Thursday, July 20, 2017

StencilGirl & Imagine blog hop

June Pfaff Daley, one of the StencilGirl designers asked if we could make an ATC to trade with her kids at art camp. Of course I wanted to!! I am thrilled anytime I get to participate with children so I made her 4 ATCs and I also made myself an art journal page to go along with the ATCs I made to commemorate the experience.

Products used:

StencilGirl stencils:
LittleEddy Rose Stencil by MaryBeth Shaw
Angel Circle Stencil by Kate Thompson
TurkishWedged Stones by Daniella Woolf
WheelSpokes Set #2 by  Andrew Borloz
January Stencil club small stencil by MaryBeth Shaw

Imagine® Products I used:
Craft Mat
Multi-Purpose Squeegee

I love the Brushtix for stenciling and used them recently (3 different ways!!) when I made my ATC booklet. I made a video of the booklet itself and you can see it HERE.

I made a short slide show/video of my process just to make it easier for you to see rather than posting all the pictures :)

 Hope you enjoy watching it!

AND I made a video of me cleaning my craft
...yes, you read that correctly 😉
Have you ever seen someone so excited to clean a mat off?
You have now, 😜

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Imagine Crafts!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
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on Monday, July 24th.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hahnemühle, #Hahnemühle, #Cézanne, #WorldWatercolorMonth

I was very fortunate to have Hahnemühle send me a Cézanne
300 gsm - 100% rag - surface sized - matt, rough and hot pressed block to play with. If you have never painted on a block before, the Pads are glued and gauzed to ensure flatness when wet. This makes them especially suitable for wet painting techniques like watercolor – especially when you are using techniques like glazing and/or color washing. I used my ColourArte shimmering iridescent  H20s twinkling watercolors to create this superimposed piece of art. I loved the that the surface sizing allowed me to easily correct their mistakes, like I had to on the seagulls that I painted in the sky. 
I was only happy with the bottom seagull

 But after the video ended I went back and "lifted" out the mistakes and was able to correct them...well, at least to the point where I liked all three much better now!

Now, honestly, I don't know a whole lot about watercolor papers but I loved painting on the Matte surface!

Matte surfaces
Matte surfaces are used for delicate paintings and are suitable for beginners because of their slightly irregular surface that impacts only slightly on brush control and paint flow. These surfaces can be recommended for all watercolour painters who like to work with fine details.
Users can obtain full brush strokes in the wet in dry technique and even glowing colour gradation using the wet in wet technique.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Adventures with Pierson

I am now 2 weeks into doing a watercolor every day and have achieved it so far, puttering away with my ColourArte Twinks. I'm still enjoying working on my latest series called "Pierson's great adventures" where I cut out a photograph of my grand-nephew and superimpose him into a surreal background that I watercolor. 
linking up to Paint Party Friday

day 14
day 13
Up, up and away
day 12
Finders Keeps
day 11
Running with the Bulls
 day 10
Space, the final frontier
day 9
BRB...I need a bigger water gun
The astute will notice there is 1 day missing, I needed to paint something specific for another challenge so I'm leaving it out of this post...however you can see what I did here and make sure to check out my new Hake brush, if you've used one before I would love to know your thoughts on it!

Also, for the mermaid lovers out there...
 I did a Mermaid blog hop with StencilGirl, and we have a prize, so hop along if you want and start here so you can see what I made!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mermaid madness hop

I love me some mermaids, oh yes I do!

seriously...I do!

Jessica Sporn has designed some fabulous stencils for StencilGirl and you can find all her awesome designs here.

Here is one of the art journal pages I made using the
 Mermaid Stencil and Masks by Jessica Sporn
 and one of my favorite stencils called
  Little Eddy Rose created by the awesome MaryBeth Shaw.

Look at all the different shapes and designs you get on just one stencil!

Now if you dare watch the video you are going to see me laugh at myself and make plenty of mistakes, but hey...
that's the real me in all my messy mermaid glory.

I also created an Americana mermaid and you can swim on over and check out the video I made and all the other mermaids that our fabulous design team came up with HERE!

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

BRB...need a bigger water-gun #WorldWatercolorGroup - day 9

Picking back up on Pierson's Great Adventures, this time we find him preparing to go to battle against a giant octopus only to discover that he needs a much bigger water-gun to fight this guy! But never fear, he will be back!
As soon as mom re-supplies him, lol

I love this picture of Pierson, he looks so confident for a 3 ½ year old!
BRB...need a bigger water-gun

Painted with my ColourArte Twinks , of course!

and the original picture 😉

Saturday, July 8, 2017

#WorldWatercolorGroup day 8 #Watercolorsummer2017

This will be a little different from the last 7 days but I met with one of my friends for her birthday lunch and a sketch date :) 

I brought her a Hake brush ( pronounced like rake but replace the r with an h ) for her birthday, and well, got me one too. 😜
Funny thing is, I actually had another one ( a different style ) but didn't know what to use it for, I do now! WATERCOLOR!!

hake brush is an oriental-style wash brush on a long flat handle. It is useful for laying in large areas of water or color, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess media.

We sat outside to eat our lunch and to sketch some. I knew I needed to do the Summer Skies prompt for the Angela Fehr challenge and thought doing a street sketch with the sky in the background would be nice.

I really wanted to do a loose sketch but it seems to be a little difficult for me to accomplish, lol but here is what I came up with and yes, those are storm clouds rolling in. We had to do a hasty exit due to lightening...

Friday, July 7, 2017

#WorldWatercolorGroup day 7 "Leap Frog"

I see all these "loose" watercolors and I try, I really do, but I end up using my watercolors just like acrylic paint. I think it's like the old adage of trying to learn to play golf and tennis at the same, they don't mix because of swing fundamentals. So, I am going to back away from painting with acrylic paints and try to focus on least for 24 more days.

day 7 "Leap Frog"
 Meanwhile I am linking up to Paint Party Friday and I thought I'd show off my first week of #WorldWatercolorGroup month. For those just seeing them, these are photographs of my 3½-year-old grand nephew who strikes the most interesting poses, well, at least to me they are. 😜 I always see something "extra" in them and I decided to finally do something about it by cutting them out and superimposing them onto surreal backgrounds.

day 1 "Take me to your leader"
day 2 "Rock On"
day 3 "Magical Forest"
day 4 "It's raining cats and dogs"

day 5 "Riding the curl"
day 6 "Three wishes"
So far, I am having a blast and will try and do one each day this month.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

#WorldWatercolorGroup day 6 - "3 wishes"

I guess that would be my expression too if I had a genie by its tail!

1. That I could eat whatever I wanted and not get fat 👀
2. To have lots of money to retire with 💰 peace, blah, blah blah 😎

What would you wish for?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

#WorldWatercolorGroup day 5 "Shooting the curl"

Water is one of the hardest things for me to do, but I kinda like how this turned out. I was trying to capture the mercurial power of the ocean and looked at tons of photos in an attempt to emulate them. 

You can see from the photo below that I had to photo-shop the top of his head since it was cut off in the Let me just say I am not the photographer here, but you manage with the photos you are given. :)

His mom said he was looking at a crab that was on the beach but all I could think of was he's surfing!
Here's "wishing" you come back to see day 6!
( that's a hint btw )

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

#WorldWatercolorGroup - day 4 - "Raining cats and dogs"

When my grand nephew came to visit me the other week it was raining, like every day so he wanted his own umbrella and I got him this cute little monster-brella. He got loads of attention from other adults who thought it was just the cutest thing ever...and OK, it he is. 💗💙💚💛💜

If you've never tried ColourArte's H2O's then you are missing out. I love how they just sparkle, but not like glitter sparkle....more of a shimmer.

See ya tomorrow!

Monday, July 3, 2017

#WorldWatercolorGroup day 3 - "Magic Forest"

Sometimes the picture needs to speak to me, like this one. My first thought as a traditional scrapbooker was to extend the ribbon off the photograph but that just didn't have enough "magic" for "Pierson's Grand Adventures" so it became a magic wand and sorcerer walking stick with an "all seeing" crystal on top.
original picture

Not only am I enjoying painting with my ColourArte Twinkling H2O's...I'm also having fun staging pictures with them, lol

Sunday, July 2, 2017

#WorldWatercolorGroup "Rock On! little dude"

Day 2...

Pierson is quite the character and I love these funny poses he strikes. This just looks to me like he is playing an electric guitar in a Rock band, complete with a Rolling Stones Mick Jagger tongue hanging out. 😋

I did have to paint the guitar separately, cut it out and then glue it on. I know nothing about guitars but it said it was vintage Gibbson, I just wanted something that looked cool.

I did use some gouache to cover the background since I didn't like how the first "draft" came out but still continuing with the ColourArte Twinkling H2O's.

And I thought you might enjoy seeing the original picture.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

#WorldWatercolorGroup "Take Me to your leader"

I love the funny pictures my niece takes of her son and I'm like the only one it seems that wants to "caption" them, little did they know what also lurks in my brain...HA!

Take me to your leader!

I created an imaginary background and had the photo printed then I cut out the picture and glued it to painted page. What do you think?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Study in sanguine

Hi everyone, last night was the Life Drawing class so I thought I would pick my favorite one to show you. This is one of my favorite models, she really works to give us interesting poses which is greatly appreciated.
 Plus I love her purple hair 💗

I enjoy trying different art supplies so this time I brought out my Daler Rowney Sketching Sanguine Drawing and Smooth pencils and my Micron #2 pen to use.

 The drawing pencil develop a rough spot/hard spot while using and would make absolutely no marks, does anyone know why it happens or how to fix that? That was very frustrating, especially when you only have 20 minutes to work your drawing.

entering my sketch in

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

May #ARTifact - Sunshine reveal

May was a very busy month with the Bearfootin' Bear reveal held downtown. The weather was lovely and lots of people showed up for the annual event. If you want to see all the pictures leading up to the reveal I've posted the video I made of it. I'll add the summer and auction pictures to it later on after it's all over.

My #Artifact page in my TP booklet 😘

The cover is from a stenciled paper using the StencilGirl club stencil from April. If you look closely you will that it's the ACTUAL stencil...I really messed up destroyed my stencil, but I'll talk about that another day, sigh.

On my inner tag ( and no, my typing has NOT improved ) I glued a picture of "Sunshine" that I cut out from the brochures that they print out to hand out to the tourist or well, anyone who wants to locate them all on the sidewalks along the store fronts.

I am linking up to Seth Apter's #ARTifacts on his blog:
The Altered Page

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ATC booklet

I have been doing a monthly ATC exchange with Grumbacher Official Fanpage where we follow the theme, send one in and they give you a punch card so every third punch they generously give you some free supplies. I mean that is just awesome! So I've been collecting cards and I figured it was time to make a booklet to store them in and show them off. 

Check it out over on StencilGirl Talk!

I have a short video for you too...::waggling eyebrows::

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Moon blessing

Hi everyone, something a little different today. I am up on the ColourArte blog and please visit me HERE and check out my video on doing an
 acrylic Moon Pour.

One of things I didn't go in depth on in the video was the writing of the moon blessing. I know there are many of us that don't like our own handwriting on our art and kinda cringe to even think about it. 
I just think we don't give it enough focus!

This is the finished version, and I think it looks OK, but it does have a few "layers" to get to this point.

When I first write it out with my Signo white pen it looks pretty weak, The lines are thin and have no emphasis so I go back over the "down strokes" with a liner brush and some Siam White Opaque White.

I use stencils to give me flourishes and I use the same method of refining with thicker strokes.

All in all I would say I make at least 3 passes over my writing to make it bolder and pretty much treat my handwriting like my art, meaning using layers upon layers to build it up. 

It, like my art is in no way perfect, but I'm just trying to be the best I can be.