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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

5-3-16 ~ Flash Card Art

A while ago I saw some cards on You Tube that had been turned into mixed media artwork. Well, I didn't have any playing cards, but I did have some old flash cards left over from my teaching days so decided to use them...free. So far I have done 10, and here are some of them. They are really fun to make.

 Dream ~ Laugh ~ Believe

 Bluebirds, Sunshine, and Flowers

 Always Believe in You

 Follow Your Dreams
I Am Queen

 My Crazy Quilt

Walking in the Land of the Fowers
(If you look closely, I am walking down at the bottom in the midddle.)

 A Woman's Work Is Never Done ~ Just Persevere

I used a little bit of everything but the kitchen sink on these:
torn and cut paper 
Tim Holtz stenciling
Ranger texture paste
TIm Holtz distress inks
pen and ink
Mode Podge

Sunday, May 1, 2016

5-1-16 ~ Sunday Sketches ~ Painting is Just Another Way of Keeping a Diary

I am having a wonderful time working through Alexandra's first two online classes. I created journals especially for her Hello Courage" class and her Watercolor 101 class, and today I finally finished making the cover. I saw a tutorial on You Tube and decided to follow it but put my own touch to it. The tutorial is "Art Journal ~ Being Creative" by Vicky Papaioannou. The quote is one I love from Picasso, the jar with the brushes is a stock photo from the internet, and the palette is mine. I came up with the idea of painting with acrylics and Gesso, and I used Ranger Texture paste and stencils. 

Art Journal Cover

 Inside Cover (In reality, the pink is a very light pink.)
Watercolor is of my granddaughter hiking with me.

 These are the swatch sheets for my two Artist's Loft watercolor sets.

First Assignment ~ Make Swatch/Color Charts
My little Koi and Windsow and Newton boxes had space in their lids 
for me to place color swatches in the order of the little trays. It is sososo helpful.

Part 1 - The Sketching Assignment 
Part 2 - Painting with Watercolors

I just finished the English Robin assignment. I was not happy with my first one, so I decided to do it over listening again and again to Alexandra's directions and pausing and staring at the computer screen as I was sketching. Boy, do I have a long way to go to learn her blending technique before I start on the flower wreath and the peacock. Our wifi out here in the boonies is so SLOW that it takes what seems like hours of buffering and then on for a bit to get thru one exercise...but it is well worth the wait :-)

I am joining in this week with Alexandra's Sunday Sketches.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

4-9-16 ~ Mice, Cheese, and Teacups

I am in love with Dea Lenihan's blog. Here is the link to her site: http://dea-lenihan.blogspot.com .
She is a wonderful illustrator, teacher, and so graciously shares much of her things with all of us. This was a piece she posted for anyone to download and color. It was so cute I could not resist. I use pen and ink filling in every little bit on the page, and watercolors. The basic drawing is hers and the coloration is mine. It makes me smile. So many little mice and so much yummy cheese. It is mice heaven.

This was SO much fun to colorize. 
Print it out and go for it. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, April 4, 2016

4-4-16 ~ Umbrellas and Best Friends

Years ago ...around 1970...Weezie took her four children and my two to Palm Beach to my parent's home in her big red station wagon. While there went to the beach every day. The children were always with us, but there were too many of them to put in this little picture. There were two prompts this week for my artwork so this is my contribution.

Here are the two old Poloroid photos I still have. They are in bad shape, but at least they give you an idea of the real scene I was thinking about.

 My daughter is on the right and Weezie's daughter on the right. 
They are now 52.
The two boys are Weezie's sons. 

...And here we are...Weezie and me in all of our youthful glory...hehehe.
I think I am 30 and Weezie 32, but that's a guess. Boy, have we changed!

I used watercolors, Copic markers, and some pen and ink. 

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Friday, March 25, 2016

3-26-16 ~ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

"The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary."
~Ashleigh Brilliant

Beatles – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Lyrics

Picture yourself in a boat on a river
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes

Cellophane flowers of yellow and green
Towering over your head
Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes
And she's gone

Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain
Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies
Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers
That grow so incredibly high

Newspaper taxis appear on the shore
Waiting to take you away
Climb in the back with your head in the clouds
And you're gone

Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Picture yourself on a train in a station
With plasticine porters with looking glass ties
Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile
The girl with the kaleidoscope eyes

Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

3-25-16 ~ Just Some Doodling

"We used to play a lot outdoors, not in leagues,
but just in our spare time.
~Steve Yzerman

...Now, at 77,  I take pictures, doodle, and draw in my art journal.

Easter on My Mind 
Art Journal ~ Colored Pencil and Pen and Ink

Playing with Children and Faces, a Dog, and a Cat
Art Journal ~ Watercolors and Pen and Ink

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

3-23-16 ~ Two by Two's ~ Noah's Ark

"Our future experiences will be colored by the choices we make in the present."
~Noah Levine

This is a continuation of my art journal.
I used Gelatos, pen and ink, and watercolor pencils.

This post is linked with
Dezinaworld15 ~ Cheeky Challenge
The prompt was Twins-2 faces-Anything with 2's

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

3-22-16 ~ Genie Robinson ~ Fish

"A photographer is like a cod, 
which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity."
~George Bernard Shaw

 My fish I completed in my art journal today. She's sending you all a kiss.
I used watercolors and watercolor pencils.

This post is linked with Paper Paint pencils and Pens.

Monday, March 21, 2016

3-21-16 ~ Enjoy Today ~ Time Flies

"Perhaps the two greatest moments of my life were standing on the moon and being outside of the room when my granddaughter was born! We tend not to remember the worst."
~ Eugene Cernan

Enjoy Today ~ Time Flies
Mixed Media from My Art Journal
Torn paper
Distress Inks

My Precious Eloise at Age Six on a Hike in Rockbridge County
My only granddaughter will be 11 in just a few weeks.
I must enjoy her today because time does fly way too quickly.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

3-20-16 ~ Bright Coneflowers on a Sunny Day

This is the process I followed with this art journal page:
Painted Gesso on an old book page
Sketched in my coneflowers and grass
Painted with acrylics and Galatos
Outlined with pen and ink
Added embellishments

Tammy at My Flower Journal back in 2013 posted a tutorial on her splatter art and how to turn it into flowers. She actually did this with lavender coneflowers on top of Gesso, and I tried it. This is my version of what she did, and I want to give her credit for her wonderful tutorial. Many Thanks, Tammy.

I wish I could photograph a journal page so that things like the ric-rac and the ribbons at the top do not look like they are going crooked and the green button does not appear to be running off the page. UGH! It seems like a hopeless case for me. Also, how in the world do you erase your lightly sketched outlines. I have been using the pen and ink to cover them up. Any suggestions? This is only the second time I have worked with Gesso. I am finding it a fascinating medium.