A Step Forward

Prints From Original Artwork | Whims And Fancies

 

Hi Everyone!  I have something really exciting to share with you today.  A few months after the beginning of Whims And Fancies, I started creating paper piecing patterns because I wanted to create quilt blocks from the images that I drew.  Drawing and painting have always been a part of my world, ever since I learned how to hold a pencil.  After months of sharing my paintings here and being encouraged by your kind words, I have decided to sell some of my artwork as prints.

 

 

 

 

I worked on these prints every waking moment of the last few weeks.  I won’t bore you with the details, but somewhere in there, I sneaked in some quick sewing.  I needed a larger zipper-bag to carry sketchbooks and colour pencils.  I love making these two-tone bags.  The clock and the math fabric were made for each other.

 

 

 

 

I like the combination of red and grey, hence the red zipper.  I selected the grey lining fabric for two reasons – it won’t show the colour pencil rubbings and the red pops very well against it.  I really love this bag and now I carry it in my backpack whenever I travel.

 

Speaking of travel, you may have noticed that a lot of my paintings are inspired by my travels.  So, no surprise there that the prints I selected were inspired by places that I have visited.

 

Without further ado, here is the very first set of paintings –

 

 

Weathered Scottish Abbey - Print From Original Artwork | Whims And Fancies

 

Weatherd Scottish Abbey On Etsy

 

I painted most of this one during the long hours of travel during our flight, both to and from England.  It is based on the picture I took at Dryburgh Abbey in Scotland. I so enjoyed the tranquil moment standing alone in front of this aged and wet stone abbey chapter house ruin that it became the subject of my painting.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf - Print From Original Artwork | Whims And Fancies

 

Magician’s Bookshelf on Etsy

 

If you have known me for a while now, you probably know how much I love books.  I also love old ruins and stonework.  I created a Magician’s Bookshelf full of magic books, featuring a candlelit bookshelf adorned with stone leaves, and a wise raven watching over the books.

 

 

Heather In The Yorkshire Moors - Print From Original Artwork | Whims And Fancies

 

Heather In The Yorkshire Moors on Etsy

 

During one of our countless visits to the British Isles, we drove out one afternoon to the outskirts of Whitby in Yorkshire.  The fields were covered by heather as far as the eye could see, and the sky was full of flowing clouds.

 

 

Summer Sailing In Whitby, Yorkshire - Print From Original Artwork | Whims And Fancies

 

Summer Sailing in Whitby, Yorkshire on Etsy

 

As we were walking to dinner that same evening, a lonely white sailboat on the North Sea caught my eye.  The Yorkshire Sky was still beautiful with the setting sun.  It was so calming and peaceful that I relived the feeling while painting this on a much later day.

 

I hope you liked the selection.  This is a huge step for me.  Many Thanks to all my friends here who continue to be so supportive and encouraging!!  I would be very happy if you could please take a look at the prints in my Etsy shop and help spread the word.

 

You can still link up on this month’s  Wandering Camera here.

 

Thank you again!
-Soma

 

 

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Wandering Camera – Magdalen College, Oxford

 

Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.  This month I would love to take you around Magdalen College, one of the three colleges we visited in Oxford.  After spending the morning at Christ Church, we made our way toward this beautiful college.   If buildings have personalities, which I think they do, Magdalen College exudes the air of elegance and serenity, with its old stone structures adorned by flowering college gardens.

 

 

 

Travel Sketchbook – Watercolour of the boats from where we were sitting for lunch

 

These are some of my favourite photos that I took there –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past the courtyards and the cloisters, past The Kitchen Bar by the boathouse where we had lunch while watching people punt, and past the college gardens, there is Addison’s Walk by the river Cherwell.  We continued our walk there under the canopy of trees, listening to the sound of water and wind.  It was the most peaceful day, far from the madding crowd elsewhere in this otherwise bustling city.

 

 

Thank you for all the wonderful comments, and for sharing your photos with me.  I love visiting you and reading a bit about your world, where you have been visiting and what you have been creating.

 

 

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Tombow Markers – Review For Watercolour

Landscape Painting Tombow Marker Review | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Last month, quite unexpectedly, Mother Nature treated me to a weekend of rain. The sound of rain is like the calls of the mythological Sirens for me. Re-purposing John Muir’s quote – “The rain is calling and I must go”, and go I did. I put on my raincoat and my waterproof pants and went for a 4+ mile run, all the while feeling the rain on my face. I was so happy and full of energy after coming back, I painted this little scene.

 

 

Landscape Painting Tombow Marker Review | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Early this year in January, I got some art supplies for my birthday from my husband.  These markers were a part of it.

This review is specially for my Paint Party Friday peeps and anyone who loves watercolour or wanting to plunge into that crazy world.

 

Tombow markers are available loose, but they also offer a few sets.

 

 

Landscape Painting Tombow Marker Review | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The landscape set included 9 colours and a blender. 

They are water-based markers, so very easy to blend with a wet brush. I found the included blender to be useless.  It actually scuffed my paper when I used it directly on paper.

The markers only have numbers on them.  I found a chart on Tombow’s website which translates the numbers to standard colour names.  It’s a circular chart not ordered by number, so it was a bit tedious to find the names.

 

 

Landscape Painting Tombow Marker Review | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I applied the markers directly on paper, then used a wet brush to create the swatches.

There is no yellow in the set, that would have been useful.

A lighter blue would have been nice too.  The included blues diluted make very nice light blues. However, directly used on the paper, the initial strokes are too dark.

The colours change hue as they dilute.  So swatching them was very useful.

 

 

Landscape Painting Tombow Marker Review | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The markers are full of pigment.  A gentle dab on the porcelain palette deposited a lot of paint, which I was able to dilute into a much lighter shade.

 

 

Landscape Painting Tombow Marker Review | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I created a small sheet noting their behaviour.

 

 

Landscape Painting Tombow Marker Review | Whims And Fancies

 

 

1st row –

    • The markers blend very easily to create new colours.   Colours blended on the palette are less vibrant than the colours mixed directly on paper.

2nd row –

    • For wet on wet, I used a wet brush on paper and then added colour from the palette. The pigments move very freely.
    • To see if I can achieve a lighter shade directly on the paper, I drew 4 lines, and used a wet brush. While most of the paint diluted well, there was  still a faint hint of the lines on the paper.

3rd row –

    • When I needed to paint vibrant dark areas, it worked really well to use the markers on the paper directly, and then use water to move the pigments around.

 

 

Landscape Painting Tombow Marker Review | Whims And Fancies

 

 

1st row –

    • Here I applied paint from palette to dry paper, resulting in a softer application.
    • The markers themselves don’t work well on wet surfaces. They start fading very quickly.

2nd row –

    • I used brush-tips to write with two colours.  Blending them directly on paper with a wet brush created a beautiful effect.

 

The markers did stain my fingers.  The colours came off after a few washes.  If you are going to make food after painting with these markers, I suggest being a bit more careful when using them.

 

 

Landscape Painting Tombow Marker Review | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I first painted the scene on a Stillman & Birn paper. I couldn’t quite get it to work the way I wanted, specially with the tree.  The colours didn’t move very well.  They either got soaked in or lifted off.

 

 

Landscape Painting Tombow Marker Review | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I painted it again on a Strathmore 400 series watercolour paper. I really liked the way the markers behaved on that paper, it was a more fluid application.

Which one do you like better?

 

Overall I really liked them. They are full of pigment so a little goes a long way. Even on rough watercolour paper, a gentle application was all that was needed. Gentle touch also protects the marker-tips.

If you are thinking about learning watercolour, I think the Tombow markers would be great for that. You can start by drawing with the markers and then add water to blend / dilute the colours. For a softer shade, drop some paint on the palette, then use that with a wet brush.

 

Endless fun possibilities!!

 

Happy Painting!

-Soma

 

 

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Wandering Camera – Wildflowers

Shooting Star Wildflower Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera!  A couple of days ago I was plopped on the sofa, balancing my sketchbook, a tiny jar of water, palette, paint and brush on a little board.  While looking out toward the blooming flowers in our modest little flower garden, I was doing a practice sketch of a Shooting Star.  That set the stage for today’s Wandering Camera.

 

There is an easy mountain trail about a half hour’s drive away from our home.  I love to spot various wildflowers along that trail and photograph them.

 

 

Northern California Wildflower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Northern California Wildflower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Northern California Wildflower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Northern California Wildflower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Northern California Wildflower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Northern California Wildflower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

As I was taking the photos, I commented on how some of them are growing like weeds.  My husband laughed and pointed out that wildflowers are weeds! 

Weeds are a gardener’s bane, specially the horrible kinds that grow in the flowerbeds.  However, I do voluntarily grow a few wildflower “weeds” in my garden.   Many Thanks to my friend Mary for sharing her Larkspur seeds with me so readily.

 

I just realised that this post marks a whole year of Wandering Camera.  Last year Wandering Camera Revival started with my sharing photos of these Larkspurs from my garden –

 

Wandering Camera Revival

 

Thank you for all the wonderful comments, and for sharing your photos with me.  I love visiting you and reading a bit about your world, where you have been visiting and what you have been creating.

 

 

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