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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wedding Card

Yesterdays project was to make
a wedding card for a friend of ours
who recently got married. 

It's fun making my own cards. They're
usually drawings and doodles. 

Sometimes I'll make mixed media cards 
which can be pretty elaborate. 

I carefully consider the recipient before deciding
how much work to put into each one. 

I hate the thought of spending 3 hours
making a card and have it wind up in the trash
the next day. In that case, I'd rather buy a card 
from the dollar store. 

Hopefully it'll bring a smile to their faces. 

Thanks for visiting!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Sharpie Art

I decided to put my work out here
whether I like it or not. 

 Even if I think it's awful and I'm 
cringing as I hit the publish button,
I'm sharing it.

The reason?

Because every artist has to 
start somewhere and I still consider
myself a beginner.

Like I've mentioned before,
eventually I want to see some progression. 

If people knew how hard I worked to get my 
mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all. 

His sentiment gives me hope
even as I cringe and hit publish. 

Thanks for stopping by and
thank you to those who've served our 
country on this Memorial Day.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Sign Inspiration Drawing

Today's drawing was
inspired by a picture of a sign
my friend had posted from her travels. 

It caught my eye and I decided to 
draw my own version of it. 

I used pitt pens and pencils on Bristol paper. 

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mini Bear & Blue Bird Diorama

I made this mini diorama
out of a tuna can and a cardboard frame
that I drew and cut out. 

The whole thing was covered with paper mache
and then painted before I added the little scene
in the center. 

I made some cold porcelain roses
and glued them on with E6000 for
a cute finishing touch. 

I discovered that coloring
cold porcelain clay with Sharpies
(as opposed to paint) is less messy,
but it dries them out completely.

I wouldn't do that again. 
A little mess to clean up is better
than having to toss my Sharpies. 

Because of the frame design,
it sits at just the right angle. 

I coated the whole thing
with a gloss gel prior to affixing the
inside scene. 

The only thing left
to do is sign it!

Thanks for stopping by. 


Monday, May 22, 2017

Blue Hair ~ Tangled Portrait

I love mixing portraiture with
tangled patterns. 

This type of drawing is very therapeutic for me. 

Here I'm trying out some new pens I picked up at Michaels. 

I'm not sure why I tend to gravitate
toward unnatural colors, but it's okay with me. 

After all, this is my own little world. 

Todays plan is to work on painting 
a dog house my husband finished over the weekend. 

I'll post pictures of that when I finish. 

Happy Monday!

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Pink Castle Bird House

I'd love to share some pictures
of our pink castle bird house. 

I say "our" because my husband and I
collaborate on our bird houses. 

He builds, and I paint.

We work well together because
I let him do his thing, and 
he let's me do my thing.

Originally my intention was to have a 
pink stand for the castle. 

When it was time to place it 
on the stand, I happened to have
this brown based stand ready at the
same time. 

The brown based stand ended up being the right fit. 

I made a beaded chain with thin gage wire for the draw bridge. 

Inside on the back wall is a surprise not visible in the pictures.

There's a mini cow skull with a halo of colorful 
cold pressed clay flowers. 

Every surface is decorated so you
can see the folk art design from all angles.

Please excuse the "background noise" in my pictures.

The stand and birdhouse are affixed 
to one another and it's not the easiest piece to move. 

I did use all exterior house paint and
finished it with a marine spar varnish.

It'll be safe in the elements, but for now I keep
it in our spare bedroom until it sells. 

 Thanks for stopping by! 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tangled Portrait

I've only done the drawing part
on this piece. I still need to work 
on some shading. 

I love the sunflowers on her cheeks. 

Today I'll be working on my art journal.

I'm finding the process is getting 
easier and easier with each page. 

Wishing you a blessed day.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Folk Art Mixed Media No. 3

This piece started out with a cool
moon and starry sky behind her. 

I really liked it, but thought it needed something else.

It was missing an oomph of some sort. 

Well, one thing led to another and the background
I started out with has now vanished. 

I'm kind of sad that I didn't take a picture
at that earlier stage.  C'est la vie. 

It still doesn't have any type of top coat on it. 

I'm leery of the beeswax and I don't have any self
leveling gel, nor have I ever used it before.

I need to figure something out in that regard. 
Other than that, I call her finished. 

Now that number 3 is behind me, I can
say I'm learning not to take the process
too seriously. 

If I make a mistake or somehow ruin it, so what?!

I'll take note of what I learned from the mistake, put
it behind me, and move on!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Folk Art Mixed Media

This is my second try at mixed media. 

I wanted to paint over her face and start over
so many times, but I promised myself
beforehand that I was choosing volume
of work over perfection. 

This is what she looks like before beeswax.

The following is after the beeswax. 

Grrr. . ruined another piece. 

It'd be easy to insert a snarky 
remark here, but I'll refrain.

I want and need to allow myself grace throughout
this season of learning. 

Well, it's back to the drawing board.

Happy Mother's Day if it applies to you.  

Peace, Love and Joy


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My Very First Acrylic Portrait

 She had an old fashioned charm
about her that I adored. 

I found her tiny picture in an
old Victoria magazine. 

She'd be the subject of 
my first portrait painting. 

I have a bad habit of wanting
anything I'm learning to be perfect right 
from the start, but I'm fighting it. 

There was a lot of work and reworking,
and it still wasn't quite right. 

Then there came a point when I had 
to say she was finished. 

Even as I look at her now, I see
things I want to fix and change. 

But I've decided to leave her just as
she is, perfectly imperfect. 

She's my first stepping stone, and 
I'm off to my next one. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Wishing you peace, love and joy.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Mixed Media Failure

My first time experimenting 
with this genre of mixed media ended
up in a failure. 

There were some things I wanted to change
as the project progressed, but I kept pressing
forward, wanting to get my first piece completed.

I made her head too big, messed up the neck area,
the outlining was not subtle enough, . . and on and on . . .

All of that I thought I could live with until
it came to the fiasco with the hot wax.

Apparently I didn't get enough coverage on
her face with the colored pencils before
I poured the hot wax.

Gray spots rose up from underneath. Ugh. 

The point of no return. 

I'm not going to let it get me down.

I've learned a lot and will carry that knew
found knowledge in to my next piece.

No one starts out as an expert in anything. 

As my Dad used to say, "Repetition is the Mother of skill."

Wishing you peace, love and joy.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Funky Paper Towel Dispenser

My husband and I were in the
food service industry for over 30 years.

You could say we're hyper sensitive to germs. 

I love the idea of disposable towels
in the bathroom~even more so if they're covered 
and protected from germs. (I wasn't kidding earlier).

Why not use a commercial dispenser in the bathroom?

Being an artsy person, I couldn't leave it unadorned. 

The surface was shiny metal and the sides were plastic.

I found Sharpies and Sharpie Paint Markers worked the best.  

There're several composition notebooks lying around
my house, filled some of my favorite quotes.

This particular quote was found in an old Victoria Magazine.

I was saving it for a special project for the bathroom, 
excuse me, lavatory. 

Now maybe it's time to make one for the kitchen. . . 


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Playing with Markers

I've been working on my first art journal. 

I told myself beforehand that I wasn't going to rip
any pages out no matter how they turned out. 

Becoming better at ones craft is an evolution. 

I wanted to see the progression of my work 
from page 1 to page 50, or however many pages there are. 

Well, I broke my own rule on the first page yesterday.

I'd coated the finished page with a gloss super heavy 
gel that started to stick and pull apart
the finished inside cover of my journal.


I weighed my options and decided to start fresh
again with my rule now reenacted.

Live and learn. . . 

The following picture is one of my
drawings I made while playing with markers. 



Monday, May 1, 2017

Wood Cut Drawing

Wood cut prints always catch my eye. 

Their contrast, details, variation in style and intricacy
are so appealing to me. 

My drawing is calling out to be carved. 

I've only had a small amount of experience in 
school with wood cutting, but I remember it
being a lot of fun. 

Not having all the materials at this time, 
this'll get relegated to the "unfinished" box for now.

So many projects, so little time!

Thanks for stopping by.

Wishing you peace, love and joy.