Thursday, July 02, 2015

Blogging and Sea Kelp

If you've been reading this blog recently, you know I've been struggling with whether or not I want to continue blogging or go to some other format like Instagram. I started this blog in February of 2006, and mostly it was for two reasons. 1.) So that I would be able to comment on blogs I enjoyed  2.) so that I could use it as a simple way to keep track of my daily life...and somewhere along the way I got brave and started sharing some of my art.

So in keeping with my original motives, here is what I did last night...


As HB and I sat watching TV, I finished the piece I started a few days ago. This is done with cheapie Crayola markers on 9" x 12" Bristol paper. HB thought it looked like sea kelp so that's what I'm naming it.


I used Sharpies to do all the outlines, and the finer lines of the drawing were also done with an ultra fine point Sharpie. Sometimes I just like using the very basics. I bought the Crayola markers because
Alisa Burke did a post about them. I got a package of 50 markers for less than $7 so I thought that was a good deal. There's something so relaxing about drawing a black line shape and filling it with marker color.

Do you ever use markers? If so, which ones do you like?


10 comments:

  1. It does look like sea kelp! I have prismacolor markers, and Sharpies and I had Crayola, but used them all up! A few copics .....

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  2. Oh I love! The colour totally pops! I have lots of different markers but I tend to colour with pencils. I feel more comfortable with pencils for some reason, I think it is because I can erase the mistakes.

    If you want my penny worth on your blogging or instagram thing, do both. I love instagram in a big way, I love interacting with folks and leaving comments on their beautiful pictures. But blogging is far from dead, commenting on blogs has dropped off but that is because people are commenting on social media. Quality content on blogs has a lot of mileage and people do still read blogs.
    So are you on instagram? I will go look for you. I'm under @KimDellow if you want to hook up.
    Kx

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  3. It turned out just as beautiful as I was expecting. I had a real close up look at it, and saw all the doodling on it. It's so relaxing to do all those lines.
    I used to use markers, but not any more. I have totally fallen in love with water soluble medias, and right now I'm using more regular watercolors that ever. You know, I love the twinks and neo colors 2. Watercolor pencils are a joy as well. After learning all the tips and trics I'm totally hooked.

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  4. Girl, you have so much patience to do these line drawings and color them in. I would make a mess of it because I would want to hurry hurry thru it. It really does look like kelp.

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  5. I use cheap markers as well and your art is so terrific love the colours

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  6. Fun sea kelp. I see you on instagram, it is fast but you miss so much. Still like blogging. xox

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  7. Janet, I love this! I am glad to. See you on instagram too :)

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  8. OOps should have read this post first....GREAT MINDS...LOL.... I loved that post of Alisas! I knew you would too!! These are lovely...the pattern and colour makes me so happy!! Keep your blog for credibility.... it's important even if you only randomly post...do not delete it.... big social media mistake.... you never know you may want to publish one day and having this blog is important!! If you ever doubt what I'm saying google search IMAGES jkbees.....

    Hugs Giggles

    Hugs Giggles

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  9. Beautiful sea kelp. Your line drawings are always cool.
    I'm a sucker for markers too...cheap ones, expensive ones, all kinds. I like the Crayola ones and saw the video. I like the even cheaper, Rose art metallic markers too. Sometimes I think, as with all my art supplies, I COLLECT them more than use them. HaHa. I just bought a package of Montana markers, they are on the expensive side, but I had a coupon, so thought I'd try them. I like the colors, at least when I sampled them on a journal page. Haven't used them since though. I like Copic colors, but the strong odor gives me a headache, so don't always reach for them. Oh, another one I just thought of is the Liquitex paint ones, they say waterbased, but still have a little odor but not as bad as Copic. They have several size tips, small for detail work and a very big one for larges swatches of color, or big fat stripes. Hmm..now I want to go sample all my markers again, thanks for the discussion.

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  10. I don't use markers that much but after seeing this, I think I may start! I think Claudine Hellmuth recommends these, too -- not sure. She's inso Crayola something!

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