Day 7 – Last but not least, Pink Day!

LAST DAY! Pink day!

Pink is a fairly new color only dating back to the seventeenth century. The word pink was used for many other things before it’s use for the color. The scissors that cut a frill or zigzag are called “Pinking shears” because the pattern was called pink. Also, pink has been a fairly controversial thing in the past. I highly recommend this book I’ve been reading this week called

“The Story of Colour: An Explanation of Hidden Messages of the Spectrum” by Gavin Evans. Each chapter isn’t really long and the book has been eye opening on how each color wove it’s way into history.

Supplies! Pencils, pens, and all supplies regarding pink!

Today’s tip is to draw things that aren’t normally pink. There’s a lot of really nice things that are pink but this is an challenge for me replacing a color for another color. I rely so much of my drawing on what I’m seeing.

A way to remedy this is to take your reference photo and editing it in a photo editing program. There is typically a “color replace” option. If you can’t find it, you can always google it. Also, sometimes you have better luck finding decent free photo editing apps for your phone than on your computer.

Pink is a beautiful color, because it is one of the colors that the sun makes at twilight and in the dawns.

-C. JoyBell C.

I’ve enjoyed this color challenge week and I hope you have as well. It’s been a work out for sure and the most drawing I’ve done in a week’s time. I recommend this challenge if you’re need a prompt or to maybe get out from an artblock. Something to get your ideas going. I hope the tips this week have helped and inspired you in a opening up your creativity.

Have a great rest of you Pink Sunday!

On to the next experiment!!

Day 6 – Purple/Violet Day!

Purple used to be a sign of royalty! The process to make purple use cost a lot to produce so it was deemed “a wealthy color.” But when it was first created it was pretty gross and smelly. I’m thankful Sir William Perkin for being one of the firsts in creating a color that is not stinky.

The supplies are the usual pencils, pens, and all supplies relating to Purple/Violet.

Tip for the day is to draw the negative space of and object or character. A website called Creative bloq states “Negative space is, quite simply, the space that surrounds an object in a image. Just as important as that object itself, negative space helps to define the boundaries of positive space and brings balance to a composition.”

I used to have to do a lot of these negative space drawings in school as a warm up exercise so I could get a good feeling for how an object sat in my pieces. I challenged myself by doing this in marker. 😅

There’s a girl named Kasey Golden on YouTube who does a lot of neat character designs based on food, prompts, and other things. And so I took  inspiration from her style on the piece above.

Also, I’ve been enjoying these block color doodles.

“I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain”

Have a purply filled day!!!


ps Yesterday’s song was “Blue” by Eiffel 65

Day 5 – Blue Day!!!

I’m blue da ba dee da ba daa

Name that tune 😂 so catchy. I apologize if it gets stuck in your head all day.

Supplies for the day are the usual pencils, pens, and blue art supplies!

Blue is my favorite color. Choosing one out of the bunch is hard. But I lean toward either midnight blue or teal. There are a ton of different varieties of blue. Some of these you may wonder why I included in this bunch instead of Green. When I did my test swatches, I found that they were closer to blue than green.

The tip for the day is to try different tints and shades of the blue. Watercolor is a great supply for doing this because you can get light and dark values fairly quick. If you use watercolors, remember to use paper at least 100lbs/270gsm or more.

“Whenever I gaze up at the moon, I feel like I’m on a time machine. I am back to that precious pinpoint of time, standing on the foreboding – yet beautiful – Sea of Tranquility. I could see our shining blue planet Earth poised in the darkness of space.” -Buzz Aldrin

Have a great day!!!


Day 4 – Green day!

Green! I feel like this is a pretty lucky color🍀. We are midweek of the 7 days of color! You would have thought Wednesday was the middle but we are going all the way until Sunday with this color challenge!

If you’ve fallen behind that is alright. Do what you can when you can. The whole thing is to enjoy creating during this challenge. As soon as it becomes something other than enjoyment, you’ll work yourself towards a block. And that is no bueno.

Supplies are pencils, pens, and green supplies!

The tip for today is (if you haven’t already) try just starting with color instead of using pencil first. Then adding pen. It’s nice exercise to help you be more spontaneous with your line and loosen up.

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” -Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Have a happy Green Day!


Day 3 – Yellow!

Yellow! Amarillo! Jaune! Giallo!

Now you know how to say yellow in Spanish, French, and Italian. 🙂

Today’s prompt is yellow…

I have a LOT of trouble with this color. Mostly because it’s my least favorite color 😅 but I will push through today!

Usual supplies today!

•Pencils, pens, sketchbooks, and paper (I always recommend a heavier weighted paper to combat bleed through and waves)

•Any supply that is yellow ☀️

Since this is such a light color, it’s hard to see against white unless it’s paired with another color.

Tip for the day: You can outline or make a pattern with a black pen or pencil to emphasize it on a background. Use different values of light to give shape to a flat object.

Yellow, are you there? The phone green! Can you pink up the phone?

My parents used to always say this joke to me 😄

Have a great sunny day y’all! 😎


Day 2 – Orange day!

Its Orange day!

Orange you glad it’s a bright color today? *nudge nudge*

I know it’s a hokey joke but I couldn’t resist.

It’s easy to get roped into drawing an orange for orange. But orange is definitely much more than the fruit it’s named after.

Tip for today is to draw some thumbnails. Now it’s easy to just hit the ground running for some of you but you may want to take a pause and do a little planning. I tend to just go with the flow and just go right in with pencils. But what happens is I end up having to erase because all these dark lines show up on the page (I’m fairly heavy handed with pencil)

Supplies today are



•Sketchbooks or paper

•Any orange supplies you have

First start your Brainstorming list like yesterday. Then narrow it down to a couple ideas you want to approach.

How to start a thumbnail is to draw a small rectangle or square, depending on the size of your sheet, in your sketchbook. Do some quick sketching as to how you want the piece to look. It needs to be loose. Scribbling-like.

By all means if you want to skip this step you can. This is just to help the creating process. I tend to have a moment of panic on the blank sheet so to remedy this I brainstorm and draw thumbnails so I don’t feel pressured.

I drew this one a week ago 😛

Have fun y’all!


Day 1 of the Color week challenge

Hey there!

Welcome to the first day of the Back2Basics challenge!

color week banner copy


Week one is all about colors!!! Ever have that terrible feeling when you have one color and can’t figure out what to do with it? Well, I have been there too. Throughout the week I’m going to give you daily tips to get you through these hurdles.

We’ll be looking at reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples and pinks throughout the week.

As far as supplies go I’ll be sticking to the products I’ve gotten in my Artsnacks boxes within the past 3 years. But here are the general supplies you’ll need for the week.

•Any pencil

•Any Black pens

•Any supplies within the designated color.

For example:

Colored pencil, watercolor, acrylics, oils,etc.

•And any sketchbook and some good heavy weight paper

 The idea is to use something you’re comfortable with. It’s enough of a challenge dealing with just one color as it is.

The prompt today is Reds!

Today’s tip is to write down your ideas. Just like when you’re getting ready to write a paper you need to Brainstorm . Warming up by writing these ideas down is a good way to start the process of creating.

The whole point of these challenges in the upcoming weeks is to give y’all a boost of inspiration and incentives to create! Don’t stress about it. Let loose and have fun 🙂

Happy creating!


2017 Reflection 2018 Resolution

Looking back on 2017, I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot. I’ve met a ton of new people, been to many new places, and had some great new experiences.

Europe was amazing. I mean what can I say. The trip was a trip of a lifetime. I’m so glad we got to go see three cities in the span of 9 days. Yes they were just glimpses but I’m glad I got to go!

I went on two trips by myself for both work and fun. TwitchCon was a BLAST. I was a little apprehensive because I was by myself. Previously in July I went to the Letterworks Calligraphy conference in Utah and had some of my friends with me. But at TwitchCon I was alone. It was fun making new friends and having a great time nerding out. I barely had time to meet all the artists participating in the Artist alley(considering I was only there for two days). If I can, I’d go back just to meet up again with all my new peeps.

The first trip I went to by myself was the Letterworks calligraphy conference in Utah. That was seriously awesome. All the people that attended were exactly like my friends in my guild. So friendly and welcoming. Everyone was so patient and willing to help you out if you were new to calligraphy. I learned a ton and met some awesome people that I hope to keep in touch with.

This year was definitely the year of travel. Cancun at the start of the year, Denver, Ogden, Long Beach, Paris, London, Rome, Las Vegas, and Vancouver! So many fun places and memories! I’m so very thankful to have been able to travel as much as I have and with a great travel partner, my husband Charles. I love you!

This upcoming year my resolution is to keep a better schedule. My schedule was a little hairy at the end there but I hoping to keep it together more consistently this year.

I really can’t say how amazing this past year was. And I’m thankful for all the wonderful memories. Cheers to 2017 and onto 2018!

TwitchCon Bound!

I am TwitchCon bound!

Twitch Con 2017 is this weekend in Long Beach! For those of you that don’t know what Twitch is, it is a live broadcasting video platform for gamers mainly. They have a subsection called “Creative” and that’s where I paint, draw, and create live. (soon to be TheArtLabTX)

I have been trying to mentally prepare for the conference for like a couple weeks now. Before a trip, I get a little anxious. Once I get to the actual place/event I calm down. I’m looking forward to meeting attendees, stream buddies, and other fellow creative streamers. I haven’t networked in a while. It’ll be interesting to say the least.

Look forward to a blog soon about what I did out there and a separate one about Art Block.


#Inktober Day 1 – Swift

#swift #swiftbird


If you have not heard, we have started the month of Inktober. A month during which artists all over the world take part in a challenge to draw an ink piece every single day of October.

I took part in this challenge two years ago and it was very difficult to get a piece done every day but I managed to get through it and get all of them done. One of the challenges I faced was using just ink products. Last time, I used only a kuretake ink brush, a couple multiliner pens and water. This time I’m planning on using Plumchester pens (P1.5 and  P4) and to add a little color here and there with copic ink markers. Maybe a few other pens I’ve gotten in my Artsnacks boxes over the years too. There’s so many fun tools to use for ink 😉

Look forward to more posts and keep up with my Inktober posts on Instagram 🙂


Have a great day wherever you’re reading this from 🙂