Posted at 12:00 pm , on September 7, 2014
This month I’m doing 30 Days of Painting in order to get more comfortable with a brush. I’d love to feel confident enough to illustrate my stories for myself and my family. I’ve been playing with brush work, lettering, color washes, and more.
Day 7: Celtic Knot
This week I decided to do heavy detail work in water color. There’s no better test of your brush skills than an intricate, Book of Kells style Celtic Knot. I sketched it out first:
Then I started filling it in with color, basically at random. I accidentally took this picture with a color filter on, but I can’t go back in time to get the moment.
Then I went back and amped up some of the colors and want back over it with a pencil to define the edges. I’d like to go over it with a darker outline, though.
But I still like it. It was really fun to draw too.
Posted at 4:00 am , on March 18, 2014
When I studied abroad in Ireland, I picked up a Book of Kells coloring book, and it’s kind of one of my prized possessions. I’ve always loved coloring books, but like most people, I hadn’t actually played in one since I was little. But there are some amazing coloring books out there that I’m pretty sure anyone of any age can enjoy.
I also have a beautiful coloring book of Grimm’s fairy-tales, complete with stories. It’s incredibly detailed. Rackham’s Fairy Tale Coloring Book is just out of this world gorgeous. I haven’t started coloring in it yet. I think I’m saving it for something, but I’m not sure what, exactly.