The title seems highly appropriate with both my life in general and the artwork I’ve done. I have been so surprised at how much I’m enjoying the exactness of the Faber-Castell watercolor pencils I’ve been using. I love the painterly approach of watercolors but with watercolor pencils I get the best of both worlds. I can be exacting and perfectionistic and it works with the medium. I can also liquify them with the tiniest bit of water. Toned paper doesn’t usually love for you to use water with it but the little bit I add doesn’t affect it at all. I’m finding making art just the most fun ever lately.
The title also fits my life in general right now too. I’m slowly but successfully working on my health and weight. I’m building a new website landing page (JenniferMcLean.com), art blog (Just Add Water Silly) and all new book blog too (Next Book In Your Hand). I’m learning new techniques with watercolor and I’m planning on taking Anna Mason’s course. I’m also learning lettering from Brittany Luiz’s book. I guess what I’m saying is, I’m getting on with my life instead of waiting for some nebulous ideal of health & wellness.
Sidenote: Feel free to go to JenniferMcLean.com to rubberneck and look around. I’d love to hear what you think of my new header. Just know everything below the header is a in progress and looks like a foodie blog right now (because the theme is not tweaked yet, it came with sample programming that has to be reworked). Back to our regularly scheduled program…
|Title: “Find Your Direction”|
I’m also taking the advice of my very good friend, Tracey. She advised me to say yes to everything I always wanted to do and to think big. Write my bucket list and start doing it. NOW. Yep, I’m busier than a one armed paper hanger as they say but I’m also ever so much more happy. I have too much to do and I’m loving it. Thank you Tracey. You’re an inspiration.
The above piece was done on Global Art Materials Kona Classic Tan paper. I love this paper, so far it’s my favorite and it comes in five sizes, from 6″x8″ all the way up to 14″x17″. If you’d like to purchase either the Kona paper or some Faber-Castell pencils, here’s a list of links for colors or sizes of each product.
Global Art Materials Kona Classic Tan Paper (8″x10″ wire bound pad)
Global Art Materials Kona Grey Toned Paper (8″x10″ wire bound pad)
12 Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils
24 Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils
36 Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils
60 Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils
120 Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils
Lettering With Purpose by Brittany Luiz (review coming soon)
Tombow lettering dual Brush Pens
Oh, and for those of you who just never can get enough art supplies, I give you the KarlBox from Faber-Castell. It’s all of the products that Faber-Castell makes in one box. It’s named after the famous haute couture designer Karl Lagerfeld. It’s only $2850, I mean, who’s counting, right? For the artist who has everything! It’s on my Christmas list. ;o)