Monday, February 22, 2010

Inchy by Inch: Letter G



They have an inchie/twinchie challenge every Monday.
Go check it out - maybe you'd like to play too!
Today, I thought I'd show you step by step how I make my illustrations.




I draw directly from a photo on my computer. This is a photo I used in a post on my Words on Paperscraps blog, titled "Saving Red." I was writing about my geraniums that I overwinter in the house every year. I've had the same geraniums for over 5 years now - they are like members of the family :)








Using my Inchie Arts Twinchie ( 2 inch) Square base, I sketch it out lightly in pencil first.











Then I go over the pencil lines with my micron pen. It's a .01







After I've erased all of the pencil lines, I can paint in the colors. The Inchie Arts paperboard material takes the erasing without ruining the surface of the paper. That's important with watercolors. The watercolors I use are a traveling paint kit from Windsor Newton. They have all of the basic colors and it packs up neat and clean when I'm all done.


(you can click on any of the photos to get a larger view)


Thanks for all of your sweet comments on last week's Fuschia (oops) Fuchsia! I'm hoping to make it all the way through the alphabet with flowers from my garden - all of them grown by my sweet husband. He's got the real green thumb! If mine happens to be green, it's probably ink or paint or something like that!

19 comments:

*jean* said...

oo kimmie it's just beautiful! really lovely! my mother always overwintered her geraniums...

Joie Moring said...

Geraniums are one my all time favs (a love passed from my grandma, to mom, to me) I don't know if you plan to show them all as a set - but that would be so fun! your hand lettering has the feel of a word just being said outloud.

Fiona Whitehead said...

Gorgeous geranium Kimmie - they're my favourite flowers but I lost mine that I tried to overwinter. Just a small point though - we are just an inchy challenge blog and not twinchies - there is a separate blog that does twinchies so we try and stick to the one little inch.

Carola Zajdman said...

Gorgeous, love them all, waiting for other letters !

Kimmie said...

oh Fiona - that is My Bad!!! whoops! I think I'll continue with this set and come up with another plan for 1" square!

missy k said...

I love your (tw)inchie.... so pretty.

Karen

Elizabeth said...

Your painting is so pretty. I love everything that you do and envy your artistry!

Ellen said...

beautiful drawing and colouring

Lisa Lee said...

Oh my gosh! I have got to get you one of the spring green Inchie Magnetic Display boards! Your twinchie botanicals would look fabulous on it!

AngelaC said...

WOW that's so beautiful! I wish I could draw... that's probably why I love stamping so much. But your work is gorgeous.

ale said...

qué lindo kimmie!!! l love your inchies paintings!!!!l will adore to see more flowers!!!more beauty!!!! a big kiss for you and of course! for your husband that also makes more beauty in the garden!!!muchos besos!

Meadowlark Days said...

I'm loving your inchies!

And I'm participating in T Tuesday today!

neva gagliano said...

one green thumb, one multi-colored. full spectrum in your relationship.
btw, A+ spelling...no mr. geranium to check in on..as w/fusch!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Love your step by step inspiration Kimmie! These are so charming! and lucky you getting to enjoy flowers because of your special gardener!!!
oxo

S. Etole said...

that looks like so much fun ...

freebird said...

I debated on trying watercolor for my inchy but figured it might be too small. I know yours is a twinchie but it looks so wonderful I may just have to try it.

trisha too said...

So pretty!!

Your watercolors are so vibrant, they're just gorgeous!

:)

Odd Chick said...

I love this inchie! I love that you drew it from your computer. I'm so tired of wasting paper and ink to print my photos to paint them. You always do such clean, energized drawings!

Catharina Maria said...

BEAUTIFUL !!!!
love Rini