Flowers on Bamboo

Below is a drawing I did by hand with Derwent Inktense Pencils and Watercolor pencils on 9″ x 12″ watercolor paper.

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After I finished the drawing, I thought it would be a fun page to color. So, I recreated the drawing in CoralDraw.  This version was created for letter size paper, therefore the flowers are spaces .75″ apart, instead of the 1″ spacing used on the hand drawing.

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I created a black and white version that is available for download on my Coloring Page.

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White Mandala on Black

For some time, I have been wanting to draw a white mandala on black paper.  I drew the grid for the mandala back in August.  Yesterday, I finished the mandala.  It may have taken more time to draw the grid than the mandala.  Probably not.

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Inktense Experiment

Below is the result of my experiment with Derwent Inktense pencils.   These pencils work by adding color to the paper and applying water.  Once dry, the ink is permanent.  Watercolor pencils and paint you can remoisten.

The drawing was done of watercolor paper with Micron pens.

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Nope! I Don’t Like That

Here is my latest drawing on four tiles.  Almost from the very from the first curve that went down on the paper, I was saying to myself “Nope!  I don’t like that.”  I few more curves and a little color, still “I don’t like that.”  But, I decided instead of trashing the tiles I would complete the drawing and put the tiles away to never to be seen again.

Somewhere towards the end, either when the green leaves were being drawn or the blue background was being added, my opinion of the drawing changed to “Okay, now that really look cool.”

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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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Flower Spin

Christmas Cards are done!  Christmas shopping is finished (I think.)  Work area cleaned, so I can get back to my drawings!

Here is a mandala I recreated in Corel Draw.  It was based off of the one I drew by hand, which was Number 80 in the Mandala Challenge.

A black and white PDF version of this mandala is available on my coloring page.

The Four Black Tiles

On Tuesday, I was busy so I didn’t draw on any on my 3.5″ tiles.  Nor, did I drawing in my sketchbook.  I was busy doing other things, working on Christmas cards, editing a photo, pouring resin on wood block, and….

On Wednesday and Thursday, I drew on four tiles.

When I put those four tile together, below are the results.

Sketchbook – Volume 4

It took me about 10 weeks, but I filled up another sketchbook.  Most of the drawings in the sketchbook are mandalas.  Here are a couple of drawings that were not mandala, and several of the mandalas I really liked.

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August 25, 2018

Mandala - 1

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Mandala - 2

Mandala 002

Mandala - 4

Mandala 004

Mandala - 5

Mandala 005

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Mandala 010

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Mandala 019

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Mandala 031

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Mandala 038

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Mandala 051