Thursday, October 23, 2014

Still more Inktober 2014 drawings!

I have to say, now that the wedding is behind us and we have a little more free time, I am reveling in getting back to drawing and painting! And what better project to undertake than Inktober! A whole month of drawing in ink? Too much fun!

I've been painting and drawing a whole series of rainbow-haired girls, and these are the latest in the series. Do you have a favorite color?


Here's a little work in progress shot, putting down the first layers of ink.

Because I usually paint in watercolors, I didn't realize just how much fun ink can be. It dries really fast (which can be good and bad, depending on what you're trying to do) but it can be layered really nicely without re-wetting the first coats you put down. Even once Inktober is over I suspect I'll be drawing and painting a lot more with ink in the future!
Head over to Instagram if you'd like to see some timelapse videos of me painting some of these pieces! www.instagram.com/BrownPaperBunny

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

More Inktober 2014 drawings

Inktober illustration of girls with colored hair by Jessica Mack aka BrownPaperBunny

I'm loving Inktober (where you only use ink for the month of October), although I'm not finding enough time to draw and post every day unfortunately.

Here are a few of my next series...girls with rainbow hair. What do you think?

Inktober illustration of girls with colored hair by Jessica Mack aka BrownPaperBunny

Inktober illustration of girls with colored hair by Jessica Mack aka BrownPaperBunny

Watch the timelapse video of this one below:



I'll be posting more Inktober drawings to Instagram if you'd like to follow along: @BrownPaperBunny

And you can see more of my Inktober drawings in my last post too.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Inktober 2014

Fashion Illustration Inktober drawing / illustration in ink by BrownPaperBunny (Jessica Mack)
Every year I intend to participate in Inktober, and every year I forget until half way through the month.

Haven't heard of Inktober before? Here's what founder, Jake Parker, says on his site:

"Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing."

I'm already a couple of days behind, but I'm going to do my best to catch up, and use this month to get back into drawing and painting after a long (wedding planning) hiatus!

Here's what I've done so far.
Fashion Illustration Inktober drawing / illustration in ink by BrownPaperBunny (Jessica Mack)

Fashion Illustration Inktober drawing / illustration in ink by BrownPaperBunny (Jessica Mack)
I hope you'll do it with me!

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Coptic Book Binding: Wedding Guest Book

Coptic bound wedding guest book pink and gold
We got married on Sunday!

You can see more pics on www.instagram.com/OurInternationalWedding if you're interested.
Wedding Castle Cliff Estate Colorado Jessica and Jonathan
At the last minute, the lady on Etsy, who was meant to be making our guest book, flaked out and decided she didn't have time, so I set about making my own.

I ran around town, and finally found a pretty, pink and gold paper I was happy with. Then I cut boards for the cover, and while Jonathan was busy spray-gluing the paper to the boards, I was cutting paper signatures and punching holes in the spine for the stitching.
Hand binding wedding guest book using coptic binding method
While it stressed me out to have to hand bind a book at the last minute it turned out to be a blessing in disguise because we love our home-made book, and can't wait to finish it off by gluing in our professional photos as soon as we get them back!
Hand binding wedding guest book using coptic binding method
I also painted several signs that we used around the wedding, for the guest book, food, place cards, and to let guests know what our wedding hashtag was (#JessAndJonathan).

Click below to watch my little painting video:

These are my watercolor and ink place cards. I also made matching cards for all of the food items.
hand painted wedding place cards with watercolor flowers and calligraphy
Here's our guest book, sign, and 'love notes' jar at the entrance to our wedding.
Hand bound wedding guest book at Castle Cliff Estate in Colorado
I'd love to know what you did for your guest book. Did you have a traditional book, use one of those tree or finger-print signs?

Also, if you've been following along, you will have seen that we made a welcome sign for the front of the venue. Here is the finished result, what do you think?
Welcome wedding wreath sign at Castle Cliff Estate Sedalia Colorado

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