes left before I have to meet the school bus but I wanted to share some fun things with you.

*Sarah Campbell is teaching a workshop in Mexico called Adventures in Painting Patterns. I would LOVE to go to this. Take a peek here.

*The Sonia Delaunay exhibit is in Paris now and will be traveling to London next. This looks incredible. The video is in French. Maybe you can understand it? It’s still visually pleasing if not.

Exposition Sonia Delaunay | Musée d’Art moderne… by paris_musees

*Maybe this one is so much fun but it’s so important. I haven’t watched this movie yet but plan to shortly. Have you seen it? Would love to hear what you thought. Fed Up.

*Having just completed a hat for my husband I was intrigued to see this lady committing to knitting 25 hats in 2015. She lists all the hats she plans to complete and all of them except for one are free patterns.

*And speaking of knitting I signed up for this Craftsy class on knitting faster with continental knitting. I’m actually going really slow as she has taught a different way to tension the yarn and how to pay attention to where you are holding the stitch you just knit as it determines how loose or tightly you knit. I highly recommend it and I think it’s still on sale.

*Another fun workshop if you are interested in abstract painting is with Claire Desjardins in beautiful Vermont called Expressions in Paint

Well that’s it for now. I am now finishing this post just before it’s time to do the dinner routine. See you soon.

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Daily Sketchbook {Days 28-37}

The past ten day were spent playing with flowers. I bought lilies before they were blooming hoping they would bloom during the time I was spending on flowers. They didn’t start until nearly the end.

I really felt the need for color and promise of spring. So much snow and cold lately that imagining that things are different in my sketchbook was necessary.

I like my made up flowers much better then when I tried to draw from life. It just felt very fun to play with things from my imagination. To me that is what it’s all about.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

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Days 23-27 {Daily Sketchbook}

I totally geek out over birds. We had a parakeet for 11 yrs. and if we didn’t have a cat I would get another one. He was definitely my first “baby”.
Lately as I’m packing lunchboxes and cooking breakfast I’m also watching my bird feeder and marveling at my little feathered friends. Cardinals are one of my favorites. I had fun by the end of the five days and began making up birds. Enjoy your week. xo

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