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A Year of Art, Week 36

Updated: May 21, 2021

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 weeks How-To is watercolour rain. I also mess about with beloved Adventure Time character PB, explore the colour green, and get the oil pastels out.

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

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

Day 176

Task: Draw the Weather

Monday How do you draw, Meh?

Pencil Case Supplies

A4 watercolour paper (350gsm works well.)


Blue, black and white watercolours.

blue ink writing pen

Felt tips

Sliver pen, (optional)

Stage One

First things first take your a4 and stretch it out. Here's a great video to showing you how. This is an important step, as otherwise, you'll end up with artwork with more lumps and bumps than me in a swimsuit.

Once you've done that, take a pale blue and paint the puddle, create a light blue for the base with darker dots blended into the puddle.

Stage Two

Once the dry, paint the 'rain' section. A light bluey grey colour, nothing too dark we want to see the words. Paint in a downwards strip style, to give the feel of water raining down. Let dry.

Stage Three

Draw some lines with a ruler in pencil (lightly does it) for the 'rain' to follow. Take your blue ink pen, and start writing in your best handwriting the word 'rain'. Take a felt tip for the 'dot' rain and different blue for the lines. See the image for a ref.

To create the ripples, draw oblongs in either sliver pens, or just the blue ink where the rain hits. Make the oblongs overlap, intersect, wiggly aka not perfect. Have raindrops, in this case, little letters and dots fling off, to create a fun element.

Day 177

Task: Colour


Lets knock yesterday's grey with a rainbow... Terms and conditions apply.

Day 178

Task: Who Inspires You At The Moment?


I recently read 'This is going to Hurt by Adam Kay for Book Club*, and his description of what it takes to be a health care professional was fucking terrifying. Fancy a job we're you'll be abused by patients and management, shat on, over worked, under appreciated, shat on, have to move work places every year while training, see all human tragedy ring side, shat on, fight death and pay for and have to pass exams for the rest of your career, and did I mention the shit? And now like pubes on a pile of vomit COVID has popped it's head up to really spice thing up. So there was only one answer to this question... Keep shining you crazy diamonds, please don't leave. Pic was created in oil pastels.

*Book Club is a fancy term for speed-talking wine chats over Zoom.

Day 179

Task: Fill a Page with Green


Green Grass of home...? Expect I'm a city human and you can't force me to go anywhere I don't want to.

Day 180

Task: Draw a Fictional Character

Friday What time is it....

Mother F*cking Adventure Time bitches! Me and my mini carbon unit* started watching it together back when she was pocket sized and I was managing with sleeps on the toilet and blinking; Adventure Time saved me. Saved me from becoming a 'One Woman Rampage in Pepper Pig Themed Soft Play' headline. Adventure Time is about a young boy and his Dog, nothing to see here right? Expect the young boy in question is the last human on Earth and his dog Jake is a shape shifting father to five Rainicorn-dog hybrids. Sweet right?

My favorite character is PB, short for Princess Bubble Gum she's made of candy, a kick-arse dictator and a science nerd. All the things I want to be when I grow up. I thought it would be cool to draw her Eli style, so here is, half dead.

That's it folks

... Join me next Friday where I manhandled apples, polka dots 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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