Who Needs Role Models shares art projects and fun on my personal journey.
- raising a son in the internet age
- learning to train a horse
- creating art through book arts, carving, and printmaking
About the Theme
In the spring of 2010, I took an art class at Everett Community College. In that class I learned about a whole lot of different art techniques including:
- drawing in graphite and charcoal
- drawing with pen and ink
- drawing with color pencils
- painting with ink and brushes
- painting with watercolors
And I fell in love with watercolor painting. Previously, my efforts at watercolor were ugly at best, but this class showed me different techniques, different paints and brushes, and different papers (Yupo paper is really cool!). And I decided to do my final project as a watercolor painting of the NGPA in our backyard.
But our instructor had us do more than just draw something or paint a picture for our final project. She wanted us to write a proposal for the project, and include in it what the purpose and intentions were for the project. Now I could have said something like: “My intention is to create a painting for my final project.” But that would have been weak and somewhat pointless.
Then I was looking at my blog, and getting frustrated again that I was using a blog template rather than my own design. And it hit me! I could use my painting as the basis for my blog design.
Below is a scan of the painting I did. It’s watercolor on a half-sheet of watercolor paper. As you can see, I adjusted the final images I used for the blog, but ultimately all the colors and backgrounds are from this painting.
A Note on Fonts
Headline fonts used on this site are from 1001 Free Fonts. I used the font “First Order” from the Celtic fonts.