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ICAD2019: Week 7


In preparing to make make my cards this week (I’m participating in the Index-Card-a-Day challenge and also in World Watercolor Month), I watched lots of watercolor tutorials on YouTube.

For Day 43, I returned to a guest post that appeared on ARHtistic License a few years ago. My attempt at watercolor flower doodles then was so bad I didn’t post it. But I tried again and I think this one is pretty respectable:


For Day 44, I watched another tree tutorial and came up with this:


Day 45’s effort is my favorite for the week. It was inspired by another tutorial:


For Day 46, I chose a picture from Pinterest and painted a simplified version:

And, of course, you knew I’d get around to drawing a unicorn. Day 47 (inspired by The Unicorn in Captivity):


The prompt for World Watercolor Month Day 18 was Clouds. Here’s my attempt for ICAD Day 48:


And the prompt for World Watercolor Month Day 19 was Splashes of Color. Unfortunately, I could not paint what was in my mind’s eye. Mine looks more like Splotches of Color.


Anyhow, I attempted a couple of things out of my comfort zone. These challenges are about having fun and being intentional about making art. No worries.

Creative Juice #147

Creative Juice #147

Artsy stuff and more:

Video of the Week # 210: Art with Chemical Reactions (Do Not Try This At Home)


ICAD2019: Week 6


I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day challenge and World Watercolor Month. I am making small watercolors every day in July.

I watched a video tutorial Angela Fehr posted for World Watercolor Month, which inspired me to try an abstract painting for Day 36:


The prompt for Day 37 was botanical. I attempted to try to paint an impression of these roses that I photographed at Mesa Community College’s rose garden:

On Day 38 I watched a tutorial for drawing a watermelon with watercolor pencils. My past attempts with watercolor pencils were very unsatisfactory. Even though I’d read articles on how to use them, it’s not the same as looking over someone’s shoulder and listening to the artist describe what she’s doing. Apparently, I’d not been pressing hard enough to leave enough pigment on the paper, and I’d only dribbled the water on instead of scrubbing the water with the brush. What a difference!


Every July I get frustrated with what an unpredictable surface index cards are for watercolor. The cards curl up and wrinkle where the water pools. I thought I could get around it by “preparing” the cards by taping them to a hardboard, spraying them with water, and letting them dry before painting. It didn’t work.

So I switched over to watercolor postcards. I’m justifying to myself that they count for ICAD because they’re 4 x 6 inches, the size of a large index card.

Since video tutorials have been working out well for me, I watched another one, which inspired the rest of the cards for the week.

Day 39:


Day 40:


Day 41:


Day 42:


My favorite painting for the week is the watermelon. I think it looks real. I’m excited that it’s a step forward for me, that now I know better how to use the watercolor pencils.

The tree tutorial didn’t help me as much as the others, because even though I could see what the artist was doing, hearing an explanation would have clarified it for me. I need words + the visual.

It’s not too late to jump in and participate–there are still two and a half weeks left, time enough to make 19 little artworks if you start today. It’s fun! No pressure.

Creative Juice #146

Creative Juice #146

Happy to provide your weekend inspiration. You’re welcome.

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Review of Written by Hand by Erica Tighe

Review of Written by Hand by Erica Tighe




Last month, as I participated in Index-Card-a-Day by writing out scripture verses, I wished my lettering was fancier.


I chanced to come across several books on lettering and selected this one, subtitled Techniques & Tips to Make Your Everyday Handwriting More Beautiful.

This is a beginner’s book, which made it perfect for me. Tighe presents step-by-step instructions for four different styles of alphabets (upper and lower case) and numerals: sans serif, bold serif, script, and faux calligraphy; space is provided for practice between the samples.


My lettering took a big leap forward.


In addition, Tighe gives hints and strategies for planning out a handwritten passage, including graphics and mixing styles, and 50 prompts (though 26 and 27 are the same).

Although many books have been written about calligraphy and decorative lettering, what sets this book apart is its ease of execution. If you want to improve your lettering skills quickly, this is a good book for you.written by hand