Watercolor Painting of Church Door and Wall

The past few weeks have been an interesting mix of good and bad things for me. But, overall, there’s more good things in my daily life. I even surprise myself with all the pleasant thought bubbles that come right out of my head.

And thank you, God, for the rains! Even though we had to deal with a bad leak (it’s been fixed) in the kitchen for some time, I still feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude every time there’s a downpour. And it’s during one of those moments when I found the chance to render on paper a photo that I took last June. I’d been meaning to draw and paint this church door and brick wall since I captured them on my camera. But it’s only yesterday that I got the push. What a happy experience it’s been!

Below is a photo of the preliminary sketch. I made this yesterday as soon as my husband and eldest daughter left for school. My 3 y.o. was still asleep so I had my own quiet time at my art desk. I drew this using my favorite 3H pencil (Colleen). Then I closed my sketchbook and left it for a while. It was time to prep my daughter for school.


After bringing my kid to school, I went home and proceeded to work at my desk. I used 4 colors and the wet-on-wet technique to paint the door. Then I did the bricks with 3 colors. I used my watercolor wheel that didn’t have a label for each color, so I can’t exactly tell which ones I used. But I might have used 3 shades of brown, charcoal grey, raw umber, raw sienna, and brick red.


I finished painting this drawing in about an hour. I was even able to take a video of my hand painting the bricks. Unfortunately, I used the wrong angle so I will have to fix it first or ask my husband to rotate it. ;o)


Supplies: blank art journal, watercolor (Koh-I-Noor), paintbrushes (#3, #4, #6, #8 #12 – Pentel), watercolor pencil (Faber-Castel, #480)

Thanks for reading this post. You can view some of my art projects over at Instagram (@conniesnotebook) or Facebook (/papercraftprojects).

‘Til next time,
Connie :o)

For the curious – the church is Sto. Nino de Molino parish church in Bacoor, Cavite. I go to this church on Sundays to attend Mass and on certain weekdays for some quiet time.

Keeping a Sense of Normalcy

The kids go back to school and my husband reports for office today. There’s still another typhoon within the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but it will not make a landfall and instead just pull the southwest monsoon. So, I suppose we’re good and out of danger. Yes, life can be declared in a state of calm right now, though we remain vigilant and prepared for yet another onslaught. I hope everything’s okay on your end. <3 Connie


Deep Discounts on Art Magazines and Collection CDs

The Interweave store is still running a massive sale with deep discounts on art and craft related magazines and CDs. This event ends July 10th, 2014 so you may want to head over to their site soonest and see which items you can get for a great deal.

I’m an avid buyer of two magazines published by Interweave, and these are PAGES (on art journaling and bookmaking) and CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS (on mixed-media art). You can now get these magazines for as low as $2 each!

interweave hurt book saleFor those who are into art journaling, you may want to check out some books and DVDs that have been marked down. It’s a limited offer so you may want to take advantage of it as well. I’ve acquired a few art journaling and mixed-media art books from Interweave and they’ve been helpful in my artmaking.

All for now,
Connie :o)

My Favorite Drawing Pencils

Just for fun, I took an online quiz last week. The question that begged to be answered was “What art medium are you?”

How could I resist a quiz like that? I answered the questions as truthfully as I could. And, I got this result:

which art medium are you

Amazing. Just. Amazing.

I do so like the pencil because I enjoy drawing immensely. And it’s true that I like to have control over what I wish to render and to pay attention to certain details. It’s just me.

If you’d violate my small art space in this house, you’d find out that I have quite a number of pencils in my humble collection — graphite, Conte, charcoal, watercolor, color pencils. Yep, I have all these. And, there’s more that I’d want to have. (I’m hopeless!) It’s a good thing that many of these pencils can be bought from loose or open stock. I don’t have to buy an entire set every time. Although I must confess that I yearn for certain drawing and coloring sets that are only sold in tin sets.

fave drawing pencils

Anyway, as of this writing, my favorite drawing pencils are the following:

Will you take the art medium quiz, too? Do let me know what result you get! :o)