Friday, February 14, 2020

Painting With Watercolor.

A page from the book Beautiful Faces
I'm working on designing my book cover!!
My Messy Creative Space
My Jane Davenport Art Supplies

To my dearest friends and followers,

I finished going through the manuscripts from my beta readers last Sunday!! I finished several days ahead of schedule, which I was pretty excited about. Next, I'm having another set of eyes (my husband) read through the new revised version. Still a long way to go, but I feel like I can see that light at the end of the tunnel.

Once I've worked on a few other projects related to finished my book for publication, I'll be reading through the manuscript again to really polish it up.
However, this week has been all about watercolor.
It's a medium that I am not super familiar with. I use mostly pencils, color pencils, pens, and on occasion, charcoal. Watercolor is something I used to see my sister use a lot, but I wasn't really one to take part in it. Early last year, I was gifted a watercolor set that I used maybe twice or three times. It was a set that I picked out, though I didn't really take the time to play around with it and learn how to use it.

That has changed though! I have been wanting to try my hand at it due to being inspired by artists Toni Burt and Jane Davenport and being encouraged by my husband.
I have painted several different pieces, mostly playing with colored backgrounds and just getting used to the feel of the brush in my hand and how the paint reacts with itself. I have been looking through the book Beautiful Faces for color pallet inspirations. I've actually been working in a Jane Davenport watercolor journal I bought.

I've been really enjoying painting. I find it so relaxing. It's also very inviting (at least to me). When I use color pencils, I'm like, leave me alone, I'm drawing. But when I use watercolor, I'm like, come paint with me! 
I eventually want to buy large sheets of watercolor paper to try painting on a larger surface. I've also been getting a feel for the types of brushes I like and don't like and thinking about some that I'd like to get, since I've just been using a cheap "starter set" of brushes I got at an art store.
Next week I want to focus on drawing faces.

It is my intention to design my book cover with a watercolor background with the face of my protagonist, Hollyhocks, on top of that. We'll see how it goes...

Yours truly,

Friday, February 7, 2020

Writing Through The Week.

To my dearest friends and followers,

First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to read this.
I hope all of you had an amazing week!!

Mine was pretty decent. I've been to Barnes & Noble twice this week, got 4 new books, and have already devoured one of those books.

Yesterday I found myself in a cute little shop called Handmade Market. It was really quaint, stocked with enamel pins, small purses, adult and child sized aprons, little decorative pillows, jewelry, and other trinkets. One thing I got there was a pair of fingerless gloves!! They are really cute and comfy and perfect for chilly hands that love late-night writing.

Something I learned about this week is an app called Libby. It's a great app for book-lovers!! Some of you might already know what it is, but I just learned about it from a friend. It's essentially like audible, but it's free!! I don't usually like audiobooks, but I started using audible last month mainly because a book club account on Youtube that I was a part of was removed and I wanted to feel like I wasn't reading alone. XD
Anyhow, Libby is like an online library. You have to have a library card and then you can stream or download audiobooks AND ebooks. I'm not sure how it all works because I've just downloaded the app myself, but I'm excited to try it out.

On another note, as I said in my post last week, I received all my manuscripts back from my beta readers. I began working through those and I am editing my book accordingly!!
It's been going really well. I gave myself 12 days to work through 36 chapters (it wasn't until later that I realized my book actually has 39 chapters...but I'll make it work XD).
Currently I am finished with the first 23 chapters and I have yet to work on any today. So basically, I am ahead of schedule!! In just a few days, I'll be finished going through my book!! AHHHHHHH!!

I'll probably give it another go-over, and I still have a few other things I need to work on before publishing...

Yours truly,

Handmade Market