Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

{the following post is an "inspiration monday" project that i shared in 2013}

 repurposing your artwork can be as easy as 1-2-3!

first, choose a journal page or other artwork you've done that really inspires you.  scan it into your computer and print it out using a high quality setting -or- take it to a nearby office supply store and they will make a good quality copy for you.  then gather some of your favorite art supplies!

(since today is Memorial Day here in America,
i'm using this artwork that i did in 2010.)

now here's the 1-2-3!

1use one of your favorite elements in your artwork..
(for example,  i really love this star in the artwork i'm using, so i cut it out.)

2now take another element of your artwork and try to think of a new way to use it.
(for mine, i really like those red stripes, but instead of painting them,
i'm using red twine to give the suggestion of stripes)

(if you use a small hole punch on the edge of the paper,
it will create a notch that's perfect to hold that twine in place,
and it will help to keep the paper from tearing!)

3look for ways you can use your supplies to update elements in your artwork.
(for example, i liked the border scallops in my artwork,
but instead of drawing them, i updated the look
 by using a scallop paper punch with this stamped sentiment)

now put everything together, and you have a brand new project inspired by artwork
 that you've already done....and it was easy as 1-2-3!

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this card is dedicated with gratitude to all those brave men and women who have served our country, those who have given their lives in the line of duty, and those who continue to guard and protect our freedoms.  you are our true heroes, and we honor you today....and every day!

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{supplies:  memorial day artwork, white and blue card stock,
 doodlebug twine, colorbox stamp pads, thank you rubber stamp
ranger archival stamp pad, scissors, adhesive, foam dots}

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

have a seat

i am slowly but surely getting back into my studio,
and i've been having an absolute ball as a student in 

danielle offers many hours of fabulous instruction on illustrative sketching
and watercolor basics, not to mention
instructions and demonstrations of how to draw her sweet little "girls"
and put it all in your very own "rainbow storybook".
she also offers a great lesson on perspective drawing….

and speaking of perspective drawing,
she takes the mystique, and let's face it, the pain, out of the process
by showing us how to draw a chair…..
and i must confess,  i'm kinda hooked!
i never realized there were so many types of chairs…..
or how much fun it would be illustrating them!

you can read more info about danielle's class here.

{supplies:  strathmore 140lb. CP paper, watercolor, 
colored pencil, HB and 6B pencil}


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

a world of artist journal pages

if you have a copy of dawn devries sokol's book, 1000 Artist Journal Pages
then you'll be thrilled that her follow-up book, 
has just been released!  

this creative treasure trove contains over 1000 journal pages 
that were contributed by 230 artists from 30 different countries….
there's inspiration from cover to cover!

and i'm super excited to have been invited to participate
and share my artwork amongst all of these fabulous artists!!  woo hoo!

thank you SO much, dawn!  
you've curated a beautiful book that i'm not only thrilled to be a part of,
but also one that i'll enjoy reading for years to come!  

{for a peek inside the book, click here!}

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

sleight of heart-in-hand

one thing is for sure,
no matter how hard you try to keep a date with your favorite journal,
life will conjure up reasons not to…..
until you've completely lost your creative focus.

and just when you think you're gonna have to resort to seeking out a magic wand 
and shouting "abracadabra" at the top of your lungs to find it again, 
you notice this week's DLP challenge…..

and you tell life that everything is gonna have to wait...
because you're taking a nose dive into 
the middle of your favorite journal for some well-deserved, 
and long-awaited creative time!  

here's to putting life on hold, 
and pulling a rabbit out of your creative hat. 
not because of any hocus-pocus……
but thanks to good ol' inspiration and sleight of heart-in-hand!  

{supplies for this week's DLP "focus" challenge:
wings journal, derwent inktense pencils, micron pens, 6B graphite pencil}

Monday, March 9, 2015

inspiration on monday…..dragonfly

one of my favorite things to do 
is just swipe some watercolor across the paper
and see what it turns into.

but i've discovered my challenge is in leaving the watercolor "as is",
and i usually end up reaching for my favorite micron pens and graphite pencils,
because, well, i seem to have a hard time letting 
the watercolor just be what it wants to be.
so, this time i decided to just add little lines and the tiniest bit of micron…..

but let's face it,
 there are times when more lines = more better,
and this is one of those times!

today i'm giving myself permission to stay in my micron-comfort-zone,
because sometimes you just need to do that for yourself on a monday.

{fluid 140 lb. CP paper, winsor & newton watercolor, 
micron pens, 6B graphite pencil}

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