Started Disney Characters!

I’ve added Micky and Mini to my growing crochet character collection!

Micky Mouse
Micky Mouse
Mini Mouse
Mini Mouse
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OPEN WIDE! Finished Shark Fin

This is my 3rd year painting shark fins for families that belong to the Orinda Country Club swim team. The first year I painted one shark fin. Then last year I painted two. So this year, I thought, hey, why not just paint three? I was approached through a referral and was so pleased my name was said! I have finished one of the three fins thus far.

The finished product!

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Check out the process pictures below 🙂

Every fin first gets sanded, wiped down, and painted a background color. This year I chose an exterior paint with a primer in it to save a little time.
Every fin first gets sanded, wiped down, and painted a background color. This year I chose an exterior paint with a primer in it to save a little time.
Next step is getting the lettering just right.
Next step is getting the lettering just right.
I transfer the letters, as I call, the old fashion way by scribbling graphite on the backs of my words then tracing over it onto my surface.
I transfer the letters, as I call, the old fashion way by scribbling graphite on the backs of my words then tracing over it onto my surface.
I found a reference picture online and used it to sketch out and draw the shark mouth.
I found a reference picture online and used it to sketch out and draw the shark mouth.
The finished side all touched up and waiting for black outlines to make it really pop.
The finished side all touched up and waiting for black outlines to make it really pop.
Lettering done on the other side and French Bull Dog sketched out ready to transfer.
Lettering done on the other side and French Bull Dog sketched out ready to transfer.
Detail of French Bull Dog.
Detail of French Bull Dog.

An Afternoon By The Water…

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My drawing on top. Mom’s on the bottom.

My mom recently went to a colored pencil class. She was taught techniques on how to use the colored pencils while drawing in a botanical garden. Sounds like fun, right? So this year for her birthday, I thought it would be fun to have a picnic somewhere and plop ourselves down to draw. I’ve always loved looking at the boats and the waterfront in Vallejo so I thought that would be a fun place!

After eating our tasty Whole Foods salami sandwiches and munching on some blue corn chips, we were fueled enough to begin!

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Faber-Castell pen on gessoed book page

  The yacht club was fairly peaceful yesterday afternoon. I chose to first use a pen and draw on top of a page in an altered book that had been
gessoed. The proportions are almost there! While drawing this, two ducks kept swimming by. It was really cute.

Faber-Castell big brush pen on book page.
Faber-Castell big brush pen on book page.

         The next  boat I drew, I used a brush tipped pen right on a book page. I had to use my creative license with this one as I did not want to draw the dock around it. I will probably add color to this one at a later date.

 When my mom finished her boat sketch, we packed up our things and headed across the bridge to Mare Island. I had remembered there was a nice quiet park that had a few War artifacts in it. There were also amazing old buildings that we could draw.

Water color and Faber Castell pen on mixed media paper.
Water color and Faber Castell pen on mixed media paper.

 Seating was a little bit of a problem. All of the benches in the little park were facing undesirable directions for drawing anything. We decided to sit at the top steps of the gazebo slap dab in the middle of the park. Nice view from up high. I took a liking to the building on the left, an old brick factory building of some kind. I started with watercolors and when it dried, I did black pen on top.

Faber-Castell fine tipped pen.
Faber-Castell fine tipped pen.

It was a lovely afternoon spent with my mom. I am going to try to get out more
and draw the things that I see. I am really fond of the first boat I drew and the brick building.