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  • Writer's pictureEli Allison

365 Days of Art, Week 12

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

If this is the first time you've been on my website... welcome to my doodle world.

So what's with 365 Days of art?

Join me on my art adventure. I create five pieces of art a week, one of which I'll show you how to do. It's all about inspiration and a love of creating.

Have a go with me or just sit back and be inspired.

I'm taking my tasks from the fabulous artist and art author Lorna Scobie.

I also have a Instagram. If you like what I do, then head on over and give us a like, you'll never miss out that way.

Day 56

Task; Fill the bowl with a mixture of fruit.

First up to bat is; Fill the fruit bowl. Simple enough except my fruit bowl always seems to be filled less with joyful fruit and more random crap that breeds into colonies of stronger, better, faster, random crap. Hence why my art today really is a reflection of my life.

Day 57

Task; Colour in the concentric circles.

So the instructions went on to say, 'Create moods with colour' which is a great way to learn and experiment with how pigmentation works except I was rushing. So I ended up with a circle (cough) that looked like a toddler had tried to paint a target on a moving object with their toes, mid earthquake. So I started again. In forgiving watercolour.

A light coat of water here, blobs of paint there, pencil crayons for the words and origami butterfly from here to really show off.

Day 58

Task: Design a T-shirt

Wouldn’t it be lovely if instead of brands or logos we had poetry written all over our clothes. So I picked my favourite poem, Remember by Christina Rossetti. A beautifully-sad blending of words.

Day 59

Task: Fill a page with yellow things

Let's smash it out of the park...

What you'll need:

Watercolour paper

A waterproof black pen


Step 1

Get your paper, paints and Uni-ink pen at the ready...just make sure to use the right paper, it's gunna get wet.

Ok clever clogs what sort of paper?

Strange fact; paper thickness is generated by weight. Take 500 sheets of white gold, weigh a square meter of it see how much it weighs and then bang you have your paper thickness. Light and flighty are anything less than 300gsm (or 140 lb in American). Strong and stable is 300gsm +

I'm using 300gsm for this masterpiece.

Now onto the nitty gritty... art darling.

So lightly draw some simple flower shapes, with an idea in your mind of how you're going to ink in this gorgeous beast. Add some flowers with more detail. Like below.

Step 2

Ink in your pencil drawing. Remember to use a waterproof pen; I use uni-pin fine line pens. But find one that works for you it's not a competition, but if it was I'd dominated, I have a fair few pens.

Ok so then rub out the old pencil lines and give yourself a congratulatory tea and biscuit you've just finished stage 2.

Step 3

With a brush lightly wet the area of the flower you're working on not too much though we are not looking for wet and wild more pleasantly damp. Then with a light yellow watercolour, drop the paint on to damp paper and let it spread.

Watercolours are the Linoleum of the art world, forgiving, easy to work with and looks great in kitchens... er...maybe only two of those are right. Lets plough on. If you feel up to it add another colour (I added orange) into the mix and let spread around with only the slightest of pushes, the water carries the paint in a lovely natural way. Minimum effort.

Step 4

Keep going. The blurring of the lines creates energy and life in your painting. This is why this is such a good medium to work in for a beginner. Be brave, let the colours run, cross over lines, experiment. Your art will thank you.

Day 60

Task: Colour in the dots.

You won't be surprised to learn that I didn't quite follow the instructions... I just liked the way the page already looked.

Hands up if you like monochrome... me sir...ME!

So I dug out my 0.05 super fine pen or as I like to call it my 'Ms Theron' and I got weird. Floating heads are just part of my life now.

Join me next week where I show you not one but two How-to's: brightly coloured flowers and space Calligraphy. I also play around with textures and waves, pop over it's all the fun of the fair. But if you can't wait, here is where it all began Week 1.

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