Monday, September 28, 2015

Sketchbook Sunday 8 Update

This is the painting in the giant sketchbook that I showed yesterday. It's now finished and titled Seed, Sprout, Roots.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sketchbook Sunday 8

I recently bought a new, huge sketchbook. It's a 300 series by Strathmore with mixed media paper. It's spiral bound with 11" x 14" pages. For size comparison, that's my current sketchbook on top.
I've been painting in the new sketchbook, playing with layers.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sketchbook Sunday 7

Today I'm sharing my purse sketchbook. I have a very simple set up, inside a small pencil pouch (Target $1 bin). 

My pouch contains a tiny (3" x 4.5") handmade sketchbook, a micron pen, a brush tip marker (recollections brand), a small roll of washi tape, and a little bundle of mini crayons (probably picked up at some restaurant or in a party goody bag).

This first page was done as a passenger in the car, the rest were done at work, during nap time (I teach a class of 2 year olds). The last spread I added watercolor to at home.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday: File Folder Accordion Sketchbook

Today I have a tutorial for my file folder sketchbooks. (Again, these were inspired by file folder accordion books that Tammy of the blog Daisy Yellow made.)

1. Take an old file folder and give it a quick coat of white paint, all over.

2. Cut the folder in half.

3. Accordion fold each piece.

4. Enjoy your two new sketchbooks.

Monday, September 14, 2015

100 Days of ICAD

On Sunday, I hit 100 days of ICAD. ICAD stands for Index Card A Day. It is a challenge that Tammy of Daisy Yellow blog hosts every year for the months of June and July. The idea is that everyday for those 2 months you create art on an index card.

This year, I not only did the art on the front, but I also journaled on the backs of the cards. And, because I enjoyed doing these everyday so much, I've continued to do ICAD, through August and now into September and onward.

Below, a glimpse at my 100 cards and a breakdown of what was featured on the art side. (All 100 cards can be seen in my Instagram feed @jessicalloughrey)

And card 100:

32 collage

6 acrylic paint

25 mandalas 

7 dreamcatchers

7 faces

10 patterns

9 handwriting/lettering

28 watercolor 

5 gelli prints

5 feathers

Sunday, September 13, 2015