Quick Sketch : Young Gil
Ink on paper. I call these TV sketches as I sketch them while I’m watching a show. One doesn’t have time to be fussy, so the line work remains fresh. I used scrap paper and you can see some of the text from the back side bleed through. I have a sketch book, but where are they when you want one…
DIY Do it Yourself
I’m a big fan of DIY and I love the color Indigo. Finding great creative ideas on the web is easy, especially with Pinterest.
Here’s my next project, Shibori Dish Towels, from Alice & Lois, http://aliceandlois.com/indigo-dye-series-shibori-dish-towels/
Previously I had written about the small watercolor kit I put together for my trip to Mexico. My small Altoid tin worked well for holding the 7 pans of watercolors I was able to squeeze in, along with 2 small pieces of sponge. My Pentel waterbrush worked admirably. And my Strathmore watercolor journal was just the right size for the studies.
The only thing I did not take into consideration was how tired I would be at the end of the day. Jet lag, scuba diving, nitrogen, and the heat all took a toll on my energy level. It was only at the end of our trip that I was able to paint. And I’m glad that I brought my small kit; I was even able to paint in the airport waiting room. The waterbrush made it possible for me to paint without having a cup of water. I love my Pentel waterbrush.
Another DIY, do it yourself, project using recycled materials. Working with charcoal can be a messy affair. There are times when using a charcoal holder not only keeps your hands cleaner but it can also give you more control. This charcoal holder can be used with the slim vine or compressed charcoal.
You will need a bamboo stalk with an opening the diameter of your charcoal. I was able to use the bamboo from an orchid plant; the bamboo was used to hold up the flower stem. Make sure your bamboo has nodes as divider segments
Put the bamboo in a vice with the bottom facing up. The vice will hold the bamboo while you saw. Make the first cut, saw down the shaft of the bamboo to the 1″ mark. You can wrap tape around the shaft at the bottom end to hold bamboo together while you saw down the shaft. Remove the tape.
Wind the wire around the shaft, not too tight as you will want to slide it up and down. Make a wire stop to keep the wire from sliding off the bamboo. With the saw, gently score around the shaft of the bamboo, about a third of the way down the shaft from the bottom end. Apply glue in the score and wrap the wire around the glued scored area and let it dry for a day.
To decorate the charcoal holder, wrap the shaft with yarn.