Baby drawing on a box

Hand lettering! I've always admired hand lettering, but I thought it was difficult to do. Over the weekend, I fell into the rabbit hole of modern calligraphy tutorials on YouTube and it wasn't long before I was hooked. Clara's name above is written in 'fake calligraphy', and I've tried brush calligraphy with my watercolours as well. It's not as hard as it looks, and if you are decent at handwriting, you'll be able to accomplish a similar look, I promise!

If you want to learn how to do hand lettering or watercolour calligraphy, you might want to check out this video by Dawn Nicole, or this video by Beauty and Lifestyle vlogger Carter Sams.

Drawing of child trying to find his mother in a sea of winter coats
School pickup in Canada

This is why it doesn't matter if we wear pajamas to drop off or pick up our kids from school here in Canada.



I'm a big fan of process art, which basically means giving my kids the supplies and letting them do their thing with no intended outcome.  Although most of the resulting artwork is far from Pinterest Perfect, process art is a godsend for the lazy mother and very beneficial for the developing artist.

But, for Valentine's day, we do have an intended outcome: 30 valentines to hand out at the class Valentine's Day party on Friday.  Well, my JK'er really wasn't feeling in the spirit this year.  Something about writing his name 30 times instead of playing with lego was not floating his boat.  In the end, I cut some hearts out of construction paper and let him have at them with the stapler.  The stapler *really* floated his boat.  He was the 'Staple Guy' and I was the 'Cutting guy', and together we made 30 construction paper heart parcels, each containing a couple of foil wrapped chocolates.

And they are perfect 🙂

Homemade valentine hearts cut out of construction paper



Sketchy drawing of a residential street

I'm setting up a little facebook group for my street, so I drew this line of houses for the group cover photo.  I actually spent a silly amount of time searching for a free stock photo of houses before I came to my senses and decided to sketch my own!  This truly is a quick sketch, it only took me twenty minutes.

Do you belong to a community group for your neighborhood?


Sketches of Anne Hathaway
I did some black and white sketches of Anne Hathaway this weekend.

Rough sketch of woman walking

Just some sketching and colouring practice that will eventually be part of a comic.


Clara wearing Mommy's bras
Clara wearing Mommy's bras

Today is National Dress Like Mommy Day!   (A holiday I made up so I could post this quick sketch.)  I'm drawing again after a brief hiatus since this girl had surgery then caught pneumonia.  She's better now and back to stealing my undergarments for her own use (Lord help me when she becomes a teenager!)  Have a great day!


Family cheering their favourite ball team on TV

We're not big sports fans at the Walker household, but we're definitely Jays fans.  I became a Jays fan back in the heyday of the '92 World Series (I may, or may not, have waited in line for hours at a mall one day to get a ball signed by Pat Borders.) Too bad they lost the series, but I have no doubt they'll go all the way next year.  They earned a lot of fans who will be there to cheer them on for the whole season.

I drew this for #ComeTogether.



We were at the cottage for  Thanksgiving Weekend and I forgot my computer charger at home, so I did this little Happy Thanksgiving message with what I had one hand...pen and pencil crayons.  I hope all of my Canadian Friends and Family have a great Thanksgiving Monday!

Baby girl ballerina sketch
Prima Ballerina - Tori Walker


Today is World Ballet Day!  The things you find out on Instagram.  I get a lot of my reference for gesture sketching from ballet blogs, instagrams, and pins.  So, I thought I'd do a quick sketch of my little ballerina to honour the day.