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Wednesday WrapUp NaNoWriMo More Acrylics


I’ve enjoyed providing each week a “Wednesday Warm Up,”— a day of usually quick drawing, inking, brushing as warm up to our serious art. I’ve been sharing a strategy to try each Wednesday using the iPad app ProCreate. I’ve decided to change it up a bit for a few Wednesday Wrap Up— a wrap up of my project tips for the past week or something I’ve learned that may also help others with the same #warmup4art hashtag.

This Month: NaNoWriMo

My CLmooc friends doodle every day. During November, my doodles will usually be from the writing for National Novel Writing Month: NaNoWriMo. My personal goal is for 2000 words a day until I reach the 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo. So far, I’ve met that goal and by the end of today, I should have reached the 50,000 mark, but not the end of the story; I’ll need to keep writing! And it’s important to understand that his is just to write — not edit– just get the idea down so a story is written in thirty days. For my story, Walter is still on his way to ask the dragon for help, Angie is still planting the seeds to help Olivia see the way to the light, and Willow is still discovering everyone’s journey that seems to be ending in either a shadowy end or an enlightenment. Will the shadow win, or Willow?

The inspiration for today’s NaNoWriMo illustration is this excerpt from my story:


“Oh this is delightful. So peaceful.” 

And then I noticed the small sculpture below the largest of the maples. Its lower section, a cube with a large heart carved through each side of the stone, so that it formed legs over the leafy red leaves. Above that, another cube, hollowed out with a circle shape through each of the four sides. And atop of that a triangular shape like a roof with a ridge in the middle, higher and parallel to the uplifted edges of the originally triangular shape. Inside the circular area, in the very middle, shone a shimmering blue dragon stone…

The blues, the white, the yellow pixies all swirled into the circle of red maples and the little meadow within, stopping on the little statue. The white landed on its top. The blues took the edges of the triangular roof, and the yellows— each took a side and the bottom of the heart shape of the lower part of the statue.

They waited, I sensed, in anticipation of my request, as around them swirled the possibility of other sparkling creatures.

Excerpt From
So Says the River E2 /So Says the Dragon
Sheri Edwards
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If you’re a classroom teacher, NaNoWriMo is an excellent writing project for October [prep] and November [write]. Find teacher resources here: NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. Why? I’ve written about my first experience years ago here, where I encourage teachers to let their students write: Let Them Write.

This Week’s Venture: Another Set of Acrylics

As I continue my last year’s story So Says the River, I’m also always taking classes to expand my art techniques. So, the art for this week’s NaNoWriMo derived from the first project in a Skillshare class “Create Happy and Vibrant Acrylic Paintings on your iPad using Procreate’ by Brenda Bakker of the Netherlands. And since I’m almost done with NaNoWriMo, I’ve been inspired to “paint” acrylics of our cat, dog, and holiday ornaments. And these are the basis of this week’s Wrap Up.

Sheri’s Acrylics Wrap Up Gallery

Video Replay

Try It

So, that wraps up this Wednesday Wrap Up. The NaNoWriMo journey is one I’ve taken for ten years, so its a part of my life, and I hope these weekly posts will inspire you to join in– or start your own goal of writing and art, perhaps a storybook or poetry book with illustrations. It’s another way to share your beautiful work.

I hope this inspires you to join in NaNoWriMo — we can connect and inspire one another, sharing our illustrations and wondering about our twists and turns to hook our readers.

And please do try Brenda Bakker’s class. Thanks so much to Brenda Bakker for the Skillshare class on vibrant acrylics. 

I look forward to your sharing, and please continue to be a part of the  #warmup4art series to learn and enjoy our work together! See my sharing at IG @42Sheri and Twitter @42Sheri.

#NaNoWriMo #NaNoWriMo21 #NovDoodle #CLmooc #SoSaysTheRiver #SoSaysTheDragon #character #Angie #pixies #sculpture #redmaple #warmup4art

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