Thursday, December 29, 2016

6 Things I Learned in 2016

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// 6 things I learned in 2016

In tradition of my favorites of last year and this year I thought I'd list six things I learned this year. Just like the five things I wrote about last year, it was hard to narrow it down to six things because I have made an effort to continually learn as much as I can. As I reflected on the past year, I realized that learning something simple can have as far reaching effects as learning something large. Every piece you can learn deepends your abilities, strengthen your skills, and pushes you closer to finding you style.

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  1.Keep trying new  techniques after you've learned it one way. 

    I thought that once I learned to draw a figure that would be the end of it. Even with grasping how to draw a basic figure I still have areas that need improvement. In working on them, I didn't find everything I needed the way I was working so I started looking into other techniques. I learned that trying new techniques,  even when it's an area you understand,  can expand your skills. It's comforting to know that there is more than one way to do things and and when a new idea pops up and sketching it isn't working out its a relief to try it again a different way and see that it is possible.

 2. Instagram stories and Snapchat can help you learn to draw

  When I first started using snapchat and then Instagram introduced Instastory it all seemed like too much. Why do we now need videos of people we follow?

  As I started clicking follow and watching the short videos by artists I like, I saw that watching the work can help me improve. Watching their steps to completing their illustration can be put to the test in my practice to see if it works for me. 

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3. Under Sketching

  I've always outlined before I've painted but an undersketch is a little different. It's very loose and has layers. An undersketch starts as lightly and loosely  as you possibly can blocking in shapes and gradually refining them till you are ready to paint. It helps fulfill what Jane Davenport always says "Everything is forgiven in the sketch"

4.. Tracing can be beneficial

   Tracing gets looked down upon as not really drawing but when I am stuck and I pull something up and trace it a few times, I get a feel for what I'm trying to create. I might find lines in a place I hadn't realized or just become more comfortable with the shape. As long as I don't depend on tracing for everything, tracing can be a tool to get over the hump of something in stumped by.

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5. Use Negative Space

Negative space is the area around an object or subject. In black and white images it's easy to see as it sort of forms a silhouette. 

By using negative space you can form more accurate relationships between subjects your are drawing. 

6.Follow Zoe Hong

I learned about Zoe Hong late in the year and I'm so glad I did. Her YouTube channel is like a complete fashion illustration itself and it's all for free. Just looking at the titles of we videos  I knew I wanted to see what she had to say and playing the first one I knew I would be disappointed! 

 Zoe Hong walks us through detailed instructions of multiple aspects of fashion illustration. I know that I am going to gain so much as I work through her videos. I can't wait! 

What have you learned in 2016? 

Monday, December 26, 2016

6 Favorites of 2016

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// 6 Favorites of 2016

Last year, I listed five of my favorite things from the previous year and thought I do that again, except six this time because it's 2016!

1.  Craftsy's Drawing Fashion Flats and Laura Volpintesta's Fashion Freedom 
   The first class I took this year was Craftsy''s "Drawing Fashion Flats" by Laura Volpintesta and it opened my eyes on how to go about sketching garmets. I first posted about it here

I liked the class so much that I couldn't wait to dive into Laura Volpintesta's other class based on the fashion illustration course she teaches at Parson's New School of Design. 

In this class, I learned and loved learning her technique to sketching a figure, draw faces from the front, 3/4 angle, and in profile, how to approach  rendering fabrics, and even how to start designing a fashion line.

   Hobby Lobby carries a basic sketchbook that is 70lb paper and 150 pages of bright, white smooth paper. It is $5.99 regularly and $3.60 when the have sketchbook for 40% off. It is the best value in sketchbooks around and the paper is high quality paper to work your ideas on!

   I don't know what I'd do without the Sharpie white pen. It is a pen filled with white acrylic paint and available in three sizes- extra fine, fine, and large. They are perfect for adding highlights and finishes touches to your paintings.

   This pen has dark black permanent ink like a classic Sharpie but has a significantly finer tip and doesn't smell. I love this pen because it is permanent but it also isn't easily destroyed when I use it over watercolor. 

A lot of times permanent  pen sketches are dulled when watercolor is painted over them. When I use pen to outline on top of the dried watercolor it often wears out the nib within a few uses. I think it's the abrasiveness of the watercolor. The Sharpie pen really stands up to watercolor and I can use it many more times.

   Tombow Dual Brush Pens are water soluble markers with a brush tip and a fine tip to choose from. I really like the brush tip as they glide across the page and create smooth, sweeping lines like I am painting yet I have more control because I have the stability of a pen. 

    I've long talked about my love for Jane Davenport and her classes. Early in fall she posted that she was going to be making a HUGE announcement. She began counting down and hashtagging everything with #janessecret.  I could barely wait and kept wondering what it was, she said it was going to be good but I wondered would it be as exciting to me as it is to her?

Yes!!! #janessecret did not disappoint and just like I counted the days till she revealed her secret, I'm counting the days till her secret comes to completion.  

#janessecret is that she has been working exclusively with Michaels to create an entire Mixed Media Range of art supplies. Starting on JanEuary 1st, 2017 we can not only take her classes to learn her expertise, we can use products she has designed herself!  

What have been your favorites of 2016? 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// Merry Christmas

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." Luke 2:8-11

Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Instagram Roundup

I also post my art on Instagram. Follow me @sprinkleonglitter

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Thanksgiving Pie 

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Warming Up with Hot Chocolate 

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Dressed for a party!

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Monday, December 19, 2016

It's A Wonderful Life

Belle is much more like Ariel than Tinker Bell. Though Belle's passion is reading she loves a good movie too.

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Christmas movies are just another thing that make Christmas traditions. For the past how many years, I can't remember, one of my favorite things leading up to Christmas has been watching nightly Lifetime or Hallmark Christmas movies no matter how corny they are. The cornier they are the funnier they are, it seems. 

I asked Belle to fill us in on some fun movies to watch this season.

     A fun, lighthearted movie about a couple trying to boycott Christmas in a Christmas-crazed neighborhood. 

   A funny  movie about what it's like to have to visit everyone in your family for Christmas. 

   I think you can watch this all year round but it is set with the backdrop of Christmas. It's such a cute movie where an awkward girl pretends to be the fiancĂ© of a guy she has a crush on he's on a comma.

    Just classic. 

  This is a Lifetime movie that I fell in love with the first time I saw it and have looked forward to watching it every year since. I was bummed it wasn't on last year and hoping it's on this year!!  This is a quirky movie of an engaged couple trying to celebrate Christmas with her Christmas family and his Jewish family. 

What are your favorite Christmas movies? 

Monday, December 12, 2016

National Gingerbread House Day

Happy National Gingerbread House Day! Gingerbread Houses are an iconic part of Christmas. They are so cute and dreamy covered in frosting and candy. I confess, I have never made a traditional Gingerbread house. I have made small ones with graham cracker and frosting, equally as fun and much less time consuming

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// Gingerbread House Day// my favorite Christmas cookies

If you love Gingerbread flavor and don't  feel like making a Gingerbread house you can make Gingerbread cookies. They are just as iconic around Christmas as the houses.  I don't like Gingerbread but I DO like cookies, cookies of all kinds :) 

These are some of my favorite Christmas cookies 

   Soft, chewy, and chocolatey! What more can you ask for? 

   These are like a homemade peanut butter cup! They are little balls of peanut butter dipped in chocolate and kept in the refrigerator. 

 These cookies are fun because they are both cute and tasty. They look cute all rolled up or twisted and it's like eating two cookies in one a chocolate cookie and a sugar cookie. 
   These little nuggets are crispy on the outside and soft and buttery on the inside! Plus, they are fun to push outhe of the little machine. 

   Oreo truffles are the kind of dessert you dream about!! They are crushed oreoes mixed with cream cheese and butter than dipped in chocolate. It sounds simple and it really is but they will blow your mind! 

What are your favorite Christmas cookies? 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tinker Bell

I asked Tinker Bell for her opinion in Christmas and what some of her favorites are. But you know, she's always so busy and is hard to catch. Fairies are like that, *sigh*  Maybe she'll get back to me another time. 

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Artist Stocking Stuffers

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Artist Stocking Stuffers

If you love art and creating things than there isn't anything more exciting than opening a brand new art supply on Christmas morning. Getting new art supplies anytime of the year is like Christmas morning!   Sometimes though, supplies take up a lot of room or  have a lot of little pieces to them. When we only have a few minutes here and there to squeeze in sketching, using and carrying around something large or with a lot of pieces isn't practical and can really deter from the fun of a break from reality to sketch. 

Last year I put together two gift guides one basic and one luxury. This year I put together a simple list of small supplies that can be stocking stuffers and taken in your bag daily as you go! 

   First things first, we need paper to create and there so many small and cute sketchbook in different shapes and sizes to toss in our bags and bring along. 

If you're into fancy covers and bindings Moleskine offers sketchbooks starting at 3 1/2 x5 1/2 or scroll your art supply store sketchbook aisles to find the size for you. 

   Micron pens are filled with archival quality pigma  ink and thought by many professional  artists to be the creme de la creme of permanent pens.   They glide across the paper like velvet and come in multiple sizes and colors.  They are easy to slip in a pocket and pull out whenever you want to use them with your pocket sketchbook. 

  After you lay down a sketch sometimes (or all the time) you want to add color! Markers, colored pencils, and acrylics are  a lot take around and keep track of since each color is an individual piece.  Bring in the Sakura Koi Sketchbox and the problem is solved.

The Koi Sketchbox is a compact postcard sized box with high pigmented watercolors to pull out and brighten up your sketch but watercolors need water and a brush don't they?  Insert...

Well, the Koi set comes out its own waterbrush but you can also find waterbrushes to buy on their own.  They are a paint brush that has a water holder in the handle.  Twist off the brush tip, full the reservoir with water, and screw the top back on.  Then squeeze the brush handle, wetting the tip, and your able to use watercolor on the go!

These are just a few portavle supplies that woild make great stocking stuffers. What would be your artist stocking stuffer? 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas, Christmas Time is Here!

Christmas music is loved because it's so happy and magical. It's hopeful, often corny, and gets stuck in your head. Even people who say they don't like Christmas music, I think, would miss it if we had a holiday season without it. 

 When I was little I couldn't wait to start listening to Christmas music. As soon as I started thinking about Thanksgiving, I started thinking about Christmas music.  Waiting until after Thanksgiving felt like it lasted forever. We only had one tape with Christmas music, it was old and had songs like "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Merry Christmas, Darling" I think  the tape was from the 80s.  As a teenager '*NSYNC came out with a Christmas CD and I feel like that's all the needs to said.  An 'NSYNC Christmas equals regular 'NSYNC all year round!   

Now, I like all kinds of Christmas music. The most listened to are probably Michael Buble' and Lady Antebellum's Christmas albums because they are in my iPod but any era and genre of Christmas music can be fun.

I decided to ask Princess Ariel to make a list of favorite Christmas songs since she had such a beautiful voice ;)

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Ariel// Christmas Songs

1. Last Christmas  Taylor Swift 

2. On this Winters Night by Lady Antebellum

5. That's Christmas to Me by Pentatonix

6. O Holy Night By Celine Dion

7. Do You Hear What I Hearr by Carrie Underwood

8. O Come All Ye Faithful by Jeremy Camp

9.  Carol of the Bells by Trans-Siberian Orchestra 

10. Heaven Everywhere by Francesca Battistelli

What are your favorite Christmas songs?