Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Well, I missed all of the Embrace Your Art prompts between my last prompts posts and this one!
Prompt 19 is Bubbles. I painted this page in my small art journal.
Monday, January 19, 2015
The image for this card was supposed to be used on my brother's birthday card. But when I watercolored it, I used a lot of water trying to smooth out the pencil lines. It took a long time to dry and I didn't want to wait. So I created something different for my brother. I'll post that card after his birthday next week; don't want to take a chance on him seeing it on my blog beforehand. :-)
Anyway, the watercolored image was still sitting on my desk a few days later, all nice and dry!. So I decided to use it to make a really quick card for my stash. I'll add a sentiment when I send this card out.
I apologize, but I do not know the manufacturer or either the image stamp or the background cross-hatched stamp. The cardstock is Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip and Pear Pizzazz. I used Stampin' Up!'s Old Olive ink for the background stamp. The image was stamped in Archival ink on watercolor paper.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
I have joined a (Facebook) challenge called Embrace Your Art Daily. This challenge started on January 1st and runs for the entire year. Tiare Smith selects the prompts for the week on Mondays.
The first eleven prompts have been selected:
1. Pastels, Paints, Ink
I was staying at a friend's house over the Christmas and New Year's holidays and did not have a lot of art supplies with me.
I drew the tree trunk and flowers, then used watercolor pencils to color the image. That fulfilled the "pastels" and "ink" portion of the challenge. I used a sharpie pen to outline everything and to write the quote; that fulfilled the "ink" portion of the challenge.
I found a tutorial on YouTube on drawing poppies. They are easy!
Again, the flowers were colored with watercolor pencils and outlined with the sharpie pen.
I traced my hand with a #2 pencil, then colored the image and background with (you guessed it!) watercolor pencils.
I did have a couple of stamps with me; I used one of them to stamp the flower images. If I remember correctly, this is a Hero Arts image.
After everything was colored, I outlined my hand and the flowers with a sharpie pen.
I did not create any art for that challenge. I spent the late morning packing up everything to come back home. My friend plays guitar and is part of a local band (J.Q. and the Master Blasters). They had a gig on Sunday afternoon, so I went with him to that before driving home yesterday evening.
This card fulfills the challenge for numbers AND it is also my Teapot Tuesday card for this week. I do not have the link for the Teapot Tuesday challenge yet, but we were supposed to either make an ATC or a mixed media card.
I did both! The section inside the black and pink butterfly tape is an ATC (2-1/2" x 3-1/2") I matted the ATC and stamped the background of the card. The ATC is popped up to add dimension.
Go join the challenge group on Facebook! Watch the videos to get the rest of this week's prompts.
I have been having a good time. I hope to be able to create something every day in 2015.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
This is my entry into Tracy Weinzapfel's October / November Challenge. The deadline to enter is Sunday, Nov 30th. The challenge was to CASE any of Tracy's paintings from a Mixed Media Monday video. I chose to CASE this one from October 15, 2014.
I used a baby wipe to slap down three different colors of acrylic paint for the background. Then I drew / painted the flower and leaves with a primer coat of white gesso. After the gesso dried, I mixed a couple shades of yellows in a puddle on my paint palette and bright shades of orange and red in another puddle. The center was painted first with the red/orange, and then the petals were painted with a bottom layer of yellows. I added streaks of the red orange for shading. The leaves were painted with a mixture of green acrylic paints. The lighter color in the petals was done with a white Sharpie paint pen. I laid down a lot of the paint, then used the tip of the pen to move it around. As it dried, it picked up the color from the paint underneath.
This was done in a little over an hour, including drying time. I used my heat gun to dry the paint.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
This is just a quick update on my "studio purging" journey.
I have come to a standstill on breaking up my Stampin' Up! sets. As I scan the sets on my DVD shelf, I just cannot make myself break up any more of them right now. So, I am not going to try to force myself; I'll wait until it feels "OK" to break them up.
Once that urge hits again, I'm ready. I recently bought more of the full sized stamp cases (for wood mounted sets) that Stampin Up sells. I'm almost at the point where I need to sub-divide certain classifications, such as flowers or birds. It will be easier to find the stamp that I want to use if I sub-divide flowers into types of flowers (i.e. roses or
Last night, I grabbed the plastic tote where I keep my paper scraps. Oh boy, did I ever get aggressive with throwing away paper scraps! I kept some of the larger pieces and a few pieces that I really loved or knew that there would be no more of that particular pattern. The rest was put in a trash bag and will be taken to the dumpster in the next day or so.
If anyone looked in my studio, they would not see any evidence that I am purging. I am taking Baby Steps on this journey so each completed bit of the purge is not evident. But every one of those Baby Steps has been so freeing! It may be a long time before I see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, but I plan on completing this journey no matter how long it takes.
I keep telling myself that I need to "lighten my load." It is wasteful to have so much *stuff* in my studio that doesn't get used. And it's even *more* wasteful to have stuff that is forgotten about and ends up at the bottom of a drawer or box.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Stamp Set: Stampin’ Up! Friendship Blooms (2008 Sale-A-Bration), unknown sentiment
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Papertrey Ink white, unknown DSP’s (from my scrap bin)
Ink: Archival Black
Accessories: Mini pearls, Sakura clear gelly roll pen