Tuesday, January 31, 2012

work in progress

I picked up these sprays at Hobbie Lobby. They are so pretty. I'm working on a couple sketches.
Watercolors will be next.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Class Project

One important thing I am learning from Alisa Burkes class is to always look for shapes, texture and design elements...they are all around us. So yesterday, (78 degrees) we went to The Grove in Hollywood...We stopped in at a Thrift shop and I took my camera...looking for color, texture, design...I made a collage of my photographs, then when I got home I drew a quick sketch of all the items, added a little watercolor...It was a great exercise

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Before and After Transformation

Remember this cabinet Stacey purchased...
Here is the top, getting a new coat
And the bottom
A bit of green tape
She first did a drawing to decide how she wanted to paint it
TA DA...Here is what Stacey did to change her cabinet
I think she did an awesome job.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hand Painted Pink Roses

Thought I would try a different approach, adding some extra texture with circles. I spritzed these with Tattered Angels, the shimmer just isn't showing up.

I'm linking up with "Pink Saturday"

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Heart Tag Giveaway

I'm giving away this Doodled Tattered Angel spritzed Tag (the one above)
Please leave me a message
The four tags below are extras, I'm listing them on Etsy
I couldn't get them into Etsy.
If you are interested, they are $3.00 each
There many steps to making them look vintage y

Hope you enjoy seeing them finished
I am linking up with
My Romantic Home

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Whats on my craft table

A close up of a couple of the tags, a work in progress. I still want to write "NEST" on them

How much would you pay for a sweet little cabinet?? Stacey fell in love. This little cabinet came apart so it fit in her little car. There was no back on it so she got it for a great price.

I cant wait to see what she does with it, I see black, turquoise, white (thats what she does with everything.lol) You've got to love "RETRO"

28 tags, watercolored nest with eggs, touch of vintage lace, dyed crinkled rayon ribbon.

I've been reading blogs about "giving" So I contacted Karla Nathan about giving her these tags for her upcoming "Bird Song" workshop, to put in her little goodie bags.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Testing Absorbant Ground

I coated one tag with Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground, the one on the right, the one in the middle was Golden. The one on the left...turned out the best, no ground.lol

I liked Daniel Smith the best of the two. You cant go over it with a Micron, it ruins it. I used a permaball pen, it was to thick, but this was just a test...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Finishing an Art Journal

I have left room for journaling or for a photo or two
Some I left simple, some I worked a little harder

Some I painted little pictures on canvas then stiched

vintage lace and paintings

The one above is the front page. Now I need to start working on the covers and spine
there are 3 signatures of 4 sheets of paper each, a total of 48 painted pages
I am linking up with Show and Tell Friday at "My Romantic Home"
on Saturday "Pink Saturday

Monday, January 16, 2012


Are you taking the free Strathmore workshop? Traci Bautista is teaching right now. I didn't do the first 2 videos, but I had time to give this one a try.
We were to use "something" found for a texture stencil. I found this on the ground a couple of months ago. I have no idea what it is, but it worked great

I can't wait to see what we do with it next week. I used my new paper pad!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Fun Day

Yippee for Dick Blick Art Store!! Drove into Pasadena, 50% off these two books...I used my 40% off coupon on the letter stencil.I signed up for Joanna Sharpe's Letter class in Feb. Its not to late to sign up...I want to make some little journals so you cant have to much paper!!
oh lookie what Stacey found at a garage sale...another retro chair...for a whoppen $2
Shes already gotten the pad off and ripped out the old cane, filled the holes.
It will be fun to see how she changes it. (she thinks she may have an "old chair" addiction!lol)

My boss is coming to town tomorrow, I'm making sure everything
looks clean and tidy...do you do that?
I went and bought a bunch of new flowers, got them planted
dusted off the mailboxes (I'm an apt. manager)
hosed down the entryway.
Made sure my paperwork is all filed.
whew! lol

Friday, January 13, 2012

Watercolor Rose

The picture above, I played around with it in Photoshop, I "enhanced" the color
I'm linking up with "Pink Saturday" Watercolor and Micron

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Glittery Tray

I signed up for Show and Tell Friday with My Romantic Home Here
Martha Stewarts Tinsel Glitter encased in Resin

Yesterday I thought I'd keep my art page simple, today...not so much.
This little tiny page took me much of the day...snipits of time.
I let it dry naturally
I have a hard time with abstract. I've been stalking (in a good way)
these artists.
Alisa Burke
Roben-Marie Smith
Traci Bautista
Martha Lever
Joanna Sharpe

I also didn't want to use my "normal" supplies
Heres my list:
Watercolor crayon
metallic ink
texture paste
glimmer mist
india ink
wite-out pen
acrylic paint
micron pen
Yep, all those on one little page 3 1/2 x 4 1/2

keeping it simple

I didn't have much time, this was all about the frame...I'll be doing a better frame later, I just kept it simple for today...