Here we are on DAY 11 of @taraleaver 's #21daysinmyartworld and the prompt is TURNING POINT.
This was a hard one for me.
I've been painting & drawing since I can remember - and that literally means since I was a child. I didn't always know what I would do for a living, but I always knew i'd be making art.
I've sold a few paintings along the way, taught a few classes, had a group show, participated in art charity events, did all the fun stuff that strokes the ego of an artist & confirms that we're on the right path. ☺
I've had a few turning points in my life as an artist, but the one that feels so meaningful to me happened in 2018, when a film maker found me via my website & saw my watercolor (of the Holocaust children). Because this ONE image touched her, she commissioned me to do 30 more, to be used in a documentary called: NOBODY WANTS US, about the last refugees allowed into the US during WW2 on a ship called the Quanza. (Hopefully to be shown on PBS in the coming year). It's easy sometimes to think that our art doesn't matter. And you just never know who it's going to reach or what difference it's going to make. But it does matter.
There's nothing more rewarding than hearing someone say: your art moved me.
Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. 😂 Sorry this was so long, you guys... #art#artheals#artistoninstagram#water#watercolorpaper#watercolor#ww2#holocaust#quanza#pbs#nobodywantsus#nwu#children#suffering#war#refugees#immigration#paint#painting#faces#challenges#turningpoint
“What paper should I use for brush lettering?” 🤔
👆🏻that is probably one of the most frequently asked questions I get, so thought I’d revisit and update an old post of mine that I wrote on @lettersthatblend a year ago! .
Technique is definitely important, but the paper you use will determine how smooth of a blend you'll achieve and how long your brush pens will retain their sharp point.
You can use cheap copy paper, but your brush pens will fray like no other. So the popular choices for brush pen lettering include HP Premium Choice Laser Paper (32lb), Rhodia pads, or Marker paper. Out of the 3, if you want the most bang for your buck or just want a sturdier paper, get the HP paper. If you’re looking to practice and do some blending too, I recommend the Canson Marker paper. I recommend using a clear colorless blender pen (like the one by Tombow) to blend on these thinner papers. You can try to use something wetter, but if you’re not very careful, you run the risk of piling the paper or have the colors bleed and feather.
Now if you’re looking to use a pretty heavy amount of liquid by blending with a waterbrush, wet paintbrush, or use liquid watercolors - mixed media or watercolor paper are your usual choices. But keep in mind, these papers usually have a textured surface (unless you use hotpress watercolor paper) so they will be tougher on your brush pen nibs.
So what if you want to be gentle on your pen nibs, but still be able to use a little bit of liquid/water? Then you want Bristol paper. (Bristol SMOOTH not Bristol vellum!). It’s smooth and sturdy enough to stand up to some water. It also keeps the colors you apply wet for a longer period of time so you’ll be able to blend like a dream! I also found that this the best paper to use for wet markers like the @karinmarkers, which tend to be a little too wet for thinner paper. It is a pricier option though than everything else listed when you compare how many sheets of paper you get, but it’s not too bad if you can use a coupon at Michael’s.
Hope that helps! ❤️❤️