pen organizer, niagara falls, & knitting with silk

painting of the week update . . above is “soft”

seafoam for “foam”

a niagara falls en plein air . .

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plus a wip video !

a watercolor of my dad’s favorite spot for his birthday

& with making all these paintings & drawings i’ve needed to get a new way to organize my pens & brushes. i bought this piece of wood for 25 cents at the thrift store & glued different sized cups to it before spray painting it gold. it works wonderfully !

on the needles, i’m working on a new design in this silk (my favorite color)! soon to be a lacy tee !

painting a week update & a knit sneak peek

still going strong with a painting a week! above is “glide”. this one is only watercolors again, i’m working on that technique.

“hole” : flying through a black hole

    

“shade”

   

“contained” : what i think about every time i see the beautiful gems & geodes inside plain-looking stones — futuristic little cities

& a bonus! these peonies are my part of an art trade i’m doing with @rachel_allene

off the needles . . . i’ve knitted another of my rosebud cord keepers, this time with a simple crocheted flower in place of the knitted one.

 

& a sneak peek of a deign i just finished . . i’m finishing up the pattern & hope to have it tested & released soon !!

flowers, waves, ballerinas & lace


the painting-a-week challenge is still going strong ! above is “flowers” — i tried a little something different & used only watercolor without any pens or pencils with a lot of color.


“peace” — oil on tiny canvases (so cute !!)

update : this was published on eat sleep draw !


“grace” — still-frame ballerinas (just watercolors again!) i also posted a little animation of this one . . .

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& on the needles . . . i’m swatching to prepare to re-knit this lovely paper-thin sweater that i started a few summers ago.

the culprit of why it needs re-knitting . . my new baby puppy of the time thought it tasted great. i was devastated at the time but i salvaged most of the yarn (& that face! couldn’t stay angry for long) & am taking it as an opportunity to incorporate some lace that i didn’t think of last time.

fawns, flowers, bicycles, gold !


i’ve been keeping up with my painting a week challenge, above is “spring”

& “lock”
i used micron pens & watercolors for these !


& an ultra-simple project — my mom sent me this phone case that she thought i would like & i decided to make it myself since it seemed so simple! this martha stewart gold paint is really pigmented & not too expensive


i’ve also sped through my cancun lacy top! one of the pieces is blocking & one is just at the cast off edge. i’m totally in love with the yarn i’m using: blue heron rayon metallic. i bought it at vogue knitting live a few years ago, the little specks of gold are perfect !

wip : tulle embroidery & cancun

ever since going to help pick out a wedding dress with one of my closest friends i’ve been obsessed with the magical, seemingly weightless metallic embroidery on tulle. i don’t really have experience in embroidery but that didn’t stop me from gathering up the supplies to try it out! this is my first foray, i just tried out some stitches this time but next time i’m going to draw up my design first. the backing will dissolve in water once i finish !

i was lucky enough to take a trip to cancun, mexico this month! i spent a lot of the time knitting this (soon-to-be lacy summer top) with incredible views !

also in mexico, we went on a day trip to the mayan ruins & i was absolutely kicking myself for not bringing my watercolors but couldn’t resist doing this quick sketch (with a hotel pen on scrap paper . . .) of chichen itza, one of the new wonders of the world !

painting a week

a friend & i started a “painting a week” challenge — we pick a word each week & use whatever medium we like to portray it & post the result on sundays !
if you’re following my instagram, this will be old news but here are the past few weeks work:


“citrus” — grapefruit in ink & watercolors


“flight” — gold tipped wings in pen


“wave” in watercolors


“break” — daybreak in oils on canvas


“starlight” — snowy mountains in watercolors


“sleep” — coffee & reading in bed

if you’re interested in the other half of the challenge, check out claireisaherman on instagram !

how to : ink & watercolor illustration


a simple tutorial on how i make my illustrations !

i use watercolor paper, micron pens (waterproof is important), a mechanical pencil, and an eraser.
you can start with a reference picture & make a sketch from it or just a concept. i decided to go with bunny love in honor of valentines. i use a mechanical pencil for the beginning sketch for light & erasable lines.


after you have the sketch down, use the smallest pen possible (my smallest is the .01) to retrace your sketch.


erase the pencil marks . . .


& use larger pens to vary line thickness. a nice way to do this is to keep the outside edges darker & thicker while letting the details remain light.



next up, color ! i use this watercolor palette. starting from the shadows and blending out to leave the highlights the color of the paper. there are many tutorials online for learning how to shade but you can also rely on your reference photo or keep the colors flat.

add your final details (i.e. hearts, eyelashes, blades of grass !) & if you feel so inclined, use a white pen to highlight & really make the drawing pop !

if drawing & painting isn’t really your thing but you’d like to give someone some bunny love too, feel free to print & gift this one :

wip : rooftop sweater & sketches


I’m still working on this knit-in-pieces, light blue, silk & angora cardigan. I spent a large majority of this summer knitting it on nyc rooftops, hence the name.
above : bryant park movie festival . . catching the last few bits of summer in a little pencil exercise
& preparing for a (very very big) project in oils !!