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I need to do something like that. It looks so rewarding.

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I just got back from my monthly volunteer visit at the nursing home where I help facilitate crafts for Alzheimer's patients. I don't know who gets the most out of it -- the residents or me!
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That does look like fun! I looked up Brusho paints and found some free DVD exercises online. What a versatile product!

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Had a terrific crafty day with some of my friends yesterday. I finished to art journals covers and paper. These pictures are the front and back that I did with Brusho paints. They are so much fun!

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You are so right. Rain shouldn't keep me home.

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1/22/17 8:18 P

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I meant to reply to you but I posted separately by mistake. You can see my rainy weather post and maybe reply to me.

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1/22/17 8:15 P

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I read that you don't feel you can walk because its raining. Here in Seattle it rains most of the winter so I have had to adjust. Maybe you can find a way to walk in spite of the weather. I'd like to hear if you come up with something.

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1/18/17 11:11 P

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I'm into all kinds of artwork. I love seeing the different visions of different artists. On Wednesdays I go to the art center and work on quilts then go to my Photoshop classes. I've been taking this class for two years. We have more of an open lab situation and it is very creative. Lots of fun.

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sounds like fun....being a Ks. girl I am all about stock shows and western art!

got things sorted out....staring at a blank page....yep....just staring at it....
decided to eat....haha....
then decided to check in here....

so it goes....
rainy gloomy here....not good day to go do anything.....
need to walk...
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1/17/17 8:32 P

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I went to the Stock Show last week and met my friend there. After he got there we went to see the things he usually goes to see. He has no interest in any of the animals shown, so I had gone to those areas before he got there. When he got there we started with the art show. They have some really good artwork there. It's a "gallery of western art" so the farthest from that is landscapes. Okay with me, cause I love western art. They had one that was from a couple of old TV westerns. One I didn't know even looking at the name, but I recognized Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke right away, even though he was facing away from the viewer. There was one that I could have sworn was a photograph, but it was a pencil drawing -- really detailed.

After that we went to his favorite Indian jewelry place where he gets most of his belt buckles and bolo ties for his round dance cuing, then went to all the photography and art booths in the complex except about one that I think he wasn't paying attention where it was when we passed it. The guy had some good work, too, and was doing some portraits there. I wish I could do like those guys.



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HI....I actually tracked food and exercise today....
and sorted through all my old art supplies and knitting things....tossed out the things
I have saying I was going to use....and hopefully it will be easier to work again!
Glad you all are here and this team is awake!
So many teams that I used to be on are completely inactive.
good to be back....

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1/9/17 11:07 P

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I put some of the outside pictures on my blog. I couldn't figure out my phone camera, but finally got it today. Only problem is they are too dark to see.



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1/8/17 9:39 P

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That does sound like a very nice evening, Darlene. So glad you got to go! And I love Cracker Barrel. Yum!

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1/8/17 7:54 P

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That sounds wonderful!

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Combines the luck, yes. I'd take the ham and the ice cream, though I doubt they would taste too good together.

We got to the Butterfly Pavilion last night. There weren't a lot of lights inside, but there were some nice ones outside. Next year they will probably be better, but they are trying to get things together without renting things. We could see the moths in their "moth camp" and the animals outside the butterfly area. Also the turtle that is inside the butterfly area. Afterwards, we had dinner at the Cracker Barrel. It was a nice evening.



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Hoppin John is black-eyed peas and ham over rice. I'm not much of a fan of black-eyed peas but this was actually pretty good and I will take my luck anyway I can get it.
I like the idea of ice cream better. LOL

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1/2/17 11:40 P

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What is Hoppin' John?

My parents used to have big NYE parties and had several of those lucky foods, though I don't think all of them. Mainly I remember the red cabbage. For me, I would have mint, chocolate chip ice cream. Not something that was listed as a lucky NYE food, but I had good luck a couple times after eating it. I couldn't stand the things they said for NYE.



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Fun article. I'm not southern but I'll take all the help I can get!

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1/1/17 8:50 P

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That's a great surprise and stroke of luck for you!

I cooked a big pot of black-eyed peas yesterday and had another bowl of them today. I read a good article about lucky foods:

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My neighbor invited us over for Hoppin' John which is supposed to bring good luck. It already has she and I have a mutual friend and she showed up. Haven't seen her for a long time. It was awesome.

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Happy New Year, Everyone! Wishing you good health and good cheer!

"It is an old custom on New Year’s Day to toast each other, as well as the apple trees in the orchard. The toast is “Wassail!” and the drink is wassail, too.
"Wassail comes to us from the Old English Wes Hel: “Be of good health!”

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I may be doing an anti-diet this year. Just tired of thinking about it LOL. I'm quilting now but need to get some photos done.

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I finally did get the bookmarks done after a few starts and stops. I watercolored some and taped them down so they wouldn't curl up, but they tore the tape up and curled anyway, then the tape (painters tape) ripped some of it off, so that was one start. I got a few made with just some curved stripes with markers, but the markers dried up. Finally my friend told me that the laminating would straighten them out so I used the watercolors again. Just used some alizirin crimson, white blue and green in very pale so it would look like sky, clouds and grass. Then put some stickers on and a bible verse on the back. We got them laminated the next day. They were a little amateurish, but turned out pretty good. I found some cross charms and put them on with some crochet thread.

I can understand about the food. Yesterday I made cookies to take with to my friend's. I tried a couple, but left what hadn't been eaten there, so at least I don't have them to tempt me. I still have a sugar cookie mix to make, but I think I will just leave that for next year or if I need some for something. I have really been trying to figure out what I am going to do in the future to make sure I eat healthier. I still get the yearning for sweets, but I am going to try to make them some kind of fruit.



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I am trying to shake things up a bit. I'm having too much fun not thinking about food and I am afraid if this keeps up I'll be really disappointed on my next scale stop.

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Sounds like a fun class. I'd love to see pics. Hope the bookmarks go smoothly. My DH loves all kinds of bookmarks so it is fun to make them.

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12/12/16 9:33 P

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Saturday I managed to add a little more to that craft stuff, though not too much and I have the place to put it. I went to a class in the afternoon on making Christmas Light Earrings. I made 2 pair there and brought home lights for 2 more pair. I haven't looked to see if the 2 I made are still together. The lights kept going crooked and weren't sticking too well. I bought some wires and caps for them and I have beads here that I think will work so I didn't get any more of them.

I have been really bad and haven't even started on my bookmarks. I was wondering what to do with them and I think I will paint the background some different colors, then find something to glue on them for designs. Still not sure about that. Also have to get the tile coasters done. Today has been for cooking and laundry, though.



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12/12/16 8:49 P

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I have that same kind of stress, Darlene. I end up buying, saving, or "rescuing" too many art and craft items, and now I don't know where I'm going to put them! I don't manage my time as well as I should, so I end up with a big stash of stuff for various projects that never get done. I must resolve to do better in 2017!

How wonderful that you are helping to instill a love of art in your little 4-year-old neighbor! Watching children play with finger paints puts a smile on my face.

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The laminating machines were either $15 or $20, but they wouldn't do anything over about 4" wide, so not really worth it if I ever wanted to do anything larger. The lady there gave me the coupon discount on the things I got for it, but normally they aren't allowed to give any discount on those unless they are on the closeout table. The company that makes them doesn't allow it.

I get stressed when I try to figure out where I can put things in this house. I just have too much, but can't figure out what to get rid of that I might need at a later time. When I got my new mattress I piled stuff in the study and now I don't have a place to do my painting. I will have to move everything so that I can do that.

Today I contributed to my neighbor's art skills. Her 4th birthday isn't until tomorrow, but I didn't want to forget it, so I gave her some finger paints and a big pad of newsprint. She was really excited for that.



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I find it hard to do art when I'm stressed and everything is out of order here, too. But "they" say that doing some sort of artwork when you are stressed is good for you.

Maybe you would want to try your hand at a different kind of art while you are living out of boxes. Maybe try to write and doodle a few minutes in an art journal or practice some small drawings? I would imagine that getting to your oil painting for any stretch of time would be difficult -- and frustrating!

A lot of times I will practice my calligraphy with markers instead of getting out my inks and light table.

Good luck with the remodeling. No wonder you're stressed out!

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I had started an oil painting plus I practice my calligraphy just about everyday. Well, our house is now being remodeled and everything is turned upside down.I'm living out of boxes having too move from one room to another.
How can you do art when you're stressed out?

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nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/12/to-be-
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We should create something each day to be happier. Here's an article to back up that statement!

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Lots of great ideas. I only paid 20 dollars for my laminating machine but the sleeves are kind of spendy.

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Sounds like you got in on a really good craft show! Glad you were able to come home with so many good ideas.


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Laminating is what I was looking at to finishing the bookmarks. The stuff I got was just laminating without a machine. They had a couple small machines that I was looking at, or rather one machine. The other was replacement cartridges for it. Both the same price. My friend also told me that I could use clear shelf paper that is sticky, but I wasn't at the right store for that.

Today I started out to go to a program on food gifts, but ended up stopping in a small craft show and saw quite a few ideas. There were watercolor things like cards and bookmarks, one lady had some coloring pages about 3 x 3 that she was working on and then put in frames. She may have put the design on heavy paper to get those started. One guy had tiles with alcohol ink designs (actually pictures, like flowers and such) and that is something I had already gotten to make some coasters. I didn't know those inks would do pictures like that, though. Maybe it would work easier with misket on it so the ink doesn't run all over the place. Writing this down, that really seems like a good idea. Another place she did pottery coasters by pressing leaves into the greenware/plaster before firing. So lots of ideas. Even one on changing the scarf idea to one where it is just a "collar" instead of a long scarf. That I might be able to finish, where I am not sure I could finish a long one.

Meanwhile, I am going to take a nap.



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12/3/16 7:28 P

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I bought a laminating machine. I wonder how that would work for bookmarks?

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Great projects, Darlene, and a good idea to seal the watercolor bookmarks so they don't get color on the book text.

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That's really awesome! !

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emoticon emoticon That is really nice.

I got an idea from a friend on Facebook and Sparkpeople for some small Christmas gifts. She is using stickers to make some bookmarks and ornaments. I am thinking whether I can use watercolors to make some bookmarks. I have the stuff to put them on and today I got some laminating stuff that seals without heat so I can protect them if I make them. Also got some new yarn in the Broncos colors for a young Bronco fan. I am hoping I can get done what I have ideas for now. The yarn is for a knitted neck scarf and I don't know if I can figure out the pattern. I can just make it plain knit or knit/pearl. Hope it doesn't take me too long to get it done.



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Awww gosh you guys, I'm embarrassed! 😆
Thank you so much :)

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This is absolutely gorgeous! You deserved that award!
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Beautiful. I love it.

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This was my 1st serious watercolor! It won an award on Flickr.

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That is beautiful.



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Spending more time creating art from my photos.

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No problem we'll talk about it more.

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Not sure I would know how to do this or be able to really. I can try, but if I don't like what I do I don't know that I would want to trade something icky to somebody.



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I can wait until November. I will be traveling again in October and have a few projects going now. How about everyone else?

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F8CONE8 mentioned that it might be time for another team ATC swap. I'm working on my 50th-year high school class reunion, so I'm swamped until October, if even then. So don't wait on me if you want to have one due in September. They are fun, if any of you have never done them.

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Very nice, Darlene!

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Thank you.



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These are wonderful.


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Those cards are awfully little for me right now. I did try one that is postcard size for my class. We were to have some for critique. I kept getting interrupted, so was doing them the night before class.

Original photo the color was a little different, but I couldn't match it in there:


My other was these irises. I couldn't get it to not have such sharp edges (and couldn't see too well the source picture for the small things like the yellow), so I was having a lot of problems with it.




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There are many ATC tutorials online. This is just one of many. Enjoy www.wikihow.com/Make-Artist-Trading-
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I went to the Admas County Fair yesterday because I wanted to see a dog act that was there. While there I went in and looked at the art and photography competition pictures. It was the only competition stuff they had at the fair that I could see. I noticed that the watercolor they had there didn't have even one realistic picture, so I guess that is the kind of watercolor that is preferred. I think if the one lady in our class who does swirls and hearts and such all over her paper would have won it. There was another section (can't remember what it was) that the pictures looked like little kids had done them (the little kids section was in another part and some of them did really good ones that were realistic). The photos were good and they must have had some really long range telephotos for some. And there was one that had a bee on a flower, something I have been trying to get for years and never have succeeded.

Last week I went to the Denver County Fair, which was larger. I know they have an art area somewhere, but I didn't see it when I was there. There was a booth with artist trading cards, but they wanted $10 to make a card so I didn't make any. Maybe I can find out how to do something like that at home.



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It is so nice to have so much here in our little town. We are so lucky.

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Have been going to the local shows lately. What fun to hear local talent singing their hearts out.

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I hope you've been enjoying the classes, Darlene, because you're doing a great job. I find it more helpful when the instructor demonstrates how to wield the brush.
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Well, I'm back from my Friday jaunts (watercolor class and shopping anyway). Did a bit more on my fox, but have a little more to do below his "collar" of light fur. I am taking so long on him. I need to do better at working on things here at home so I can get a couple things done for critique next week. That will be our last class. I have finally learned to start out light with washes and then work toward the dark. Wonder what I will do if I do any oils after this. Here is my fox so far:


This is what we were doing last week. Suppose to try it to get the trees in (both the big ones and the tiny ones in the background) and then learn how today. He told us what to do, but didn't demonstrate, so the little directions are written on there, so you might see writing. Mine didn't turn out too bad, but my foreground trees are a little off.


They don't look too bad in the photos.



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I took a class from here in 1990. Wow how time flies.

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Thanks for the info on the youtube videos. Our PBS doesn't have Susan Scheewe right now. It is interesting that she is using the acrylics on them. When I watched her before on TV she did only watercolor and I looked at some of her books and they were all watercolor back then.

I have quite a bit left to do on that fox so that he always looks like a fox and not a cat, but I am hopeful that I will get him to look right. So far he looks a lot better than anything else I've been trying. Well, I always did like drawing animals.



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I think you're making great progress, Darlene, and your fox looks wonderful!

Our PBS channel is showing a painting series by Susan Scheewe. You can do a search of her name on YouTube and find some of her video lessons there. She does mainly florals, using acrylics on a wet surface which makes the paint react like watercolors.

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Another class for me today. It went a bit better, I think. We did a salt on just some lines of paint to see what the result would be, one with mixes of just streaks of paint in different designs and plastic wrap put over it, and then a fox. My fox is just starting and it is hard to tell him from a cat, but I think he will turn out okay. (hopefully better than what my computer does to me) Anyway, here are the results of today's class:



Tomorrow they come to install the TV system. I looked up the channels on it and I don't get the channel that most of the art shows are on. It has the other PBS channels, but they have mostly stuff like politics and such. I am going to see if there is a way to switch between that TV and antenna TV or I will not be able to see the art programs. The library has about 3 videos on art classes.



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I have duplicates of everything myself, but it is because I have so much junk that I keep losing things (in that case maybe the paints) or I think I can't get them open. Or else that thing about needing something to draw on when I am not at home. I have my oils separated into the different color areas in baggies, but I think I am going to have to throw out most of them. They are so messy and the oil leaking out of them.

At Judy's we did Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, too. I think we started with trying to draw our hand (it was 20 years ago, so I am not sure) and then we did a person. Wish I could find the canvas I started on that. It actually turned out to look like the girl I was doing. Then I took a class called "Anyone Can Draw." Well, anyone in that class could draw except me. When we did the bluebird in my watercolor class he said to start with two circles, one a little larger than the other. Then triangles for the beak and tail. I tried following that and the poor bird is really suffering. It is how all the books teach drawing, though. I just can't do it that way. I just have to have something in front of me like a picture or animal or plant and just try to get the drawing to look like that without all those circles.



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It has been almost 25 years since I seriously painted anything. My neighbors were both elderly and the one who was an artist left her painting supplies to me (among other things.) She seems to have had the beginnings of alzheimers as she had so much in her supplies and duplicates of everything. I gave our high school and an artist friend some of the hundreds of items. I kept about 40 brushes, the canvas, and paints. Lots of oils and a few pastels. I already had brushes and some pastels. I am going to get back into painting as I can't bear to let these items go to waste.

I never was good at drawing but I took a class called drawing on the right side of the brain. I drew a picture of my youngest soon and it came ut identifiable!! Unfortunately, I will pretty much be starting over now as it has been so long. What the heck. I do it for fun and I have no pressure to be a professional or anything.

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My paints are from tubes, but in a set. No way could I afford to get all the paints individually. One of the ladies in the class uses her little granddaughter's cake sets, though. Of course, she taught art, so she really knows fairly well what she is doing. She said she just never applied what she was teaching to her own art work so she is taking the class.

I think the smaller round brush I have is a 2, but I'm not sure. It might be a 0.

I have one of those projectors that I can project onto the canvas. Don't know where I got it, but probably one of the local art stores. I know that at least one of those is the cheapest place around here to get things and they have the better items most of the time (that doesn't include the paint I got, but that was the 2nd cheapest set they had and actually is suppose to be a good quality paint).

Haven't gotten too far with my cleaning. I managed to eat enough to make myself sick. Might take a nap and then start in again.



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Yes, a No. 4 round. Depending on the size of your piece, a No. 8 will work fine too. It's my second choice on most things. I use watercolor from paint tubes on a pallet I set up most of the time but the cake sets work okay too. They tend to be a little grainier and harder on your brushes though. I'm terrible with watercolor pencils and pastels. One of the owners of the gallery downtown is a watercolorist and does workshops and I've been tempted to try that because I suspect a lot of these tools I just need to be physically shown how to use properly.

I hear you on the drawing. I hated my drawing skills for a long time and finally broke down and bought a small opaque projector from Aaron Brothers with birthday money (my FIL didn't know anything about art or the supplies but wanted to help). I used that to create the drawings I wanted to paint from for a while and my drawing got better with the practice.

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Franclyn, are you talking about a No. 4 round brush? I have 8, 10, and 12 rounds, a couple really thin rounds for more detail, and a couple filberts (I think that is what they are called) and a fan brush besides the mop brush I just got. I suppose my mop brush from my oils would have worked since that is soft, too, but I wanted to keep them separate. My landscapes I tried last week I was doing the sky around the clouds, but it didn't wind up looking too good.

I thought I had a 2nd watercolor set that I hadn't opened, but from what I found I think it was actually something called watercolor pastels. So I have a bunch of them, but with my drawing lately I don't know that those would be used much. I also have a ton of sketch pads and drawing pencils and color pencils because I used to end up having to wait somewhere for appointments and ended up going to the art store downtown and getting another pad and drawing pencils. Then I ended up doing a lot of crocheting and stopped the drawing for a long time, so everything is turning out bad. Maybe I should have just started out trying to draw before trying a painting class.

I am hoping I will have a chance to do some drawing tonight and tomorrow night. That is what I was planning until I had to really change my internet and get the TV added to try to not have to pay as much. Now I have to clean up two rooms enough to get the stuff set up on Saturday. Stupid that the company can get my contract to a lower price (or even price) if I add TV to the internet contract. They raised myy internet cost by $30 a month and I have the slowest speed internet service



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Franclyn, are you talking about a No. 4 round brush? I have 8, 10, and 12 rounds, a couple really thin rounds for more detail, and a couple filberts (I think that is what they are called) and a fan brush besides the mop brush I just got. I suppose my mop brush from my oils would have worked since that is soft, too, but I wanted to keep them separate. My landscapes I tried last week I was doing the sky around the clouds, but it didn't wind up looking too good.

I thought I had a 2nd watercolor set that I hadn't opened, but from what I found I think it was actually something called watercolor pastels. So I have a bunch of them, but with my drawing lately I don't know that those would be used much. I also have a ton of sketch pads and drawing pencils and color pencils because I used to end up having to wait somewhere for appointments and ended up going to the art store downtown and getting another pad and drawing pencils. Then I ended up doing a lot of crocheting and stopped the drawing for a long time, so everything is turning out bad. Maybe I should have just started out trying to draw before trying a painting class.

I am hoping I will have a chance to do some drawing tonight and tomorrow night. That is what I was planning until I had to really change my internet and get the TV added to try to not have to pay as much. Now I have to clean up two rooms enough to get the stuff set up on Saturday. Stupid that the company can get my contract to a lower price (or even price) if I add TV to the internet contract. They raised myy internet cost by $30 a month and I have the slowest speed internet service



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I have used several mediums and all seem to have their pros and cons. One thing I like about watercolors is that frequently the medium itself can dictate the results. What I mean by that is the water can flow and give unexpected results, so as long as I don't try to totally control it, I can be delighted by the results. Oils are easier to dictate. Acrylics dry quickly and become a little darker so they have a challenge there. I used to do a lot of pastels too. Pen and ink was quite a challenge. Liked charcoal. When I first started landscapes I was overwhelmed by all the details!!!! Now I can simplify better so I can enjoy it more. I try not to be too critical of myself and that helps.

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I generally don't do landscapes much but clouds are one of those places where negative space is your best friend. Leave that space devoid of paint. Soften the edges of the sky around it by waiting until the pigment's had time to set but not until it's dry. Then take a brush (I generally go with a #4), dip it in the water, wipe it across your rag or paper towel lightly to get excess water off and gently pull at the edge of the sky pigments toward your negative space.

Oh, and your description of your battles with the medium on the whole? Almost word for word my battle with acrylics.

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I painted a few water colors several years ago when I was taking oil painting from a lady here in town (after another one turned me down because I hadn't told my parents about it -- I was 38 at the time). Those turned out good. Now I can't seem to do anything. Friday I tried 2 landscapes. The first one went in the trash. The second one I have here at home, but it is so bad I left class early and almost in tears. I can't get colors right, can't get shapes right. I wanted to paint a barn and even that turned out terrible. I went and got me a mop brush to see if that would help with clouds and sky, at least, because what I had wouldn't make fluffy clouds no matter what I did. What kind of brush do you use for that? In oils I would use a 1" or 1 1/2" flat brush, but that is much thicker tan the watercolor brush. The watercolor brush just made sharp lines everywhere.

Franclyn, I started in oils in a class at church. The only thing I did there that I didn't like was an abstract still life. I had always liked drawing. In high school they had acrylics and I hated them. I was so used to the oils and how easy they were to mix. I guess that is why I don't like what I have been getting in the watercolors. I can't get them to mix right at all. Then can't get the brushes to work for me and the paint is drying like acrylics to the point that even when I add more water it doesn't want to liquify.



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I think we all have our go to mediums for arts and crafts. I used to think photography was hard but after 23 years of practice I'm doing OK. My sewing is improving and I love art journals.

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