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Friday, April 18, 2014

Springtime Blooms {Watercolor}

Springtime Blooms

During the Easter season, I remember all the things that a child of God remembers: the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, making my salvation possible.

I also think of family things associated with the holiday, like the traditional egg coloring and egg hunt. We will get to do that again this year.

But I also associate Easter with spring’s new birth, the growth of green grass, the budding of trees, and the beautiful colors of springtime blooms.

Here’s my art journal page for today. I sketched the flowers a few days ago and painted today.

(inspired by art of Dion Dior)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Watercolor Pear

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Just playing around with my new Sennelier watercolors. Linking to Dion Dior’s Friday Sketch Challenges..

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Springtime Strawberries {Watercolor Pencils}

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Once again following a tutorial by Dion Dior, and linking to her Friday Sketch Challenge.

I’m not pleased with this piece. Nonetheless, I am posting it and linking to Dion’s site so as to qualify for a drawing for a place in her Watercolor Pencil class. I obviously have a lot to learn, so maybe I’ll win a spot in the class!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pleasant Poppy {Watercolor Art}

pleasant poppy watercolor pencil

Today I followed a tutorial by Dion Dior, for using Watercolor Pencils. The poppy brightened my day. It is 39 degrees, cloudy and wet here in Missouri, after a 70-degree weekend. Ugh! So ready for spring.

Linking to Dion’s Friday Sketch Challenge.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Little Blocks {Saturday Mornings Class}

This is the little block (cut from 2x4) I just finished for one of the lessons in Junelle Jacobsen’s Saturday Mornings class. These projects are fun, but they take so much time! Lots of layers of paint, after the sketching.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Springtime Daisies {Art Journal}

shout to the lord daisies

Often I notate, “inspired by {insert artist’s name}”…but in some cases, I really should notate, “copied from…” instead.  Such is the case with this piece, not only inspired by, but virtually “copied from” Dion Dior. I am brazenly submitting this to her Friday Sketches challenge. Although I did not “watch” her create this piece, and no doubt her process was much more skilled and meticulous than was mine (after all, she does possess “the skill”), I did use her piece as a work to “copy.”

In my thinking, if I can start to learn to copy the work of others, after much practice, it may possibly lead to my being able to originate ideas for art that I love! Since I have no training, it is better to start somewhere than not to start at all! Isn’t it?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chamomile Teapot {Art Journal}

chamomile tea

Having just watched “Miss Potter,” and taking an online class with images from the early 1900’s, this little teapot came to mind. Sketched and painted in my altered book art journal.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

“Miss Potter” Movie and Nostalgia

I only recently learned that a movie was made about the life of Beatrix Potter, my favorite children’s author. I just watched it (free, on my iPad, as an Amazon Prime member) and absolutely loved the movie. I had never even read her biography. What an awesome movie!

My favorite story as a child was “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” When I was teaching gifted children in the early 1980’s, I bought a set of Beatrix Potter books. I still have them. Wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations.

Beatrix Potter Set Closed Box

Beatrix Potter Book Set

Beatrix Potter Set Open Box

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So {Watercolor Daisy}

gerber daisy Psalm

As I was finishing up this Gerber Daisy, I saw a post from my grandson Conner using this Scripture passage. It seemed to fit my mood for this piece.

I sketched the daisy and then used my new Sennelier watercolor paints. Really nice paints really do make a difference!

His mercy is everlasting…He satisfies the thirsty soul…the hungry soul He has filled with what is good. Amen!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tulip Thank You {Art Journal}

tulip thank you aj page

Russell’s cataract surgery was last Monday. We spent most of this week wondering if the vision would return, as he has a disorder in the cornea that made the cataract surgery risky, and at first there was only “thick fog” through the affected eye..

As of yesterday we began to see evidence that the vision is improving, so we are thankful for that. This art journal page is an expression of praise to God for answered prayer.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Morning Glory Wall {Art Journal}

Morning Glory Spider Web revised b

I painted this with watercolor paints, Silks Acrylic Glazes and Stickles. (Inspired by Dion Dior.) It is so disappointing that the Silks (used to paint the foliage and the flowers) do not photograph realistically. They are very shimmery, and I could not get a true photo at any angle. Boo!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Playing With Sparkle {Art Journal}

sparkle-arkle project

Lots of media, lots of time, using some sparkle for an online class by Dion Dior. Not sure I’m crazy about it, but it’s good to mix things up a bit, and this is not my usual style. The flower is freehand; products used include Asian fiber paper (on hand for years), Silks Acrylic Glazes, heavy gloss gel, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, glitter, stencils, stamps…

Friday, March 28, 2014

Another Homemade Smash-type Journal

Today I used some pretty Graphic 45 double-sided scrapbook paper to make my own 8.5” x 5.5” Smash journal. I used the Cinch for binding. Here are a couple of pictures of the album, before I put anything in it.

My Own Smash 2 a

Front Cover


my own smash 2 b

Inside Front Cover


my own smash 2 c

my own smash 2 d

my own smash 2 e

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Smash Journal Pages Completed

I work often in Smash journals and do not post pictures of all the pages, but here are a few recent ones. These happen to be about our trip to the Pacific Northwest, end of February.

smash pnwsmash coolsmash fbcsmash sermonsmash mt st helenssmash portland seafoodsmash return trip

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

More Tulips



Sketched these tulips and then painted with Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze.

Spring is Coming {Faith}

bunny and ladybug

I have faith that spring is coming, because God’s creation is faithful!

Inspired by one of my artist friends, this little bunny is ready for spring. I sketched and then watercolored in my journal.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Sketching and Sparkly Tulips

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Since I am still so new to this “art-thing,” I often get my inspiration from others and then try my hand at “copying” what they have done. The bunny looked easy to sketch, and it really was (the eraser is my best friend). The tulips, inspired by Dion Dior, were a bit more involved. The sketching part wasn’t too bad, but the painting with Luminarte Silks was a bit more involved. But I’m pleased with the end result.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Crocus {Mixed Media on Wood Block}

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In Junelle Jacobsen’s Saturday Mornings class, this Saturday’s project was to do a bloom on a 2x4 wood block. I chose the crocus, because I LOVE the first blooms of spring, and I LOVE purple. I googled some crocus images and found one to sketch and then paint on the wood block. I don’t think I realized there are white crocuses!

This kind of project takes a lot of time for me. First, I’m so new at sketching, that it takes a long time to come up with something semi-acceptable. Then, on the wood block, there is tons of layering of papers and acrylic paints.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Repeating Stamp Pattern {Art Journal}

Stamp Patterns AJI often have a mixed media art journal page in progress while I am working on several other projects. Such was the case with this one. It gives me a fun break when other projects become stressful!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mixed Media Art Journal Page {Believe}

believe mixed media art journal

Several layers of paint, stamps and collage. Inspired by Roben-Marie Roberts Smith.

Linking to Creative Every Day and Artist’s Play Room #97.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Little Owl Fella {Mixed Media Wood Block}

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Working in Junelle Jacobsen’s Saturday Mornings class, I first sketched this little owlet and then transferred him to a painted 2x4 board (cut at 4.5 inches tall). I used lots of paper piecings and acrylic paint layers. Fun project and a nice break from art journaling, Smash-ing, and scrapbooking.

Linking to Artist’s Play Room and Creative Every Day.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Two Are Better Than One {Art Journal}

two are better than one AJ spread

This is one of our daughter’s favorite verses, and in fact it was she who first drew my attention to the verse.

I tend to “work alone,” and that is not always a good thing. Studying Rick Warren’s The Daniel Plan and Lysa TerKeurts’s Made to Crave, I notice that both emphasize working together with others, when it comes to commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Must be something to it! (Duh!)

The background is layers of blue and purple and white acrylic paint, Perfect Pearls mica powder, and clear gesso. The stamp is a Roben-Marie stamp, and I watercolored it.

Linking to Artist’s Play Room.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring in My Heart {if not in the air—YET}

coffee cup sailboatpretty pink flower

I have been gone on a pleasant family trip for a couple of weeks and am just now back in my “studio” gearing up for some spring projects. I am working in the 2014 Scrapbook, a Smash Journal, a Healthy Lifestyle Bible Study Journal, among other projects.

Watercolor fascinates me, and yet when I have “looked into” classes on watercolor, I find it is just not me. But I have some artist friends who encourage the whimsical, do-whatever-you-like style, and I’m good with that. For example, watercolor is often very, well, “washed” out. In this phase of my life, I am drawn more to intense colors. So, MY watercolor will tend to be more intense than “real” artists would do.

These pieces were done on watercolor paper (I found an inexpensive 140# tablet for children at Target). The paints are real watercolor paints (although I sometimes use NeoColor Crayons, not this time).

I admit to still being surprised that I can actually freehand sketch ANYTHING. I’m very grateful for my eraser.

Linking to Artist’s Play Room.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Own Smash Journal

my own smash cover

Front Cover

my own smash front back

my own smash inside front cover

Inside front cover

my own smash sample pages

I just got a new Cinch binding machine yesterday and couldn’t wait to see if I could actually figure out how to use it. I put together a book that I will use for a Smash Journal (as I’ve gotten quite “into” making Smash books). I had some beautiful double-sided scrapbooking cardstock from Graphic 45 and pulled out a couple of 8x8 packs. So that I could wrap the paper around the sides of the cover and back (chip board), I made the book at 7x7.

I like it! I’ll have to talk myself into covering the pages with “smash” stuff.