Saturday, April 25, 2015

Inky Goodness

Documented Life Project, Week 17 - Challenge = Ink, Prompt = Before the Ink is Dry

Fun challenge. I managed to get ink everywhere, as I usually do when I play with inks.
The odd shape in the middle is a glue skin and the butterfly in the middle is a diecut that I did with foam.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Feel the Moment - A Portrait

Week 17, Feel the Moment: Painting an expressive portrait with Jenny Wentworth. I'm starting to see a common look to my face paintings. I wonder if I am painting myself? I can change the hair and the eye color, but they still look like I put a wig on them and it's really the same person. It must be the way I see people. Eyes are more important than anything else as they reflect the soul, health, and happiness of a person. Words can lie, but eyes can't.

I used many layers of acrylics and, at the end, used some Cray-Pas, colored pencils, Pitt pens for details. Her hair was done with acrylics and a sea sponge then scribbled with a brown pastel pencil. The words are with a Fude Ball pen and roughed up with sandpaper.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Enjoy Your Today

Week 16 for Life Book is  "Quick be here now painting with Alena Hennessy".

 This was an interesting assignment. We were to take only 15 minutes to just let the paint flow and do what it wanted to. Alena used Yupo paper and I happened to have some since I use it for my alcohol ink work, so I thought I'd give it a try. There was no way for me to do this in only 15 minutes though as acrylic just doesn't dry quickly on the Yupo. And, I also have a life, phones ring, dogs need to go out, or hubby interrupts with whatever happens to be important to him LOL! However, I did let everything just flow with whatever it wanted to do without preplanning or much thought. For some reason, a conversation I had with one of my now grown sons when he was just a young boy kept going through my head. At bedtime, he would ask, "When will it be tomorrow?" To which I would reply, "When you wake up in the morning, it will be tomorrow." Yet, each morning, when he asked if it was now tomorrow, I would have to tell him that no, it was today. This went on for some time until one day he finally looked at me and very sadly said, "It never is tomorrow, is it?"

Enjoy your today!

Monday, April 13, 2015


Creativity. What does it mean? I read a lot about creativity before I found this quote from Ken Robinson, "Creativity is putting your imagination to work." Well said.
I used acrylics, molding paste, stamps, stencils, washi tape, glitter glue, cut-outs, Inktense pencils, Dylusion sprays, Distress paints, DeliWrap, Aquarella pencil, and gesso.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a creative day :)

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

It's the Little Things

Week 15, It's the Little Things, Life Book
This one was difficult for me. I kept "messing up" which means more layers. That's not always bad.
I used some Neocolors around her face and thought it was just too much.
So I grabbed some gesso and some pattern paper leftovers and covered it up, for the most part.
I did some background word stamping, added some gelli prints done with the new round one, to which I wrote "the little things" that make things special. I also stapled on part of a tag where I put the theme. I had some fun with my new Rebekah Meier stencil and Abandoned Coral Distress Inks.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

It's Water Under the Bridge

The April 4th Documented Life Project is to use watercolors and the prompt is It's Water Under the Bridge. My first thought was the song, Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease your mind (Simon and Garfunkel). 
I started with some Gelatos and gesso for the background. Then, I used a colored pencil to draw out the bridge. I mixed some Stucco Paint with Adirondack Color Wash in Espresso and pushed it through a dollar store dish drainer (amazing what you can find for art at a dollar store). Then, I crushed some blue Gelato with Golden Molding Paste and used a piece of acetate cut in a wave shape to push off some waves for the water. I topped the waves with some gesso. I then used my Koi watercolors to add the brown between the bricks, for detail in the sky, for more movement in the water, and for the background that you can see through the bridge. Fude pen for words and doodles, white paint pen for accents, and a stamp with tiny dots to add texture to the bricks completed the piece.