There were so many wonderful art and illustration prompts circulating in December. I’m excited to share the new illustrations I created in my sketchbook for the #Advent_Challenge2021, many of which were inspired by my own December daily doodle project.
Traipsing through the snow
Visiting a Christmas Market
Cabin in the Woods
I love how these turned out so I’m excited to do something fun with them.
I started a new plan this year to create seasonal art by setting up a new sketchbook each month, brainstorming a theme, color palette, surface pattern, greeting card to hand-letter and character sketches and vignettes for little stories. I’m a very in-the-moment kind of person so I’m hoping this will help me establish seasonal art I can promote over the next year, in advance of the season to allow time for publishing and manufacturing.
I painted this pattern in my December sketchbook for a wrapping paper or greeting card design.
I also hand-lettered a greeting card design in two different sizes, a square shape and a rectangular shape.
Next up I’m working on a few woodland animal character sketches for little story vignettes.
One of my favorite things to do is simply draw an animal or scene with a pencil but I also love painting, so I’m excited to see these little illustrations come to live with watercolor!
We are only having four of us around the table for our Thanksgiving celebration so I thought it would be fun to try creating a lovely set of place cards to help decorate and personalize our tablescape.
I created a set of wreath greeting cards a few years ago as an experiment. Illustrating wreaths always seems to be a trendy thing so I wanted to try it.
I love how they turned out so I used them as inspiration to create matching place cards.
I’m so happy with these lovely additions to our place settings! I’m so excited that I’m going to try this again for Christmas and maybe even New Year’s Eve – check back to see how those turn out.
I think it would be so fun to sell custom name tags like this as a little side gig. Would you order a set for your family gathering?
If you celebrate Thanksgiving, cheers and enjoy your time with family, good food and a little break from work.
Capturing the essence of my day with a new sketchbook project – pages from book 2, started April 1, 2020. (most current sketchbook page on top) Sometimes it’s just a drawing of what I saw today, and sometimes it’s a drawing of a quote I want to remember.
In between working on my weekly sketchbook pages of animal art illustrations, and trying to create something everyday, I’m also having fun practicing hand lettering combined with watercolor wreaths. I turned these watercolor postcard paintings into new notecards in my Etsy shop.
Drawing all the time makes me happy, so Practice Practice Practice has been my motto this year. It’s also great to be able to add new products to my etsy shop based on my drawings and watercolor paintings.
In between working on my weekly sketchbook pages of animal art illustrations, and trying to create something everyday, I’m also having fun practicing hand lettering combined with watercolor doodles, flowers and flourishes.
Drawing all the time makes me happy, so Practice Practice Practice has been my motto this year. This postcard will be a fun addition to my Etsy shop.