Last week we spent a few days in Edmonton and visited the West Edmonton Mall. There's lots there to do and our fun didn't depend on the weather. We did lots of cool stuff, including a quick 18 holes at the mini golf course. I fell in love with the scenery - someone did an amazing job of designing all this whimsical scenery, so I took a bunch of pictures and later drew this... marker with pencil while the kids were swimming. I tried something new (I had very limited supplies with me but that only seems to make me more creative!) I used a red Inktense pencil to do the shading on the drawing before I added any water-colour to the drawing.
As I was doing it I wondered why I don't do this more often. It makes sense, because once the Inktense is dry it's waterproof and won't move around. Then I added the yellow and really liked it.
So around the marker, I added a very pale wash of blues and greens, thinking I would add some text later on. Now it's a week later and I really wanted to finish it tonight. That light wash seemed way TOO light, so I started adding darker watercolour with abandon. Then I discovered that the word "MINI" was actually done in a water-soluble pen, although I can't for the life of me remember what I used. A fine liner? Must be. Anyway, it smeared all over the place, so I added more dark blue and purple to even it out. In for a penny, right?
Now, even with the white outlines, I know I overdid it. Again. When will I learn?
At any rate, it was an interesting game. My 7 year old son took WAY more than the 1 mulligan per hole we agreed on, and somehow still "won". My husband, meanwhile, kept giving me suspicious looks when I got par or lower on a hole, and now I'm pretty sure he thinks that I'm secretly golfing when he's not around. I guess it's not the worst thing I could be doing behind his back - wait till he sees me bowl!!
Until next time...