2018 Christmas Card

My Christmas Cards are mailed.  Enough time has passed that most of the cards should have reached their destinations.  Now, I can share the cards on my blog.

This year I drew ornaments on 3.5″ square tiles.  I selected the high quality tiles, because I wanted to color on the tiles.  I keep the color to a minimum because I wanted the ornaments to look delicate like glass Christmas ornaments.  Below are a few of the tiles.  All of the tiles are located on Drawing page.

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I designed the card in CorelDraw.  I converted the picture below to an outline drawing to use as a background on the card.

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I created an area on the card to put the tile.   I have been placing the same symbol with my name on all the back of all my cards since 2004.

2018 Christmas Card Outside

Outside

2018 Christmas Card Inside

Inside

The folded card measures 5.25″ square.  I embossed several stems on the front of the card, and attached the tiles to the cards with photo corners.  I wanted the recipient to be able to remove the tile without damaging the tile.   Below is one of the finished cards.

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Drawings and More Drawings

I am back with my art supplies for the next 10 days.   I was able to clean up some of the pencil lines and add color to the daily tile drawings, which I created since May 15, 2018, when my road trip to the Southern United States started.  Three drawings are missing from the list, since they are safe in south Louisiana.

Here is the link to all of the drawings:  Drawing Page  Some of the drawing a good and some were done quickly.  Below are some of my favorite:

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June 25, 2018

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June 1, 2018

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June 2, 2018

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May 25, 2018

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June 10, 2018 – Hearts

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May 27, 2018

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May 23, 2018

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May 16, 2018

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June 21, 2018

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June 7, 2018

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June 8, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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June 6, 2018

Art of Concentration: Day 10

For today’s Art of Concentration drawing I decided to go with a more traditional approach.  By traditional approach I mean;  it was the way I normally drew and colored these type of drawings.  They contained either straight lines, squiggly lines, or both.

The Art of Concentration rules are:

  1. Draw lines on a page.  Straight line, squiggly lines, circles, squares, triangles, stars, it does not matter.
  2. Color every other section.  Start anywhere.  Use any color.  Typical you will only have a black pen, or a pencil, those are fine.
  3. If you desire, use multiple colors.  Sections of the same color can not touch.

The line drawing:

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In a meeting, a classroom, or a waiting room, you will typical only have a pen with one color – below is today’s line drawing colored in black and white.

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You may be part of the special group that has many different colors pens on hand.  The largest box of Crayola Crayon contains 152 different colors.  The largest tin of Prismacolor pencils contains 150 different colors.  And, it is very easy to fine a set of 100 different color gel pens.  Sometimes, I have the urge to use has many different colors a possible in my drawings, like the drawing below.

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I messed up today’s hand drawing, then I messed it up again, and then I messed it up a third time.  I should have been simple enough, but I was listening to water draining and was wondering why it was so loud.  I gave up and turned the tile over and started again.  Since today’s theme was traditional, I decided I would do a sample of my normal typical drawing.

Notice the curvy lines.  There are several lines that look like the cursive letter “L”.  Drawing the cursive letter “L” is a good pattern to repeat on the page.  The letter “S” and the music symbol Treble clef are also good to use.  Just keep the line flowing from edge to edge.

What I learned today with my mess up, coloring a section with a marker and going over it with a white Sakura gel pens, gave it a nice color.

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Sea of Algae

PDF version of the line drawing created in Corel Draw is available for download on the Coloring Page, or click here.

The Art of Concentration: Day 2

Today, I selected an easier design (The Spiral) for my “Art of Concentration” project.  The rules for designing and coloring the drawing is simple:

The rules are:

  1. Draw black lines on a page.  Circles, squares, squiggly lines, it does not matter.
  2. Color every other section.
  3. If you desire, use multiple colors.  Sections of the same color can not touch.

Since the outline was simple, I decided to use some shading.

Created and colored by hand using Pigma Micron pen and Prismacolor pencils:

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The Swirl

The outline created on the computer using Corel Draw:

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The drawing colored in Corel Draw.  I did not use Microsoft Paint today to color the drawing, because I like the gradient done in Corel Draw.

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For a copy today drawing, The Spiral, click here.  You may also for this and other drawings on the Coloring Page.