If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint: Transforming Simple Drawings into Works of Art (Paperback)

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If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint: Transforming Simple Drawings into Works of Art (Paperback)


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The advice and exercises in If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint helps you dig into your creative life to find a style that is authentically yours.​

If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint was named one of Library Journal’s Best Crafts & DIY Books of 2017! 

If You Can Doodle, Your Can Paint looks at the small, impromtu doodles we make on a daily basis as resources; treasures from which we can create full-sized paintings. Even if you don't consider yourself a doodler, the exercises and techniques in this book will give you a fun way to tap into your personal style.

The invitation starts with a pencil as you work through doodle assignments. Eventually, you will learn how to size up and combine these doodles into larger compositions. Then, you will begin mixing it up with watercolor paints and, finally, with acrylic paints.

In If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint we will:

  • Dig for treasure/doodle
  • Observe, arrange, and study
  • Make folded books for doodle-ready surfaces
  • Copy your images with hand/eye coordination
  • Scan and enlarge your doodles
  • Add color combinations with colored pencil and acrylic paint
  • Create compositional grid paintings, and
  • Create a large complete painting!
So what are you waiting for? Grab some pens and paints and get creative!

Diane Culhane is a professional artist and art educator who lives West Seattle in a 1910 home and works out of her studio in Ballard Building C. She received her BFA from the University of Utah and Master's Degree from Seattle University. Diane has taught for the Bellevue School District, Seattle Pacific University, Kirkland Arts Center, Bellevue Arts Museum, and currently directs and owns Kelsey Creek Fine Art School for children in the summer.

Product Details ISBN: 9781631592898
ISBN-10: 1631592890
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication Date: May 1st, 2017
Pages: 112
Language: English
One of the Best Craft DIY Books of 2017!
Creativity and efficiency unite in Culhane’s guide, which enlists the common doodle to serve higher artistic purpose. The tips, advice, and project ideas  can help readers either convert their previously drawn doodles into more ambitious artworks or create new doodles for the express purpose of developing them into finished paintings – or both.—Library Journal

"A fun way to tap into your personal style"—Cat Morley, Cut Out + Keep

Doodles are much more than insignificant scribbles on a page. As Culhane sees it, they are the starting point for painting and mixed-media artwork that has complexity and dimension. This book ably guides readers through a number of thoughtful doodling exercises, then shows how to build on those marks and drawings. Discover ways to work on different substrates in a variety of media, and even how to make your own books to house your doodle art. A must for artists at any level.—Cloth, Paper, Scissors