Category Archives: Sketchbook

November Box of Art Snacks

Red Tree WIP by Karen Gadient, 2015

Received my little box of art supplies from Art Snacks this week. Since I’m having a ‘sick day’ weekend―I’m getting better, but still nursing congestion and a wicked cough―I figured I’d play around with it.

Once again, there’s only one color in the box. It’s a matte red acrylic paint. Reminds me of gouache, actually, which I use often. With the paint is a Liquitex ‘freestyle’ brush. I have one of these, only larger. The little one is very cute! They’re sturdy brushes and I’m glad to get another to add to my brush collection.

There’s also a Blackwing pencil. I’m admittedly a pencil fan, so this was nice to get, even if I tend to use Blackwings more for writing. Lastly, there’s a Japanese brush pen that I’ve never heard of before: Kuretake Fudegokochi. It’s nice, but not waterproof, so it was tricky to use with the paint.

So, I made a red tree. It’s not much as it is, but… you know, when I feel better, I might add layers of other things to it later and jazz it up a bit.

I’m going to try another month and then decide if I want to continue. Who wants to bet that December has at least two colors? Probably red and green. ;)

Hope your weekend has been a relaxing one!

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Filed under Acrylic, Art, Color, Creativity, Life, Mixed Media, Painting, Pencil, Prompts, Sketchbook


Ignition by Karen Gadient, 2015

Ignition. Ink, pastel, and digital mixed media.
Art experiment made from scans of different sketchbook pieces.

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Filed under Art, Color, Digital Artwork, Ink, Mixed Media, Painting, Pastel, Quotes, Sketchbook

Black Cats and Art Snacks

Black Cat by Karen Gadient, 2015

Black Cat. Ink, colored pencil, and graphite on smooth bristol paper.

This month, I received my first Art Snacks box. Art Snacks is a monthly art supplies package, similar to the beauty and treat boxes that are so popular now.

I decided to give it a try because I no longer had other subscriptions. David and I had enjoyed our Vegan Cuts snack box, but treats often melted in transit (it’s over 100 degrees here for months on end), so we cancelled. In fact, the heat was the reason I stopped getting beauty boxes too: lots of melted makeup.

So, Art Snacks arrived with Halloween candy. Which melted! Shocking―not. However, the art supplies hadn’t melted, because they were mostly pens and pencils, a nice watercolor brush, plus a bottle of ink.

The little card that came with the supplies encouraged the use of all products in the box to make an original piece of art. David would have had me do it anyway, because he suggested the idea before I’d even read the card!

So… here you have it: a black cat for Halloween. Which seemed ideal, given that everything in the box was black―except one colored pencil, which was orange.

I’ll be trying the box again for November and making something with whatever I get. Hoping for more color next time. It’s a fun box for artsy types!

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Filed under Animals, Arizona, Art, Cats, Color, Creativity, Graphite, Holiday, Illustration, Ink, Marker, Mixed Media, Painting, Pencil, Pets, Phoenix, Prompts, Sketchbook

Stormy Sea

Stormy Sea by Karen Gadient, 2015

Marker and ink drawing from my sketchbook, scanned to add digital elements.

I’ve discovered that sketchbooks are a great place to keep your art; you can always scan to share and it’s easier to store stacks of mixed media and watercolor sketchbooks rather than racks of canvas and boards.

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Filed under Art, Blogging, Color, Creativity, Ink, Marker, Mixed Media, Painting, Sketchbook

Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire by Karen Gadient, 2015

Friendly Fire. Scanned sketches combined with color painted digitally. Sketchbook piece, but a fun art experiment worth sharing.

Try it out yourself. Test your idea with an experimental project. See what works and what doesn’t. Then move forward or move on. ― Richie Norton

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Filed under Art, Color, Creativity, Digital Artwork, Marker, Painting, Quotes, Sketchbook

Dynamite Speedway

Dynamite Speedway by Karen Gadient, 2015

Dynamite Speedway. Scanned markers, acrylic, and digital work.

Art therapy piece, just for my own restless mind. This one started as a digital doodle and eventually got more layers of scanned traditional media added to it. I’ve been doing a lot of experiments in mixing media; it’s a lot of fun.

Psycho-therapy is rather amazing—something like stirring up the bottom of an aquarium—chunks of the past coming up at unfamiliar angles, distinct and then indistinct. ― Robert Lowell

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Filed under Acrylic, Art, Color, Creativity, Digital Artwork, iPad Art, Journal, Marker, Mixed Media, Painting, Psychology, Quotes, Sketchbook


Brainstorm by Karen Gadient, 2015

Just a colorful abstract I made while playing with discarded layers from years-old artwork and random doodles.

Much like keeping writing journal of scenes and dialogue, I like to play with various art tools and see what happens.

There’s a lot of pressure on artists and writers to produce, publish, and sell―but I think it’s also important to create things for enjoyment, to experiment and explore, with no pressure or judgment, and keep your passions fun. :)

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Filed under Art, Color, Creativity, Digital Artwork, Journal, Sketchbook