So I was browsing watercolor techniques last night because I really want to get into that more. I love how “quick” watercolor fills pages and how much you can play with the color tones and intencities even with a very simple pallet.
Well… last night I *tired* to water color this drawing but it didn’t work out because I was not using watercolor paper… whoops…
So Today I wanted to try again. I based this particular exercise on Watercolor Burst technique. This tutorial resonated with me. I liked the lettering (even if she uses a stamp) and rainbow colors. It looked fairly simple to follow along, so why not. I can do that!
I’ve been working really hard on developing a lettering style that I like and feels natural to me. Starting to feel like I’m getting the hang of it, however I still do pencil first, then marker, then add in thickness in diff areas. Today I used my Neuland Fine One Brush Tipped Outliner because I was feeling artsy.
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How Did I Find Usborne?
So today I wanted to take a little time to write about Usborne Books! I was invited to an Usborne Online FB party by one of my local friends. And I thought, book, great, I love books. I was really curious to know more about this Independent Consultant Company that was a bout children’s books. I was very familiar with the Independent Consultant set up. Basically you order a kit, and then you sell stuff for a company. And for a long time I thought what a neat way to ear some extra money and have a bit of a part time, to sell on comission. But I never signed up for anything like that beacuase I didn’t believe in the products. Sure they were fun and cool and great, but I wasn’t in love with them. And I can’t imagine selling something to others that I wasn’t toally in love with and wasnted to buy for myself and my home on a regular consistent basis.
So I went to this FB party and I was immdiately hooked. This is a publisher who’s books I already owned. I HAD Usborne books and I didn’t even know it. the sheer variety pf books they offer is mind blowing. And as a publisher, of course there are new books coming out every year. So right off the bat, I knew that this was something that I could enjoy, my daughters can enjoy, and I know most of my friends are always looking for fun new children’s books and they will enjoy these as well.
So I signed up on a whim pretty much immidiately to become a consultant. And I set up a couple of online parties to get started, but what I was really looking forward to was having my kit, and planning some in person presentations and parties and just having an excuse to get together with other adults and do some shopping. I’ve always found it fun to show with friends at these Consultant Parties.
I got the “Big” Kit which is only $125 (I honestly forget if it was $119 or $129 when I got it?). I can tell you, that I ordered it mostly just toge a stash of books 😛 I figured I wanted to order so many from the party that it would be worth it to just sign up and get a bunch of books. There is no requierement to host parties, no need to sell an X amount of books. You just buy the kit, that’s it. But who would I want to stop there?
I’m sure some people really want to know what’s IN the kit, specially if they are considering becoming a consultant. So I recently made a Periscope Video about all the items I got with the kit. You can check out that video bellow!
This is the kit that I will be bringin with me on the parties to give people a tates for Usborne and the quality and variety of their products.
Here is a photo of my Kit Layed out.
If you are interested in the books, before you just go shopping online I would like to invite you to host a party. Why? Because when you hhost a party, you get rewards! And those rewards earn you FREE and HALF OFF books. So if you are ready to shop, definitely put on th breaks for just a moment and lets plan a party so that you can really get all the books on your wish list for the best deal posible.
Here is my first hostess’s stash of books. I can’t even tell you how amazing it was to add in those hostess rewards and see that bill shirnk and shrink and shrink. Her kids banked!
PS, That hostess happens to be an INCREDIBLE seamstress. Go check out her website if you think you need some handsewn love in your life.
Usborne and Doodling
And here is something that just sort of magically happened. Remember that Magic I have been walking about?
It turns out that my favorite Doodle Girl, Diane Bleck from the Doodle Institute, loves Usbornes and uses those books in her home a lot! She sometimes periscopes to draw with her Doodle Friends (me!). And I can tell you Little Lue LOVES to do this with Diane. We have since been grabbing Step-By-Step Drawing Book (which came with my kit) to draw different people and animals and practice some writing and story telling. This stuff is seriously prefect homeschooling material as well as pure fun doodling.
Diane and I have teamed up so that any time she uses her Usborne Books in her videos I follow up with links to the specific books she used. I really hope we can do some “planned in advanced” events so that people can HAVE the books in hand before the doodle session. I think that would be a blast!
Here is a recent video of Daine’s where we drew some mermaids and pirates together.
And here is a picture of my 4yo’s drawing she did following her video. I’m always so impressed at how great she does following along!
And THIS is the book we were drawing from.
My daughter then wanted to draw some more so we drew this Knight together!
Very exciting stuff happening over at the Doodle Institute with Diane Bleck! She will be hosting the Doodle Summit 2016. A virtual conference for Doodlers everywhere who want to take doodling to the next level. Doodle Summit will feature various Special Guests as well as Doodle Institute Students.
Diane asked me to create a visual agenda for the event and I was very happy to do that for her. (The poor woman has had a house full of sick kids for well over week! Gahh!) I was happy to help out with some doodling
Highlights for the event Agenda include
Unlock Your Awesome
Creativity & Sustainability
Importance of Doodling
Building a Global Community
Building a Daily Practice
Doodle for Wellness
Learn to Doodle: Doodle to Learn
Mini Sessions by Doodle Institute Students
Meet the Presenters
This is a payed event, but your ticket is a party of TWO so I think that makes it really fun as you can share the experience with a friend. If you sing up before February 15th you get $20 off your ticket price so definitely sign up sooner rather than later. Because the ticket includes 2 people, it’s definitely a great idea to partner up and split the cost! Buy the Early Bird Special and that’s only $13.50 for a total of 8 hour long presentations as well as 12 Student Mini Sessions! (PS Yours Truly *might* be one of those presenters!) So definitely sign up!
I was playing around with the idea of creating a video collage of some of my Divine-Mothering images. So I started messing with Animoto and I’m on my laptop and the images I want to work with aren’t here, but I saw the option to use Instgram photos. So what the heck. I did a little smash up of all my drawings. It was fun and quick and easy. Only downside is that this is a trial version, so I’m stuck with the lame water marks… Oh well… Nothing is ever really “free”. But it was a fun way to give it a try IDK If I will end up using the upgraded version of Animoto, but it sure was easy to make this!