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  • Writer's pictureEli Allison

A Year of Art, Week 33

Updated: Apr 21, 2022

So what's the mamma jammer deal with a year of art?

It's all about inspiration and a love of art. I create five pieces a week, one of which I'll show you how to do. This week it gets pretty foodie with Pie doodles, apples and banana bread. This week's How To is super simple and lots of fun.

Here is last week's article for those that missed it.

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

Day 161

Task; Draw A Thing That Makes You Happy

Monday Still riding the those September sun beams... by hiding indoors.

This way by far the hardest of all the tasks. I mean what's there to be happy about? Covid is running through the society like a Taco Bell Volcano Supreme and eight beers and the world was caught without a toilet. So basically there's sh*t everywhere.

Right... what makes me happy? Drawing. Sarcasm....Pies. Ah Pies... I love quaintly named pies. Or as my friend used to call them: Tarts with tops on. How Flippin' cute right?!?

Day 162

Task: Draw Something You Ate

Tuesday I've been overrun with abandoned bananas for years. Every week I buy those bendy sticks of yellow hope and every week biscuits get shoved in instead. Bananas left to rot, discarded until I found this recipe. Now I'm a regular Martha Stewart. Baking, making and freezing my banana bread in slices ready for my gob well whenever... So what better recipe to illustrate?

As usual, I took it too far.

I love how this Recipe card turned out though. The elements are balanced, the colours pop, and the mixed media photos and doodle overlay feels fun and fresh. Oh the cleverness of me.

Day 163

Task: Doodle

Wednesday I sometimes worry about my brain...

If you like weird illustrations then hit up my Comic Strip Section. WARNING it's dark.

Day 164

Task: Play with Colour


Went hard on the old abstract vibe. I wanted to see what would happen if I flicked art masking liquid and then painted over as normal, I've got to say I love it. The circles aren't quite right, but the feel of the painting is energetic and carefree. Will be playing around with this idea in the future.

Day 165

Task: Add Patterns to the Apples


Pencil Case Supplies

Watercolour Paper Blue and Green watercolours Uni pen: 0.05 and 0.5

Paint brush.

Stage One

Get your colours ready, a light and dark green, and a greeny teal. Once we start painting we should work quickly, so the colours blend naturally like cocktails and Happy Hour. Paint a lightly coloured circle on to your page.

Stage Two

While everything is still damp, create the soft V for the top of the apple, and make the apple shape slightly wider.

Stage Three

Working quickly take your much darker paint and add to the apple shape Ying Yang style. Wet your brush, (but not too much) and work the lighter and darker paints together. Too much water will wash it out, but not enough, you end up with a hard edge.

Stage Four

Dot your teal colour in interesting places on the apple. Don't overthink it. Let the colours party, Collage style. Let it dry.

Inking Stage

Once the apple is dry. Let's draws. A little different this week, I've broken the image down rather than show everything in stages.

Once you've finished one apple, have a play around. Creating different watercolours effects, by swirling the paint, or creating lines. Then overlaying them with various styles and ideas. See what feels right to you and remember have fun.

That's it folks

... Join me next Friday where I tackle fairy lights, houses, shoes and much more.

Head on over to Twitter and tag me any arty creations you've made, I love to see how other people engage with the tasks. I'm also on the old Instagram but I tend to get confused and make all the kids embarrassed if I wander around in there too much.

If you can't wait until next week for more art, here is where it all began; Week 1.

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