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*POW* Inktober 2017 *SMACK*

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Soooo stoked to start Inktober for my 3rd year in a row!!

Last year I decided to do a horror theme, this made planning and illustrating much easier! This year’s theme is going to be *insert drum roll here* Super Heros!!

My focus this inktober is to work on figure drawing with these dynamic characters. This is also the first time I am using the inktober prompt list.

I am super (no pun intended) excited and will be posting them here and to all my social media pages, so be sure to follow me on instagram or twitter for live updates!

More about this awesome challenge can be found here: Inktober – Where it began

Check out my Inktober 2015 and Inktober 2016 and let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils

What Watercolour Pencils Taught Me

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If you have read my previous posts, follow me on instagram or twitter, you are aware that I really enjoy using watercolour pencils, because they are kind of like watercolours for dummies lol in this I mean the user has much more control over the medium and can manipulate and blend the medium with a lower chance of getting a ‘muddy’ image. Now don’t get me wrong, they are not fool proof; trust me I have made some ‘happy little accidents’ and some not so ‘happy little accidents’ with these as well, but it is with these accidents that one learns how to correctly use medium.

Some of the mistakes & lessons I have learned from using the watercolour pencils that can transition to when using ‘official’ watercolour paints are as follows:

  1. Blocking in colour: I would start by illustrating a subject (usually lightly with a pen, occasionally pencil) and would then proceed to block in all my colours. Once the colours were all in place, using the brush that came with the set, I would add water to start blending the colours.
    Problem: If you block in all your colours then try to add water to blend, ALL the colours start to blend together. So if there is an orange fading to yellow section and blue fading to purple section side by side the water may start to bleed into each section (this can happen if either too much water is used or if for instance the yellow section is still wet and you start to blend the blue section that is beside it), resulting in a colour(s) you may of not wanted.
    Solution: Colour in 1 area, blend with water and allow this section to dry before adding colour to the next section; preventing 2 wet colours from becoming 1 unwanted colour or mud puddle.
  2. Adding Black: Be sure to do this last, once all the layers are dry.
    Problem: If you add black to the colours before blending the colours in with water, that section will become very dark and muddy.
    Solution: Allow all the layers to dry, add small amounts of black to areas you want to have shading (remember to build up, do not add too much at once). Another option is to use a scrap piece of paper: add black to the scrap paper, wet it with your brush (adding as much or as little water to it in order to get the desired transparency) and do a wash over the desired areas.
  3.  Substrate: Watercolour paper obviously works best when using watercolour, it is made to handle the medium; hence its name. But some sketchbooks claim they can handle wet mediums.
    Problem: When paper becomes wet it can begin to warp or tear and water just sits on top, flowing all over.
    Solution: Test the substrate to see if it actually handle wet mediums; if it tests are good, still be cautious not to use too much water, some of lower limitations than others. Use the appropriate substrate for the job, watercolour paper (thought not all created equally) is probably the best to use when using the medium…it’s all in the name after all.
  4.  Using too much water: This can really mess up your substrate, technique and final outcome you are trying to achieve (unless this is the outcome you are looking for).
    Problem: Tearing, pilling (paper starts to ball up on the surface and in paintbrush bristles) & warping that can cause pooling.
    Solution: Use a scrap piece of paper or paper towel to remove any excess water from your brush. Allow layers to dry completely to prevent pilling of the paper which can lead to tearing. Using good quality watercolour paper tends to prevent some warping, but if this is not in your budget or you want the paper to stay as flat as possible, just tape it down to a board with masking or painters tape (be sure to remove some of the tackiness of the tape by sticking it to your pants or shirt a couple of times before taping down the paper to prevent tearing your substrate when removing the tape); a flat, secure surface also prevents the water and pigments from pooling.
  5. Be Patient:  When working with watercolours it is very important to be patient, allowing for areas/layers to dry.
    Solution: Have another project you can work on or do something else like read a book/article, laundry, go for a walk, etc.
  6. Practice, Practice, Practice!  

you can tell which illustration had more experimentation and which is more polished in my Bear Watercolour Illustration post.

Happy 20th B-Day Big Little Brother!

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My big little brother turned 20 January 23rd…so crazy!!

He is a Halo MASTER!!  – more about this in next weeks post about his birthday present, you probably saw on my social media if you follow me on instagram, twitter, facebook or tumblr lol

Here is his Halo 20 Birthday cake!

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The recipe for this is similar to the one I did for my newphew’s 7th Birthday Take Typography Out Of the Box & Play A While except I used a chocolate pudding instead of vanilla or oreo; again using oreo cookie crumbs for the top decoration.
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Last year I made him a chocolate mindcraft cake, which was a lot of fun, one of the first cakes I really experimented with that was not for a school project lol a couple of years ago we made a cookbook and had to make the recipe & photograph the outcome, so I had some fun with this making my Red Velvet Raven Cake.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Tan’s 7th Birthday Card

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The end of last year, Dec 31st, my boyfriend’s little brother turned 7, he is in love with Star Wars. For his birthday we went to Lazer quest, playing lazer tag, & got him some paintball markers (nothing too powerful lol).

For his card my boyfriend asked if I could make him a birthday card to go with his present, happy to make one, we came up with Yoda holding a paintball marker 😛

You may have seen this posted late last year on my social.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Airbrushing Course

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I was planning on making a post for this in late November after the course…but it did not go as planned, late is better than never right!

The airbrush course was AWESOME! if you are interested in airbrushing this is an excellent course to take, the instructor is very knowledgeable & has his shop open to people looking for a place to airbrush every Wednesday after 5 (unless otherwise posted) so people can get together & help each other out with their projects or just to hang out & have a good time, how awesome is that?!

The first day we started off with learning how the airbrush works & different parts of an airbrush, later which are good ones to get along with some tips & tricks the instructor has leaned from trial & error or through others he knows in the industry. Then we discussed paints, mixtures, where to buy it, brands, solvent vs water-based, etc. & learned about some  resources available in Edmonton to find supplies. Later we learned how to do proper dagger strokes, dots, shading & messed around with some stencils before starting our project. We learned how to properly prep surfaces, about paper tape masking, layering & finally started the painting process.

The second day we had a bit of a review with a bit of Q & A, some warm up/practice before continuing on our projects we later finished that day.

We also learned that if you ever need any clear coating done it is very dangerous to attempt at home without the proper set up – while the paint is curing the fumes become lethal. Our instructor informed us to get it done at a body shop with a proper paint bay – he also does it for about $25 (depending on the size of the project I would assume that price could go up). This keeps you & your family or whoever you may be living with safe, not to mention the clear coat finish is applied by a professional!

Here are some pics I also shared on my Instagram while taking the course back in November, you can follow me on my social to see real time posts (links below):

I was talking to the instructor, we both felt we had met before, as it turns out he has participated in Edmonton’s Artwalk a few times the last couple of years & it was actually one of his pieces that got me interested in airbrushing! I remember going to my first Artwalk with my boyfriend & seeing this amazing elephant painted on metal that had some grinder designs in it, it was amazing & I was inspired to try it!

Here is a screenshot of the elephant off of his website bakerboyzdesigns.ca, as usual pictures do not do it justice as seeing it in the daylight where all the colours & details are visual. But You can check out his work & business on this site, portfolio is awesome!

Elephant by Baker Boyz Designs inc.

Elephant by Baker Boyz Designs inc.
screenshot from http://bakerboyzdesigns.ca/

I am very excited to do more airbrushing with the new found knowledge in my brain, to practice & make pieces for people. I already have a cool project in mind that I cannot wait to start for my dad’s enclosed trailer!

Thank you for reading 🙂

Hand Made Holiday Gift Tags!

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Starting the process with thumbnailing some rough sketches to map out designs; this initial process is very important, it is more efficient & you have less mistakes when you plan your work out.

I then painted some 96# Bristol Board paper with different colour inks, carved my stamps & stamped away! once the stamping ink was dry I used my jumbo Recollections Lever Stamp to cut tags out of my stamped designs, put together different sets, packaged them using sandwich bags & the extra inked strips of paper.

Here are some of my sketches, final sketches, stamps & packaging:

For real time posts, follow my on my social.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Happy Holiday Crafting

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The office I work at full time is having their 6th annual holiday shopping show, I did not participate last year but was convinced to participate this time around to sell some of my  illustrations & paintings, then I thought “why not make some holiday related items to sell?” With my November not being as crazy as my October I will be able to find the time 🙂

I plan on trying to make some hand crafted holiday cards, gift tags, wooden pieces and other holiday crafts. I went to my local Dollarama, Walmart & Michael’s Craft store for some supplies I needed to complete my process: a few sets of blank cards & envelopes, some wooden pieces, a jumbo paper punch & some 96lb Bristol paper, glass vases, ribbon & more.

To see more of my work follow me on my social to see real time posts of what will come next.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Upcoming Airbrushing Course

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This weekend I will be attending an Airbrush course at Nait, I am super stoked to learn more about airbrushing and how to expand my knowledge from airbrushing on canvas and people to automobiles, skateboard decks, trailers, other surfaces and more!

Here is a link to the course if you are in the area and interested in it yourself:
Nait Custom Airbrushing Course

I will touch base on how the course went and some of the things learned later this month. Follow me on my social to for real time updates during the weekend!

Thank you for reading 🙂

Huevember 2015?

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This year was the first year I participated in Inktober (LINK) and am very proud of myself for competing the challenge; I was talking to my friend about how exciting it was for me to start, participate and complete and while she was on her Tumblr she saw a post about Huevember!

This is another challenge similar to Inktober but with Hues: 30 hue pieces in 30 days, you can add other colours as long as that hue of the day is the focal point.

This image is what she sent me:

Click Here for the Huevember Facebook Page

I was very excited to hear about this challenge as well, this is something that would be more challenging for me as I feel like colour theory is a department I should work on to improve. I do not think I will participate in this challenge this year but will next year…or later in the year as another month’s project 😛 we will see how she goes. I have some plans to make some creative pieces to sell for the Holiday Season this year and need to focus on these ideas before taking on another challenge, more on this to come later this month.

If you choose to participate in Huevember post it on your social and tag me, I would love to see what you come up with for this challenge!

Instagram & Twitter: @noelle_fontaine

Thank you for reading 🙂