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Touching grass and drawing trees

One of the few things I've managed to avoid dabbling in is ink drawing without drafting with a pencil underneath. The thought of putting ink on the page without a plan fills me with irrational dread (not least because I have aphantasia, which makes it basically impossible for me to conceptualize images from scratch without a lot of trial and error). However, plein air ink drawings seemed like an achievable task because I wouldn't have to pin all my hopes on my empty brain.

There's the complication of me never having much interest in plein air art before this, but that's never stopped me!

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WIP project blanket box

I found this prompt list on Pillowfort that I thought would be fun to do: Creative WIP Project Blanket Box. "Blanket Box" is a Pillowfort-specific term for this type of prompt list, but I admittedly don't use my Pillowfort account for much... so I'm setting up my blankets over here instead.

I was wanting to start dumping some of my OC content onto this blog anyway, so this seems like a perfect, completely inorganic way to do it. I have some preliminary information about this project on the Earth 2 page of my OC website. (If you're uninitiated, Earth 2 is my jokey name for the setting in addition to the temporary name for the project, which is still untitled.)

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Getting in the Zorn

I always mix my own paint colors as a rule — I've owned only cyan, magenta, and yellow (plus black and white) for years — but I've been really into nontraditional primaries lately. It's an interesting challenge that produces interesting paintings, and the Zorn palette is a particularly... limiting limited palette.

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Squeezing paint into a mint tin, for art

I've had tiny palettes on the brain lately. I think it's one of those things where I swear I'm going to do [x] (paint) more because I have [y] (a tiny paint palette). I thought really hard about getting a fancy small wooden palette (as seen in this tiny palette mega review by Leslie Stroz), but decided against it in favor of engineering one out of a mint tin.

I love putting random shit in mint tins. I already keep my small cross stitching projects in one (you would be shocked at the amount of embroidery floss you can stuff into one Altoids tin), so I might as well keep the ball rolling.

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