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Happy New Year 2021

Happiest of New Years to you and yours. 2020 was a long year and a tough year for many. I hope this new year finds you well and is off to a good start. I had the day off from work and was able to spend it with family.

Part of the day I visited with my nieces and nephews and doodled. I drew this fun little lettering “doodle” with their Crayola markers and printer paper. Proof that you don’t need the finest tools to make art. ;-)

Have a happy new year and I hope you had a blessed holiday season.

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Watercolor Exercise

I am always on the look out for “new” techniques for art making. When I was in college (many years ago) we used a lot of masking fluid for ink drawings in my illustration classes. I decided to try using masking fluid again with some of my lettering.

Watercolor lends itself to masking fluid well. Both are not incredibly easy mediums to control, but they are useful to use together. Watercolor is of course very fluid and the masking fluid can stop the paints from bleeding too much.

I lettered this quote on paper first using masking fluid and made the perimeter out of masking fluid. I let the fluid dry while I decided on the landscape drawing. I then painted over the lettering with watercolor. Once the watercolors dried, I was able to peel the masking fluid off. It turned out pretty well for a small sample. I will probably go over the lettering with a layer of white gouache paint or paint marker.