Art it Up! (31) – Completed Watercolors, and wooden plaques

November 13, 2014 Art it Up! 39

Fan Art Up buttonArt it Up! is a weekly feature hosted by Tabitha @ Not Yet Read. It is dedicated to showcasing our Art. It could be inspired by a book or some other entertainment media or even just whatever artistic thing you’ve done that week. Break out those dusty art supplies!

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This week’s art

I have made it a personal mission to do art on a daily basis from now on because it helps so much with stress so I have a bunch of art to show off this week. I know I know I’ve been seriously slacking on the reading. But I can’t help it – my attention span just is kicking me in the pants where reading is concerned. I do so much reading and typing for work that its taking all of the concentration power I have just to get my day job done that I haven’t the energy left over at the end of the day. I am however listening to audio books while I Art it Up yo! I’m currently listening to DREAMER’S POOL!

I hope you guys enjoy the watercolors. The pictures I took totally don’t do them justice. I’m not fabulous at it yet – but I hope to get there someday! These are cropped images of the full pictures because I didn’t want to load all four of them individually (cause yes I’m lazy). I also finally opened my Etsy Shop and even added it to my sidebar (but I realized I’m more excited about stocking up the art I create for the local craft fair rather then listing it in the shop (because hey they charge you to list stuff…even if it is only 20 cents…then they take a 3.5% cut!…plus let’s face it – Etsy is so saturated with awesome art that my stuff will likely pale in comparison and get no love LOL)

I just remembered too – that months ago folks were saying I should add color to my drawings and hey – wish granted here they are in loud screaming color. I still haven’t mastered those blasted copic markers though!

watercolors misc

You’ll recall from last week that you saw a sketch of a particular frog jester girl. Well this week I turned her into a color pencil illustration on a wooden plaque. I really love how she turned out. I definitely still plan to finish her as a watercolor, but true to form I was feeling very A.D.D. and scatterbrained and got bored with my lack of progress on the watercolors and certain techniques I am trying to get down so I felt I needed a different medium for a day. Here is a close up of her and a fuller shot. I changed her toy into a cat (because yah I love cats).

frog jester Cpencils

 The original sketch from last week on the right hand side.

BW sketch watercolors2

And here is another little guy that I designed weeks ago that was actually the first attempt at the color pencil on wood.

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Again sorry for the crappy photos!

You can see lots more of my daily doodles over on my instagram! Remember if you decide to participate via Twitter or Instagram please use #ArtitUp so we can all checkout your doodles!


Random Doodle of the Week

I can’t really go a day without switching from one project to another – so one of the days earlier this week I was crocheting this toy that I had a head just laying around for…and decided – you shall be my voodoo cat! So I fashioned some arms and a body (jeez I wish I would have written down the patter for it!)  Then later that night when that part of him was done I was holding him in my hand and thought OMG he’s soooooooooo cute I must sketch him. So I did – including my hand.  This little guy is actually pretty much finished now – he has legs already sewn on as well. I just need to find some cool red fabric to stitch on his red heart and maybe add a big X stitch on his forehead like the one in my doodle.

kat crochet w sketch


This Week’s Crafty AGGRAVATION!

Color theory / schemes and all that jazz! Now that I’m “coloring” my doodles I’ve realized making them look good with color is a whole nother bag of tricks and I’m not a natural at it what so ever. I also realize I need more hmmm context for the pictures – or you know background items so they aren’t just objects/figures floating in white space. So I’m working on that as well.   There are also a ton of watercolor techniques I wish I knew how to do and some of them are impossible to find youtube tutorials for because heck I don’t know what those techniques are called!

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When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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39 Responses to “Art it Up! (31) – Completed Watercolors, and wooden plaques”

    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Yeah the colors in the images aren’t true to life. I am too lazy and equipment dense to be able to figure out how to fix the resolution on my scanner so that it scans better. Also some of them I used my phone to take the pictures lol. I’m totally not a photographer!

      I totally adore both of those! I can’t wait to share more of them. I’m growing a stack of watercolors. I’ve been matting the ones that I like after I’ve finished and sticking them in little cellophane sleeves then boxing them away for the craft fair or anime convention cause I am totally going to get a “artist table” at the artist alley in my local anime convention this coming year. Since my style is very kawaii cutesy.

      I am going to do the frog jester coming out of a jack in the box soon! Just have to get the box dimensions/look down. I still have a lot of improvement I need in perspective and dimensions.
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Yes it has! I’ve finished so much this week. I finished a doll that had been sitting around in my craft room for YEARS. Then I finished that voodoo kitty toy whose head had been sitting around without a body for several months (which is amazing for me because I tend to leave body parts just lonely and orphaned in my crochet project bags never to be sewn together but this one I decided to sew together as I completed each peice instead of waiting to do it all at once and that really helped me to finish it. You’d think instead sewing it all at once at the end would be quicker but for me and my procrastination it isn’t lol.

      I really should put some up – I have a bunch all waiting to be sewn together. I just feel like they wouldn’t sell well because they take so long to make – so I wouldn’t even know how to price them!! You have suggestions – I’m all ears.
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  1. Kim { Book Swoon }

    Congratulations on opening your Etsy shop, Tabitha! I’m not sure which design is my favorite – they’re all so adorable, but I’m thinking the frog jester girl is stealing the show. And, I agree with Carmel – please put add some of you crochet pieces to your shop. Hope your enjoying Dreamers Pool – I can’t wait to hear what you think 🙂
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Yes the Frog jester!! My sister loves how saturated the colors are. I had to color so hard, press so hard on the wood over and over again to get it to saturate like that because it wasn’t paper. But totally worth the cool look I think!

      If you ever do want one of the specific toys I’ve made you can always email me directly cause Etsy takes such a chunk of profits from sellers that I didn’t realize. Plus I haven’t the foggiest idea about how I’ll price my toys yet!! Deciding on pricing is the worst! Hence why I can’t wait to try my luck at a craft fair – so I can get some opinions from shoppers too.
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  2. Livia @ Butterfly-o-Meter Books

    Oooooo, I love the little guys on wood!!! SO awesome!! Love all of them, but the those guys on wood are so adorable, I’d totally put some of those up in a baby room (if I had one, baby I mean, lol) 😀

    Art is definitely therapeutic, I think it’s a fabulous idea to be creative in order to reduce stress levels, and I’m thrilled it works for you!
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  3. Silvara

    I love all your art, it’s adorable! You’re making me want to unpack my box of painting stuff and my ceramics, but my house is too cold and I don’t want to… *laughs*

    For some reason, I really love the girl (doll?) in the top set of 4 you did. The one in the purple outfit with the cat. That’s my favorite from your post this week. And yay etsy! Once I get a job again, I can foresee I will be spending $$ there…
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      You totally need to unpack those art supplies! How could you ever put them away for shame!!! I love ceramics but they don’t give me enough instant gratification – the process is just so long, sculpt, fire, glaze, fire bla bla I get so impatient. And not enough control for me over the end product when it comes to glazes but then I’m not an expert at it – I’m sure control comes with time.

      Yes I love the purple girl! Hopefully I can turn her into a doll. I am trying to design some dolls in the style of my drawings.

      Thanks for the support and encouragement!
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      • Silvara

        Oh yeah! I totally get that. And I’d have the same instant-gratification issue as you. Only I don’t do that kind of ceramic painting. I get the unglazed figures (that have already been baked and are basically ‘done’ except for painting), then paint them with acrylic paints. After they’re dry, they get a clear coat put on to keep the paint from getting messed up and they’re done.

        Once I get the library/craft room set up, I’ll start working on them again and post up some pictures. My bookshelves are finally made and the books need to be put on shelves instead of in piles on the floor and tables, and THEN I’ll be able to deal with the ceramics! *laughs*.

        If you get that girl made into a doll, I want to see her! She may have to come home with me… If you don’t keep her yourself!
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  4. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Your artwork is so cute! I’ve been enjoying seeing them on instagram and reading your more thorough thoughts on them here was very interesting. I’m glad you are branching out and learning new things with it – it’s so great to see how your art develops!
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  5. lynnsbooks

    Your jester is so good. The colours are lovely. I can’t believe how busy you’ve been. I really like the child in the pink bunny suit and I think the picture of you holding the crocheted critter is really good – I love having the detail of the hand in the picture.
    Lynn 😀
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  6. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Very Nice! Again 🙂 I suspect you’ll get happier with your color choices as you do more 🙂 And I don’t know that its poor choices as much as maybe what you picked didn’t quite fit your vision with the final product 🙂 Everything I’ve seen looks great (though I guess maybe you don’t show the ones your not as happy with? dunno). But I think if you weren’t great at picking colors, you wouldn’t feel like something was off. If that makes any sense 🙂
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Thanks Danya! Kat actually bought her I couldn’t believe it. I’ve made a few more since the jester and really love how they have all turned out!

      I can’t wait to do the fair, I’m sad it’s like middle of next year but I am going to try to do a small one in February so we will see!
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