Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day is Watercolor Sketch Day

If you have been following me the last week or so you know I have caught the watercolor sketchbook bug thanks to Andrea Gomoll.  Her online class was just what I needed to kick start my watercolor sketching.   Today was a snow day here in the northeast USA.

Thank goodness we got 10 inches and did not get the 30 inches they were predicting.  It did give me time in between shoveling the walkways to do some watercolor sketching.

I still do not have the journaling thing down.  I always feel foolish adding words to my sketches.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Watercolor Sketchbook

Here are some of my sketches from the online class I am taking called Sketch Your Life by Andrea Gomoll.

This is the palette I created for the class using a Tim Holtz Ink Palette.  it is great because the lid works great for color mixing.  I use a water brush to apply the paint.  I am using Arches paper.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Watercolor Birthday Card

I am taking an online class called Lifebook 2015 and Joanne Sharp taught a lesson on lettering. This is copied from several other people's work. I made a few changes and made a birthday card out of it. I can not remember who I copied so I apologize or I would give them credit here. I used Winsor Newton Watercolor pans, Stabilo Markers and Faber Castell black Waterproof Ink pen in Fine. I am enjoying Watercolors. I have a few sketches from my Sketch Your Life class with Andrea Gomoll I will post tomorrow. I have been hesitating adding color but after this card I may take the leap.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sweet Treats

My sketch from the online watercolor class I am taking by Andrea Gomoll, Sketching Your Life. I am scared to add watercolor as I like it like this.  Hopefully I will be braver in the morning.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Watercolor Bookmark Using Golden's QOR

I made this bookmark today using Golden's QOR Watercolors and Stabilo markers. The outline was done with a Faber Castell Fine marker in black. I used an Auabrush to apply Watercolors to the drawing. I added addititional accents by applying the Stabilo markers to the edges of the flowers then applying water with my Aquabrush. The markers melt like Watercolors for a beautiful effect.



Monday, January 12, 2015

More New Toys

Here are some more of my new toys I bought with my holiday money.  I found this set at Jerry's Artarama and with my 25% off coupon they were only $62.50.  This great compact set of Winsor Newton Artist Colors is perfect for the new class I am taking Sketch Your Life with Andrea Gomall.

 Of course I had to try them out.  This was one of the lessons.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My New Toys

I received a bunch of Zig Woodcraft Paint Markers for a gift and could not resist making a color chart.

I always make a color chart. So when I am painting I know exactly what color to reach for. The Zig Woodcraft Paint Markers have a lovely matte finish. Hopefully, I will have time later this week to take these out for a test drive.





Monday, January 5, 2015

My First Week of Lifebook 2015

I am taking a wonderful class by Tamara Laporte called Lifebook 2015. This is my Beacon of Light. She has such a peaceful face.




Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happy Hanukkah Cards

Yesterday, I made a few quick Hanukkah cards for friends and family. Stamped with Cobalt Archival Ink. Background is a Michelle Ward Stencil with Distress Ink in Spruce and Broken China.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Medallions Card

This simple holiday card was made using a Anna Griffin Cuttlebug folder using Holiday Medallions. After running a cream colored card through the Cuttlebug with the embossing folder I colored the top by rubbing Distress Ink Festive Berries Ink across the top.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Quick Cards Using Embossing Folders

Both of these quick cards were made with the same Anna Griffin Poinsettia and Holly embossing folder.  
 1.  This simple but graceful card is embossed and then glitter is added to the raised areas with a Stella Wink Brush in Clear.  The antique white card stock adds elegance to this simple design.

2. This card was made red card stock with a white core using the same embossing folder.  I then sanded the raised areas.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Another Super Quick Card

This was a super quick card for the holidays made with PSX stamp I found at the flea market and accented with glitter from a Stella Wink Clear Brush and Copic Markers.  The edges were distressed with a worn Versacolor cube in Pinecone.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Three Holiday Cards

I made three cards today for the holidays.  The first two cards uses a tree PSX stamp and one word stamp by Danelle Johnson.
 This card uses a Anna Griffin Snowfall embossing folder and a Martha Stewart edge punch set.  I lightly inked the raised embossing with Festive Berries and Iced Spruce.  The tree image is stamped with Distress Ink with Iced Spruce. The words are stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink.
 I used Archival Inks for this one.  I love how the kraft paper absorbed the ink and caused some spread.  I inked the edges with worn Versacolor Pinecone cube.
For this one I used the same embossing folder as the first card on white card stock and accented with Stella Winks Brush in Clear.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Four One Minute Holiday Cards, One Anna Griffin Embossing Folder

Today I made some quick holiday cards using the same embossing folder from Cricut Cuttlebug Anna Griffin called Festive Stripe.  These were all super quick with just a few steps.  I scanned them so some of the details were lost.
1. This was made with paper with a white core.  After running it through the Cuttlebug I sanded away the raised areas.
 2. This card was made by running a red paper with a white core through the Cuttlebug and sanding it.  Then glue the paper to a cream colored card.  Ink edges with Distress Ink in Festive Berries.
 3. This one is very basic.  Emboss a cream card and then use Wink of Stella Clear Brush to add glitter accents.
 4.  This is a kraft paper card embossed with the Anna Griffin folder.  Color by taking the Festive Berries Distress Ink pad and rubbing it directly onto the raised part of the image.  I purposely got some of the red on the debosed area in places to give it a distressed look.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Panda Drawing

Here is another fun picture I drew on my iPad.  This one was done with the app Paper53.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Poppy on Blue

I love playing around on my iPad drawing apps.  They are so portable I can draw anywhere with no mess.  I made this on Procreate.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Puss N Boots Paperweight

Hi. I hope you all are doing well on this cold day.  This project is one I made after taking an online class with Junelle Jacobsen.  I love her fun whimsical style.  It is a combination of paper piecing and acrylic paints/ mediums.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall Tag Tutorial - Using New Distress paints

Yesterday I got my shipment of the new Distress Paint colors from Marco Paper. There are six yummy colors in total. I decided to try all of them on a tag. At first I was not sure how they would look all together but in the end they definitely spoke to me.

Supply List:
Tim Holtz Distress Paints; Ripe Persimmon, Scattered Straw, Gathered Twig, Pumice Stone, Dusty Concord, Crushed Olive,
Studio 490 Stamps; Well Worn Art,
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils; Dot Fade, Honeycomb,
Tim Holtz Distress Markers; Mowed Lawn, Picket Fence,
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink; Potting Soil,
VersaColor Ink Cube; Pinecone,
Ranger Nonstick Craft Sheet
Manila Tag
Natural Jute Cord
Water Mister
Heat Embossing Gun

Using the Honeycomb stencil lay down each color of Distress Paint. About an inch of each color. Gently dab so that the paint does not run under the stencil. Gently mist with water. Quickly remove stencil and dry with a heat gun.

Add some paint to the craft sheet and mist. Rub tag in misted colors.

Dry with heat gun. Place Dot Fade stencil on top of tag and dab on the Gathered Twig Distress Paint. Add the Versacolor Pinecone ink to the edge of tag.

Stamp the flower and alphabet image from the Well Worn set onto the tag using Potting Soil Archival Ink.

When dry, color stem with Mowed Lawn Distress Marker and finish with Pickett Fence marker to add highlights.
Add Picket Fence marker to craft sheet and spray with mister.
Rub tag in white mist to add droplets to the tag.
Tie jute cord through hole in tag.  Fray cord.