Fearless Friday, Turnip

In October I tried an “Alphabet Challenge,” one drawing a day, of a food titled with a different letter every day, A-Z

The food itself didn’t have to begin with the letter, an adjective or descriptive word left room for lots of imagination



I wanted to practice different lettering styles too



the goal was to basically let loose and experiment



Learn what my various pens, pencils and markers could do




This was SO MUCH fun !!

I must confess I didn’t quite make it, by Oct 31 I was still a few letters short…but I’ll get there


Not only was this a fun challenge, here are 5 things I loved about it


  1. I experimented with lots of different art supplies


2.  learned some new tricks and techniques


3.  honed my drawing and lettering skills


4.  and lost some fear of trying complex subjects I would have never tried before


5.  I found myself looking forward to the time I could spend doing it


I highly recommend you challenging yourself to a daily art creation, or at least spending 10 minutes on something, you will be amazed at your results!


Today I am sharing “Turn ip,”  one of my favorites from last month



The process

Find an inspiration photo, and collect your supplies



I keep all my markers and pencils organized by color, in jars on a handy portable trays

The tray on the left holds only black pens with different tips while the tray on the right holds all the color



This day I opted to be outside so I took my color tray with me, just grabbing a couple of black pens from the other tray


I wish I could source my inspiration photo but I have no idea where it came from

Chose the pencils and markers before you start and make a color chart on the side of the page

This will help not wasting time rifling through everything

You can always add another color or pen, but making the basic color decisions is such a time saver



Do a pencil sketch first if that makes you more comfortable

I spent hundreds of hours with pencils and sketchbooks in many college courses to be able to quickly draw what I see, it’s just a matter of repetition and practice

regular practice will pay off, I promise!


This is where the fearless comes in, color!



I used a combination of color tones, several different pen tips and colored pencil




Constant layering, adding, changing…



When I began to letter the word, I realized that I wasn’t going to have enough space



So turnip became turn ip!


Be Fearless!


Lemon Oil and Turnip are available as framed prints in my Society6 Shop Kitchen Collection here

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16 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Turnip”
  1. Mary says:

    I always enjoy seeing your creative process and your fearlessness Jenna! Love the turn-ip 🙂

  2. Enjoying my FF fix in a little café in Cologne Germany! 💕

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Jodi says:

    Oh I love these. I especially love egg! 😊

  4. thefrenchhutch says:

    Your practice sure paid off Jenna, your skills are showing. I love the final results with the turnip, it looks so real and the color is perfect. Hope you enjoy the weekend.

  5. I must say you make it look easy!! Have you played with any zentangle styled lettering? Love the cards I received (made by you) from Debbie and Linda! You are so talented!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    How fun! I love the jumbo sandwich! The organized bag full of tools makes my heart race!

  7. I love how you use color! Such talent and creativity!! I am mailing you a little present to you today.
    Have a fabulous weekend.

  8. Ricki Treleaven says:

    I love the colors in the turnip. I agree about practice. I quit painting lessons almost two years ago and spent a year and a half on drawing (same teacher) and I’m so happy I did because I think it’s made me a better painter!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Sharon Mann says:

    Wonderful post Jenna, it’s always fun to see other artists in their process. Beautiful art.

  10. Girl, You are so talented. I can’t even get through my in box everyday!

  11. Jenna you are fearless with your art and cooking! I love the turn-ip!

  12. I learned how much daily practice paid off this summer when all I did was paint. Skill increased so much. But then I get home from the lake and life gets in the way and I don’t keep up. I will take you up on your challenge, certainly by January 1, but hopefully before. I love the 10 minutes a day (which can be more if we like!). It’s so little time but it is actually DOING it. Your organizational tips are really good ones, too!

  13. Karen says:

    You are just so talented…I loved how creative you were with your lettering. 🙂

  14. Thank you for sharing your tips! My son is starting to really get in to art, so I am saving this for him to take a look at. I especially love the way you organized your supplies. I think he will, too!

  15. Jill Kuhn says:

    Your Turniip turned out perfectly! Love the colors!! 🎨👍 And YAY for creating art every day! 😊

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