Thursday, October 31, 2013

...heading to Florida!

Where are all my sunny Florida girls??!!!! I'm leaving the Uggs, the frost and rakes at home, got a ticket to Tampa and heading down to WhimSoDoodle in TWO WEEKS! Stop in for my most popular classes this fall. Can't wait to see you at Jill Gerhardt Orobello's place. HERE ARE THE DETAILS: COME PLAY WITH ME AT WHIMSODOODLE!!!  

In FOUR JAM PACKED classes, we are DRAWING and LETTERING and SEWING and STITCHING and PAINTING and COLORING and LAUGHING and CREATING.......there is something for everyone!  Registration now open, call WhimSoDoodle to sign up.  Can't wait to see you there!
Whim So Doodle
237 2nd Ave South
 St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Monday, October 7, 2013

...are you signed up yet???

Daily Doodle, Sketch and Journal
with Joanne Sharpe
***Class goes live Monday, October 28, 2013***

Have you been dreaming about making your own hand drawn, funky fun lettered, illustrated, living every moment, everyday art journal?  Come on "UP" with me!

Here we go again, we're going UP!  Up your creative game and make your life a masterpiece, you can do this!  Let's "step up the doodle" and start drawing and sketching life in detail.  Immerse yourself in 15 dynamic video lessons (on a private class blog) chuck full of awesome ideas and techniques for drawing, sketching, doodling and watercolor journaling  to illustrate your gorgeous, wonderful life.  

With simple art supplies, you'll create a daily ritual exploring your personal drawing, painting and coloring style while recording life's precious moments, large and small. Learn easy methods to confidently draw simple objects, locations, scenes, still life, nature and landscapes along with stylized lettering and journaling.  With my prompts, encouragement and art coaching you'll create a treasure....a personalized illustrated "life story" book that you will cherish and live in.  Network and share your work in our private Facebook group with your old and new art friends!  It's an artful life, be in it!

*It's fine to use what you have, or choose any brands of personal preference.
(I purchase my materials from Dick Blick or my local art stores)

-watercolor journal or sketchbook 
(I use Handbook by Global Art Materials-size 5.5"x5.5" or  5.5 x 8 1/4" size
 or Moleskine watercolor 5"x8" size)
-watercolor paints or pan set  
(i use Koi travel set or , Daniel Smith or Winsor Newton tubes assorted colors in a travel palette)
- black fine tip, waterproof pens/marker 
(I use Pitt-fine point and Uniball Vision-fine tip) 
- black Tombow dual brush marker
(I use Niji brand-medium point)
-watercolor brushes  
(I use Simply Simmons brand ROUND #4 and #8)
-pencil and white eraser

OPTIONAL: Tombow color markers, Inktense pencils, Peerless watercolors

....what's not to love?  
It's like buying a book, really.
Hope you'll join us!

***Class goes live Monday, October 28, 2013***

"Draw Your Awesome Life"
*****Within 24 hours of Paypal receipt***** 
you'll receive a welcome letter and access instructions 
from instructor, Joanne Sharpe. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

...Jane's Stencil Winner!

Thank you to everyone who left comments on the Stenciling with Jane post this week.  There are some great ideas shared for using stencils, so check out the comments when you get a minute.  Have a nice weekend!

THE WINNER OF THE "Jane's Petite Girls" Stencil set is HEATHER WILLIAMS who wrote: the idea of using the Tombows to create a watercolor effect! I, especially, love the last 2 examples!! My fave technique to use w/ stencils is: super thick, creamy opaque gesso w/ a couple colors of ink sprays spritzed on top, & then while the stencil, gesso, & colored inks are still in place, I gently swipe the ink & gesso around a bit to swirl the colors.

Heather, email me at and i will get you over to Artist Cellar.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

...stenciling with Jane...

I'm hopping again!  So happy to share these journal pages created with fabulous 6" x 6" face stencils that my gorgeous friend Jane Davenport designed and has added to her collection at Artist Cellar.  I am terrible at drawing faces, and Jane's designs are the perfect art tool to get a face image onto a surface.  It was "freeing" to have these basic lines to start and make my own face. 

Rather then spray or paint my stencil images, i used a Tombow Dual Brush (waterbased) marker on watercolor paper to draw the lines. 
 It worked perfectly, just gently swiping and pressing the side of the juicy brush tip into the stencil.  Voila!  A crisp outline of the shape made with marker!  The excess ink wiped off clean, no fuss, no mess.  (***I strongly suggest only using your DYE BASED INK markers, not your permanent or alcohol markers as these will permanently stain your stencil.  But i guess that's fine if you don't mind the marker left on your stencil.)  

Flowing hair is drawn with the marker and then i use a waterbrush to paint over and soften all the lines.  This creates a loose hand painted watercolor look. 
...add journaling over the image, done.

...After coloring with the brush marker, and to clean the stencil, spritz with water and flip.  Look at this cool image!  Ready to add my own details and journaling.

On this black gessoed, page i traced the stencil with my white Signo pen, drew flowing  hair for journaling lines and added lettering.

...Again, using the Tombow watercolor technique, the stenciled image is added to another painted journal page.  Think of all the ways you can use a dye based marker to create beautiful watercolor effects with your face stencils.  I am overwhelmed with possibilities, aren't you??!
 Now, leave a comment telling me in one sentence what your favorite stenciling technique is......... and YOU CAN WIN THE WHOLE SET OF FOUR STENCILS "Jane Girls Petite Series".  Visit my other hopping art friends for more chances to win!  I WILL ANNOUNCE A RANDOM WINNER ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4th.
September 28 – Artistcellar
September 29 Jill K. Berry
September 30 Dawn DeVries Sokol
October 1 – Joanne Sharpe
October 2 – Connie Hozvicka
October 3 - Effy Wild
October 4 – Tamara Laporte
October 5 – Dion Dior
October 6 – Courtney Brook
October 7 – Kate Palmer
October 8 – Jane Davenport