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Monday, January 12, 2015

I choose joy ~

Hi sweet friends ~
I hope you are doing so good and staying cozy this winter.
It's been quite frigid here in Georgia lately and
you know good and well, we do NOT do cold around here!

I've stepped out of my comfort zone lately and began drawing a little.
I've always loved sketching and have been wanting to try out
a new set of watercolor pencils too.

I drew the little girl first then
used a fine black pen to outline my drawing.
Next, I scanned her into my computer because
I loved her so much, I thought I'd better save her at that stage.
I didn't want to take the chance of ruining my original when
I began painting.

After scanning the original, I printed out a copy.
Then I transferred the copy onto some wonderful,
heavy watercolor paper.
Next I outlined the drawing again with a thin, black art pen and
after that she was ready for painting!

I even had to add a bit of inspiration for the new year for us all...
Choose Joy!!!

Here she is in more subdued tones:

And here in a little stronger, brighter tones:

An in-progress photo as well...

So I've scanned and saved just the little girl and balloon drawing
into my computer as a blank slate.
I can re-create her again just by printing a copy out and
transferring my original drawing onto
a new sheet of watercolor paper.

Now to decide what to do with my finished painting.
I think this image would be adorable on some note cards!

And so, I'm on to something new.
As I was going through my fabric stash
I found the most beautiful quilted pillow sham
that I had purchased a few years ago.
It's white with little pink roses all over...I'm thinking I might
make a few pretty needle books from it, we'll see!

Thank you always for stopping by to see what I'm up to ~
Wishing you a wonderful Monday my dear friends,
hugs and love,


Jean Bee said...

Wow, very good! You are way more than a needle artist!!
Was beginning to wonder where you were as I missed your posts! Now I know!

Twinkle Terrior said...

These are precious ! You are so talented !

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That turned out really good, Dawn! You are just so creative! : ) I signed up for a swap to help me get my creativity going and it was such a good idea because I had a lot of fun today working on my swap goodies. I always feel like I need a jump start after Christmas in getting creative and I find swaps help me do that.

jeanniemc said...

You are so creative and talented!! the little girl and "Choose Joy" sign...I am choosing joy this year also after reading something you wrote on FB either right after or right before New Years...still praying for your friends also...big hugs...

Theresa said...

I am in LOVE with that little girl! Note cards would be SO nice with her sweet image on them:) Have a blessed day "MY Talented friend"! HUGS!

marda said...

What a sweet and charming little painting.. love it. You are sooo talented young lady, I'm beyond impressed.

marie said...

Oh Dawn...she's the sweetest little thing!!

Dorthe said...

She is so sweet and beautiful, dearest Dawn, -you have so many talents dear friend. The way you coloured your lovely girl is also wonderful. I love the soft and subdues tones, and I love you choosed JOY !!
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, my precious friend !!
Love from Dorthe-oxox

Michelle Picken said...

Hello from a new follower of your blog! Your little drawings are beautiful! I am really enjoying seeing the lovely things you make xx

pat in NY said...

Just precious.

lordblessu said...

She bring joy to me too great job

Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Dawn! Thanks for sharing your precious little girl with us! The drawing is fantastic! Can't wait to see more things you share with us this year! Blessings from Bama!

rkramadh said...

Sweet drawing. Oh I should go back to drawing and painting that I haven't done in a long while. You are inspiring me. That cutie girl looks like Clara to me :) May be she came out of your heart.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

She is so precious. It's obvious you poured your heart into her. Always a treasure. Glad to hear you preserved her. My artist friend scans her work and makes notecards from her sweet paintings of birds. Have a wonderful day Dawn. ~ Abby

Anonymous said...

Your art is beautiful! Just happened upon your blog and love it—thanks for adding so much joy to the world with your posts! :-)

A Magical Whimsy said...

Your sketch and progressive watercolor paper copy turned out so very lovely! What a sweet way to be able to print more copies for yourself and even color them in with different colors. I've never tried watercolor paper in my printer. Sounds like fun!
Teresa in California

CatieAn said...

she is absolutely adorable. I have just found your blog and love all the images you share. Thank you


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