March 21, 2016

Travel Sketch Rolls.....

I've had a lot of people take notice of my Travel Sketch Rolls that I use to tote around my art supplies.  By request I've added some to my shop.  They measure about 9" x 13" unfolded so they're smaller than your average brush roll.  I can tuck in all the supplies you see below.  This assortment holds my metal travel paint palette, pens, brushes, pencil, eraser and more. 
 This set up includes a small sketch book along with pencil, eraser and an assortment of pens.
 Here's the Travel Sketch Roll in use.  I wrap the ribbon tie around the folded over roll and stand it upright so I can easily reach my tools.
 For travel and storage just fold over the flap and fold the roll in half.  Wrap the tie around and tuck in for closure.  Throw it in your purse or art bag.  Easy peasy.
 How about the planner lovers?  These would be great for highlighters, pens and the like.  This one below is available in my shop now.
 So is this one of a kind Travel Sketch Roll made from vintage fabric.  There's a few more styles too.
You can find them RIGHT HERE.  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out my Instagram at MishWooderson for more artsy stuff.

March 14, 2016

Spring Rain series of cards...

I've been practicing my watercolor clouds which resulted in a nice little pile of pretty landscapes.  
 That led to a series of cards in my Spring Rain series.
 I revised the colors in my palette and the best way to get to know your colors is to just play around with them.
 I wrapped up all the cards with a clear envelope and pretty purple ribbon.  Perfect for you and perhaps one for a friend.  I love tucking these into Easter baskets or little birthday bags as everyone could use a card.
 Cards are now up on my shop HERE.
Thanks for stopping by today!

March 4, 2016

Close to Home series of cards...

This month I'm setting a goal for a daily landscape sketch using my #closetohome hashtag on my Instagram account.  Today I'm sharing some miniature landscapes created with beautiful handmade watercolors.  
 I turned my mini landscapes into some blank greeting cards, numbering the limited edition series with my Close to Home theme.
 All of these landscapes were painted from country landscapes near my home.
 I love winding roads as you just never know what journey they may take you on.
 Beautiful trees and hillsides fading into the distant sky.
 The trees are just now getting their leaves so I'm even more excited to do some en plein air painting.
 My cards are all up for sale in my shop today, my first official paintings are now listed.
You can find the shop link here.  Thanks for stopping by.

February 26, 2016

My art pouch...

So when it comes to storage for almost anything, plastic is not an option for me.  I love handmade, fabric, wood or something vintage.  Below you can see my art pouch that I made to hold an assortment of art supplies.  I can dump it all in and I just love rummaging around for things.  I keep some charcoal pencils and things that get dusty and chalky contained in vintage metal pencil cases found while thrifting.  My pouch is broken in well now and it's soft and slouchy and I love it.  All vintage fabrics, of course.  
 I have one extra one I created in my shop right now.  If there's interest I may make more + I've experimented with flat pencil cases and different sizes.
There's just something about handmade and vintage that speaks to me. It feels more special and has more meaning.   

 Plus it's a one of a kind item.
Let me know what you think.  My girls are already requesting some handmade pouches for their makeup and friends for presents.  Great idea, girls!

February 23, 2016

Watercolored teacup...

Sharing an entry in my artist journal.  Today it's watercolored teacups.  I started by sketching first with pencil then using my Lamy Safari fountain pen...ink is not waterproof.  
 Great practice and I love that the blue ink bled a little.  Reminds me of that beautiful blue China.
 Closeup of the beautiful way watercolor has a mind of it's own.
 Detail of notepad with shadows.
 I used my Sketch 3 method for this journal entry.  That means that I simply did 3 different types of sketches.  I did the main tea cup with notepad, the blue teacup and the more detailed pattern.  I find that when I take the extra effort to sketch something three different ways, I get more and more practice.
And......#practiceisart.  You can find more of my #mishsketch3 entries on my Instagram account, MishWooderson.  Thanks for stopping by today!

February 12, 2016

Plein Air Painting and John Muir...

I'm so inspired by our beautiful country.  Landscapes are definitely my favorite thing to draw and paint, whether it be from a photograph, a vintage postcard, a book...but especially right from nature itself.  Today I have a mixed media spread from a small artist journal, featuring a landscape inspired by this postcard below. 
 This was my set up of supplies.  I'm painting inside because it's still fairly cold for outdoor painting for me.
 Some of my colors inspired by a small travel palette from Green Earth and Blue Berry.
 My finished painting.
 I found this wonderful quote from John Muir to add at the end.
 Although this painting was done outside, I went out later and did a watercolor sketch from my vehicle.  Sketching outside just brings all the senses alive.  It's really the best way to capture the true essence of a landscape.
 That brings me to Plein Air painting.  It means paint outside, simply.  And John Muir?  You've probably read a lot of his nature inspired quotes.  He was a conservationist and a leading role in why we get to visit beautiful places that we call call National Parks.
I'd love for you to watch this video about John Muir's role in the history plein air painting.  It's fascinating to me and I've watched it several times.  If you have an interest to paint landscapes, especially from the great outdoors, this is a must see short documentary.  It's from the great people of Plein Air Magazine and the Paint Outside website.  It's called Outside The Lines and direct link is HERE. I hope you enjoy.....and let me know what you think.

February 2, 2016

Vintage postcard inspired watercolored flowers...

The past two weeks I've been enjoying Jeanne Oliver's classed called Reflections: Paint Your Story.  Today's art session was inspired by a video Jeanne posted about abstract flowers.  I used the vintage postcard shown below for my inspiration.  
 The sketchbook I'm using is a Dylusions small journal with a snippet of vintage ledger pasted on.  The papers aren't high quality watercolor paper but perfect for some sketching with paints.
 I used Pan Pastels to add the blue and yellow shading in the background.
 I'm loving the look of scribbly drawn lines with watercolor added.  Graphite will always be a favorite medium of mine.
 Soft and airy, such a good sketch for staying loose.
 A good day to make art.
Thanks for joining me today.

January 28, 2016

New aprons just listed....

JUST LISTED....a fun new batch of embellished, vintage aprons have just been added to my online shop.  If you've been following my blog, you may remember my recipe box project a few posts down.  These darling aprons would be a fun gift to go along with the recipe boxes, especially for a bridal shower or wedding gift...a graduation gift....or someone who just purchased a new house.  If you're the artsy type, these would be fun art aprons to wear while painting.  You can find them HERE.  















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