Christmas papers mean Christmas paper scraps. And Christmas paper scraps mean mosaic bookmarks
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Monday, December 18, 2017
Like most stampers, I have a stash of embossing powder, which is used for heat embossing. I don't do as much stamping as I used to and I rarely emboss, but things seem more sparkly at Christmas, don't they? Crafters too share the desire to bring light into this dark time of year.
This crafty experiment combines brush lettering with heat embossing. First, I wrote "heart" with a Pentel waterbrush dipped in glycerine, and then I sprinkled on the embossing powder. The heat was provided by a heat gun.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Stamps by Magenta and Clearly Wordsworth
Music is one of the mysterious gifts we have been given, like sunsets and rainbows. Earlier in December I went to the Westcoast Calligraphy Society's Christmas Tea. I'm an introvert, and not a very social person, finding casual chit-chat difficult. But I very happily spent an hour singing Christmas carols and I'm very grateful to the people who made this possible. We had a talented pianist and carol sheets for all who wanted to join the fun.
Stamps by Stampin' Up
The added bonus from all of this was that I found myself in the Christmas spirit!
A flurry of Christmas card-making ensued.
Stamps by Stampin' Up
It seems that I couldn't get "Joy to the World" out of my head:
Friday, December 15, 2017
Reference Photo by Sandy Scott, Paint My Photo
Hubby gifted me a wonderful on-line sketching course for my birthday. One of the lessons encourages us to draw a bird - I didn't need much encouragement.
I'm loving the course - you can watch a preview here. Sue's style is very whimsical and fast, both of which match my approach to drawing.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
While I was painting gouache flowers in my art journal, I found a background done in acrylic. I drew some flowers and added some gelatos and more acrylic and the background became a foreground.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Often my inspiration comes from practical projects like "using up journals". I'm currently trying to clean out all of my paint palettes, so I've been painting in gouache. This little piece is in my sketchbook.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
The second journal I'm working on finishing began its life as a sketchbook. Most of the pages are kraft, and a few are cream. I stumbled upon a You Tube video by Robyn McClendon in which she prints in a kraft journal and a light bulb lit up in my head. I may change my mind again, but so far, I'm having lots of fun!
Each day I work with a different color palette.
A few trees are making an appearance.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Sprayed Ink Accordian Journal
Zeigarnik is the psychological fixation on unfinished tasks. Zeigarnik explains why I spend so much time thinking about my unfinished journals. You can read more about it and see some beautiful sketchbook pages here, on Laurie Doctor's blog. She talks about how this is linked to procrastination, productivity, and multi-tasking.
Although I feel better knowing why I think about it and how to solve it, getting at the solution is harder than it looks. (I already knew what the solution is - just finish them!) Even before I read Laurie's article, I began to take the unfinished journals off my shelf and work on finishing them.
I'm trying to do them in the order in which they were started. This is the first, an accordian journal just waiting for a few small entries to complete it.
Now it is done:
And on the reverse:
Here's a close-up of a few of my favorite pages:
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Stamps by Magenta
When you're a card maker, you start thinking about Christmas quite early. I've seen a few Christmas cards and tags around my blog hopping, and they inspired these.
Stamps by Clearly Wordsworth
Although they are Artist Trading Cards, they can be made into a card quite easily.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Elegant Writer, Watercolor
Strathmore Watercolor Journal, 5.5" x 8.5"
Photo by Mariaan Otto - Paint My Photo
People on Instagram have said that these would make good hooked rugs or children's jigsaw puzzles. I love it when people take time to make a comment; I so rarely get any feedback and it is very encouraging.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Elegant Writer and Watercolor
Strathmore Watercolor Journal
5.5" x 8.5"
I think there might be another bird series coming. Of course, that's only until I get distracted by something else.