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 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!)
a view of the famous church in reykjavik, hallgrímskirkja.
one of a few waterfalls in south iceland.
the view from the top of hallgrímskirkja (taken at 10am – still dark!)
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 !
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!
hope to see you there!
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 !
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 (email@example.com) and i’ll send you a free link to get you hooked!
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:
a mid-knitting-progress image . .
hand for stitch-scale — so comfy !
i’ve posted a free pattern on ravelry, you can see that here.
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
I’m having an awesome time studying abroad! On the knitting side, I’ve found a great knitting group to practice my spanish. (Even though it’s horribly embarrassing.) I head to Teixicòmanes every wednesday night. : )
Also, I visited the South of France last weekend & stumbled upon two yarn stores. Naturally I bought some Made-in-France souvenirs !
(my travel blog if you want to see more )
I’m studying abroad in Barcelona for the semester! It’s only been a week & I love it already.
& of course I brought a knitting project with me. . .
I’m knitting these stockings when I have time. : )
The view outside my apartment!
I also brought this notebook for drawings here & there. . .
. . . a quick sketch I did of the beautiful Sagrada Familia.
If you’ve been to/live in BCN, let me know if there’s anything I must see or do!
p.s. if you want to keep up with what I’m doing, I’m keeping a photo blog here: http://erin-extranjera.tumblr.com
I just haven’t felt like knitting much lately! (maybe it’s the warmer weather?) But I recently picked up this ultra-soft cloud blue baby alpaca & started knitting a slouchy hat.
Also, a couple more minutes in on my floral painting. I’ve been devoting 10 minutes here or there so I don’t ever get bored of it.
Happy friday! 🙂
I’ve been making baby & preemie hats out of scraps of yarn from projects. Here are two that I made over the past week or so. (Once I have a lot of them I’ll be donating them to the hospital.)
I’m also working on (yet another) infinity scarf. Right now I’m working on miles of plain stockinette in this raw sugar/cream colored alpaca (so soft!). This will be the inside, close to my neck. The outside is going to be knit in gold sparkle-flecked pink and sand colored yarn. (Not sure which stitch yet.)
a little tea & hat designing . . .
And a future wip… I bought this yarn at Vogue Knitting Live 2012 and I keep picking it up and dreaming about what I should do with it. It’s really my perfect yarn so I want to make something that I’ll use a lot!