Unslumping Myself- A Day of Art

I’ve been in a major creative slump lately. I think more than anything it’s just pure exhaustion! The uncomfortableness of the third trimester of pregnancy and now having a newborn means sleep is a rare commodity. Thankfully last night I slept like a rock in between baby wakings. I have decided to dedicate today to being artistic.

I have three things I’m hoping to work on today. First I want to get some practice in on my Calligraphy. I have a coloring page all ready to go except for the words at the top. I want to write them in my calligraphy, but I need to practice the phrase a few times first to get it right.

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One of my Learn for a Latte worksheets from “The Postman’s Knock”

The second thing I want to work on is creating at least one new coloring page for my motherhood coloring book. I told myself I’d have the whole book done by March 31st. Clearly that did not happen. I completely overestimated my ability to work on it. I didn’t really factor in the third trimester exhaustion and hormones when making my plans. Time to get back on the horse and get some new pages created.

mother and child colored pencil
The drawing that inspired the idea for my coloring book

Third I want to watch more of my Watercolor 101 class from CreativeLive and play around with the techniques presented. I have Derwent watercolor pencils, Sakura Koi watercolor brush markers and Simply Art watercolor cakes. I’ve enjoyed playing around with each of them, but frankly don’t really know what I’m doing. Watercolor is a new medium for me that I’m excited to get to know better.

My first attempt coloring with the Sakura Koi brush markers

I’m hoping that by dedicating a day to being artistic, doing some things I’m familiar with as well as working on new techniques, I can get back into the flow of things where I spend at least an hour or two a day working on my art. I’ve got to get out of this slump!

What do you do when you are in a creative slump? Do you have any awesome calligraphy, coloring pages, or watercolor works to inspire me with? Share links in the comments so I can check them out!

Zentangle- How to Get Started

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It’s no secret that I have fallen in love with doodle art, more commonly known as Zentangle. The idea behind Zentangling is that you learn to create simple repetitive patterns then integrate those patterns into a completed art piece. It can be very calming for the spirit and mind to sit and draw repeated patterns. It also exercises the creativity muscles as you learn new patterns as well as decide what patterns will work well together for each piece.

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My First Zentangle

What I do is more Zentangle inspired than a true Zentangle. I like to take a quote or an image and add patterns to it for additional visual interest. In addition you can add color and/or shading for very dramatic results. This is the method I am using to create the adult coloring book I am currently working on about pregnancy and labor.

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Getting started in Zentangle is really easy, and can be very inexpensive. You can google “Zentangle pattern step out” and get tons of free instructions on how to draw the different patterns. As far as supplies paper and a black pen are really all you need to get started. Here is what I personally started with.

Zentangle Gem|http://emilyjartist.com|Koh-i-noor woodless colored pencils|Watercolor paper
My first attempt at coloring a gem. I do NOT like this watercolor paper, way too rough.

As I’ve gotten more into it I’ve purchased a few more supplies and books to add to what I can do. As I am trying to incorporate thoughts, quotes, and motivational sayings into my work I have also started learning about modern calligraphy.

Of course my wishlist never ends as well! These are the supplies I would love to try out and add to my collection.

I may or may not have just added a few of these things to my Amazon cart while making this post. Shhh I won’t tell on you if you don’t tell on me!

What are your favorite supplies or what is on your artist wishlist?