Blind Contour Drawing Fun With Amy Maricle

Blind Contour Drawing Experience with Amy Maricle: An Eye Opener

At 11:00 a.m. yesterday, I joined a live Facebook lesson in blind contour drawing led by Amy Maricle of Mindful Art Studio. By 12:30 I had a whole new finished page in my junk journal.

My Blind Contour Drawing Experience with Amy Maricle Was an Eye Opener

After completing the blind contour drawing and painting part, I went rummaging in my Words to Live By box. The magazine headline, “Be in Your Moment,” practically jumped into my hands. That’s exactly what the exercise was about. And that’s how I felt at the moment.

Later, when I started to write this article, I looked for more information about Amy Maricle.

On her website About page, Amy says,

Tuning into the moment through your senses allows you to be mindfully present, enjoy the process of creating and experimenting, and let the inner critic relax. The funny part is, the more you focus on process, the more your art product improves.

The hand drawings are a bit wonky; but the fact that I could draw something this well this quickly without looking at my drawing, was a real eye opener. The experience blew my mind.

So I’m pleased to share this journal spread for Jo’s January Something New theme at Art Journal Journey (AJJ).

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Amy’s Live Facebook Lesson

Live Facebook Lesson with Amy Maricle

Let’s begin! Amy suggested watercolor paper, but I didn’t want to risk wasting a pricy sheet of watercolor paper.

Blind Contour Drawing Two Hands

So I pulled out my almost-finished junk journal. I knew the tea-stained vintage lined school paper wouldn’t stand up to most media. But I didn’t care because it was an experiment and I didn’t want to waste “a pricy sheet of watercolor paper.”

I was awestruck by how well the drawing of my left hand turned out. My ring finger looked swollen and the wrist was out of alignment. But what can one expect when one is drawing blind?

Distress Ink Stamped Background

I added some color with Tombow watercolor markers. Yes, I knew they wouldn’t work well on this paper. Then I masked off the hands and stamped a background with Distress Inks.

Background Needs Toning Down

Here’s the journaling that I wrote on the faux journal page.

I didn’t cheat on drawing my left [hand] resting near the [junk journal] page. But I admit it was impossible not to get glimpses of my right as I drew it RIGHT HERE!

White Gesso Wash

Finally, I toned down the background with a wash of white gesso.

Blind Contour Drawing 7

The text from the magazine included a title “Be in Your Moment” and four little words, “proud, honest, scared, determined.” I thought about eliminating the word “scared,” but then I recalled how I didn’t want to waste “a pricy sheet of watercolor paper.”

My Blind Contour Drawing Experience with Amy Maricle Was an Eye Opener

To finish the page off, I recolored some of the magazine text to blend it into the page better.

Have you ever tried blind contour drawing? What was your experience like?

Thank you for visiting and for your thoughtful comments.

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  1. Eileen this is a wonderful page you created and the on line lesson sounds really interesting to join in. Your hand drawing looks fantastic. Thank you for adding this page to Jo’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

  2. This is amazing. I was truly impressed by your ability to draw blind. I can’t draw period, but I sure like what you have created. I like that you tried it and did so well with it, too. It turned out great. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey using Jo’s theme.

  3. littlehippymom says:

    Nice sketch Eileen. It looks like you had fun taking the online class and did a super job at blind contour drawing. I can’t really draw hands. They are hard. The background came out great also. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

  4. Wow, what an amazing page! Your drawing is fabulous and I loved seeing the process that you followed to create it too, so many techniques to inspire me ?. Thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey again, it’s always lovely to see you there! Hugs, Jo x

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