Saturday, March 10, 2018

Flowers in the Snow

This week we got pounded with snow again. Though it was beautiful to see, it was like shoveling 22” of concrete. Many of our neighbors lost electricity but we were lucky the lights only flickered for a few minutes.

What better craft on a snowy day than paper flowers. I love the way the daffodils came out but the peonies do not look as realistic.  I used too many contrasting papers in the peonies. I got the patterns for these at DesignSponge.  The crepe paper is from Carte Fini, Castle in the Air and Papermart. They have an amazing variety of papers.  

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Missing Spring - Crepe Paper Flowers

I hate the cold weather and have been missing spring so I decided this weekend to make my own garden using crepe paper.  Surprisingly the results are pretty life like.  The crepe paper is extremely pliable and can easily be manipulated into petals and stamen.  These are made with crepe paper from Paper Mart, Carte Fino and Castle in the Air.  I used several different blogs for reference including Lia Griffith, Design Sponge and Tiffanie Turner.  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Mic and Me

This is a drawing of me and my daughter.  The drawing was done with an Apple Pencil on an iPad pro using the Paper53 app.  I copied this from a selfie. I love how it has a cartoon like feel.  I found the teeth extra hard to do.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Drawing of Mom Using Paper53

Here is another drawing I did on my iPad using Paper53 with the Apple pencil.  This one is from my mother's graduation photo.  I am getting more use to shading with the pencil but I don't have it perfect yet. 

Drawing with Paper53

I have been drawing a lot on my iPad lately with the app Paper53 and the Apple pencil. Here is a flower I drew today.

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.