* iceland travel illustrations, en plein air

erin kate archer painting en plein air at glacier lagoon, iceland

i was lucky enough to spend the last week in iceland! i made a point to do a few travel illustrations of my favorite spots while i was there – one of my favorite ways to experience a new place! i packed a small notebook of arches watercolor paper, a travel watercolor set, and a few pens for my ink and watercolor illustrations.

above is a shot of me painting at glacier lagoon !

glacier lagoon travel illustration iceland

& glacier lagoon at the end, although not quite complete as the layers began to frost. (you can see this even in this picture on the bottom right of the page!)

hallgrimskirkja reykjavik iceland

a view of the famous church in reykjavik, hallgrímskirkja.

waterfall travel illustration south iceland

one of a few waterfalls in south iceland.

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the view from the top of hallgrímskirkja (taken at 10am – still dark!)

 

blue lagoon illustration iceland

speed sketch of the outer rivers of blue lagoon – so magical!

i would definitely recommend an iceland visit if you can manage it. even in the dead of winter (we visited in february) the beautiful sights + great people + awesome food made it a definite winner. i hope to return soon !

* painting watercolor crystals — live on skillshare! (+ free link!)

watercolor crystals on skillshare

i’ve just published a new skillshare class, painting watercolor resist crystals! & for this week only, i’m sharing it for free!

crystals are magical, beautiful, & mysterious, and also fascinating from a scientific perspective!

this class will teach you everything you need to know for creating accurate watercolor resist crystals–from basic crystal anatomy to step-by-step instructions on illustrating an example from each of the crystal structures to wet on wet resist techniques & beyond!

i’ll take you along to see all sorts of real life crystals for inspiration at an NYC crystal shop and arm you with reference material (with scientifically accurate sources!) to create your own raw resist crystals!

premium: http://skl.sh/2kt3qev

free: http://skl.sh/2kaz0g4

hope to see you there!

* watercolor moons on skillshare | drawing & painting classes


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i’ve just posted a new skillshare class!

in this class, you will learn to create mystical watercolor moon paintings from outline to embellishments.

we’ll walk through the basics of using one of the most popular and unpredictable watercolor techniques: wet on wet, & tips for creating perfectly shaped moons with all the craters, texture, and embellishment you could dream of.

i’ll walk you through creating an illustration of 2 different moons in our solar system and create 2 more “fantasy” moons to nail down all the techniques & arm you with reference material to create your own illustration for the class project !

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if you’re interested, you can check it out here! (only 99 cents for three months!)

p.s. no premium skillshare? send me an email (info@ekatearcher.com) and i’ll send you a free link to get you hooked!

* giant blanket knitting pattern (washable & cheap!)

i finished knitting my giant blanket!

it’s inspired by the gorgeous (but impractical) hand/arm knitted giant blankets floating across the internet. (you know, they materials cost $500+, they’re unwashable, and a pilling nightmare)

i’ve got a solution: create your own yarn out of perfect-for-blankets fleece fabric!

here’s the yarn i was working with, for reference:
yarn for knitting

giant knitting in progress
a mid-knitting-progress image . .
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hand for stitch-scale — so comfy !

i’ve posted a free pattern on ravelry, you can see that here.


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it’s a supplement to my skillshare class that walks you through everything from where to purchase the highest quality fleece for the cheapest price, to how to create your own mega-bulky yarn, to arm-knitting the blanket from start to finish (for less than $50!)

you can check it out here : http://skl.sh/2hVvZTp

* recent makings : en plein air, seaside inspiration, starscapes

working on a chunky knit seafoam green pillow cover with some watercolor seashells to match

a quick illustration of my baby pup at home for national dog day

stretching my sketching muscles with icy blue & green florals

en plein air lake erie sunset from a long weekend in my hometown

vacation winery sketch

en plein air sketch of the freedom tower

painting of the week, for the word “split”

painting of the week, for the word “lattice”

painting of the week, for the word “guide”

painting of the week, for the word “permanent”. (i struggled with this word, but finally ended up with this as the only permanent thing i could think of: change)

star studies / a sneak peek of the upcoming skillshare class that i’m working on !