Wednesday, September 17, 2014


 colored and 'carbon sketch' pencils on mailing envelope, 3" x 4"

a quick post about something that inspired me last week...   colored pencils on brown paper.


i was attempting to draw the figure in this gorgeous vera rockline painting,

colored pencil on cereal box, peter rush

inspired by colored pencil sketches on cereal boxes that i saw on tumblr.

colored pencil on cereal box, peter rush

they're drawn by peter rush...  at first i thought they were drawn using soft pastels, but no, it's the humble colored pencil!  you can read a great interview with peter on the urban sketcher's blog, where he contributes.

colored and 'carbon sketch' pencils on mailing envelope

all of my drawings are done on a mailing envelope that i received a few days after i saw peter's sketches...  


 i've paper clipped them to a page in my homemade strathmore journal.   there's lots of space between the signatures of a book


 bound like this.  it makes sticking in extra stuff easy.


and in case you don't know about the 'carbon sketch' pencil that i used, it's part graphite, part charcoal, and pure smudging bliss...

of course now i wanna find some empty cereal boxes, and i'm also considering buying a pad of strathmore's toned tan paper...  if you know of other brands of toned paper, i'd love to hear about them.

26 comments:

  1. Really nice, great idea that anvelope and your journal is so beautiful. Sorry, my english is not so great.... =)

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  2. There you go again...inspiring me! Love what you've done! Love that little strathmore book too! Oh when are you going to offer paint with Lynne Hoppe online classes?

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  3. As the first photo appeared, I thought "shades of Bonnard, Vuillard", like that... and then scrolled down all that wonderfulness. Shades of... lynne hoppe. I get heavy brown paper from the art supply store, they cut it from a huge roll. xoxo

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  4. Lynne, I adore your hand bound journal, it's beautiful and the perfect place for your explorations and experiments, as I read your post I sat grinning in thinking that it's just serves as a reminder that art and where it begins is limitless. I think of the masters and what they used and reused and all those rock walls that hold ancient drawings and that what we perceive as a limitation is an opportunity waiting to happen...Peter's work is gorgeous and one less cereal box in a landfill somewhere... that makes me happy, every time you share a journal or a painting is the desire to see them in person....your sharings here are like nuggets of gold, scattered on the trail...I'm happy I they are there ....xxxoooxxxx

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  5. I bought a roll of heavy weight brown paper at Home Depot. Very reasonably priced.

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    1. susan, thank you! i'll check it out the next time i'm in Home Depot!

      xoxo

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  6. I've seen journals made out of brown paper lunch bags on Pinterest. Love your sketches!

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    1. thank you for reminding me! i tried a few different bags this afternoon; some i like and some i don't. it's amazing how much difference there is in paper bags, lol... i like the trader joe's bag best.

      xoxo

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  7. I love your pencil and brown paper - in fact I like yours better than the original. And thanks for the carbon/graphite pencil info. I draw on top of my acrylic backgrounds and I'm always looking for something that might work better. The Peter Rush drawings are amazing. I'm always learning something new when I visit you.

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  8. Hi honey wow your version of the Rockline is wonderful and love your own girlies too have drawn on brown paper but not the boxes I use those for covers though ...love the work you found on them it's great...luv ya xox

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  9. Well, I looked at your last post so much that I thought I had commented, then realized I didn't - just thought about it so much my brain thought I actually did it, if you know what i mean...lol. I always find your posts so inspiring that I re-read them, and that last one was so full of good stuff! Not that this one isn't, though. I really like the look of the colored pencil on brown paper. i love your handmade journal, too...

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  10. Just delightful to visit here again, Lynne. Inspiring and eye-catching as always!
    -sus

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  11. Always fascinating to see what you are up to. Fun to see what new directions you are working in. I love using cereal boxes too. Good thing I eat a lot of cereal.

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  12. Lynne, so much beauty and wonderfulness here, love it all. xoxo

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  13. Lynne, such gorgeous work. I love your flesh tones in the first, and the feeling of all. Its super learning about new artist's too.
    I buy a very heavy paper pad at Walmart. I think its 96 cents a pad. Very heavy and absorbant. Its a great color and I use it for sketches , I've put crayon; colored pencil; acrylic and ink on it, ITs kind of funky but great for trial ideas.

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  14. Hy Lynne, You know your posts always inspire me! and I love it when I can share something back! I've used the strathmore toned tan paper and I like it, but its very smooth - I like just a little more tooth - so I use the Bogus Rough Recycled paper pad from Bee Paper Co. It comes in different sizes, and I recently bought the huge 18x24 pad, which I love becausse I can cut it up to use in my little homemade sketchbooks or journals! I've also used "painter's paper" which comes on rolls in the paint department of home improvement stores. Its rather thin, but works nicely for drawings. It comes in tan, and now a greenish tan. Very inexpensive and has different sized rolls. I've also heard about something called Edge Rosin Paper - comes on a roll and is inexpensive and quite heavy I think - haven't tried it. I think its in the home improvement category. It has a dark pink or reddish tone to it. They have it on Amazon too. Also just heard about stone paper. Its made from ground up stones! Amazing! xxolivia

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  15. I adore your brown paper sketches. The contrast between the pencil marks and the warm brown tones really is beautiful. When I saw them first I did think you had used pastel. I can't believe coloured pencil worked so well. Must try this!!! X

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  16. I've just checked out peters work....I need to eat more cereal!!! How fantastic!

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  17. Oh, yes, so beautiful- I love to put some brown paper in my journals when I make them- love the richness, love the pop of the whites and...
    Yum
    Gxx

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  18. Lynne, you rock! This is a great post. I love the carbon pencil thanks to you! And I just tried some colored pencils on brown paper...it works great!! I used the paper that you can buy in rolls at Walmart in the office section where you can buy shipping materials. It's the paper I use to ship packages and boy howdy now I'll be saving those scap pieces to draw on.

    You're so inspiring!

    Xoxoxo

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  19. I forgot to say thank you. :)

    Xo again.

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  20. I love to see paintings made on unusual items, especially things that would normally be thrown away! I feel very inspired to never spend another penny on canvases! Thankyou Lynne, your artwork is beautiful.
    Jess xx

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  21. I love the Vera Rockline - and clever you doing the ladies back. You have such a sensitive line I can see why Vera';s work appeals to you. There is an emotion quality in her work and you do in your work, too.
    Did not know about peter Rush - thank you.
    Question is...does he know about YOU! You Rock!

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  22. Saving cereal boxes. I love that Peter Rush worked on the unfolded cardboard, flaps and all. Read through the comments and found many good resources. Thanks all. I love that charcoal pencil too Lynne...but haven't used mine for awhile, but you've inspired me to do so today. Always enjoy seeing your work. Cheers-Darlene

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