Wednesday, August 19, 2015

mouthwatering color

one rainy afternoon a couple of weeks ago, i got out my watercolors
and a piece of paper and just started mixing colors.
(this would be a good time to mention that i had no idea what i was doing,
but i love it when that happens,
because then i have no idea when i make a mistake!  :))

but little blobs of paint all over the paper started to make my eyes go crazy,
so i decided to put some of the colors in a grid….
because i truly do love a grid.

but then i didn't know where to go from there,
so i thought about it for a day or two,
and as i was looking through a magazine, my mind went to
 all of that beautiful, colorful food!

then i decided it was time to get my mind off of food and back to business,
and as i looked out my window…..

Mother Nature gave me a new watercolor palette!
(looks like Mother Nature was thinking about food, too….)

so in order to get my focus back onto watercolor,
 i decided to have some sunny, stripey
flowers-bloom-in-the-grass kind of fun…..
 (not a bite of chocolate in sight!)

until the next day, and i was back where i started!
so i've decided there's lots of mouthwatering fun to be had in these yummy
color palettes, and the good news is
there's a lot less calories in watercolor!

{supplies:  strathmore visual journal for mixed media, sennelier watercolor,
paintbrush, 2B & 6B pencils, micron pens}

Monday, August 3, 2015

a jar of jars

 i had SO much fun drawing and painting my little micro-jars,
but once i cut the page apart, i had a nice pile of micro-goodness... 
and all those illustrations were going to be hard to keep track of!
just like my chair collection, they needed a home.
so i grabbed two pieces of vellum and drew a jar on the top sheet…..

and then i sewed a tag on the front, 
along with some "lid lines" at the top.

then i clipped the two sheets together to keep them from moving around,
and sewed them together around the side and bottom edges.

once it was sewn, i trimmed the edges and filled my jar 
with all of those sweet little micro-jars!
these are my absolute favorite kind of projects…..
super easy, super functional, and super cute!

{supplies:  vellum paper, micron, scrapbook paper, 
colored pencils, pigment ink pad, 6B pencil, sewing machine}

Friday, July 17, 2015

time for a rhyme

{caution:  you're about to encounter a goofy little rhyme!}

a quick glance at my 2014 DLP journal-book,
made me wonder about the challenge for this week.
so i paid a visit to the Art to the 5th gals for a proper look,
i figured, "hey, it couldn't hurt to just take a peek".

and when i arrived, i discovered the challenge to be all about time,
so i thought and thought about what i could create.
and then i channeled one of my favorite authors of rhyme,
because this new journal page had a pending due date!

and while my journal page is now complete,
my rhyming skills need help, there's no debate.
so, i'm off to grab some chocolate, which you know i will eat….
but being creative in my journal again sure has been great!

{hahaha!  pure, goofy nonsense, but SO much fun to do!! :))}

{this week's DLP challenge is to create a focal point 
using the prompt "time keeps on ticking".
supplies:  strathmore visual journal for mixed media, micron pens,
derwent watercolor pencil, 6B pencil, scrapbook paper, star brad,
sakura white gelly roll pen, vintage tag, cupcake liner for the wings}

{you can read more about Documented Life Project (DLP) here!}

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

from chairs to jars

just when i thought i was completely focused….

and totally immersed in one art fixation….like chairs, for example….

i turned around to discover lots of tiny little jars
had completely taken over my art journal!

happy-distractions can turn into lots of happy-fun!

{these jars were inspired by one of the lessons in danielle donaldson's
supplies:  stillman & birn beta series journal, watercolor, .3 pencil} 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

celebrate today

sometimes the best way to solve the
"i-don't-know-what-to-draw dilemma"
is to look around and document 
all those things that surround you every day.

some of them might seem a little humdrum,
but it's always great practice and sometimes quite challenging!

i mean, who knew i'd get stuck….and do a lot of erasing!…. 
trying to draw a hairbrush!
(thankfully, i had less trouble drawing the chocolate….
it's a subject i'm very familiar with….heeheehee)

here's to celebrating all the little things….
and a big thank you to danielle donaldson for such great inspiration
through her "storybooks and studious girls" class….i'm having a ball!

{and my celebration continues today, as i've been featured in Dasherie
a beautiful publication devoted to the lettering arts!  
i'm thrilled, honored, and very thankful to be included in the Summer issue,
where so many fabulous artists have had their artwork showcased!
all orders for this gorgeous magazine that are placed today will 
ship tomorrow….all those placed after today will ship the first week 
in August.  you can read more info here!}

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