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}

Saturday, February 14, 2015

happy hearts

happy valentine's day!

i'm wishing you all the happiness 
your heart can hold!!

{this was created in my moleskine watercolor journal
using winsor newton watercolor, micron pens, 
white gelly roll pen, 8B pencil}

Monday, February 9, 2015

little yellow english house

i've been channeling my little yellow house again….
but this time, it looks like it might be in England! 

{fabriano artistico 140 lb. CP paper, derwent inktense pencils,
koi watercolor, assorted B graphite pencils}

Monday, January 26, 2015

simple happy

the only thing better than playing with your favorite art supplies…..

is the opportunity to WIN your favorite art supplies!

in celebration of National Handwriting Day,
Sakura is hosting a week-long Instagram giveaway,
 and they're awarding this bundle of goodies that's sure
to put lots of big-happy in your day!

the rules are simple:
just write out your favorite quote
(preferably using your favorite Sakura products)
and post it to your Instagram using the hashtag #handwritesakura

on friday, january 30th, Sakura will choose 7 winners!
this giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada,
and you must be over 13 years of age to participate.
click here for more details and information!

{this artwork was created for submission to the contest
in my moleskine watercolor journal using 
micron pens and gelly roll pens}

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