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Wednesday WrapUp JanDoodles


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.

Art Prompts

As my readers know, I illustrate daily art prompts with my  CLmooc friends. This month I’m choosing prompts from Lisa Bardot’s #makingarteveryday. Lisa provides tutorials on many different styles of art, which she shares in her long blog post 30 Art Styles to Try in Procreate. This week, I tried the PopArt, painterly [gouache], and Alcohol Markers tutorials.

The prompts for this week and techniques tried:

  • Jam Jar– overlay with texture layer; midcentury like style
  • Coffee or Tea? — organizing elements; midcentury like style
  • Herbs– realistic, artsy
  • Ice Cream–painterly with gouache
  • Cake– pop-art like style
  • Popsicle — pop-art like style
  • Donut– alcohol markers

It’s been a fun journey, so I hope the replays help you see the process. Here’s a bit about each prompt.

Jam Jar

Jam Jar is another modified midcentury style in which I added a texture layer. The featured image at top is with texture and the one just above this paragraph is without texture. In this case, I like both, but often times the texture layer adds a bit of vibrance to the colors. The jam jar is one that sits on my shelf in the kitchen!



Coffee or Tea?

For this prompt, I choose a modified midcentury style again. The elements should be more stylized, but I find that so difficult– to be simple and flat. Anyway, the struggle here was with organization of the elements– to show the choice of coffee or tea.




I discovered in my research on herbs this amazing flowering herb: starflower or borage and choose a more realistic, artsy style. I also added a lovely texture from Jennifer Nichols to the background.



Ice Cream

This prompt, ice cream, is illustrated on one layer in a more painterly style using gouache brushes from Lisa Bardot’s Gouache Paintbox set. See her video information, part of her 30 Art Styles post here.


Lisa Bardot Painterly Style with her Gouache Paintbox set



The cake is illustrated in a Pop Art Style, for which Lisa has info and a video here. This was quite fun to create and helped me with that “simplify” issue I have. There’s still some texture, but the elements are flattened and outlined. Still looks yummy. Devil’s Food Cake was always my favorite– with fudge frosting, but this blue looks delicious.




Another pop art type style– really getting into “simplify,” Ha!




For tomorrow, this donut is a marker style, with Lisa Bardot’s Alcohol markers, which blend amazingly. What a fun brush set! And– simplified again. I might be getting this style. I followed her tutorial How to Draw a Donut in Procreate (marker-style!) // Procreate Tutorial.



Try It

So, that wraps up this Wednesday Wrap Up. Prompts like those we find for CLmooc help inspire us to create art every day. And we develop our skills every day we choose to make art every day. I so enjoyed the pop art, painterly, and alcohol maker styles. Will you give these a try? If you don’t want to purchase brushes, look through Procreate’s native set for those that work in a similar way.

Check out Lisa Bardot and Jennifer Nichols  for inspiration on their Instagram to discover their YouTube channels, courses, and websites. I thank them for sharing their knowledge and inspiration so that others can grow as artists.

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.

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